Originally Posted by szwety
As an FYI, their buyer protection page says a bit different regarding the refund of shipping:
Obviously this doesn't mean I would go off and buy this obvious scam, but if you did happen to, according to ebay, you should be entitled to the full sum of your purchase. Now obviously there are caveats to this protection and I'm SURE it's not as easy as click a button and get money, but I feel like ebay has the buyers back in most cases. Hopefully I (or anyone else for that matter) will ever have to find out!
x2... Yeah buyers are protected in writing. But its up to the buyer to research the terms and pursue justice. Ebay will not take initiative to voluntarily give up the $$.
I don't know what happens if the scammer withdraws funds, closes the associated bank account and locks out ebay / paypal from the funds. In my case the scammer was still scamming and taking orders by the time my case was handled, so the paypal CS clerk just issued the charge-back. IE he hadn't actually closed shop yet. The other thing I had going for me was that shipping / handling / tracking the item back was almost as $$$ as the item itself. So the paypal CS clerk sided with me in thinking it was pointless to ship it back. At the time I got shipping quotes from USPS, fed-ex and UPS. UPS was 2x the price of the others so thats the quote I used for the case.
In all it was a ~3 week turnaround in my case from order placement to refund received. Even after my case was closed, EBAY / PP STILL HADN'T CLOSED THE SALE AUCTION, OR SCAMMER ACCOUNT!!! So the scammer was still taking orders.
I have heard / read others on other gear-centric forums say things like..."I 'll take a gamble on it anyways... I can just pursue a refund through paypal." IMHO its wise not to think this way... its not worth the effort. I do not believe PP is willing to let go of the funds so easily if its a high $$$ item thats significantly more than return shipping charges.
Edited by kramer5150 - 5/12/13 at 8:55am