Man Scammed On eBay, Buys 'Apple MacBook' For $450, See What The Seller Shipped Instead

Paul Barrington had big plans for his new Apple MacBook. He'd reportedly sacrificed his surfboard to invest in the digitally enhanced laptop to pursue a career as a DJ. Unfortunately, now his dream has been deferred due to a jaw-dropping setback.

According to Mirror, Barrington took to eBay in search of an Apple MacBook. He'd found one comparable to what he was looking for, so he ended up having the winning bid, which totaled an estimated $456.00. Since the retail value of a brand new Apple MacBook starts at approximately $1800.00, Barrington thought he'd snagged an excellent deal. Sound too good to be true?

Well, it definitely is and, unfortunately, Barrington didn't learn he'd been scammed until after the item had been shipped. To his dismay, he received an Apple MacBook, but it definitely wasn't the type he was expecting. The cruel, scamming seller only shipped a box with a printed picture of the laptop!

During a recent interview, Barrington recounted the disheartening deceit and voiced his frustrations over being duped by the seller. He also revealed why he didn't see the seller as a possible scammer.
"I sold my pride and joy for a piece of paper. It's the first time I haven't had a surfboard since I was 10 years old but I need a laptop so I checked the listing and the seller's rating. He'd been a member for a few years, so there was nothing to be suspicious about. I was excited about winning the auction and just thought, 'I've got a laptop so I can start the business'. The package was as light as a feather. Why bother sending a picture in a box? It doesn't make any sense. I almost had to laugh."
An eBay representative recently released a statement in reference to the bizarre incident. "We were very sorry to hear about Mr. Barrington's unusual experience. We'll make sure he gets a refund as soon as possible and investigate the circumstances around this sale."

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