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I’m doing the eBay walk of shame. That old saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is” has been ringing through my ears since 8 AM.
At 8:00 AM, I was the top bidder on a diamond ring. I’m only out $100 or so, but I got caught up in the moment and didn’t listen to that nagging voice in my head that said that something didn’t feel quite right.
I won a round brilliant cut 1.77 carat VS2 E colored diamond ring. It was advertised as a “no reserve” auction starting at 0.99 from a seller in Canada. They only have 30 sales on eBay and appear to be a professional ebayer with stock photos (not like a point in click with the camera phone picture of someone who doesn’t know what they are doing on eBay or the worth of a diamond. You know the listings I’m talking about. The kind that advertises a 1 carrot diamond. No, this person’s listing looked professional). The other odd thing is that there are two other sellers with very similar listings who all state they are from Canada, and who sound awfully similar to this person in their responses to my questions via eBay email. All three have 30-60 sales under their belts, with 96% and up satisfaction rates. This just feels fishy to me, the more that I think about it. All 3 had strange bidders that said “private listing – bidders’ identities protected” all over the bidder board, which looks a bit like a shill bid to me.
I emailed the gal to be sure that the diamonds were natural and that they were not enhanced, and she assured me that they were not. I emailed again to be sure that all of the stones, including the center stone, were VS2 E colored, which she stated that they were. She assured me that my satisfaction is her top priority and that she would fully refund me if I wasn’t satisfied (but I would have to pay to ship it back).
She advertised it as: Metal: Solid 14K Gold
Main Gemstone: Natural Diamond
Side Gemstone: Natural Diamonds
Size: USA #6
Condition: Brand new 100%
Style: Vogue for 2015’s
Package with Gift Box as a gift
Did I just snag the deal of the century, or am I a sucker? I’m feeling like a sucker. I’m kicking myself knowing that I should have walked away. I’m hoping that PayPal will back my purchase if it turns out to be something that I could find in a cereal box. What do you think? Are there any questions that I should ask her now? Is there some kind of secret scheme or scam between three sellers from the same area with very similar listings and listing styles? (Why would someone do that?) Have you ever had to turn to PayPal or eBay to help to get your money back if things were not represented correctly in the item description? If this ring is legit, why do you think its so cheap?
This topic was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by moviegoer23.
Post # 2
Please update after you receive the product!
Post # 3
I am 99.99999% sure that you will not receive a natural diamond with those stats for what you paid. Yes, eBay has good deals sometimes, but not that good! Sorry bee, I just do not believe anyone would sell a diamond with the specs listed for $100.
Paypal is very good for refunding in situations like these, just open a dispute if the seller doesn’t proceed with a refund.
I think these settings look like some I’ve seen offered by sellers in India who sell moissanite, maybe you’re getting a moissy?
Post # 4
I have got half carats for that price. take it to a jeweler to check it out, if not what it is you can get a refund, through PayPal or eBay, that’s what’s so great about eBay. I have not got a fake diamond off eBay yet, bit I do go with those have great feedback
Post # 5
Even clarity enhanced diamonds are not this cheap. I hate to say that you will probably be receiving a cz. There’s just no way someone would sell a diamond of that size for that cheap. At least you have PayPal to give you your $100 back.
Post # 6
I can’t imagine why someone would sell a diamond like that so cheap. But I WANT ONE
Post # 7
There are a few eBay sellers who sell lab-created diamonds but call them natural. The “lab created” disclaimer is in fine print in the listing; all throughout, it will say things like, “This is NOT CZ. These are natural diamonds.”
You are protected as a buyer, so I think you are safe in that respect, but you are likely not getting a natural diamond. Good luck — please let us know how it turns out!
Post # 8
If it turns out not to be a natural diamond at least you have an email/documentation from the seller telling you that it is. That is evidence enough to file a dispute for misrepresentation.
Post # 9
I have lots of ebay experience as a seller and buyer (for over 10 years, power seller, top rated, 1000 feedbacks). If you PM me (or post) the item# / listing, I could take a look and let you know what I think. It is easier seeing the listing as there are many places info can be hidden in a listing.
The good thing is that ebay buyer protection is CRAZY good. Almost so good it screws over the seller. It’s happened to me and I didn’t do anything wrong. Paypal and ebay will definitely get you your money back if the item is not as described, but the dispute process can be long and you do have to wait a while for it to go back and forth.
I would be happy to answer any questions on disputes / case resolution through ebay and paypal.
Post # 10
Can you post a picture of the ring once you recieve it??
Post # 11
Thank you all for your responses. I am normally a careful shopper, but I got caught up in the moment. I really hope that it is real, but I highly doubt it. I’ll post a picture when I get it. I didn’t like the setting, but I thought that the price was too good for the diamond to pass up. I’ll update you when I get it. Apparently it shipped. I can’t wait for it to get here so the mystery can be solved. 🙂
Post # 12
moviegoer23: I’m replying 1) to follow this thread and 2) to say that I was sold a “pandora” charm but it turned out to be a fake, I opended a dispute and it all turned out fine, I just had to send the fake one back and I got a full refund.
Post # 13
moviegoer23: Are you able to PM me the name of the seller? I am looking at rings from Toronto on Ebay right now and I’m wondering if it’s the same person, 50% of me is like it’s only $50 and the other is like is it worth $50?
Post # 14
Could be the greatest $100 experience EVER, either way. 😉
Please keep us posted.
Post # 15
Commenting just to follow…can’t wait for an update