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Old 07-07-05, 12:30 PM
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Anyone with experience buying bikes of ebay?

Found a nice bike on ebay but dont want to be scamed. Any advice?
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Talk to the seller, ask specific questions, check feedback/other items for sale for other bike related items.... thats about the best you can do. Also, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.... If they don't accept payment by paypal or money order or personal check, thats also usually a sign of a scam.
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Originally Posted by martin_j001
Talk to the seller, ask specific questions, check feedback/other items for sale for other bike related items.... thats about the best you can do. Also, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.... If they don't accept payment by paypal or money order or personal check, thats also usually a sign of a scam.
Also, check how long the seller has been in a member of ebay, the feedback, the history of selling similar or related products.

Be leary of overseas sellers, and be leary of sellers that don't go through Paypal (Although Paypal is more expensive for the seller).
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Originally Posted by Lividkoi
Anyone with experience buying bikes of ebay?

Found a nice bike on ebay but dont want to be scamed. Any advice?
From someone who has bought bikes from Ebay.

If the seller has fewer than 50 ratings and a feedback score less than 98%, make sure you can pick the bike up in person.

If the seller has good feedback, make sure it is a bike shop or that a bike shop will be packaging the item for shipping.

If you find a listing you like, but are not sure about. Post it here and ask for comments.

Make sure you know exactly what frame size you need. Some manufacturers had unusual geometries that make comparison difficult. If it's a mountain bike, fit is more approximate.

Having said that, the bikes I bought were new and sold by reputable bike shops. For used bikes, you can usually find better deals on Craigslist.com
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The seller has great feed back, not one negitive feedback. HE ALSO ACCEPTS PAYPAL
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E-Bay no doubt can be risky. I've never bought a whole bike from e-bay. However, my last two bikes that I built had all the components, including the frames bought 100% from E-bay. I have been fortunate in that I haven't had a single negative experience with e-bay. The only thing I can tell you is to look at the seller. Duh, right. Seriously, look at their number of transactions, and their feedback history. I've even contacted individuals who have purchased with a seller just to confirm their experience.
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I have picked up two bikes on ebay. One from bike shop selling old stock (Giant TCR Aero) and one from a private seller (Trek 1000).

The Giant was in great shape out of the box and was a great value. I did go down to the lbs that sells Giants and made sure the bike fit before biding(good to do if time permits).

The Trek, which I got to haul the kids around in a trailer looked good on-line. What I found out when I got it was that the seller was a sticker junkie. He took the time to remove all the stickers from one side, took the pictures I saw on-line, and left about 80% of the other side covered in stickers. It was not a big deal to me seeing what I bought the thing for but what if it was not stickers but dings, scratches or frame cracks?

I would say only buy from sellers with lots of good reviews and look for store front operations who have to be conserned with their reps.

Also don't get caught up in the bidding process. Set a hard limit on what you will spend, include shipping in the figure and stick to it. Be ready for the price to shoot up in the last minute or two and most of all, be ready to walk away if it gets to high.

Good luck.
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Make sure the bike will be professionally packed at a bike shop. UPS employs gorillas nowadays.
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What do you think here it is. please take the time to check it out. This is a large investment for a college student. thanks

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW
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Originally Posted by Lividkoi
What do you think here it is. please take the time to check it out. This is a large investment for a college student. thanks

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW
He looks like an honest guy, specially reading his Feedback as seller. Ask him how he's going to package it - shipping is not cheap.

I bought a 2k bike at ebay and had a good experience.

Good Luck!
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The best way to buy a bike is to use the advanced search feature and find bikes that are being sold close to your location.. Then ask the seller if you win the auction if you can pick the bike up.. I've done this twice with no problems.. It is a plus for the buyer and seller.. The seller doesn't have to pack up the bike and he gets paid in cash which means no paypal fees..
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It is a plus for the buyer and seller.. The seller doesn't have to pack up the bike and he gets paid in cash which means no paypal fees..
As someone who is currently selling a bike on ebay, I second this notion. The packing/shipping will be the most "up in the air" part from a sellers perspective, even if packed professionally by an LBS (like I am having done)--after you hand it to the shop its kind of out of your control. I'm thinking I'll get the bike packed at my LBS, and then ship it myself, but I'll see what my LBS has to offer as well before deciding what to do.
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Originally Posted by Lividkoi
Anyone with experience buying bikes of ebay?

Found a nice bike on ebay but dont want to be scamed. Any advice?
It's not whole bikes, however:

I have recently noticed an ebay seller in Hong Kong selling mountain bike parts, particularly XT/XTR level shimano stuff at prices much less than american online retailers. His shipping costs aren't crazy either. Also, 1534 positive feedback with only 1 negative (99.9% positive ratio!).

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZhongkongQ5fbikeshop
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