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ebaying unopened christmas presents

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

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One boxed gift was covered in hieroglyphs and is already 2 months out of date, so possibly came from a sunken or extinct civilisation?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

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

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