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    This listing is only one of more than 3,000 listings that just went up, many of them mandolins. Unfortunately eBay makes it really hard to report things. Just beware, they obviously compromised some poor unsuspecting sellers account.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Unk...oAAOSwiG1ah0uy
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Mike,
    It says the listing has been removed.
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    I maybe wrong, but it is highly doubtful.

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    The listing may be gone but, the scam remains! Honor is fleeting by the minute, save here at the Café!
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    I had reported a few. It was pretty apparent what it was.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I have seen the same mandolin in two ads right after another with the same scam. Not too bright. He would have like 4 or more in a row, but would use the same mandolin, same pic. Ebay doesn't make it easy to report these things either.
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    Same guy is back this morning, same ads different hacked account. Sems to favor accounts with a lot of positive feedback.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1927-Gibson...UAAOSwNt1aiCuU
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    A lot of accounts have been compromised. For example the Ome Juggernaut banjo, short auction < 24 hours, then there's a button below for "See full item description" when you click that, takes you to ebaydesc.com page that says "Buy it now only", "All bids will be cancelled", "do not message me thru Ebay" and other stuff.
    The Keepers: Kentucky km900, JBovier A5
    Yamaha piano, clarinet, violin
    some really really loud banjo's

    Shopping/monitoring prices: Yamaha brass and woodwinds

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    That's the same guy.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    He's gone again
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I reported two of his ads this morning.
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    That's what has to happen.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    He is a busy guy, reported at least 6 more this morning. What a pain.
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    report a scam: not obvious at all so:

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    scroll down to Description/Shipping tabs on the left, there's a Report link on the right

    Report Category: Listing Practices

    Reason for Report :Fraudulent Listing

    Detailed Reason: You suspect listing is fraudulent
    The Keepers: Kentucky km900, JBovier A5
    Yamaha piano, clarinet, violin
    some really really loud banjo's

    Shopping/monitoring prices: Yamaha brass and woodwinds

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtani7 View Post
    report a scam: not obvious at all so:

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    scroll down to Description/Shipping tabs on the left, there's a Report link on the right

    Report Category: Listing Practices

    Reason for Report :Fraudulent Listing

    Detailed Reason: You suspect listing is fraudulent
    Exactly what I did, like six times this morning.
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    Question: is it not a violation of eBay TOS rules to include a link to an outside website or email address in the listing? This seems to be a regular feature of this guy's MO which should be easily detectable by the ebay police.
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    eBay should hire Rickenbacker's police -- they seem to catch every unauthorized use of the Ric name or image within hours of its listing.

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    eBay could stop all that easily. It wouldn't be hard to filter out links. They choose not to.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    By the way, they just took him out again with a new account. I was looking at a $4.95 A2Z when they pulled all his listings. I didn't even get time to report it

    They still show up on the search but they are gone when you try to go tho them.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I was looking at a $4.95 A2Z when they pulled all his listings.
    Remember when eBay first started and legitimate sellers would list and underprice instruments like that? Yep, the good ol' days......back then I spent about 18-20 hours a day just refreshing the new listings under "vintage guitar"

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    I do. I bought and sold a whole lot of instruments back then.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    My other hobby is collecting game used sports jerseys - and I have reported a couple of crooked listings to eBay, but they never seemed to do anything about them.

    I just hate to think of how may people get taken by these crooks and give legitimate eBay sellers a bad name.

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    Took a few days off, now they're back

    - GIBSON MANDOLIN STYLE F-4 W CASE INSTRUMENT

    - 1927 Gibson Style H1 Mandolin

    (and a bunch of others)
    The Keepers: Kentucky km900, JBovier A5
    Yamaha piano, clarinet, violin
    some really really loud banjo's

    Shopping/monitoring prices: Yamaha brass and woodwinds

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    It looks like one account hacked was rileysmimi. When you click button on the tab that says "See full item description" you get a page which in part looks like this:

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    If you have time go here and report the listing as being fraudulent.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/THE-GIBSON-...AAAOSw-o9ambsk
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    Mike: I think that was one of the listings I went to above and did report it as fraudulent.
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