Trying to decide if I'm being paranoid or scammed.
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Bid and won a Breville Barista BES860XL Monday morning in a 24 hour auction. Immediately paid. As the seller and I are both in the same city, I offered to meet for local pickup to save them some shipping costs (auction was free shipping). Monday afternoon, the seller put up another auction for the same item, which sold for $100 more than mine did. Got kind of suspicious, so I started looking through his closed auctions. The seller hadn't been selling kitchen appliances until May 23rd - between then and June 3rd, he listed 13 various appliances, almost all using stock photos, and made almost $8800 in 12 days. And none of these recent auctions has left feedback, so theres no way for me to know if he shipped nay of these items.
So here's the paranoid part. It's Thursday, I've messaged the seller twice and heard nothing. No shipping notification. I can't open a case until 10 days after auction close, and the seller then has 10 days to respond. Any chance this guy has run a big scam, built up some feedback and then run a bunch of sham auctions? Here's a link to his prior sales activity. So, am I totally nuts, or is there something here? Also, since I can't open a case yet, is there any point in calling ebay?
So, looks like this guy was pulling quite the scam. 4 negative feedback in the last three days. Thank goodness for ebay buyer protection.