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Old 06-12-09, 06:56 PM
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What are you guys thoughts on Ebay sellers with 0 feedback? I'm looking at a bike but the seller has 0 feedback. The ad is written in complete sentences and is coherent, with good pics. Would you guys chance it?

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Old 06-12-09, 07:05 PM
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Only if I could pick up in person, or it was super cheap. One thing about a seller with zero feedback, he will not get full market value, so if it was cheap enough, I might consider it as a gamble.

I did buy my 2005 Trek 1000 from a guy with zero feedback. I sent him a note explaining that he would not get much interest, and I ended up picking it up in person. Turned out to be as good/better than described.

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Old 06-12-09, 07:09 PM
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It can be a gamble, but there is a story behind each one. I agree if the seller is local and you can inspect prior to bidding, or have someone inspect for you that would be the best.
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Old 06-12-09, 07:20 PM
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Correspond with the seller and make sure s/he is registered with PayPal.

Years ago I scored a brand new Fuji for half price from a first time seller when nobody else would bid. It arrived in perfect condition, professionally packaged, and with thorn-resistant tubes thrown in for free. Didn't get a flat for three years, too.

YMMV.
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Old 06-12-09, 08:23 PM
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We all had to start somewhere. Complete sentences and good pics puts them above the fray. But don't be afraid to ask about the warts he didn't take pics of.
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I've taken advantage of first time sellers before. It always worked out for me. He really needs to buy some stuff and get his numbers up.
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Old 06-13-09, 10:15 AM
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We all had 0 feed back at sometime.
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Old 06-13-09, 10:22 AM
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If you're talking about a $100 bike, well maybe. If it's a $1000 bike, watch out for scams. No way I spend big bucks unless it's local and the seller agrees to local pick-up and accepts cash at pick up, no pre-pay. I bid on some shifters recently from a local dude with a dozen transactions, none sales. I asked the seller, who was less than 50 miles from my house, if I could pick them up locally and pay cash at pick up. When he would not agree to those terms I decided to stay away from them.
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Old 06-13-09, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob Barker View Post
We all had to start somewhere. Complete sentences and good pics puts them above the fray. But don't be afraid to ask about the warts he didn't take pics of.
Exactly, ask the seller for his or her phone number. As a new seller it shouldnt be an issue.

Linky to ad?
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Old 06-13-09, 06:22 PM
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"We all had 0 feedback at one time": that can make people like me, who just have a few things to sell from time to time, hesitant to even start...
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Old 06-13-09, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by kroozer View Post
"We all had 0 feedback at one time": that can make people like me, who just have a few things to sell from time to time, hesitant to even start...
Why? Just write and honest ad and use good clear pictures and your good to go.
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