However, I believe if the seller drains all of the money out of their account and walks away, the stiffed buyer is SOL. PayPal will not give you money out of their own pockets. If they can't collect money from the seller, the buyer gets nothing.
I have a feeling that this is a hacked account. It sold german car stuff to germans in the past but has been dormant for over a year and now suddenly is selling hundreds of brand new pairs of shoes? Suspicious.
EDIT: I was correct. The account has been shut down and eBay says, "an unauthorized third party may have accessed the seller’s account to list this item"
maydepot said: Totally wrong. eBay will refund no matter what. If the seller drained their account, they will get hit with overdraft charges.
That was not my experience. I had a situtation where I never received an item, PayPal sided in my favor but could not collect money from the seller (he had drained his account) and I never got anything.
Perhaps PayPal/eBay have changed their policy/practice since then.
Weirdly-formatted email just received from eBay: You were recently involved in a transaction for the following item: 282245055183 - HOT! Outdoor Men's Salomon Speedcross 3 Athletic Sneakers Running Hiking Shoes We’re writing to let you know that an unauthorized third party may have accessed the seller’s account to list this item. The item has been removed from the site, and the transaction was cancelled. We ask that you take the following precautions: - If you already paid for the item, you may be protected by xxx}. Open a request with the Resolution Center and choose, "I bought an item. I haven't received it yet." You can access the Resolution Center by visiting: http://resolutioncenter.ebay.com - If the transaction doesn't qualify for eBay ’s protection, please immediately contact the payment service used to request a refund. - If you haven't paid for your item, consider this transaction canceled and do not send payment. In this situation, your account wasn't accessed by the third party involved. At eBay, we take a number of steps to help ensure the security of your account. Learn more about protecting your account at: http://pages.ebay.com/help/account/protecting.htmlThanks,eBay
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