May have fallen victim to an Ebay scam 😕

SavageScott

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So I buy a Steiner M7XI IFS 4-28x56 on Ebay..... price was right about what I would expect as I've seen places like Europtic clearing them out and marking them down...... Didn't think $5,200 was a far fetched price.

Anywho, I get the scope today THE M7XI (no IFS). I immediately contacted the seller, who blamed it on Steiner. Said he had Steiner fix a scope of his, he has been waiting and they must have sent HIS scope to me instead of the right one. Not sure if Steiner even direct-ships scopes..... maybe they do. Then gave me a story about how he had to quit shooting because of his lung cancer (could be legit; if so I'm a horrible human being)........

Long story short he said he called Steiner and they will be contacting me tomorrow to make it right. I highly doubt it. At this point I'm not even confident that what I was shipped was an actual Steiner..... maybe some Chinese knockoff. Guess we'll know soon enough but it certainly appears like I'll be out of $5,200 🤦‍♂️
 
So I buy a Steiner M7XI IFS 4-28x56 on Ebay..... price was right about what I would expect as I've seen places like Europtic clearing them out and marking them down...... Didn't think $5,200 was a far fetched price.

Anywho, I get the scope today THE M7XI (no IFS). I immediately contacted the seller, who blamed it on Steiner. Said he had Steiner fix a scope of his, he has been waiting and they must have sent HIS scope to me instead of the right one. Not sure if Steiner even direct-ships scopes..... maybe they do. Then gave me a story about how he had to quit shooting because of his lung cancer (could be legit; if so I'm a horrible human being)........

Long story short he said he called Steiner and they will be contacting me tomorrow to make it right. I highly doubt it. At this point I'm not even confident that what I was shipped was an actual Steiner..... maybe some Chinese knockoff. Guess we'll know soon enough but it certainly appears like I'll be out of $5,200 🤦‍♂️
Wish I could help you out here but can't give much advice besides look at his seller history & maybe file a complaint with ebay, if it isn't what you expected. I would for that kind of money. Sorry about his lung cancer, but it has nothing to do with the sale of goods.
 
Wish I could help you out here but can't give much advice besides look at his seller history & maybe file a complaint with ebay, if it isn't what you expected. I would for that kind of money. Sorry about his lung cancer, but it has nothing to do with the sale of goods.
That's the thing....
Seller history was 100% positive!

However his address on the box was PA, and his phone number is California.

If it is a scam I'll never see my money. It is what it is. Hopefully I'm wrong.
 
Here's what I received
 

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Here's our conversation. He hasn't answered my text as to why he said he lives in PA but his phone number is CA
 

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Can you call steiner and have them check the serial number? Most of the Chinese knock offs use the same identical serial number and the manufacturer usually knows if it's been copied multiple times.

I'd contact ebay asap-- if it was done with pp, I'm not sure if they will do anything as it's "gun related"
 
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Here's our conversation. He hasn't answered my text as to why he said he lives in PA but his phone number is CA
Ugh-- such bad grammar, not a good sign-- sorry, hopefully you can get some help from ebay.

Don't be surprised if ebay makes you file a theft report with local police before they step in to help-- I had to do that one time, but In the end ebay did refund me fully
 
Can you call steiner and have them check the serial number? Most of the Chinese knock offs use the same identical serial number and the manufacturer usually knows if it's been copied multiple times.

I'd contact ebay asap-- if it was done with pp, I'm not sure if they will do anything as it's "gun related"
Definitely plan on calling Steiner tomorrow!
 
The different area phone number might not be anything-- with cell numbers nowadays-- my father has a CA area code but lives in colorado-- a guy I work with here in CO has an Idaho area code.

But the bad grammar and "wait" leads me right to scam
I talked to him on the phone. Think he is Russian?
 
Ugh-- such bad grammar, not a good sign-- sorry, hopefully you can get some help from ebay.

Don't be surprised if ebay makes you file a theft report with local police before they step in to help-- I had to do that one time, but In the end ebay did refund me fully
Ok good to know!!!
 
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