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Ebay: I smell a rat(12 posts)

Ebay: I smell a ratDMoore
Nov 8, 2003 10:54 PM
A brand new seller, 0 feedback, has popped up under the name of "dnbuyto." He's advertising several pages of high end bikes, including a rare Colnago CF3 carbon bike, full record, "reserve met" at $3K. He's also listing a lot of high end computer and camera gear. No photos except from manufacturers, either. Some listing even say "check my feedback and bid with confidence." Now that's cheeky - his ebay ID only dates back to November 3, 2003.

I'd sure give this one a wide berth.
I just reported him to ebay. Wonder how long he'll stay up... nmBowWow
Nov 8, 2003 11:36 PM
Has a lot of nice stuff listedJack9
Nov 8, 2003 11:51 PM
He has about $2 million worth of stuff listed. On some of his auctions he lists his location as L.A. California, on others he's in the United Kingdom.
It appears he has another ID as well: "sellared"DMoore
Nov 9, 2003 12:01 AM
Between dnbuyto and sellared, they have 10 (!) CF3's listed. That must be a major part of that model's total production. All appear to be the same bike: brand new, 56 cm, full record, Colnago carbon cranks, etc. for $3K. Here's my chance to corner the market ;-)
Up to 22 Ferrari bikes now!! n/mGiant_Tom
Nov 9, 2003 1:06 AM
I smell the same ratpedalAZ
Nov 9, 2003 12:20 PM
under "sellared" but hadn't yet spotted the other ID of "dnbuyto". How likely is it that this seller actually has possession of all that merchandise? I e-mailed to ask how I might be able to see the goods before buying and the reply came back asking if I wanted to bid, and could we work out a "buy it now" price, totally avoiding my question. I sent another reply asking again about seeing the stuff in person, and reported the seller to ebay (which probably means nothing - ebay doesn't seem to care about this stuff).
Dialogue with the sellerpedalAZ
Nov 9, 2003 7:24 PM
Q: Where can I see the bicycles you have for sale? I'd like to bid if I can check them out first.

A: Are you interested in just bidding for this ? I am asking because I would like to negotiate a buy-it-now price with you. Please let me know if you are interested as soon as you read this. We offer free shipping and other attractive discounts for outright purchases. Thanks for looking at my auctions !

Q: You have so many nice bikes for sale, I wanted to know whether it was possible to see them before bidding.

A: $2000

Q: How and where can I see the bike first?

A: I`m from UK

Q: I have friends over there who could check it out for me.

A: ok there is no problem

Q: OK, so where can I send my friend to look at the bikes? You really haven't answered the question.

A: Yes sir please sent it

Q: Is English your native language? You do not seem to understand. I want to see the bikes before I bid or buy-it-now. Where can I seem them?

A: Here is my address. First name: ARDITO. Last name: VANOLI. Address: 20 GILLETT AVENUE. Zip: E6 3AW. City: London. Country: United Kingdom


Any UK riders out there who want to check this address out? There might be a lot of Colnago eye candy waiting for you.
I'll be in Londonmexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Nov 10, 2003 9:53 AM
on Nov. 29/30. I'd be more than willing to pick up a 'Nago for you.
re: Ebay: I smell a ratdjg21
Nov 9, 2003 5:04 PM
This is the typical Western Union Scam! I've had a few of his ads yanked. He has figured out that there's noone at Ebay minding the fort over the weekens. He typically posts very short auctions (24 hrs) so they end before he is caught.
$1 million bid - somebody's having funDMoore
Nov 9, 2003 6:40 PM
Someone has bid $1 million for one of the CF3 bikes listed on eBay. But I'm not sure he really intends to pay up when the auction is over, since his user name is "its a scam don't bid"

Ya gotta love it.
re: Ebay: I smell a ratinnergel
Nov 10, 2003 7:18 AM
I had a similar discussion with this guy on another bike. Funny thing about his listing was that there was no size listed for the bike. I asked him what size the bike was and he said something like "make me an offer and we'll work out a deal." My reply was "I'm not going to bid on a bike that I don't know the size of." And his final reply was "what size do you need and how much are you willing to pay?"

Kind of funny that this scam is so obvious. I guess there is one born every minute.
It's Monday morning, the ads have all been pulled by ebay.DMoore
Nov 10, 2003 11:32 AM