Is anyone following the P-P-P-Powerbook Saga?
Damn this is some funny shit. Not for the fear-of-reading folk - this is a LONG one. Probably the best place to start is this PDF which summarizes most of the scamming the scammer situation. You have been warned, the PDF is 28 pages.
EDIT -> an HTML link of the above PDF contents (probably better):
Here's the original thread on the somethingawful forums:
(I can't access them anymore, it wants me to pay & register).
WARNING - over 80 page thread!
A mirror with the some product pictures (read pdf first):
Here's the writeup on metafilter with the rest of the links (some now dead):
"An American Ebay seller realises a European bidder is trying to scam him out of a Powerbook (fake escrow site, hijacked ebay account), so he sends him something far better, a P-P-P-Powerbook! Now, for you non-techies here, a factory model p-p-p-powerbook weights half what it's competitors weigh, comes with an A4 screen, the latest in internet adventure software, zero boot time, a fullsize keyboard (often with Key Redundancy<sup><small><small>TM</small></small></sup>) and a state-of-the-art laser bluetooth mouse. This is technology. The seller posts to a forum and amongst the chatter people follow the package via the the Fedex tracking page and some even visit the delivery address (a barbershop/internet cafe) and take photos, video, and a seat for their hair cut. The duty tax on this particular p-p-p-powerbook is around £350 (paid for by the scammer) before he sees the package, and a few days later it's released by Customs as they watch in anticipation. A forum member arrives at the internet cafe, takes a seat and soon the package arrives. The scammer opens the box and there are angry raised voices heard. The barber doesn't understand what's wrong and asks... "Is it broken?""
Last edited by orbit; 05-15-2004 at 08:36 PM.
Yup, it was posted on mefi the other day.
Pretty amusing stuff, and a good way to get back at the ebay scammers.
Too bad that the whatever amount teh scammer paid in taxes probably doesn't mean much.