Lawrence Helfand

1949 Buick Roadmaster Woodie

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Thanks to sharp-eyed commenters,

Ebay has shut down this scammer's ad for Matt's woodie

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On 8/23/2019 at 6:18 PM, Matt Harwood said:

Again? What is it with these idiots and that car?

Let's make sure you have a clear understanding of this scam. By the time it was shut down, 3 (dumb) people had bid and the price was at $12,475. It was a one day auction and if it had gone the distance and ended, there is a good chance the winner would have wired a down payment. The scammer probably was successful before and THAT is "what it is with these idiots and that car"

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48 minutes ago, garynofishing said:

Let's make sure you have a clear understanding of this scam. By the time it was shut down, 3 (dumb) people had bid and the price was at $12,475. It was a one day auction and if it had gone the distance and ended, there is a good chance the winner would have wired a down payment. The scammer probably was successful before and THAT is "what it is with these idiots and that car"

 

I understand perfectly how the scam works. I just don't understand why they keep picking THAT car out of the 600+ to choose from on my website. There are surely less distinctive cars with a broader market appeal and more reasonable values that could slip in and out quietly rather than a virtually one-of-a-kind car that every idiot knows should be expensive. the $1000 deposit would be the same, but you probably could get closer to a real sale with a $12,000 car than with a $90,000 car. Buyer greed is a huge part of making the scam work, but which seems more realistic to you: getting a $12,000 car for, say, $8000 or getting a $90,000 car for $12,000? Which would make you bid? Which would make you commit to buy? Which would make you send a deposit without thinking something was fishy?


THAT is why I wonder why they keep picking that one. If it were me, I'd pick a crappy '70s Camaro or a clean but unremarkable '70s luxury car.

 

I probably shouldn't give them any ideas about how to do it better, though.

 

 

Edited by Matt Harwood (see edit history)
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