Originally Posted by JewDaddy
So here is a recent email I received from the seller after I emailed telling him the deal was off.
"Your ignoring the facts. I am the one who can have my tv stolen and you are the one with layers of protection. The worst thing that can possibly happen to you is that you will have to take 2 minutes out of your day and file a claim with paypal and then wait a week or however long to get refunded.
The reality of the situation is completely the oposite of what you would expect. It is when you pick your TV up in person that you can get riped off because there is no protection after you get the tv home.
No one is sereously going to give you your own original set of photo's that no one else on the internet has. Alot of sellers will not let you see a photo period.
You are talking to a lot of people that simply have "a funny feeling or a hunch". I have been to these forums before and there is not a single person who has lost any money....lol"
Well for all the reasons given so far the most prudent choice would obviously be something new instead. I just don't think you'd be looking at NOS sealed in box kuros in the first place if you were just trying to make a pure value move here. And this guy may very well be a scammer, but let's not turn everything into a red flag- I can understand him not wanting to break the seal on the box for a potential buyer, because it does lower the value, by how much IDK, but it does generally; the buyer is by far the most protected party using paypal/ebay, if something's wrong with it you are protected; & using the same photos as elsewhere is not unusual if the same guy is trying to sell it on multiple sites.
The changing of stories, selling it for a friend, just never got around to opening a christmas present(?!) etc., & especially not being willing
to take new photos for you are potentially legitimate red flags. I'd insist on original photos maybe with some kind of unique marker or something in them for you at the very least. If so, & you want it, offer what it's wort to you, take screenshots of every page, pic, & claim he makes, use paypal/ebay (maybe touch base with THEM & run potential worse case scenarios & what THEY will do in case of that first), & you are protected. OTOH if you're coming in here asking for advice while telling us your gut is screaming scam, what do you expect anyone to say?! Of course not. Even if it was from a trusted friend, & you knew it was perfect, most of us aren't talking you into buying a NOS tv when currently available fully warrantied models are at worst very close to equal to it in some respects & far better in others.