There was a thread posted here a few days ago from someone who was looking at a couple of tandems on Ebay. One was a Trek T2000 for $1500 and the other a Cannondale Road Tandem for $1200, both '06 models. Like the old saying goes "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!"
There has been a rash of low priced 2006 bikes on Ebay recently. They all come with the following comments in their descriptions:
*We give this discount because we are liquidating the 2006 stock.
*IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR IF YOU WANT TO PLACE AN ORDER PLEASE EMAIL ONLY TO OUR SALES DEPARTMENT
*DO NOT BID UNTIL RECEIVING A RESPONSE FROM OUR SALES DEPARTMENT
*PLEASE DO NOT USE Ask Seller A Question OPTION BECAUSE OUR eBay EMAIL ADDRESS IS OVER QUOTA AND WE DON'T RECEIVE YOUR QUESTION
*Please do not bid on the auction!!! Contact us via email for an order (with your size and color to check availability). This is a fixed price sale at the buy it now price.
*Shipping is free worldwide if you buy it now.
I did use the "Ask A Seller A Question" option on one of thes auctions recently and got a response from the account holder that his Ebay account had been hyjacked and the auction was a fraud (my suspicions). As soon as he realized the auction was a fraud he contacted Ebay and was able to have the auction removed. I presently count 312 of these auctions. The guy doing these auctions get's people to pay for the bikes (usually by wiring funds) and then disappears. The sad thing is there are people out there bidding on these bikes.
Fellow tandem riders beware! Don't get lured into bidding on one of these "deals"! ALWAYS check sellers feedback, contact with questions and pay with secure funds only (i.e, PayPal). Never take a chance! I'd hate to see any of you get burned by some scum trying to make a quick buck.