Last night, I listed a brand new Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch on eBay for £100 BIN plus £4.29 P&P.
This morning the item was bought by a user who paid for it immediately by PayPal. The e-mail from PayPal confirms that I am eligible for seller protection and all seems hunky dory. However, there are a number of things which make me feel like this is likely to be a scam:
* user joined eBay 3 days ago
* user has zero feedback
* user ID looks like a keyboard mash of random letters
* 'John Smith' has paid for the item on PayPal, but the dispatch to name is very different
* mobile number listed on user's eBay account starts 07978 2. A quick Google shows this range to be registered with some sort of global roaming SIM company
* two different e-mail providers have been used for the eBay and PayPal accounts
Despite PayPal's seller protection, I have an inkling that the buyer might raise a Significantly Not As Described (SNAD) dispute against me and end up screwing me over. There are a number of threads elsewhere that talk about SNAD cases where PayPal tends to side with the buyer over the seller, so I'd much rather sell to a buyer with some credibile background.
I chose to cancel the transaction earlier citing that the watch is faulty, and now wait for the buyer to either accept/reject/ignore my request. If the buyer rejects this cancellation, then my Final Value Fee (FVF) of £10 will *not* be refunded.
My questions to you are:
* What can I do to stop these kind of fishy transactions in future?
* Do I have any chance of appealing a rejected cancellation and recovering my FVF?
Any help much appreciated...