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07-14-2002 02:21 AM  16 years agoPost 1
Al Magaloff

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Maybe it's just me, but these links to E-Bay really annoys me. First off let me say this. I think the entire premise of E-Bay is an insult to any intelligent person's intelligence. E-bay is a great place for the seller. For the buyer, it sucks. If you honestly believe that you are bidding on something, and that you can "win" that auction with any input from you, you're a fool. The ones that kill me are the people that "bid" on something days before the close. And if other people don't run the price up days before the close, the seller and friends "bid" on the item to get the price where they originally intended it to be. I don't believe that the E-Bay crap belongs here. Using Mark's site to advertise your stuff for sale elsewhere. REAL CLASS people! I think I'm going to the restaurant in the morning for breakfast. I think I'll bring my own eggs from home and ask them to cook them for me.

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07-14-2002 03:02 AM  16 years agoPost 2
kingtweeter

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Ok Whatever!!!!
You must be one of the few,I have bought stuff on Ebay,good deals all of them,it is like playing cards know when to hold and no when to fold.I bought a eagle 98-2 and 8u radio ready to fly for under a 1000.00.I have also bought stuff brand new for way cheaper than you can buy anywhere else.

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07-14-2002 03:09 AM  16 years agoPost 3
Dragon2115

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Piece of advice for dealing with posts.

1. When you open a post and you see something you don't like, right click on your mouse and select "Back".

Whatever it is in the post that is offending you will then go away.

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07-14-2002 03:17 AM  16 years agoPost 4
ncostes

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I've gotten a lot of good deals on software, books, electronics on Ebay. Where else can you get a working 100MHz oscilliscope for $76???

But you have to watch out, some ppl do end up paying MORE for a used item than they would have paid new. Caveat emptor

For example some guy is selling a Hawk IV on there with radio, engine, etc. I happen to know how much they are He's saying the whole package cost him $1200 new, no way no way no way. Maybe canadian dollars. He said the Hawk IV cost him $300 new - I know you can get them for $219 new and now that's w/gyro.

As long as you do your research, ebay provides some great opportunities for buyers as well as sellers, and I don't object to links to ebay on here - I'm about to pick up something on there for my heli tomorrow (won't mention what so you guys don't get in there and bid against me ).

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07-14-2002 04:23 AM  16 years agoPost 5
shaggy

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eBay is GREAT!!!
I am all over some eBay... I may even be addicted!!! It is truly one the best inventions on the internet.

You can get some great deals as a buyer if you do your homework. If you don't know a little about the products you are looking for, you can easily spend more than what it is worth. But that is the fun of it, when you do come across that deal that is just too good to pass up. It's awesome!!

Just yesterday I got my heart rate monitor (use it when road biking) in the mail I bought off of eBay, paid $109, including shipping w/ insurance, for it and it is brand new. Would have cost me $130 plus shipping from all the online bike shops. I ended up saving around $30, not too bad.

As a seller, you can do really good! It is amazing what people will buy and how much they will spend on things.

But it is definately the buyer's responsibility to ask questions and research how much everything is worth. It is also the seller's responsibilty to properly list items with truthful and accurate descriptions. But I have never had any bad experiences with it and I have made many transactions through eBay.

Just my 2 sense worth,

Brooks

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07-14-2002 06:57 AM  16 years agoPost 6
Augusto

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Oh please get off the soap box.
If you got "sniped" by someone on e-bay that's none of our business.
Using this site to advertize something on e-bay doesn't harm Mark at all whatsoever.

Using e-bay ensures that there is A LEGAL CONTRACT between the parties that you could enforce in a court of law if you got to that point and that also serves as legal grounds for PayPal and other payment services to proceeed against less than honest sellers.

E-Bay is the best thing ever invented. No need to go to swap meets or anything to get what you want. If you don't like a link to e-bay just don't click on it.

Augusto.

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07-14-2002 07:51 AM  16 years agoPost 7
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Well said, Augusto - I completely agree. Not only is eBay good for better prices on things you can buy otherwise, its a great source for really older equipment or just generally odd items that couldn't be found elsewhere anyway....

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07-14-2002 08:55 AM  16 years agoPost 8
GiZZeRR

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E-bay Rocks! Sometimes

Looks like it is "just you" Rchelial

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07-14-2002 12:50 PM  16 years agoPost 9
tittelba

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Rchelial,
Yes, it's just you. It sounds like you don't have much experience with eBay. I've been buying and selling on eBay for 4 years and I’ve literally made thousands and SAVED thousands doing so. Not to foolish to me.

Some excellent deals can be found on eBay. An intelligent/informed buyer is well aware of the pitfalls that an on-line auction site such as eBay has and bids accordingly.

Tom

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07-14-2002 01:03 PM  16 years agoPost 10
Waldo

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rchelial wrote "Using Mark's site to advertise your stuff for sale elsewhere. REAL CLASS people!"

No offence intended towards Mark here but I remember when he started this site, he spammed all the helicopter forums with come check out my new site messages.

[b]Bill[/b]

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07-14-2002 01:28 PM  16 years agoPost 11
gquiring

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If the price is too high on EBAY then don't bid!! What is so hard about that? Sellers want coverage. You won't get total coverage just posting your heli on RunRyder. Ebay gives everyone a fair shake.

I won't buy anything on EBAY until I review the seller's score card. If I see negative comments I move on.

I have picked up some good deals on EBAY and I have seen some EBAY bidding that is too high. Some people just pay too much, but that is THEIR problem, not yours.

If you don't like EBAY links then why are you clicking them?????

Gary

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07-14-2002 01:36 PM  16 years agoPost 12
toyman241

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eBay
I too feel ebay is one of the greatest things to come around.As a seller and a buyer i must say "I LOVE IT".It is true that you need to be informed when bidding , some people do pay more than they should for whatever reason.This is good for me as a seller.Now, for the most part i do try and offer items at a price less than you could buy them for at most mail order shops.This is good for you , the buyer.I actually sell lots of heli related items on eBay but i do not post links on this site.This is not to say i belive it would be wrong or right.I just don't.

Now, i would also like to say that my friends do NOT bid up my items, this is totally against eBay rules.I feel it is just wrong.I also believe that most of the other sellers don't do this either.There are always a few bad apples in the bunch but for the most part all the regular sellers are good people.You should ALWAYS beware of the eBay sellers with low feedback.Sure i understand that you must start somewhere but as a rule guys with low feedback kinda scare me.I really get a kick out of the guy with very low or even zero feedback trying to sell a $1200.00 helicopter with a starting bid of $1200.00.Now if that same guy has at least 10 positive feedbacks i might be inclined to bid as long as the price seemed right.

I have noticed that most of the stuff for sale shows up all the time.Even the item that might be kinda rare or hard to find.If you don't like the price don't bid.Wait a week or so and someone else will have another one for sale. OK i'm done,just mt 2 cents....


Joe.....toyman241
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07-14-2002 02:02 PM  16 years agoPost 13
Waldo

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The only real gripe I have with eBay is the people that put up an item, you bid and win the auction then they decide that they don't want to sell it that cheap and don't! Or the people that pull the auction at the last minute if they think they are not going to get what they want. If they're worried about not getting what an item is worth than why don't they spend the extra cash to set a reserve price.

[b]Bill[/b]

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07-14-2002 02:22 PM  16 years agoPost 14
EChapkis

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ebay
I sell quite a lot on Ebay and have a very high rating, ebay PowerSeller status, and a total positive feedback of over 1500.

Ebay is awesome if you know how to buy and sell. All my items are 100% NIB and is a business for me. I sell my items at a fair price and everything is warrantied.

My first heli was bought on ebay. I got lucky, because I found out after having it awhile it really wasn't what the seller described, but was still in good shape and I got it at a great deal. Flew it for 9 months before a battery failure destroyed it.

When I get back from my vacation (Hawaii, oh yeah!!) I will start to put items back on ebay again. I decided to take part of the summer off from selling on ebay as the time spent was too high.

Ebay is real simple and you can get great deals, just know what you are buying and ask a lot of questions.

Evan Chapkis Tampa, Florida

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07-14-2002 02:58 PM  16 years agoPost 15
Heli-Driver

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What a load of crap
I have been on ebay for years both as buyer and seller.

I practically finance my hobby interest (helicopters and rare coins) via ebay. I make enough money buying and selling that it keeps me knee deep in helicopters and parts.

If you know what you're doing, ebay is one of the best venues for buying and selling on the planet!

If you don't.... caveat emptor



Raymond

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07-14-2002 03:15 PM  16 years agoPost 16
yapjy

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ebay
Hi,
I also bid on the eagle wc 2 and futaba 8c. But lost the bid. I guess that the guy who posted a message earlier had won that fantastic deal.

so lucky....

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07-14-2002 04:09 PM  16 years agoPost 17
Beezer

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Ebay is great..
I use ebay all the time to buy and sell things. Like others have said you just have to kow your limits on what you want to spend and stick to them. I only start to place bids on items within the last 60 to 30 secs. of the end of the auction and just refresh, refresh, refresh. Just got to love high speed internet.
That way I stand alot better chance of winning without tipping my hat early. In the last 6 months I have bought a JR 649 rx and spare module + xtal for my 8103. Also just bought a Ergo 46 CCPM about a month ago which had enough KSJ purple upgrades to almost cover what I paid for it. Selling is great also. It is amazing what people will buy out there. Like they say, "Another mans junk is another mans treasure".

Only complaint I have is with PayPal itself. Thier protection for buyers and sellers does not cover international buyers. U.S. residents only which I don't think is right. They say it is coming but man they have been saying that for over a year now.

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07-14-2002 05:12 PM  16 years agoPost 18
ed vega

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the populus knows ebay does not always rock .

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07-14-2002 05:15 PM  16 years agoPost 19
ncostes

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yap
yap - that's not the item I'm bidding on, it's actually just some parts

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07-14-2002 05:17 PM  16 years agoPost 20
Mark Ryder

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Personally I have never used EBAY but as far as members posting links to it I have no problem. If EBAY helps facilitate the personal sale of heli parts then go for it. The way EBAY gets a cut of the action will never be implemented here. All I can ask for are voluntary donations if the RunRyder “For Sale” forum helps out.

Mark

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