International eBay Scam Buyers​ and what they do- Be Informed

International eBay Scam Buyers​ and what they do- Be Informed

International eBay scam buyers and what they do! Be Informed.

eBay is a great place to earn money online in fact one of the easier ways to make money online. But as with anything else there are international ebay scam buyers who are getting items for free.

What really happens when a seller has sold an item to an international customer and what could go wrong?

We all try to find easier and cheaper ways to sell items on ebay and scammers take advantage of this too.

When you sell an item locally, you can at least go and pick it up if the buyer has a complaint and does not want it. When an international customer does not want your item or says they do not want your item even though they fully intend to keep it, that’s it, there is not much you can do to get your item back. It’s not easy to get your item back, in fact it won’t happen, you lose everything because when the customer launches a complaint with the resolution center, they get their money back from ebay.

Here is a loophole that international scam buyers use to get free items on Ebay.

When you send an international item, you get a tracking number but this number in some destinations can only be traced to the international sort facility. From the sort facility to the recipient there is no tracking. To help you to understand this more, just imagine that you can track your item till it gets to the international county’s post office. After this, there is no tracking. You can only keep your fingers crossed that all goes well.

When an international scammer gets the item, they wait for, maybe two weeks and then they lodge a complaint with the ebay resolution center that they didn’t receive the item. Since there is no proof that they received the item, they get all their money back and they get to keep the item! Infuriating!!! But there is not a thing you can do about it!

All your hard work and time just goes down the drain!

USPS does not have an option for claims for international items shipped via first class or any flat rate options.

Needless to say, you can get the same problem with regional scammers too. They buy an item and when they receive that item, they lodge a complaint with ebay who refunds them and they don’t send back the item, so they get to keep the item and the money!

While most scammers don’t have a PayPal account so they cannot be traced, this one actually opts to pay through PayPal. This is so that officially they register their payment in order to get a refund when they lodge a complaint.

These are really sneaky ones, like one I came across who scammed my friend. The customer won the bid and paid for the item through PayPal. My friend had said for people to pay on collection but this one went ahead and paid through PayPal. And then called and said she would collect the item to save my friend the time and hassle of posting the item.

So the customer collected the item in persons, my friend was happy.

Then the customer wrote to eBay and made a complaint! Ebay refunded her her money! This is obviously a person who is getting items for free from eBay!

The best way to go around this is to have the item registered and insured. This is expensive and a long cycle for most, in the end it’s such a bother! It is always risky to sell items on eBay.

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International ebay scam buyers and what they do!

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2 thoughts on “International eBay Scam Buyers​ and what they do- Be Informed”

  1. Hi,

    This is seriously messed up. I had no idea that is how international ebay scammers were operating like this. That is a clever scam and actually poor tracking by the country receiving the item. Then there are countries that complain won’t take their country on as an affiliate, I can see why, in this particular situation. I always wondered why as well.

    Trick then is to just sell locally. Anyone country has plenty of people that are looking for your product. I sold a heater of mine for 50euros to a happy couple who’s apartment had those useless, and expensive, storage heaters. I was more than happy to sell it onto them and they had a kid or two so I felt good about the whole thing.

    There are plenty of free classifieds we can all access to sell our unwanted stuff. Should you sell from an online catalog, you can still do it this way. Honestly, I can’t operate Ebay. I don’t find it user friendly and so I don’t bother with it at all.

    Those that are selling regularly, well, why not set up your own Facebook Group and sell from there? I did this for a time and did pretty OK from selling catalog stuff. Where I messed up was I ordered stuff to my locale and trusted customers to collect for the money, even when they gave me their word, too many never showed up. If you can get round this one problem then there is no reason why you can’t be successful.

    These internation ebay scam buyers have the system sussed for legally ripping off other people online. Its bizare and cruel but hey this article will now better inform so many to alter their mode of operation.

    I had no idea this was going on, thank you so much for informing me of this. Great article by the way.

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    Thanks again and see you inside WA!

    ~ Philip.

    • Hi Philip!

      Thank you for passing by and for your comment.

      Doing business online with scammers lurking in corners is a tricky thing. Most times it’s about ‘sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.’

      I have sold items on eBay and it was good. My problem was that I could not make a living out of it. Instead it became a platform for me to get rid of stuff I no longer wanted.

      Affiliate marketing has proved a consistent method to earn money online. There is the potential of earning a full time income.

      Scammers are everywhere and those international eBay scammers are really something else. There is just nothing the seller can do when scammed this way.

      Thank you for mentioning free classifieds. Yes, that is another good way of selling stuff we don’t want and I think it’s much more straight forward. Facebook groups do well too.

      Thank you for taking the time to pass by Philip. See you inside WA.


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