http://clarkhoward.com/shownotes/2007/03/26/Criminals have figured out how to rip off not only inexperienced buyers on eBay but also very experienced buyers. How are they doing it? As you know, many buyers rely on seller ratings when they’re buying on eBay. When it happens, there is an assumption that the person is a safe seller. So these criminals are capitalizing on that. They set up a site selling hundreds of very expensive items while offering great customer service. After a period of time, the seller gets a “power selling” rating and starts selling more expensive items. It’s usually electronics such as cameras and computers that are sold for a great price. People start buying up all kinds of these items and they trust the seller because of the outstanding rating. But there are no electronics. The seller collects the money and takes off, leaving hundreds of people victimized. When asked about this practice, eBay had no response. Just make sure you’re being careful on the site. Clark always makes sure he never buys anything more expensive than what he is willing to lose. Know your price point and be willing to lose it, because it very well could happen.