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Amazon Third Party Sellers - How Safe?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Voodooi, Feb 20, 2011.

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  1. Voodooi

    Voodooi AFK for a while...

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    So there's a guy on there with a few 5 star ratings that is offering a MacBook Air 60% less than its going rate as "brand-new, opened never used".

    Too good to be true?

    I e-mailed him and he told me the box was open but the MacBook Air was never turned on or used and comes with a 1 year warranty.
     
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    icehell Notebook Evangelist

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    Link bitte!
     
  3. ALLurGroceries

    ALLurGroceries   Super Moderator

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    Generally you should look at their amazon feedback profile and see how many transactions they've had and if they have any complaints that make sense - not something stupid like "I don't like the item," but actual grievances.

    If they have no real history, you have to rely on trust and Amazon's A-Z guarantee. This covers purchases from third party sellers on Amazon. You can read about it here: Amazon.com Help: A-to-z Guarantee Protection

    In general, sellers are required to accept returns, and there is a heavy bias in favor of the buyer. If you can, purchase with a credit card so that you have an extra layer of protection should something go wrong.

    There's also the general wisdom "if it's too good to be true..."

    Not to say there aren't deals aren't out there.
     
  4. jakej

    jakej Notebook Consultant

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    There was a 32Gb 4th gen Ipod touch on Amazon one day in like-new condition for 200$ about 66% of the retail, a friend bought it and it was exactly as described and a killer deal.

    Sometimes things really are just a good deal, other times they're scams. Amazon is really good at helping buyers in the case of a scam or wrongly defined items too.
     
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    crash NBR Assassin Super Moderator

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    I've never had an issue with third party sellers on Amazon, although I usually buy textbooks from them and pick the ones with many reviews within the past few months.

    As others have indicated, if the seller has a decent amount of reviews and they seem relatively intelligent ones, it's probably ok. Also, Amazon has good buyer protection. Still, I would purchase with a credit card just to be safe.
     
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    I appreciate all your posts, guys. You've given me confidence to buy "too good to be true" priced items.

    MBA, here I come!

    @ALLurGroceries
    I didn't know about that Guarantee Protection that Amazon has =D Thanks for the link.

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    Edit: Fail! I shouldn't of posted what kind of laptop it was in my first post because someone bought it 30 minutes later! Ah well, my fault :p
     
  7. DetlevCM

    DetlevCM Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    -> To be honest, I'd actually look at the ratings and only trust new sellers with very small items (5 Pounds CDs for example)

    If anything, it'll reduce your worrying.
     
  8. jakej

    jakej Notebook Consultant

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    Keep looking, you're bound to find someone just wanting to get rid of one quick and make some cash, thus equaling big discount for you.
     
  9. ALLurGroceries

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    It's cool man, just gives you some time to read about the rumored MBP refresh. :D

    Save up for one of those instead, I'm sure somebody will have an open box one shortly after release.
     
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