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11-29-2005 09:22 PM  12 years agoPost 1


Bucks County, PA

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Looking to buy some stuff on Ebay. Any suggestions to avoid getting scammed?

-I have PayPal set up
-Looking for items with "Free PayPal Buyer Protection", which Paypal guarantees, I believe
-Looking for sellers with lots of positive feedback

Anything else?

11-29-2005 09:36 PM  12 years agoPost 2

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Reston, VA

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Ask for additional pictures that only the owner would have. If it is a heli, ask for the tail rotor system.

11-29-2005 09:38 PM  12 years agoPost 3


New Albany, PA USA

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You got a good start
Sometimes people don't take internet payments of any kind, but have great deals and appear to be up standing sellers, and just to protect yourself always pay with a U.S. Postal money Order as if they scam you it now becomes a federal issue and they class it as mail fraud. I know I had it happen and as soon as the Post master started investigating it, the seller went out and bought a new item and sent it to me.
It's a RISK, no matter how much you try to protect yourself, and if you search this site you will find nightmare stories all over it. You will also read nasty stories about PayPal.
And if you think you can do better and safer on this site, well you'll read scam stories about "runryder members". Never buy from someone who just joined and is selling something cheap or a great deal!

You just can never know! and that is even on websites too!\

Your gonna get alot of posts on this one so read them and listen to these fellows!

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11-29-2005 10:31 PM  12 years agoPost 4



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I'm sorry if this sounds negative, I just don't want you to waste your time !!

I don't mean to bust your bubble here, but before you place your idem's on EBay check to see how many of the same idem's are on Ebay and check there prices too,,, I had decided to sell anything and everything I could find~ on EBay,,, but,,, NOT,,,

I wanted to sell some use car speakers so I checked to see how many there was on EBay, there was some 15 pages of car speakers, each page has some 30 odd set of speakers, 1/3 of the speakers were new and they were selling for what or less than I want for my used speakers,,, I thought my speakers were well worth $15 each,,, not,,,

I wanted to sell a used torque wrench on Ebay, I used this T-wrench to build 1 motor, I paid $80 for it, so I checked again and I found 12 pages, again each page had some 30 wrenches for sale, I'd say 1/4 to 1/3 of the wrenches on Ebay were brand new and the seller want what I wanted for my used wrench,,, I thought my $80 T-wrench was worth $45,,, NOT again,,,

I had all kinds of stuff I wanted to sell, after checking it out I decided not to bother...

good luck !!

11-29-2005 11:09 PM  12 years agoPost 5



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This tip is for the sold item.

Be sure to send it with return reciept or registered mail so that the buyer can't deny that the item was delivered or not, this is for USPS. But UPS and FedEx, they will surely let you sign for the package.

Be careful!

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11-30-2005 12:40 AM  12 years agoPost 6
Bill Collins


Middletown, CT. U.S.A.

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I am sorry that your ebay experience wasn't good Wasp. I just sold my G2 with add on disks 3 and 5 for $185. I sold other stuff this week for MORE than I paid for it. If there is a need for it, people will buy it. You also have to know how to word your listing so it comes up the maximum amount of searches. Tools are funny on ebay. You could have the BEST torque wrench in the world. Thing is, I could buy one at my local parts store for 30 to 40 bucks. I own such wrench and it is MORE accurate and cheaper than my friends Snap-On. I haul scrap metal and demo. Sometimes I find some old things and list them. I also know which will bring me more loot. Swap meet or ebay. An example is an intake I had. kind of obscure. Fit a Dominator carb onto a 460 Ford engine with no adapters. I would have had to beg someone to buy this at the swap meet for $20. I sold it for $125 on ebay. If someone wants it, chances are they are looking on ebay. I like the fact that hundreds of thousands of people have access to my items. Now for the original question at hand....... Check the persons feedback. If they have a negative, read it. Find out what feedback they left for the same transaction. I look at EVERYONE'S feedback that is bidding on my items. If I find it questionable, I ask. If they have a legitimate reason, I let it slide. If not, I cancel their bid. Good luck with your buying experience. Bill

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11-30-2005 03:19 PM  12 years agoPost 7

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england - Leicester

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my suggestions, is look at the ratings and feedback seller has been given, and check the postage options carefully. If they have a option for recorded / special delivery then that is good.

Also an idea to communicate with them (e.g. questions about the item) before your bid, check out their communications before hand, make sure they will keep in touch

If you pay via post, get your proof of posting receipt, and ask the seller to ensure they have theirs to scan in and send a copy over to you via net


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