[PLUG-TALK] eBay fraud - and response

Keith Lofstrom keithl at gate.kl-ic.com
Tue May 6 11:39:11 PDT 2014

Not directly Linux related.  About a month ago, I ordered
what claimed to be a USB-controlled circuit board with 
four power relays on it.  What showed up did not match the
ad (it is not USB), and the seller offered a refund if I
withdrew my complaints,

Instead, I got my money back with eBay buyer protection. 
However, they did not withdraw the misleading (fraudulent?)
ads (under 20 aliases for newfrog.com of Shenzen, China).

So, I created another ebay account, "ad_not_true", and posted
my own ad for the board at a much lower price:


I put a full description of the problems with the board and the
transaction.  I hope other potential buyers will see it first.

eBay will turn into a worse cesspool if we don't help improve it.
I hope this strategy works.


Keith Lofstrom          keithl at keithl.com

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