Reffering to a post intitled "rendered ebay bike" or something to that effect, post to which I could have replied directly but won't because it wouldn't get as much attention, and the matter of "outing potential frauds" is pretty serious....
This is a bit of a quandry. There are scam artists (and very misguided sellers) on ebay, but openly casting doubt on a listing without being 100% that it is a fraud can be extremely detrimental and disturbing to the seller. I've had it happen to me on quite a few occasions on another bike "forum", possibly here when I wasn't around to see.
A case springs to mind: had a listing for three totally pristine NOS/NIP or whatever headsets from the 40's or thereabouts, well described, well photographed with all components in full view. Some hours before the end of sale, a "person" (exercizing considerable restraint here) posted that "everybody should be aware that these headsets are being sold without ball bearings !!!". The things went unsold, whereas a few months later somebody sold an identical unit no trouble at all on ebay. The "well meaning" expert or person or tracker down of ebay conmen basically was calling me a cheat for trying to sell headsets without balls. What the poor kid didn't know was that at the time those things were on sale in the bike shops back in the 40's, they were sold without bearings. You had to buy your own balls, so to speak, and all bike shop owners had a massive stock of balls of diferent sizes. Anyway, small deal, they wouldn't have gone for much and I was only listing something out of boredom (some kicks to be had from the "casino" sensations from watching the last minute snipes increase the price). But it did make me a bit anoyed, and upset.
Is there some way where "private" or off forum queries could be done before messing up a decent guy's day ? Such as a rule whereby the "I think, there may be reason to suspect, this stinks" etc stuff isn't really considered OK on CV unless backed by some pretty reliable research into seller and item ? Probably not, but the subject might warrant some discussion.