Hi, I won an auction on ebay.de for a laptop and in my haste (to bid) did not see that the seller accepts bank transfer or cash on collection only. Obviously the latter is not an option for me, but my transaction is a couple of hundred euro and there is no buyer protection for paying by bank transfer. The seller looks ok on the face of it - ebay member since 2008, registered as a business seller, nearly 100% feedback, nearly 2000 transactions. However all of the transactions have been for low value gaming accessories in the region of 10 to 30 euro. Now the seller has lots of Apple laptops for sale, all the listings have stock photos none of the actual items. On the plus side, the listing itself looks plausible in that it describes the used condition of the items and he gives his own address and email contact on the listing. Also, why would he offer cash on collection if it was a scam? All his laptop sales so far have attracted lots of bids.
On the other hand the listings are completely out of character with his previous sales and it is not impossible a sellers account could have been hacked.
I could ask for a photograph of the actual item, along with his ebay name written on a piece of paper beside it, or maybe the sensible thing is to leave it? Any other ideas? Thanks