thank you all for the quick replies.
Originally Posted by SDBiotek
A little bit of advice (which you probably already know): If it seems too good to be true, don't risk it. Check the sellers recent feedback (not just the score). At a glance, you can see the seller generally deals with much less expensive electronics and other items. As he is based in China, I would recommend against buying an E18 from him. There have been more than a few cases of dishonest sellers, based in China, claiming to sell an "audiophile" product. They will take a long time to ship, and often you will receive a random piece of junk, instead of what you ordered. After that, they may be very slow to respond, and it can be very difficult to get your money back.
yes, I've read quite a lot of feedbacks, and the only FiiO product in 20 pages was a E6. and the China point of shipping thing does put me off a bit.
Originally Posted by CasperBxl
Ask for the "scratch" code on the product (with a photo) in a PM. You can check online if it is real.
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Hope this can help,
it does, thanks. but, as said below...
Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome
The price is suspicious because it's an auction and not buy it now. While it's at $2 currently it'll probably end around $110. I don't think there are any fake E18s at the moment. You're not going to get the scratch code if you ask. Maybe a picture of the box with an unscratched scratch code..
I was supposing that very same thing, for sure the seller wouldn't do it.
Originally Posted by chillaxing
the sellers seems legit. they have a lot of positive feedback. Maybe they're haveing a low starting price to draw people to their store.
good point, but it might put them off too due to suspects of fake items...
Originally Posted by lawrecedent
There's no problem there, just an auction with a 99 cents starting price. Its unlikely it will end at that price and notice it says that the "reserve isn't met" meaning it won't sell at that price, even if the auction ends. Sadly, if you had discovered a hidden gem, sharing it on here would be the best way to blow a great deal. Don't worry about buying anything from eBay. They will refund any losses quickly and without fuss if there is a problem. The sellers are more at risk of being scammed these days than buyers.
this would be my first ebay buy, but I've talked to other people and they say sooner or later any problems are sorted.
To end the discussion: I will not buy it. Why? I already have an amp (E11), so buying another is needless. I would only buy the E18 if the price was a real bargain. A stand alone DAC will fulfill my needs better and in a cheaper way.
Again, thank you all for the help provided
Edited by rebelinho - 7/30/14 at 2:52am