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>Hey Mike -

>I fully understand about privacy and private feedback,
>but, (and please correct me if I am wrong), there is
>no such thing as "applying to be a preapproved

afaik, a seller does have the option to pre-approve bidders and 
sellers certainly have the option to set guidelines for 
bidders  (i.e. minimum
  feedbacks, no negs in x number of months etc).

>It is a dead give away when the seller states in the
>title that you must contact them to be able to bid.

it's possible too that they're harvesting email addresses that way.

>There is "NO" such thing on Ebay, you register, you
>bid, and you win or not.

unless it's different with eBAY automotive, that's not necessarily so 
with their regular auctions.   I once used b-i-n on an auction, using 
an alias, that required a min number of feedbacks which I didn't 
have.  But I immediately PayPal'd  the seller and included a note 
that said "I didn't think you'd mind...."  In this case, the seller 
just didn't want the hassle of a deadbeat winner.

>What these scammers
>are doing is  <snip>keep trying
>to explain that your hard earned money needs to go via
>Western Union to a third party,

well, if anyone falls for that scam they deserve to be 
scammed.  There was a TV show on about a week ago about the Nigerian 
scam and  the amazingly educated people who fell for it, including a 
heart surgeon in FL.

>My latest ploy with these people is to go all the way
>with them, just to the point of sending money, and
>then, telling them, "Oh, by the way, my brother lives
>in your town, and I'd like for him to come over and
>look at the vehicle, just to check the VIN plates".

I played along with a scammer for a while when I listed my D  last 
year. When we got to the part about his agent needing extra cash
just emailed and said "I'm on to you" and never heard from him again.

>Last, Greg is absolutily right about bidding the car
>out of sight, if it is a scam. I was in on a Vega
>that finally sold for just under 800k this past year.

And then there was  the  first auction for Stephen Colbert's painting 
that was up to high six figures the first day.

Speaking of TV -- was I the only one who saw "ANYTHING TO WIN" about 
JZD on the GameShow Channel a few weeks ago?


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