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Old 03-11-07, 04:04 PM
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Buying on ebay

I'm always looking for a new bike and check out ebay regularly. The other day I saw a newsletter that said most of the new bikes sold there were stolen, that most companies did not allow internet sales, that a lot of the bikes ended up in the shop for major repairs, etc etc. Anybody had any experience buying a new bike on ebay?
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Old 03-11-07, 04:32 PM
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big discussion about that 'article' in the road forum.

keyword in that figure was 'guesstimate'. not very responsible reporting, i'd say.
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The thread G60 pointed out is rather interesting, and as he says, it's not much more than a 'guesstimate' as to how much stolen goods are on eBay.

I've only bought used bikes from eBay (I'm quite fond of my Classic & Vintage bikes), but I would imagine that the used bike market would be more likely to be the funnel for getting rid of stolen bikes, especially stolen parts, rather than new bikes.

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I have bought 3 bikes off of ebay...YMMV One was a no problem everything went fine transaction, one was a PITA, the shipping was outrageous, the professional packing job wasn't and the bike was damaged in transit. The 3rd transaction was canceled when the seller started playing games. As a general rule buying bikes thru Ebay is going to be a crap shoot. I do well on accessories and parts, but have not been happy with the whole bike routine. I do buy bikes from private parties. I have purchased 3 from BF members and have been very pleased with the results.

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Originally Posted by jhud51
...Anybody had any experience buying a new bike on ebay?
I've bought and sold MANY on e-Bay. None of my stuff is stolen. The stuff I've bought has been as-advertised and I've never been cheated. I think the article is alarmist "journalism" from someone who wants a sensational article. I'm happy with e-Bay.
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I've bought 2 used road bikes on e-bay with no problems. I do, however, ask a lot of questions prior to bidding, and have not even bid on some bikes that looked like a great deal - because the seller either did not respond to questions, or knew nothing about what was being sold. Bikes are like anything else - ask questions, know what shipping should cost, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true... or it's stolen!
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I may be lucky but I have bought 1 used, and 2 new bikes on ebay. I have been more than happy with all of the stuff I have bought. I suggest you know your prices, know what it will cost for shipping, and if you have any doubts ask questions.

I only use pay pal so this may be a way to ensure somewhat at least that the deal is cautious but you should be fine.
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