I was reading on the agplaythings proboards about a troubling new scam affecting American Girl and eBay. An individual reported purchasing a “Buy it Now” item “Brand New in Box” for less than the item currently sells for from American Girl. In this case it was Grace’s Pastry Cart being sold for $120 instead of the regular price of $150 or so.
The innocent person received the item, directly mailed from American Girl, but the purchaser’s name on the invoice was not hers. Furthermore, the price on the invoice was the regular AG price plus added shipping. Apparently, some criminals take a stolen credit card, buy something and ship it to an eBay customer (as you would if you were sending a gift), and the customer is then essentially paying a criminal for stolen goods. The thief just made $120.00 and the customer now is sitting with an item bought with a stolen credit card. Scary stuff! Apparently this is also happening with Lego merchandise.
It’s extra confusing because occasionally you do see items on eBay that are legitimately selling below the price on the American Girl website. We have seen overstock items at Wilmot or the Oshkosh outlet at prices different than the AG website. Usually this is clothing or returned items, not large ticket items.
I don’t use eBay very much – has anyone seen items listed like this recently? If you want to read more, search on American Girl drop ship scam.