This was my second purchase on eBay. I have been shopping around for a DVD "Startup.com". After browsing through some electronic stores and visiting local retailers, there was nothing below $14.95 mark. Since I already watched the movie in the past, and the condition of the DVD didn't matter, I decided to turn to eBay.
In a matter of minutes I located the needed DVD, with a starting bid of only $0.01. With only 4.5 hours left and current bid of $1, I decided to go for it. The last minute of the auction... I bid $5 (my price ceiling), but the smart system places $1.25 on my behalf. "Excellent!!" - I scream, jumping up and down, and starting to worry my girlfriend... So I proceed to paying for shipping - $4.95 - so the total comes to $7.20 in Canadian dollars.
The next day I verify with the seller the status and he confirms: will ship within 24 hours. Then... silence. First week goes by, second week is almost over. I email the seller. No response. Third week is coming to end - I email to the seller, and I am angry. He responds, and basically tells me: the DVD was shipped, so its Canada Post that sucks. I love Canada, so I will never blame Canada Post for anything - I know they work well, and my post office mailman is a good person who I know.
A couple of more days go by... St Valentine is here, and my lovely girlfriend decides to end my torture by getting me the DVD from a local retailer! I love it. The movie is here! I unpack, check - it works very well.
A couple of days later the biggest surprise comes knocking on my door - my $1.25 DVD has arrived. Not only it has arrived, it was a brand new DVD in excellent condition... "*&%# !(* !#!)*&^% #&! $!* & $ %_@$( &@#!^", - passes through my mind - "Should the seller didn't cheap out on the shipping (price on envelope was $1.70, so I assume $5 would have bough me faster shipping), I would not have been stuck with two DVDs".
Being fair and all, I proceed with leaving my review to the seller: "Very slow delivery, even though paid more for shipping. However, good condition."
My gut was telling me all the way - probably scam, but a $7 risk was worth it. But it was really an amazing purchase - a brand new DVD for this price - how do they do it?