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Old 11-25-17, 07:50 PM
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Ebay sellers in China?

I've never bought anything from a seller in China, worried about getting ripped off. But this seller does have a lot of feedback. Would you trust it and do you think it's an actual Fizik saddle?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Italy-f...g7vbc6ICC_WmVQ
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Old 11-25-17, 08:00 PM
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It looks legitimate.

There is plenty of buyer protection on eBay. There is not a risk to the buyer of never receiving the item and of not getting a refund.

There are many purchases I've made from China on eBay. Plan on 6 to 8 weeks after purchase before receiving the item.

The vendors selling from China are always less expensive than those selling identical items from the US. If the extended delivery time is acceptable, then it is a fine option.
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what wingless said. I had bought brand-name and no-name items and so far no problem.
you see what you buy from a US seller also is made in china, they may buy from that same ebay guy and just re-sell it to you. you just cut out the middle man.
Even many items on amazon (3rd party) are from chinese sellers with long shipping time (I'm cheap and always pick free shipping.... i assume you have the option to pay for faster shipping with some sellers)

Especially items that are artificially expensive (razor blades for my electric shaver never ever cost $40 to produce and they are made in china anyway!!!!) you can get much cheaper buying direct. Think factory outlet where a T-shirt that retails for $70 you can buy for $20 while production cost is $2.

Check out or inquire about shipping time beforehand if you care.
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Old 11-25-17, 11:29 PM
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Get one of these while you're at it. Strip the bike for its components and put them on a decent frame.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/7-4kg-Shima...YAAOSw63FaGTl6
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Old 11-26-17, 12:02 AM
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Fizik Nisene are $64 at Wiggle and $65 at Chain Reaction.


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Brand names are brand names. When buying no name stuff off a China shop, it's good to lower product quality expectations, as price drops. You can get the lowest quality (buy once, use twice), when sorting by price, ascending. The first articles often are the cheap stuff. Sometimes, that's sufficient, sometimes you want something more reliable. I bought quite a few things on ebay from China before. For example, I've made good experiences with no name: overshoes, sunglasses, and small parts (e.g. special screws) before.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Fizik Nisene are $64 at Wiggle and $65 at Chain Reaction.


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They don't have all black ones. The Turbo saddle is my favorite, they're on all my vintage bikes. Been looking for a modern saddle that feels like it for my 2011 Focus. A few months ago I bought an old Trek 560 and it came with a ti railed Nisene that is probably about 10 years old. Put it on my Focus yesterday and test rode it and it feels exactly like a Turbo so now I want to get a new one.
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Well, only you can decide if $16 and a specific color is worth the risk.

It would not be worth it to me. I switched all my saddles to Fabric anyway.


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Old 11-26-17, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
They don't have all black ones. The Turbo saddle is my favorite, they're on all my vintage bikes. Been looking for a modern saddle that feels like it for my 2011 Focus. A few months ago I bought an old Trek 560 and it came with a ti railed Nisene that is probably about 10 years old. Put it on my Focus yesterday and test rode it and it feels exactly like a Turbo so now I want to get a new one.
Yeah its worth trying. Good feedback and buyer protection helps.

Ive bought a bunch of stuff direct from China and Taiwan.
Generic cable stops, generic and name brand grips, generic pedals, generic handlebars, a Brooks saddle, Shimano MTB shifters, Microshift STIs, and probably more.

Good stuff- all of it. Just buy from feedback sellers.
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I have bought a lot from Ebay Australia as well as Ebay china and have not been screwed yet. Postage though is weird from Ebay aus 14days, from Ebay china 7days. Can't work it out. And I live in Aus.
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My general rules on buying from China: Don't buy if you need it at a certain date, even if that date is months in the future, and never spend more than you're willing to lose if it doesn't show up. Even if you do have buyer protection, it can be a hassle to get it back, if you weren't played in a manner that means you miss filing deadlines to begin with.
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Old 11-27-17, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I've never bought anything from a seller in China, worried about getting ripped off. But this seller does have a lot of feedback. Would you trust it and do you think it's an actual Fizik saddle?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Italy-f...g7vbc6ICC_WmVQ
In general you can trust sellers with a lot of good feedback. I should warn you NOT to buy anything suspicious from a Chinese seller with no feedback and with a product that appears to be very underpriced. But I have bought stem/bar combos from Chinese sellers for a quarter of the price of the name brands that were in fact better than most of the name brands.

As has been stated elsewhere buying through Ebay and with Paypal you are pretty well protected. The only problems are waiting a month for a product that never appears and then another two weeks for Paypal and Ebay to give your money back.

NEVER exchange any money with a seller other than through Paypal or another like exchange service.
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Old 11-30-17, 12:31 PM
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I've bought loads of stuff from China on ebay!

Stuff usually turns up well within the margin given, but occasionally it'll be the full duration. That said, some things have arrived very early.

You have to have a good eye on the advert. Sometimes they'll show a pic of a better product. One issue i had was being sent a bike light with std LED's when the one pictured used a Cree. I accepted a half refund as i wanted the casing for a powerful Cree unit i had - remember, you can get stuff delivered for the cost of a loaf of bread, but you ain't sending it back for less than a crate of beer, so if it's your mistake you've got to take it on the chin.
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