I've been on ebay since 04 & have over a 300 point rating at 100% I sell some, but mostly buy!
My 1st scam was I bought 2 computer mice from a guy in HongKong for $0.01 each $14.98 total shipping . . . when they arrived . . . they did not work, I contacted seller, and he said just put them back in the envelope (it was only tied with a string around a botton!) and dropped it in any mailbox with return to sender, I told him I could not do that as it is illegal here to do that since I had opened it, after 4 - 5 emails to him, and a phone call to HongKong! I contacted paypal . . . they said that I could get the sales price back IF I sent it back to him with verifiable confirmation of deliver (USPS does not offer that service) UPS & FedEx wanted over $25 to ship it so I could get my $0.02 back! I don't deal with other countries anymore . . .
My scond scam was this past summer, I bought a BRAND NEW DVD of gps software with unlock code . . . when it arrived . . . the unlock code was printed on a plain white piece of paper, I could not get it to unlock . . . I contacted Garmin CS and they told me that the software will only work on one unit, and that it can NOT be unloaded from one, and reloaded on another! I contacted seller, he denied evrything, and called me an idiot because I did not know what I was doing, and what I had bid on (he had a 2 rating!) I contacted paypal, and started a claim, for some really stupid reason they sided with the seller!
Garmin told me what date the unlock code was used on, what the model # of unit was, and it's ser#! I called Citibank, and they told me to send it back to him . . . then we would open a dispute with paypal! if you ever use paypal only use your CC, because if you use your bank account, you are pretty much out of luck, same same with your paypal balance (I always suck out my paypal balance as soon as it gets there!)
Last scam was a few weeks ago . . . my wife wanted a digital Bible, I won a used one for $11.05, shipping was $8.12, what I did not realise was that the "glare" on the screen was actually the screen was messed up, and I could not see 1/4 of the screen! I had asked PRIOR to bidding if it was in good working condition, she replied back that yes it was in Great condition! (she even put my ? and her answer in the auction) She was smart enough to put insurance on it, so I will get my $11 back, but not the $8, and she sold me WORTHLESS JUNK and keeps everything! Both ebay and paypal REQUIRE that YOU send the item back at YOUR expense, unless it is stated in the auction otherwise.
Be carefull . . . ask lots of questions, document EVERYTHING!