I use eBay to run my motorbike spares business and I get tired seeing other users getting ripped off by unscrupulous sellers. There is at least one individual I see operating on ebay frequently. He sets up or hijacks a username, the current one being all-bike-parts, then sells lots of high value parts. No one ever receives their items and when the account is closed down by ebay, he moves on to a new one. His account feedback usually has a few bike related items to put your mind at ease.
Tips to avoid getting ripped off:
- Too good to be true? Then it usually is. Ebay is great for bargains but be realistic. Someone selling new Ohlins shocks at half price is either mad or a crook.
- Seller has multiple listings of the same thing, usually rare items. Such as 5+ sets of AP racing calipers.
- No local pickup allowed. Usually a sign they dont have it! If they say you can pick up the item AFTER you have paid with paypal, then its probably a con.
- Item pictures all have different backgrounds. A sure sign the pictures have been copied off the internet. Most sellers take their photos in the same place, ie workshop or garage floor.
- Try running a completed item search on ebay and you might just find the item for sale has already recently been sold by another user.
- Ask specific questions about the item and see what the response is.
- If in doubt USE PAYPAL and check on the listing to see how much you are covered for. It will take awhile but you will get your money back.
Hope this helps!