ebaying unopened christmas presents

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neveronamonday Thu 03-Jan-13 16:09:24

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Jins Thu 03-Jan-13 16:10:34

It's a scam

There won't be anything in the boxes

Sirzy Thu 03-Jan-13 16:11:22

I saw some which were still wrapped so only a fool would pay for that!

CurlyKiwiControl Thu 03-Jan-13 16:12:03

really? as in still in the wrapping paper unopened? bizzare

Jins Thu 03-Jan-13 16:15:10
neveronamonday Thu 03-Jan-13 16:17:07

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Garnier Thu 03-Jan-13 16:17:15

This happens every year. Starts xmas day, with the story of my boyfriend finished with me so here are the presents he bought me blah blah.
Pile of shite in it I expect. And not one of them is unopened. They have beenopened and re-wrapped cos they are shite!

MrsKeithRichards Thu 03-Jan-13 16:17:49

It would be quite exciting, if no one bought you anything it would be nice to have something to open that you had no idea what was in them!

Jins Thu 03-Jan-13 16:17:52

Pound shop junk I'd guess

QOD Thu 03-Jan-13 16:20:38

I've reported her. Hope other people do too

FancyPuffin Thu 03-Jan-13 16:23:34

It's a scam and it goes;

Pop to the pound shop.

Buy tat.

Wrap in shiny paper.

Write vague listing making no promises of contents.


There can be no comebacks as there is no promise that the boxes contain anything, literally, they could be empty boxes and you couldn't complain as the seller has stated 'I don't think you'll be disappointed'

Garnier Thu 03-Jan-13 16:26:20

I doubt ebay will do anything about it. There are hundreds of these people doing exactly the same on there. And ebay wont care cos it's more money for them.

LadySybilPussPolham Thu 03-Jan-13 16:27:18

What sort of numpty bids £31 on this stuff? shock

spottyock Thu 03-Jan-13 16:28:42

Funny how the shapes of the boxes are the same in pictures 1 and 3. Pound shop special I think!

CurlyKiwiControl Thu 03-Jan-13 16:28:50

WTF? 30 odd quid confused and they are not even nicely wrapped ... shitty cheap looking paper too

RedTinsel Thu 03-Jan-13 16:30:09

Why are they Going for so much money though? £30 for what could be essentially empty boxes.

shock what utter madness!

Jins Thu 03-Jan-13 16:32:29
BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Thu 03-Jan-13 16:33:06

There's one on there for £70, with a story about how generous her ex is and if he buys jewellery it will be white gold... why do I never think of these things?!

Garnier Thu 03-Jan-13 16:34:53

Shame you can't see the bidders like the old days because I can bet they are all bidding themselves up with other accounts, then some fool thinks it must be good, comes in with a generous bid and ends up with a load of shite through the post.

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Thu 03-Jan-13 16:35:05

Surely that £1k+ bid is from someone taking the piss?!

neveronamonday Thu 03-Jan-13 16:36:23

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neveronamonday Thu 03-Jan-13 16:43:04

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DozyDuck Thu 03-Jan-13 16:48:06

1k one is probably someone
Who knows its a scam taking the piss

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 03-Jan-13 16:51:50

All those eBay presents where the same shape, obvious scam.

EllieArroway Thu 03-Jan-13 16:52:18

Last year there was a really, really stupid one.

Someone was selling a bunch of presents that they claimed were their offices secret santas. Apparently, everyone had bought their gifts as per the rules, but on the day they were going to be given out there was heavy snowfall and no one could get in. So, they all agreed to stick them on Ebay.

Except everything was wrapped in the same paper. Ho hum........hmm

ImperialBlether Thu 03-Jan-13 16:53:43

Note the little disclaimer at the bottom saying "Don't tell me what it was..." Too damn right - should say "FFS Don't email me after opening it, you idiot!"

MrsKeithRichards Thu 03-Jan-13 16:57:02

I once won £2 on a scratch card and sold it on eBay foe £12

Garnier Thu 03-Jan-13 16:58:51

pmsl - ImperialB you are dead right!

MrsKeith - you are kidding?!

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 03-Jan-13 16:59:30

I once won £2 on a scratch card and sold it on eBay foe £12

I won £3 on on recently, i might sell it on ebay.

RedTinsel Thu 03-Jan-13 17:01:16

£1200! shock

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 03-Jan-13 17:02:08

More money than sense, never a truer word.

scripsi Thu 03-Jan-13 17:02:38

this is just mad. Not the same thing but I once saw someone on ebay selling a single picnic rug (just a tatty pound shop one) for about £250 (identical others were listed for a quid by the same seller) and couldn't work it out. Now I am wondering if it is a moneylaundering thing?

Vagaceratops Thu 03-Jan-13 17:03:45

I dont think they are scams, the seller has good Feedback.

I saw one earlier, she stated she was selling them on behalf of her mother - who had decided this year to sell all her presents and donate the money to charity.

I would feel so hurt if that happened to me because I put a lot of thought and effort into finding presents - and I love watching people open gifts from me and seeing their faces... it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.

If someone I was buying a pressie for didn't want one, and wanted to give to charity - I'd gladly donate on their behalf instead of buying a present; but to put thought into something, wrap it beautifully and then have the recipient not even bother to open it. That's hurtful.

A friend once sold his bread clippings for £15 on eBay. We bet him (drunkenly) £20 that they wouldn't sell, and it wasn't a scam by him, he was as shock as we were. and slightly freaked out when packaging it up to send

Some people are mental!

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 03-Jan-13 17:05:53

eBay can be a dangerous business, as my mum and stepdad are frequent sellers and they are victims of attempted cons.

Normally, being informed, 5 weeks after item has been shipped, the item has not arrived and are now demanding their money back, even though it was posted, but cant now be tracked after 5 weeks.

Jins Thu 03-Jan-13 17:10:29

Vagaceratops they are probably hacked accounts. The same pictures are being used for a number of accounts.

It really, honestly is a scam

ShipwreckedAndComatose Thu 03-Jan-13 17:10:40

'Ve seen single sprouts up for auction too confused

Oh, and a single sheet of plain A4 paper..

Santasapunkatheart Thu 03-Jan-13 17:11:39

Bread clippings? Do you mean crumbs?

Blimey this is so strange.

Do you think people just want to gamble?

LouisWalshsChristmasCloset Thu 03-Jan-13 17:13:02

Ive done it blush
my very old aunt bought my son a girly watch. Now what am i supposed to do with it? I know no one to give it to and she would be offended if i handed it back to her. I suppose i could dontate the money to her favourite charity

Oblomov Thu 03-Jan-13 17:14:42

This is mad. Or stupid. The people bidding are stupid.

milf90 Thu 03-Jan-13 17:17:14

i must be a horrible person because i am very tempted to do this. i have so much i need to sell and get rid of to make room and this would be a very easy way out to do it!!

im guessing the one over a grand was taking the pee..... the seller will be charged ebay fees too which will be over £100...that could be interesting! karma bites her on the bum lol

RedTinsel Thu 03-Jan-13 17:25:04

Louis - selling unwanted presents is not a problem at all, I do it. These are unwanted unwrapped presents.
Definitely a scam, if you hate you're loaded generous ex so much why not just chuck the stuff out? You can't bear to open them But don't mind spending the money you get for selling them.

It's not horrible and you're not a horrible person to sell unwanted items - what is horrible is not even bothering to open them and see what, if any thought has gone into them...

There's plenty of things I've sold that have been gifts in the past, for example I sold my old nintendo DS (which had been a birthday gift some years ago) when I got a new one...

<disclaimer> unless they were gifts from a creepy ex...

KateShmate Thu 03-Jan-13 17:29:37

Ahh I spent ages looking through these this morning - can't believe the prices some people are bidding up to!

I looked on one listing and they had added at the bottom 'Oh the present in the red paper is from a friend who has just told me it's a bag with with letters 'LV' all over it.. maybe that stands for 'love' or something? Just thought I'd add'
(or something along those lines)
Seriously, who is stupid enough to fall for that!?!

neveronamonday Thu 03-Jan-13 17:36:44

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neveronamonday Thu 03-Jan-13 17:39:05

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Beaverfeaver Thu 03-Jan-13 17:43:55

Someone on another forum won one of these auctions just before Christmas. Nodded on it as a bit of a joke/experiment.
He paid about £60 iirc.

Anyway, still waiting for him to come back as say if he receied them and if so why was in them

Hobbitation Thu 03-Jan-13 17:44:35

It's certainly a scam but not necessarily illegal. Depends how they word the ad.

Beaverfeaver Thu 03-Jan-13 17:48:37
neveronamonday Thu 03-Jan-13 17:52:15

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Santasapunkatheart Thu 03-Jan-13 17:54:08

But it is not a scam either? The seller is offering unwrapped presents and in most cases, making no promises of what is inside.

No one is buying them because they absolutely must have an unwrapped present...they want to take a gamble.

They are not vulnerable people taking a risk...but gamblers.

Beaverfeaver Thu 03-Jan-13 17:54:36

Will post back as soon as I know. Out of any that I've seen liste its the most convincing, but I still am hedging towards scam

DressMe Thu 03-Jan-13 18:19:53

I love this!

DeafLeopard Thu 03-Jan-13 18:23:27

Excellent find DressMe

FancyPuffin Thu 03-Jan-13 18:28:35

Great link Dress

ShipwreckedAndComatose Thu 03-Jan-13 18:32:17

love that link dress!

aladdinsane Thu 03-Jan-13 19:46:12

I was trying to link to that one but dont seem able to link on my tablet
its great isn't it
I think the ones that say they have split with rich partner and hint at jewelry are a scam. Honestly if you thought there was anything of real value it would be opened then sold
It amazes me that anyone bids
DH is getting peed off with me looking at them and reading them out to him though
Loads have used the same picture

Suzietastic Thu 03-Jan-13 20:30:05

My friend sold a signed photo of Jesus for £50 on eBay. Some people will buy anything.

LynetteScavo Thu 03-Jan-13 20:36:52
Garnier Thu 03-Jan-13 20:48:23

The simple fact is that they did open them!!!!!!

Nobody would be selling something they hadn;t checked out before. They are unwanted, but have been re wrapped in the hope that someone will be intrigued enough to buy something. They know it wont be particularly popular, hence thw wrapped bit.

Am keeping an eye on the 1200 feedback. which of course nobody would have bought, just bumped it up as a pisstake.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Thu 03-Jan-13 20:54:05

Yeah...I think that's what everyone is saying Garnier.

Even that they were never presents in the first place shock hmm grin

Garnier Thu 03-Jan-13 21:04:28
pigletmania Thu 03-Jan-13 21:20:26

Jins more money tan sense. I don't think the seller will be pad somehow

QOD Thu 03-Jan-13 21:21:33

These people bidding are twats

runningforthebusinheels Thu 03-Jan-13 21:29:58

Some are just rip off scams, but some of them could be money laundering. You have multiple ebay accounts, put a load of tat on. Bid a load on it with the other account. Nice clean money.

Plus you can give yourself good feedback - an extra bonus.

amck5700 Thu 03-Jan-13 21:35:00

Surely if this was on the level you'd just fucking open the presents....and then sell them if you were so inclined. The only reason not to open them is cos it's a scam.

Littlebearlost Thu 03-Jan-13 21:57:30

Why is there something so tempting about wrapped christmas presents? I'm exactly the sort of moron they prey on arent I??

Also I get very confused. They're often listed as "unwrapped" but they haven't been unwrapped. Shouldn't they be ununwrapped?

lovelyladuree Thu 03-Jan-13 22:11:52

Why is it a scam? She has a feedback score of 891 with 100% positives? Why on earth would she risk getting negative feedback for selling shite?

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 03-Jan-13 22:19:54

Because it's not that kind of scam - it's money laundering. She sells them to herself, or to someone she owes money but can't be seen to be just giving money to.

WildWorld2004 Thu 03-Jan-13 22:36:15

You dont really have a good reason to leave negative feedback for something unseen. By the seller
Saying they are unwrapped and they dont know what is in them they can send anything.

MrsKeithRichards Fri 04-Jan-13 00:13:25

It's not a scam, daft yes, scam no.

Yeah I listed a scratch card I'd scratched for a laugh. It had quite a lot of interest and went for £12, all in good humour. The nutter that won it messaged me laughing about it. There's a huge curiosity, what if, element to human nature. We like to take a punt, hate to think we're missing out.

Sorry not bread clippings beard clippings!

piprabbit Fri 04-Jan-13 03:52:15

There used to be market stalls where the seller would gather an audience, have a bit of a laugh, build a sense of trust and community and then start selling stuff in bags. The first bags to go out would contain genuine bargains. Then the seller starts to up the rate of sale, passing bags out to people as fast as his helpers could shift them (and collect the cash).
People with bags would be ushered away from the stall asap, and the whole sale would be over within minutes.
By the time people looked in their bags and realised the contents were a load of shite, the seller and his helpers (who suddenly seem less jolly and a lot more intimidating) were off and away.

This is the exact same scam, updated to Ebay. Some things never change.

Damash12 Fri 04-Jan-13 04:37:26

Wow just looked on the links posted and surprised to see this is for real. Totally amazed that anyone would part with cash for something they have no idea what it is. They just be crazy but I'm erring more on the side of money laundering - makes way more sense.

NewYearNewNN Fri 04-Jan-13 05:10:59

I remember seeing that on WatchDog donkey's years ago piprabbit, in the earliest days of tv cameras small enough to hide on a person.

Beaverfeaver Fri 04-Jan-13 17:20:45

This is what the response was from the person on the other forum who spent £67

"The unwanted presents were a mishmash of unsealed packages, some without boxes, some without labels or writing, all cosmetics - and to my untrained eye probably started life off as unwanted prizes awarded by 10p tombola tickets to geriatrics at an old age home raffle.

Of the 4 women I offered the presents to, only 4 presents from the entire haul were wanted. The rest will probably remain unwanted forever.

One boxed gift was covered in hieroglyphs and is already 2 months out of date, so possibly came from a sunken or extinct civilisation?

The scents were beguilingly undesirable, overpoweringly artificial and animal in nature, similar perhaps to the bottom of a dog who has been squatting on a potpourri for twelve weeks.

I shall charity shop them, or re-list them as third generation unwanted unwanted partially expired Christmas gifts.

I am certain she bought them cheap, herself, to sell on. How else can one acquire expired cosmetics? Perhaps women (my four) are just fussy but on scanning the barcodes myself on an iphone the retail value did actually total up to be £93, a good £25 more than I paid...

Brands included Avon, boots, kylie and revlon. And there was nothing the size of a fist, the photo of the boxes simply made very small items look very big.

Total weight of the unwrapped war paint etc was just over a kilo.

We had fun. Lesson learned: women like to choose their own cosmetics.

KateShmate Fri 04-Jan-13 17:37:09

Littlebear I kept thinking that too!
Surely it should be: 'wrapped, unopened presents?' not 'unwrapped' because that would mean they have been.. unwrapped grin

Santasapunkatheart Fri 04-Jan-13 18:24:43

I do love the person who wrote that though.....love the phraseology.

neveronamonday Fri 04-Jan-13 23:31:29

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