You answered your question when you stated "Usually, if something sounds too
good to be true, it is."
Fraud is spelled Forget Rash And Unproveable Descriptions and is most
commonly found on eBay. eBay will NEVER stand behind any deal that occurs
after an item is either pulled or the auction expires. eBay will never get
involved in a two party deal. They are an auction house plain and simple and
will never get involved in what they consider to be private transactions.
They are very explicit and up front about that policy.
Frankly, you would do a lot better by joining both national clubs and taking
a look at the for sale ads. At least you will be buying from a member of a
club rather than "someone" who has a "deal" for you and chances are that
there is someone on the list that knows the car. There are several being
advertised in both publications now.
John Sims, BN6
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Ned Smith
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 3:57 PM
To: Austin-Healey List
Subject: A deal that may be too good to be true
A week or 10 days ago there was an Austin-Healy BJ8 (I think) at auction. I
think it was black with a red interior. From the description and photos, the
car was in very good condition. Now here is the good part. The lady wanted
to sell the car to the person of her choice for a fixed price of $18,500.00.
I sent her an e-mail to say I was interested. The next day the auction had
been pulled. I thought I had missed out.
Today I got an e-mail from her today asking if I was ready to discuss the
purchase. Even better, the $18500.00 included shipping anywhere in the US.
She is willing (she says this is an eBay function but I can't find it) to
have eBay hold a 25% deposit until the car is delivered, then I can accept
the car or send it back.
Usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it is.
Creek Hill Vineyard
near Chattanooga, TN