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I would like to share an example of what I previously posted about. This Nova SS is listed on ebay under "collectable" section instead of "E-bay Motors". This means there are no protections by ebay which would otherwise apply if this car was listed under Ebay Motors. I will also point out that to post on ebay motors is MUCH cheaper to the seller than under "collectables" ($79 vs. 10% of sale price!), so there is no logical excuse for this that I can see. I also noticed the seller has "0" feedback.

 

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That has me uneasy right out of the gate. And if were to pursue it, I'd be on high alert the whole way only robbing me of what should otherwise be a pleasurable, exciting experience. Regardless, I'd never buy from an eBay member with "0" feedback, especially in a section of the site that eBay won't provide buyer protection. Good attention to detail there @75-NovaSS.
 

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I don’t use EBay although I have seen quite a few ads over the years. I’m not seeing anything that screams “scam..!” to me.. It could just be a newbie placing an ad and not really familiar with the various techniques for posting an ad. It is 1970 Nova so that would qualify as a classic car in my book. It’s not really ridiculous money at 24k..
I suppose it could go either way..
 

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Been on ebay for over 3 years. A sleeper? Create a profile and wait to use it later so it doesn't look as suspicious???
 

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I don’t use EBay although I have seen quite a few ads over the years. I’m not seeing anything that screams “scam..!” to me.. It could just be a newbie placing an ad and not really familiar with the various techniques for posting an ad. It is 1970 Nova so that would qualify as a classic car in my book. It’s not really ridiculous money at 24k..
I suppose it could go either way..
If you buy this and have it shipped to you, the person can get the money without the hold (so they get paid before you even get the car to make sure it's what was listed)...
"Ebay Motors" listing sales hold the money until you actually get the car and then provide them with a verification code to get the funds released. But this "scam" seems to be an attempt to work around any recourse if you get burned...they'll take the money and Ebay may not be able to help you if you buy it outside "Ebay Motors".
This Nova is not listed as a collectible vehicle. It's one of several Novas that I have come across listed as a non vehicle under "Collectibles" but as a vehicle related collectable. So ultimately they seem to disguise the listing as a "Chevrolet" or something similar in the final sub-category, but outside Ebay Motors. The original category is not for a vehicle, its for a vehicle related collectible. It could be postcard of a Nova. I have come across several Novas listed in this way. Usually, the seller won't respond when confronted with questions. I spoke to an Ebay Motors specialist who warned me about these listings and told me they are trying to game the system.
 

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Has eBay changed over the years where you have to put the funds in some account that they have access to so if you win the bid, the seller automatically gets the money? I ask because I bought mine off of eBay about 8 years back. I was the high bid, then contacted the seller and put a $500.00 Hold on the car until I was contacted by the car carrier that the vehicle was still as I photographed during my inspection and that it was on the truck. It was at that moment that i did the wire transfer for all funds. eBay did not have anything to do with actual money changing hands.
 

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Has eBay changed over the years where you have to put the funds in some account that they have access to so if you win the bid, the seller automatically gets the money? I ask because I bought mine off of eBay about 8 years back. I was the high bid, then contacted the seller and put a $500.00 Hold on the car until I was contacted by the car carrier that the vehicle was still as I photographed during my inspection and that it was on the truck. It was at that moment that i did the wire transfer for all funds. eBay did not have anything to do with actual money changing hands.
Ultimately E-bay doesn't care. If the final payment arrangements for the car are made outside their system per seller's request and buyer's agreement, it's fine with E-bay. They'll take their fees right out ofthe seller's bank account but any payment done outside their system becomes the buyer's problem. I will say this, I have been shocked to see several flagrant scam artists on e-bay selling cars. I have also heard of people who got scammed selling cars muscle cars on e-bay by co-artist buyers. Most people don't have a clue about the complex web of BS these people weave and how the scams are constructed to blind the buyers/sellers. Having almost gotten scammed myself in a car purchase on ebay, I realized how evil these people are...THANK GOD I paused despite all the pressure to dig deeper in to the details of the sale (which on its face seemed perfectly legitimate).
But scam artists are just plain evil people who have no shame and no concience...and they build a huge castle of BS just to con people in ways most people just don't see it coming...it's quite scary actually.
Buyer be beware!!!
 
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