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More on iPod eBay scams

“A search for “iPod” on eBay yields a couple thousand listings for the digital music player and accessories, but beware: Hundreds of the listings are inducements to join pyramid-style scams.

Ebay is swamped with new “matrix” schemes, which appear to be legitimate buyers clubs but are in fact variations on classic pyramid scams, which are outlawed around the world.

In most cases, eBay shoppers are offered hot products like an iPod, a game console or a cell phone at an incredible discount, say for $40 or $25.”

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i purchased my ipod on ebay and at first some guy tried to rip me off but i went thru my credit card company and was fully reimbursed. the second time i tried i was succesful. most savy buyers will know a too good to be true deal and avoid them. do your home work a little on the person or persons selling and you will avoid most pitfalls.

Posted by Jaguares in Bay Area, Ca on February 12, 2004 at 12:24 PM (CST)


Just make sure the auction doesn’t say something like “You are not bidding on the item for price, but rather a link where you COULD get it for that price.”  These are the scams.

Posted by acemilo on February 12, 2004 at 1:25 PM (CST)


you would have to be a dumb Motha fluffa to fall for those scams..

Posted by bababooey on February 12, 2004 at 2:46 PM (CST)


Ok, here’s the thing though - they’re not all scams.

My roomate spent 12 dollars on an auction claiming to give him information on how to get an XBox for $45.

The information worked.  It was a long process, but it worked.

And here’s the kicker - it also got me my 10 GB iPod for about $75 dollars.  No joke.  Took about two months to get it, from the day I started the process to the day I recieved it.

Posted by tim fitz on February 12, 2004 at 2:56 PM (CST)


post the process….

Posted by babazbooey on February 12, 2004 at 4:11 PM (CST)


check .... it works,even if not immediately ... if you should decide to join , please select as referal ..thanks

Posted by silentsite on February 12, 2004 at 4:13 PM (CST)


As I said before:

actually some point to:

This IS legit, and I have gotten a 15 gb ipod, $75 in free giftcards to various places, free movie tickets, free stamps and scale from them for around $38.

It is about a days work and not for the lazy :)

its all worth it lol

Then i traded the 15 gig for a 40 gig with my friend :)

Read this:

read this also:

they brought up the point cost for the ipod, it was 12000, now its 14000 and now they are missing some of the big point deals, so itll be harder to do so now

Posted by ranova on February 12, 2004 at 4:29 PM (CST)


These are all Scams listed above. There is no such thing as something for only a few bucks. ALL SCAMS…

Posted by Scam Man on February 12, 2004 at 6:34 PM (CST)


Correct you are, Scam Man.  The only thing I am sure of is that even though tim fitz and ranova are morons, there are more morons behind them to push them up to the top of the “pyramid”

These are the guys you’ll see on the news 20 years from now, buying $10,000 of magazines so they’ll win Publisher’s Clearinghouse.

Posted by rdlink in Denver on February 12, 2004 at 8:49 PM (CST)


Actually, I’ve used the freegiftplanet thing as well, and didn’t pay one single dollar for the things I got.  I got a Gameboy Advance SP and a set of Logitech speakers.  Totally legit, the sight works exactly how they say they do.  The rest, the matrix stuff are scams for sure.

Posted by chrisnorton on February 12, 2004 at 9:38 PM (CST)


you all are overly skeptical.  i’m NOT a moron.  i’d be happy to take a picture of my ipod, and my roomate’s xbox.  we got them from

basically what it is is these sites are betting that if you sign up for stuff that is free but with a time-limit (After which it automatically becomes stupidly expensive if you don’t cancel first), a certain percentage of people will forget to cancell and they will make obscene profits as a result.  the people who are smart and beat the system are taking some of the profit made by people who allow the system to beat them.

Posted by tim fitz on February 12, 2004 at 10:05 PM (CST)


READ THE EFFIN FORUM LINKS I POSTED, MANY HAVE TRIED, and guess what? ALL have recieved or are waiting

The links i posted ARE NOT pyramidmatrix schemes… you sign up for free trials and you get points, redeem points, and get a gift… simple as that

try these also:

Eat it nonbelievers:
Order Details
Product Quantity & Cost Total Cost
Apple iPod (1 x 12000) 12000 Points
Total Points Cashed In On This Order: 12000 Points

Posted by ranova on February 12, 2004 at 11:22 PM (CST)


why would let that thread go if it was a scam?

why would MAKE A DEDICATED thread to those sites if it were a scam?

answer me those 2 questions


Posted by rdlink = moron on February 12, 2004 at 11:25 PM (CST)


These Ponzi-style Matrix and Free Gift and Time-Limited schemes are all a tax on stupidity.

I say let them flourish - if they didn’t exist these trailer trash morons would be spending all their money on lottery tickets and ripping off the elderly.

And you scam artists pushing your rip-off schemes here, get a clue and crawl back under the rocks near your trailers.

Posted by morons on February 13, 2004 at 12:40 PM (CST)


hahah.  whatever dude. i got an ipod for 75 dollars and you’re writing this site off because it sounds too good to be true.  except it IS true, so who is the moron?

(p.s. i also got a bag of free condoms, an xbox controller, and a waking life dvd with the leftover points.)

Posted by tim fitz on February 13, 2004 at 1:55 PM (CST)


And also don’t forget that all Pyramid schemes rely on luring as many new suckers as possible into the scheme to keep it going just a little while longer.

Go rope a dope someplace else, scammer.

Posted by scammers on February 13, 2004 at 1:59 PM (CST)


Before everyone get’s all upset over things… people are discussing 2 separate topics here:

1. Matrix/Pyramid/etc schemes are FLAT OUT SCAMS.

2.,, (and other websites of the same company) are LEGIT.

However, as they say “Nothing is Free”... those points earning websites DO work, but it’ll cost you both MONEY ($75) and TIME (about 2 months worth of work, spending about 5 hours a week keeping track of your points).

Posted by Noryen on February 13, 2004 at 3:43 PM (CST)


actually, everything I’ve gotten from has been completely free.  I mean, I didn’t pay anything.  If you really want to know how, I can tell you.  And it only took me a few hours, instead of months.  Within one week, I got a Gameboy and a set of Logitech speakers.  Again, all free.

Posted by chrisnorton on February 13, 2004 at 3:45 PM (CST)


nah more like $40 for a 15 gig ipod, $150+ in various giftcards, $20 in stamps, etc etc

took me less then a month

Posted by ranova on February 14, 2004 at 1:45 AM (CST)


For a 15 gig, yeah it might cost more, since you have to sign up for those big point items.  But, if you use a certain technique for paying for those items, then it won’t cost you a dime.

Posted by chrisnorton on February 14, 2004 at 9:22 AM (CST)

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