eBay is a fascinating world of scams. I am sure I have only scratched the surface, but you don't have to go deep to find them.
So far I've gotten two questions on my item that address statements that are CLEARLY made in my listing. The first one was asking about this statement: "The price of the item ... must be paid with PayPal in US $ with verified account and confirmed address only." The question was: "Would you accept payment in the form of an International Money Order in US Dollars as I do not use electronic payment methods. Thank you."
Okay, that's an easy one. I responded publically in the questions area, "Unfortunately I cannot accept an International Money Order."
Tonight I got another question. I guess the person was confused about this statement: "This item will ship to your PayPal confirmed address only." The question was, "Hi There; I'm really interested in this camera.Roughly how old is the camera and has it had extensive use or only sporadically.Would u ship the camera as a gift to Canada? Regards Carey"
Right, that sounds legit. This time I didn't respond publically, but wrote back, "For your protection and mine, I can only ship to the address on your credit card bill or Paypal account. The camera was purchased in November 2004 and has been used on a regular basis."
It probably doesn't help that I have almost no buying history on eBay and this is the first time I've ever sold anything. I'm guessing I make a good target. And, in fact, part of me does want to believe the best in these people. I actually had to look up the question about shipping to another address to see whether that was a scam or not, because I couldn't imagine how it would work. (Turns out it's pretty easy, if you're into that kind of thing.) I just need to remember to stick to the rules I put in the listing, no matter how nice someone sounds. I'm guessing that using my own imagination as a criteria to determine whether someone could possibly fraud me isn't even going to come close to all the schemes people have come up with.