This should not be allowed on eBay! Here is the response I just got back:
You probably think one of two things right now: This is a scam, or there's a catch. Well you're partly right, it DEFINATELY is NOT a scam, but there is a very small catch. In order to weed out the right individual to get this item for the AMAZING price of $10, I am charging a $5 processing fee to be eligible to purchase the item.
Here's how it works:
Click the link provided at the end of this email and go through the PayPal checkout on PayPal's site. Here you will be charged the $5 fee to apply to purchase the item.
You must include with it your PayPal user ID and a short but detailed message on why you think you should be the lucky one to walk away with possibly the greatest deal on eBay right now.
The person that I deem to be the most worthy, and the most likely to follow through with the transaction will be allowed to buy the wheels on eBay's site for $10. NOTHING MORE!!! The buyer is responsible for any and all shipping costs, I will of course package and ship them by UPS ground, FedEx, or any other company you choose.
I will take many things into consideration when choosing the person who will get this amazing opportunity. Be honest, don't beg, and be polite. You never know. Someone has to be the lucky one, tell my why it should be YOU!
The (not so) Fine Print:
The person I choose will NOT be "random", it is NOT a raffle and NOT a giveaway. I am evaluating the situations of each applicant and deciding who I think deserves this great deal. This person will NOT be someone I know personally, and will NOT live in Sault Ste. Marie. If you know me, or live here, DONT APPLY because your $5 will be refunded. As stated above, the buyer will complete the transaction on eBay on the original auction listing. The buyer is responsible for shipping costs associated with the purchase.
Q:Why are you selling the item for only $10?
A:I want someone to get a great deal on a great item!
Q:Why are you charging a processing fee of $5?
A:I want to make sure the person really wants them, and it will take time to process the applicant's emails.
Q:Is there anything wrong with the item being offered?
A:Absolutely NOTHING! Please go back and read the item description, it's all there.
Q:If I'm not chosen, do I get my $5 back?
A:No, it is non-refundable.
Q:If I am chosen, when will I get my new purchase?
A:As soon as you pay the $10 through eBay, and any shipping fees! The item listed is ready to ship to your door!
Q:Can I buy the item and re-sell it to make a profit?
A:Well, if you did that then I guess I chose the wrong person but nothing is LEGALLY stopping you from doing that.
Q:How do I know that someone is actually going to get the item?
A:All the people that don't get picked will be notified of the buyer in an email. You will also be notified, if you want of other upcoming $10 auctions before anyone else.
Q:Are you a reputable eBay seller?
A:Yes! I've been selling on eBay for over 5 years, I have over a 97% positive feedback rating, you can check my feedback
If you have any other questions please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE PayPal CHECKOUT: https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=t...rrency_code=USD
Thank you, and happy bidding!