Originally Posted by Fearsome Forehand
I think there is something wrong with knowingly taking advantage of someone's ignorance. The seller would probably not be too happy if she knew that someone knowingly screwed her out of $300 to $400.
It is one thing to find a gem at Goodwill and sell it downstream for a profit. Fine. It is another to consciously go through the process of screwing someone, female or otherwise, out of money. Whoever bought these rackets contacted the seller and talked her out of letting the auction finish and offered her a rather low price, at best 25% of what the rackets are worth and they knew they were doing it. All the while pretending to be doing her a favor no doubt. Sort of slimy IMHO. I assume she could use the money or she would not be selling miscellaneous items on the auction site. This is not much different than lifting someone''s wallet IMHO. Kind of like the scumbag brothers who bought a 5 million dollar lottery ticket from one of their convenience store customers for 5,000 "to save him the hassle of taxes." They lied to him about the ticket's worth and they are going to jail as a result. Not so different than what happened here except in terms of scale.
The seller, on the other hand, is an idiot and idiots will be taken advantage of frequently. You can't fix stupid. Ultimately, it is her fault for not knowing the value of what she was selling.
That is what research is for....
I agree with the second part I bolded.