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selling kindle fire hd on ebay....5 people asking for serial number. scam?

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i have sold other kindles on ebay but this is the first time i have sold a HD 8.9". i have had 5 people ask me for the FSN number. most of them claim that they bought a blacklisted or stolen kindle in the past and want to check the number. I gave it to the first person but after i kept geting the same question i knew something was up.

after doing a search i saw this: http://www.game-tuts.com/communit...sy-109553/

apparently they give amazon the serial number, claim some defect and have a new kindle sent to a random empty house.

should i worry about giving the SN?

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Don't do it, this is directly from Amazon:

"Billy says:
I just had this chat (five minutes ago) with an Amazon representative.

Me: I am trying to sell my kindle on craigslist and a buyer is asking for the serial numner. Would the potential buyer be able to get the kindle flagged as lost or stolen with this information?

Vaibhav: Hello, my name is Vaibhav, I'll be happy to help you.

Me: I don't want to worry about negative repercussions from providing a serial number for the device I am selling.

Vaibhav: MyName, you are correct. They can report the kingle as a lost or stolen kindle.

Me: In that scenario, would the kindle be blacklisted in some way so that it cannot be used?

Vaibhav: Yes.

Me: To confirm, all amazon requires is a serial number to report a kindle as lost or stolen and the device will become unusable?

Vaibhav: Yes. With a serial number they can blacklist the kindle.

Me: Ok. Thank you for confirming this for me.

Vaibhav: You're welcome, Is there anything else I can do for you today?

Me: No, I just wanted to be sure about what they could do with this information should I provide it to them.

Vaibhav: No, you should not provide the serial number of the kindle.
Thanks for visiting Amazon.com. We hope to see you again soon!
Have a good day ahead MyName!"

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i have sold other kindles on ebay but this is the first time i have sold a HD 8.9". i have had 5 people ask me for the FSN number. most of them claim that they bought a blacklisted or stolen kindle in the past and want to check the number. I gave it to the first person but after i kept geting the same question i knew something was up.

after doing a search i saw this: http://www.game-tuts.com/communit...sy-109553/

apparently they give amazon the serial number, claim some defect and have a new kindle sent to a random empty house.

should i worry about giving the SN?
is your listing "new sealed in box"? i don't think the serial number is printed outside.
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there is an FSN number outside the box.

what is to stop these people from buying a kindle at the store, getting the fsn number and returning it?
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Quote from eddiehaskell View Post :
there is an FSN number outside the box.

what is to stop these people from buying a kindle at the store, getting the fsn number and returning it?
If you read the thread, it appears that they can't actually do anything with just a serial other than reporting it stolen and rendering yours completely useless. If this happened, the new buyer would just return it to the store.
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so if they can only report it stolen then why do 5 people on ebay want the fsn number? perhaps stolen kindles being sold on ebay is a genuine problem?
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so if they can only report it stolen then why do 5 people on ebay want the fsn number? perhaps stolen kindles being sold on ebay is a genuine problem?
personally i am not sure. However, I think of this as a person asking a guy (seeing antivirus software) "email me the license key number before I purchase. Want to check if the license is valid".

If the serial number is blacklisted, you have ebay + paypal backing the buyer up.
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they probably want the serial number so that they can verify that it is not lost or stolen...
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I agree with left hand. I would ask the potential buyer why they want this Information and go from there. Also add in the listing that the serial number is clean and not reported lost or stolen.
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I used to give out serial#'s to people that requested it until someone reported the device stolen and created all kinds of headaches for the person that bought the kindle and me to get it corrected...ymmv
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It might be legit - I can think of 2 reasons that people would ask.

First, to verify warranty. Doesn't look like Amazon has an automated page to look up warranty info, so they'd have to get in touch with Amazon directly to check on this.

Second, to verfy that you're selling what you say you are. Here's a good example of the information that the serial number contains [blogspot.com]. There are a lot of different Kindle models, so experienced buyers have learned to double check that the SN matches the description.
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It might be legit - I can think of 2 reasons that people would ask.

First, to verify warranty. Doesn't look like Amazon has an automated page to look up warranty info, so they'd have to get in touch with Amazon directly to check on this.

Second, to verfy that you're selling what you say you are. Here's a good example of the information that the serial number contains [blogspot.com]. There are a lot of different Kindle models, so experienced buyers have learned to double check that the SN matches the description.
if that is the case the OP should give the first 4 digits only.
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So I received message on Ebay from buyer asking for the FSN number to check if it has been previously registered. So should we not give this info to them for risk of them reporting it stolen and making the new Kindle unit no longer valid for eventual person that buys it.
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I wouldn't give it out. What if you give it to two people and one wins the auction and the other gets angry or does something stupid and reports it lost/stolen and then you send it to the winning bidder and they can't use it.
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I wouldn't give it out. What if you give it to two people and one wins the auction and the other gets angry or does something stupid and reports it lost/stolen and then you send it to the winning bidder and they can't use it.
That is what I was thinking as well. Thanks for the confirmation.
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