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Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:29 pm 
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Just wondering, whats the go with these ebooklet listings on ebay?
It seems like a scam to me, but heaps of people bid on 'em..
So who knows..
Anyone ever won/bid on one of these?

Here's an example of what im talking about, for a kickass audio system...
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 88465&rd=1
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... eName=WDVW
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... eName=WDVW
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Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 12:28 am 
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it's all some shady setup where you're supposed to use the details in the e-book to obtain a "demo" unit from the manufacturer by posing as a retailer...... i doubt it actually works, and funnily enough, when you report them as a fraudulent listing to EBAY, the auctions are cancelled

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 9:16 pm 
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thought something was fishy... looked at it and thought 'nah, cant be right'.. :roll:
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Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:12 pm 
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DO NOT bid on these auction anyone they are links to site u can find on google anyone intrested its called matrix shopping, its illegal in australia.
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Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 12:11 am 
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DO NOT bid on these auction anyone they are links to site u can find on google anyone intrested its called matrix shopping, its illegal in australia.

care to elaborate further about it?

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:29 am 
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the first has already bein cancelled
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Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 12:34 pm 
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matrix shopping??

It looked kinda dodgy.... Like you were paying for the information to find where it was most likely to 'fall off the back of a truck'...

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 2:58 pm 
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dang, i wish this post came up before i succesfully bid on one of them....Ah well at least it was only $1...hehehehe

Guess i'll b a little more carefull in the future
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Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 3:07 pm 
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Interceptor wrote:
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DO NOT bid on these auction anyone they are links to site u can find on google anyone intrested its called matrix shopping, its illegal in australia.

care to elaborate further about it?


Matrix schemes.. same as pyramid schemes.

Only difference being the sellers claim it as being legal as you're actually "paying" for a "product" (i.e. the ebook)... which in actual fact isnt worth anything... the money is really to get your name on the list.

Oldest trick in the book... just a new way of delivering it...


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Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:37 pm 
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yeh it may work if ure the first person on the list otherwise if u get caught down the list u wil never get ure product
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Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:47 pm 
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it seems like a complete scam to me, and this is one that the guy was freely giving away and i managed to get a hold of. http://www.sound4cheap.com/
do not pay as mentioned before it is illegal if in australia
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