I'm looking at purchasing a 2009 Yamaha R1 from someone that listed the bike on Craigslist. The price is ridiculously low ($2700) for a 2009 with only 1400 miles on it. I thought something was fishy from the start, so I sent him an email asking if it was a typo. He sent me this:
I am sorry for my tardiness in replying, for the time being I am on a business trip to Austin TX,i just got a new job here so i`ll be moving here with my family. The bike is still available and the final price is $2,700.I`m selling it at such a low price because i need some cash soon for my business project. It is in best working and aesthetic condition,no scratches,no problems at the engine, never involved in accidents and it has 1,400 miles.Below you can find a link with some pictures:
Awaiting for reply.
So...as I looked at those pictures, I noticed that the bike AND the vehicle in the garage had Texas plates on them. I'm in Maine, and it was in the Maine section of Craigslist. This made me a bit suspicious, so I first checked the Texas classifieds on Craigslist. The same bike was there, but it was flagged for removal (and removed.) I then sent him another email asking him, basically, why do you have it listed in the Maine classifieds, but everything has Texas tags on it? Where is the bike now? I also mentioned that I saw it listed (and removed) in the Texas classifieds. He replied with this:
The bike is at the shipping company in Austin TX sealed and ready for shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. According with eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the bike to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. Here is how it will work:
First of all,I will need the following details from you: full name, full shipping address. After I have received these details from you, I will forward them to eBay. After they will process your info, they will send both of us invoices. On the invoice you will find all the instructions on how to complete this transaction. eBay will contact me and I will ship the bike to you. After you receive the bike you will have 5 days to test it, verify it and do whatever you want with it. If you are going buy it, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
If you decide that you won't buy the bike , eBay will refund the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my bike . If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Has anyone ever heard of this? Does this sound like a scam to you? To me, it sounds like I'll get this info from "eBay", send the money, and never see a bike at all.
Honestly, I think it has scam written all over it...but figured I'd ask here because I know there ARE shippers that will do something similar to this, releasing payment to the seller once the buyer says they've received the product. I've just never heard of eBay doing it.