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Ultra cheap 3tb hard drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by eboydog, May 7, 2014.

  1. May 7, 2014 #1 of 27
    eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    I can't vouch for the eBay seller but it's cheap! I have used the PC version of these as Tivo drives as they had Sata 3 WD green drives inside them. This is the same as the WD My Book Essentials that I posted a month or two ago that Staples had on closeout for $51.50. The only difference I can find is that these are formatted for Mac's while the My Book Essential is formatted for Windows PC's. (Western Digital states these can be re-formatted for Windows use).

    For $17.99 shipped, I'm taking a chance and bought one. Buyer beware as it's a low feedback seller from China, I'm taking the chance since it's though eBay that in the worse case I can mostly likely get my money back if there is some type of scam going on.

    As when I posting this, there are only 3 more available and the seller only allows one purchase every 10 hours or I would have bought two of them.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Dig...External_Hard_Disk_Drives&hash=item3f357f316e
     
  2. May 8, 2014 #2 of 27
    Cybernut

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    I strongly suspect this is a scam...just like this guy (http://www.ebay.com/usr/bestprice0070?_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2754) who sold several brand-new SlingBoxes at $100 off...it was too good to be true...and so it was. He had a normal selling record until suddenly he sold 20 or so SlingBoxes for heavily discounted prices...none of which were received the buyers. He was eventually kicked off of eBay but I think he took the money and ran. eBay did refund the money to me and other buyers under their protection guarantee but I suspect eBay suffered some loss on this seller. I would feel esp. wary about your hard drive seller...his account seems to have been dormant for a very long time and he suddenly woke up and became active selling a drive for a fantastic price. The last feedback for him was in 2006, 8 years ago. He then suddenly wakes up now and sells ridiculously low priced hard drives...that just doesn't add up. I wouldn't touch this seller or this sale with a stick. Do report back here if you actually do get the drive and it checks out okay...I'd be surprised if you do...but for your sake I hope I am wrong.
     
  3. May 8, 2014 #3 of 27
    eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    It might well be, with as aggressive as eBay is against ripoff artists it will be interesting to find out, ten years ago I would have never sent any money to a China seller like this. In a possible defense of the seller, the seller might have a inside access to the real product as most people don't realize how inflated the average retail prices are compared to what the real cost is.

    It has been a long time since I got ripped off from a eBay seller so it it's about time, for the selling price that might well be the angle.
     
  4. May 8, 2014 #4 of 27
    L David Matheny

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    I would suspect that in both those cases someone hacked into the eBay account of a member who was long dormant and thus unlikely to report any suspicious activity to eBay. It's quite possible that the person who originally set up the account still isn't aware of the problem. Use strong passwords.
     
  5. May 8, 2014 #5 of 27
    eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    It might well be a scam, I will reply back when I know more, I found it unusual that the seller wouldn't allow more than one purchase, if it was a scam I would think the thief would welcome as many purchases as possible.

    It might also be a fake Western digital drive too, China is known for their counterfeit merchandise.

    But then again, this might just be a seller who came across a shipment of drives and had no investment or cost with it and is just getting rid of them, who knows. With all the fees that eBay has hit me with as a seller, I will get my money back if it's fake and I won't feel the least bad if eBay has to cover it, they are as bad if not worse than the small time scam sellers on eBay.
     
  6. May 9, 2014 #6 of 27
    eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    It doesn't look good, I just recieved a message from eBay stating
    Anyone else every receive a message like this? With being a eBay member for almost 20 years, I have never seen anything like this before. Why would they remove an auction AFTER it ended?
     
  7. May 9, 2014 #7 of 27
    mcluvin

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    You sure that message really came from Ebay? Doesn't sound like something Ebay would send to me.
     
  8. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    It came from eBay, if you go to the link for the auction, you will find its gone. Since then the eBay account for that seller has been removed too so it appears I will have to wait the designated time and file the report with eBay to get my $17 back. I will be surprised if I do actually receive anything but who knows? I sent a message to the seller before the account was removed but now the account is gone I won't get a reply.

    Does anyone know the time limit for filing a grievance or whatever it's called for a buyer who doesn't receive the bought item? I know they make you wait a certain time but there is also a limit to how long you can wait as otherwise if you wait too long, you can't receive the money back.

    I haven't had a bad experience buying for a long time, I think it was 2002 I bought a couple used laptop hard drives from a seller and after paying and receiving them, the seller contacted directly offering me a great deal on more used drives (outside of eBay of course). I fell for it and lost $50 as it wasn't a eBay transaction as the scammer used eBay to find victims. It didn't end up too bad as I did trace the kid down to his home address and as I understood he did have criminal charges files against him, turned out he was a 16 year old kid and his parents weren't very happy to find out what their son was doing to make extra money!

    Today things have become more complicated, all I know about this eBay seller is the area in China his account was located when it was created, rather difficult to call him up and find out what's going on.
     
  9. telemark

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    Is the ebay message viewable on ebay.com when logged into your account?

    It's common for Amazon / Ebay to cancel listings for problem sellers.
    It's also common for sellers to cancel accounts run off with payment.

    Figuring out which one of those, depends on whether Ebay sent the message and whether your credit card was charged / refunded.
     
  10. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    Yes, the message I recieved came from eBay and is listed in my account msgs. Now I have in fact recieved a message like this in the past but it was for a legally questionable item that was a retail counterfeit merchandise which came from China, despite the nature of the message, I did receive the item in question in that case so I beginning to speculate that this too might be a similer situation. I did notice that the picture of the auction didn't match the upc code listed in the title and description.


    It's just unusual that unless you participated in the auction there is no nothing to show that the auction or the particular eBay seller account even existed, I don't understand the reason for eBay to remove all traces of it short of them covering up some type of account hacking that would put eBay in a negitive light.

    I have seen auctions ended due to copyright or content violations such as someone trying to sell something that eBay didn't allow but to remove all listing history and the related account is different. I know since eBay started their "it's safe to buy on eBay" PR campaign, they are more concerned with their public image than they are with the sellers or buyers. As complicated and fee ridden program they have now for sellers, they have driven the average seller out of business and it not worth the hassle if you aren't a high volume seller or have a high priced item to sell, it was much better back in the day when you weren't forced to accept PayPal, you could list a few items and might even make money. It never sat well with me that when eBay bought PayPal and continued to this day to hit the seller with double fees, one for the auction and one for the payment while almost technically requiring PayPal for payments. It one hell of racket they have going.

    Oh well, I guess I will file a claim and get my money back. I suspect that that despite that with eBay putting the hammer down on, they will tell me I need to wait longer for it to arrive before they reimburse me at least I know that was the way it used to be.

    Now if i do in fact receive a new Western Digital 3tb drive for $17 in a few weeks, I will come back and rub it in.... :D
     
  11. telemark

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    Did you receive the item for the previous canceled auction?

    I don't know ebay's intricacies, but the online retail world is going through a reaction to counterfeiting, most from China. It's pretty awful with some manufacturers assuming anything below MSRP is a counter-fit, and even starting lawsuits under the assumption.

    Amazon and Ebay are caught in the crossfire with constant canceling listings, products, and accounts.

    I haven't tried it, but if I want cheap Chinese import electronics, Alibaba is suppose to be able to do that. http://www.alibaba.com
     
  12. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    I did but you know for the life of me I can't recall what it was! It was something cheap, I love going though some of the eBay China wares as they have some really different things esp electronics and I'm a sucker for the cool "you can't buy that in the United States". I have a USB powered desk refrigerator that I want to get more as a novelty as it holds only two cans of soda....

    I remember a RF wireless video transmitter I bought a long time back from a China seller, it used a tunable standard TV analog frequency (channels 2 though12!) and was so powerful that everyone within 200 yards of my house could tune into it. I stopped using it for fear of the Fcc coming down on me. Darn thing was only $35! Needless to say those type of electronic are not as easy to get hold of.
     
  13. telemark

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    I know what you mean.

    I've gotten strange convertors years before they were available in the US and the prices are often better even when they do arrive here.

    Shipping from China is cheaper than within the US for some reason, I'm still trying to figure that one out.

    I saw a USB fridge once, I think it only held 1 can though.
     
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  15. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    Haven't received the drive, filed a claim with ebay and did receive my money back. Guess it was too good to be true.
     
  16. Cybernut

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    Sorry to hear that eboydog. I expected as much.
     
  17. rwisdom

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    eboydog

    What are you asking for your Tivo Roamio's?

    Ray
     
  18. MikeAndrews

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    We can guess that the Chinese post office gets a deal on reciprocal International USPS rates being that China owns most of the US.

    Even with the shipping, I'm amazed when you can get some item for $2. Somebody still has to process your order, pack and ship. They're worth the $0.50 an a hour they get.
     
  19. lessd

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    I just purchased (from E-Bay) a digital temp monitor for $1.66 inc free shipping from China, seller asked me not to tell E-Bay that I did not receive the item until at least 40 days have passed, may be a scam but for $1.66 I not up at night over this item. PayPal charges me $0.30 + 2.9% for each transaction I make, so this seller net is less than $1.35???.
     
  20. MikeAndrews

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    It's not a scam. It just can take 6 weeks for shipping.

    I've bought many things direct from China and I've always received it.

    Think a SINGLE cable adapter for $1.69.

    Now I wonder if the China post packages go by container by sea. Ya suppose the trip takes a week?
     

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