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Beware of Online Product Scams

Trying to get the best price for an online purchase might get you ripped off. Here's what to watch out for before making a buy.

This story appears in the October 2003 issue of Teen Startups.

My eyes lit up as I found a whopping deal while searching for a new Canon XL1S video camera for my stock footage company. There I was on Amazon.com ready to purchase the camera for $3,800 retail when I saw a link to their "Used & new" section advertising a price as low as $1,700 from a ZShops seller.

The seller's listing described the camera as an unopened gift that he had no use for. It included all the equipment that would be included with a retail purchase, including the manufacturers warrantee. Jackpot!

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