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Purchasing items from eBay, Be Careful of Chinese Hidden Sellers! – SCAM – you decide ?

You can select a filter on eBay which shows only UK Sellers. See here in the listing the Item Location is stated as Manchester, United Kingdom.

BUT, if you take the trouble to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the description (using a web browser on a PC, not the eBay App), you’ll will notice that our Seller is from CHINA !

eBay does not view this as fraud! I guess because they make so much of their income from these sellers!

I don’t really have an issue where the item is located, BUT when an item is clearly a fake, see picture below, both of these are a plastic caps for the Suzuki Swift expansion bottle for the radiator fluid. 

Suzuki Swift Radiator Bottle Expansion Cap

Suzuki Swift Radiator Bottle Expansion Cap – left fake, right – original.

Suzuki Swift Radiator Bottle Expansion Cap

Suzuki Swift Radiator Bottle Expansion Cap – left fake, right – original.

Now you would think, well this is eBay, I’ve got Buyer Protection, and I can return the item for a refund! True.

But when the Seller has created a Returns Process, which requires you to use the eBay Returns procedure, and you’ve got to print and pay for a postage label through eBay, at £3.75, it’s hardly  worth the effort to return the item, which cost £4.24!

So who wins the seller, and just pockets £4.24! 

I suspect if everyone never returns an item, that’s a nice business model if done 1000x!

Oh, the original Suzuki part, cost 4x as much!

So if it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Be Aware, when shopping on eBay!

(if you are wondering why the cap needed replacing… ah well that would be the mice!)

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