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Popular eBay Scams and How To Avoid Them

Shopping on eBay is pretty safe with a few exceptions. As you probably already know, scams are all over the internet and eBay is no exception. While eBay is diligent about keeping their customers safe, sometimes scams slip through the cracks. When this happens, it can cost you big bucks! Today, we are going to learn why you should beware of scams on eBay.

The Empty Box Scam

This is probably the most common scam on eBay. If you have ever purchased an item from eBay and you get an empty box, you know you have been scammed. The worst part is you may never get your money back. Once the package has arrived and it has been confirmed delivered, it will be your word against the seller. To avoid this scam, only deal with sellers who have seller feedback and have been on the platform for at least a few years.

Seller Runs Away With Your Money

While many items on eBay are protected by a money back guarantee, some are not. Real estate and vehicles, for example, are not protected by the guarantee. So if you purchase one of these non-protected items, you could be left high and dry. These tend to be high-value items which makes it even more risky for the buyer. The only real way to protect yourself from this type of scam is by doing your homework and checking out the seller’s feedback. Someone that has great feedback and has been selling on eBay for many years will not likely be willing to risk their account on a scam. So look for those sellers that have the best feedback.

Seller Ships Package With The Wrong Name

This is a fairly new scam that some sellers are trying. The seller will put the wrong name on a package and send it to your home. When most people see that the package is for someone else, they will often take it back to the post office. But when you do this, it will void the seller protection policy. The post office will stamp the package refused and it will be returned to the seller. Then the seller is free to keep both the item and the money you gave them. This is a nasty scam that many people fall for. To avoid this scam, open any package that has your address on it. If you are expecting a package, this will give you even more reason to open a package even if it has the wrong name on it.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways that you can be scammed on eBay. Remember to protect yourself and always deal with sellers that have good feedback and have been on the platform for more than a few months.