I have been with Gameflip for months now and love it. Most of the time I am able to buy from reputable sellers. I tend to look for a high feedback score and ID verified icons.
However, I just did this today for a high dollar amount, expecting that it would be fine because the feedback score was over 600 and the ID was verified. The user even has recent positive feedback.
I say that because all of this points to a possible mistake and not a scam, yet it is hard for me not to feel like a scam has taken place when I put in the code and find that it has already been used, have communication with the seller where he or she says to just wait a bit and there will be a replacement, and then communications just drop out entirely.
While I have escalated it to support after about 4-5 hours, I want to know how it is possible that this happened so I can prevent it from happening again, through responsible and intelligent use of the site. A large positive feedback score and a verified ID ought to indicate to me that I am not dealing with a scammer, so what happened?