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post #1 of 33
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I'm writing today to document my transactions / get advice from the community on this topic.

I saw this advert on Gumtree, listing GTX780's/780Ti's and the like for cheap second hand as the seller had excess stock and wanted to shift them quick.

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/gtx-760-gtx-770-gtx-780-780ti-closing-down-sales-cheap/1050502544


I was cautious at first, messaging just to enquire about their stock, and was told they had just GTX 780's and GTX 780Ti's remaining, which suited me as I am after a GTX780.
He said the price for a GTX780 shipped was £250, and I was instantly alarmed.

I talked a little more, and we have agreed that PayPal was the choice for fund transferal, as it was more secure than a Bank Transfer.

At this point, I felt a little relieved, as I sort of expected the seller to ask for the funds via Bank Transfer, and I knew that Gumtree itself offers no Buyer Protection for shipped items, as the site itself recommends meeting up in person to exchange money.

He asked that I send the funds to a PayPal account seemingly linked to a Facebook page / small time company called Base PC Wales, but he asked that I send via gift.

I told him I would happily add £10 to the transfer, so that the extra money covered the PayPal fees and he would take away atleast £250 from the transaction.

That is where I am now.



Doing further research into it, shows his eBay account by the name Base PC Wales has positive 77 feedback, his most recent being all Windows 8.1 keys, which is consistent with the mass-ownership of a PC Building company..


Could I have handled this differently, am I being too cautious?
post #2 of 33
So did you recieve the graphics card?
post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by $ilent View Post

So did you recieve the graphics card?

I am about to pay through PayPal, £260 total.

I am not gifting, so I will be covered by Buyer Protection, so even if I don't I get my money back! thumb.gif
post #4 of 33
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Payment sent, and the seller has said he'll send out a verification letter to my address to make sure that it is legit, before posting the card, just to cover his back..

Never heard of this practice before.. at least I have PayPal's buyer protection on my side
post #5 of 33
Never heard of that practice either...Also the fact he asked you to send the money as a gift.

This screams scam to me.
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by $ilent View Post

This screams scam to me.

Me also, but I guess the Buyer Protection is there just incase..
post #7 of 33
Also £260 for a gtx 780? Really? Funny how this guy is going to make money back from his failing business by selling stuff cheaper than what he probably paid for it. They retail at £400, so I bet retailers will only make £50 at best from each sale.

Also that facebook page for Base PC Wales...looks so amateurish its comedic. All he;s done is took a picture of his pc room and then made a 10 second microsoft paint picture for his business.
post #8 of 33
there has been a recent case of scamming and documented on here on and can see another coming shortly biggrin.gif

dont do it thumb.gif
post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by ladcrooks View Post

there has been a recent case of scamming and documented on here on and can see another coming shortly biggrin.gif

dont do it thumb.gif

Well as I said, Buyer Protection is there..
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Originally Posted by $ilent View Post

Also £260 for a gtx 780? Really? Funny how this guy is going to make money back from his failing business by selling stuff cheaper than what he probably paid for it. They retail at £400, so I bet retailers will only make £50 at best from each sale.

Also that facebook page for Base PC Wales...looks so amateurish its comedic. All he;s done is took a picture of his pc room and then made a 10 second microsoft paint picture for his business.

The Facebook page does look amateurish, but the eBay profile dating back 3/4 years with positive feedback and multiple computer related sales seems legit
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by McMogg View Post

Me also, but I guess the Buyer Protection is there just incase..

In all likelihood you'd be covered under the buy protection through papal, but trust me it's not going to be some instant walk in the park refund. It will probably be a long drawn our process with emails between you and the seller, you and Paypal, Paypal and him, etc. You may even have to make calls to customer service and it may turn into a whole ordeal.

They way I see it is that it's kind of like those drawn out mail in rebates, where the manufacturers hope that the rebate draws buyers in, then hopes the rebate is too irritating to to follow through with.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Personally I've never find myself going "I think this is a scam, I'll do it and see how it turns out..."

Also why isn't he selling it on eBay if he has a successful eBay account? Tell him to set up a listing on there and you will have even more protection and hassle free returns. You can tell him to list the additional 10%ish price that eBay gets on top of the base price and you'd still get a good deal.
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Dedicated Miner
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For Sale: Oculus Rift + touch
$375 (USD) or best offer
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700K MSI H110I Pro Nivida GeForce GTX 1080 FE G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HyperX Savage 2.5" 240GB SSD PNY 2.5" 480GB SSD Corsair H75 AIO Cooler Windows 10 Home 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU bprz 144hz G-Sync Logitech G610 EVGA 120-G1-0650-XR 80 PLUS GOLD 650 W Cooler Master Elite 130 
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Steel Series Sensei 
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