A man thought he had just purchased a state-of-the-art Apple Macbook on eBay, but what he got instead was a photocopy picture of the laptop.
When a bargain sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Paul Barrington of Devon, England learned that the hard way.
Barrington, 38, won an eBay auction for a Macbook bidding just $456 dollars; the laptop was valued at about $2,300 when bought new.
When the package arrived, Barrington couldn't help but notice how light and small it was. When he opened the box, he found a black-and-white photocopy picture of the Macbook and nothing more.
The worst part about the scam was that Barrington had to sell his last surfboard to pay for the computer. Doctors had recently diagnosed him with Bullous Emphysema, a lung condition that would render him unable to surf.
Barrington also had to give up his job in childcare and he was hoping to use the Macbook to help start his new career as a wedding DJ.
“I sold my pride and joy for a piece of paper,” Barrington told Mirror Online. “It’s the first time I haven’t had a surfboard since I was 10 years old but I need a laptop so I checked the listing and the seller’s rating.
“He’d been a member for a few years, so there was nothing to be suspicious about.
“I was excited about winning the auction and just thought, ‘I’ve got a laptop so I can start the business.’
“The package was as light as a feather. Why bother sending a picture in a box? It doesn’t make any sense. I almost had to laugh.”
Barrington has contacted eBay to report the scam. He was told that he needed to wait a few days while they determine if he is eligible for a refund.
“The worst thing is, I’m trying to set up a business and this is a massive delay,” Barrington added.