Too Good To Be True?

June 24, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Yesterday I spotted an Epiphone Emperor from 1945 on British ebay. It was offered at 600 GBP (including handling and shipping). This is roughly 1/3 – 1/4 of what an Emperor would reasonably sell at in US, and probably between 1/5 and 1/6 at the price that it would sell at in Europe. Well, some people are crazy or ignorant, and you may be lucky, so I immediately mailed the email address that was mentioned. A “S L” replied, confirming the price, and adding: “The deal will be made through an eBay program which will protect both of us. If you are ready for the deal let me know your full name and shipping address and i’ll start the deal with eBay.” I checked the guitar again and noticed that it had been removed from the listing. When I asked the seller about this, he replied that he had “some problems with his credit card.” This morning I noticed that it has been relisted. You can find it here.

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2 Responses to “Too Good To Be True?”

  1. Tony Hendrix Says:

    It was a scam. The guitar’s pictures were copied from a previous auction. You will always be able to spot these scams, because in the body of the auction the ‘seller’ will tell you to not use the regular ebay contact method, but will instead give another email address. If you take that email address, and search for it (title and description) in ebay, you will find dozens, if not hundreds of other scam auctions from the same person: frequently with many ebay IDs (usually the other IDs will be in locations wildly different than the first auction you saw). The scammer has phished a legitimate ebayer login names and passwords, and is using that person’s good feedback record to lure you in…

  2. Nicolai Foss Says:

    Tony, I agree, of course. I posted this as a warning against the bastard. But it would still be nice to buy an Emperor at 600 GBP ;-))


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