So I had an unused autopilot
drive on Ebay as buy it now. It was at a very good price
, in fact so good I ended up cancelling the listing because I decided to keep the unit and modify it rather than replace it with another. I did have a guy contact me during the course of the sale
to a New Zealand
is obviously not this person's first language. I gave the freight quote and they had a couple of days to purchase
the item before I eventually cancelled, but were having problems with the blue button. One was I had not allowed international buyers, but I changed this first up. I later found out his eBay feedback was insufficient to buy my item although I never received notification of this.
A couple of days after I ended my listing this buyer reappears wanting to know where his item is and when I will post it. I advise that it's no longer for sale
and a few more days go past and then I get this email
that there must be some misunderstanding, yada, yada yada. They tell me that they "can't go back in the water" as they're waiting for my drive. So I feel sorry for this person and was still 50/50 keep or replace so start corresponding to organise the sale
and sending of the package. Anyway, I had some misgivings and last night the penny drops. This person had mis-spelt they're own name in the first message to me and they kept, rather subtlety, insisting they would pay once the item was confirmed posted (ding! ding! ding!). I also thought it was a bit odd that the pending installation
of an autopilot
drive would prevent them from splashing their boat as it shouldn't need to be on the hard
to swap out a drive?
Now this person has been on ebay for 6 years but their one and only feed back was way back when they first signed up. More alarm
bells. The person's country is listed as a non-english speaking Northern European country. I start to notice that some of the messages have come through at times that are the middle of the night in NZ. Ok, now I'm suspicious, but this could still all be legit. So I send this person a message with my phone
number telling them to text or call me so I could call them back and confirm them as a genuine buyer. Surprise, surprise this gets ignored and I get the "I have bad internet
tonight, but here's a copy and pasted message of my request for you to send then I pay" message in reply. I then worked around the ebay messaging system to send the potential buyer my direct email
address with a note saying they must contact me or no deal and zip... they've vanished.
To me, the whole event has the faint smell of scam, but the disturbing thing is that they appear to be a cruiser that needed the item and are based out of, or have access to a marina. I'd like to think I'm mistaken, but not so sure???