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RadeonMaster
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Post by RadeonMaster » Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:17 pm

I bought this the other day off of Ebay:

[url='http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5988794082&category=11745&rd=1']http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...gory=11745&rd=1[/url]

It says that this supposed 1500 only holds 40 oz. of water and is only 23 inches long. Neither is true according to all the super soaker web-sites that I've been to.

Does this smell fishy to anybody else? :unsure:

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Post by Cyberninjitsu » Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:48 pm

I hate to say it but its fake. The trigger is wrong and so is the description. Maybe the sticker gave it away as well.

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Post by RadeonMaster » Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:53 pm

Yep. I just compared it to some pics that I knew were authentic. The filling cap is missing on the fake and the sticker is in the wrong spot, as you mentioned.

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Post by SSCBen » Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:21 pm

Yes, you have to watch out for things like this! There are loads of what appear to be authentic water guns on eBay, but in reality they are poor fakes. The one good fake is the Super Shooter CPS 2000 which may just be a Super Soaker CPS 1000 repackaged with different stickers.

After doing a bit of web surfing, I've seen soakers with equivalent performance and capacity go for $30 to $40.


I'd tell the seller to quit pettling his trash and quit lying. The Super Soaker Flash Flood's reservoir is 39 oz and the PC is 11.7 oz. The Flash Flood retails for $20. I don't know what sites he's been surfing, but a comparable water gun (pressurized reservoir like this fake) would go for $15 at most, the price of the Super Soaker Arctic Shock (which carried more water by the way).

I'd also tell the seller that I'm not sending the money because his auction was full of deception in that it appeared to have a real Super Soaker water gun and also lied about the price of comparable guns. I'd also report them to eBay for fraud, with links to disprove his claims.

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Post by RadeonMaster » Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:24 pm

Unfortunately I already paid with PayPal. But I will get a refund and report his fraud and nonsense to Ebay.

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Post by Spinner » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:34 pm

Originally posted by RadeonMaster@Jul 26 2005, 03:24 PM
Unfortunately I already paid with PayPal. But I will get a refund and report his fraud and nonsense to Ebay.
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Good luck. The fewer such sellers there are, the better place eBay is. eBay UK is inundated with suchlike auctions at the moment. -_-
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Post by Crashdummy » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:40 pm

When I was just getting into super soakers I bid on one of those. Right after bidding I realized it was a fake and started kicking myself for bidding on it. Funny thing though, someone sniped it and bid higher than me last second! Hey, that's funny.! :P

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Post by NiborDude » Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:56 pm

If for any reason you think something is not right, don't bid yet and ask someone on the forums to make sure that the soaker is the real deal. There are tons of fake soakers on eBay. I would have to say 1/3 of the soakers you find are fake.
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Post by RadeonMaster » Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:21 pm

Since the scamming seller had not yet shipped my fake 1500s, I got a refund without to much hassle. I gave him negative feedback and am looking how to report him to Ebay.

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Post by Wild Boys » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:42 am

I saw that. Good, I hope you do well here because I'm tired of seeing all these fakes 1500's on eBay in huge lots. :angry:

Loads of people are buying them thinking they are real 1500's when they are really are just junk. Even more people are complaining now I see on his feedback profile.

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Post by Spinner » Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:42 am

For anyone who has difficulty in finding the Contact eBay pages, here are the links:

For the USA: [url='http://pages.ebay.com/help/contact_us/_base/index.html']http://pages.ebay.com/help/contact_us/_base/index.html[/url]

For the UK: [url='http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/contact_us/_base/index.html']http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/contact_us/_base/index.html[/url]

Please report every violating listing you find, and hopefully eBay will start to take note. <_<
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Post by Master Yogurt » Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:43 pm

I loved his responses to the negative feedback.

Obvioiusly they didn't get a refund because shipping it back, combined with the initial shipping, costs about the price of the entire bloody product.
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Post by Spinner » Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:07 pm

Okay, I'm pinning this and making it into a general "warning topic". This is for reporting fakes listed as Super Soakers, both for warning people of them and for the community to generally engage in mass reporting of them to eBay.

Everybody report these auctions to eBay:

5988757290
5988756528
5988994237
5989924879
5990009534
5990017169

Claiming to be not only Super Soakers, but also to be made by Larami and to be CPS!

You can copy this text in to the reporting text box:

5988757290 , 5988756528 , 5988994237 , 5989924879 , 5990009534 , 5990017169
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Post by Master Yogurt » Thu Jul 28, 2005 9:14 pm

What exact steps should we use on the 3-tier listing? There's a couple of potential ones.
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Storm something-or-other pistol
Old "Power Soaker" - hey, it's made by Larami!


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Post by Spinner » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:15 am

Originally posted by Master Yogurt@Jul 28 2005, 09:14 PM

What exact steps should we use on the 3-tier listing? There's a couple of potential ones.
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I've gone for:

"Report a listing policy violation or prohibited (banned) item" > "Listing policy violations (improper keywords, outside links, etc)" > "Used improper keywords (keyword spamming)"

If you find a set that you think matches the circumstances better, though, please use that instead and post what you used! ;)
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