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take my chances on e-bay?(9 posts)

take my chances on e-bay?cmp
Jun 4, 2002 5:39 AM
There is a Litespeed listed on e-bay that I am interested in buying. But I wondering what my chances are of getting ripped off? Listing only contains information and picture cut and pasted direct from manufacturers web site, so I am suspicious. Seller is across the country, so I cannot check out the bike. Also, seller has no history because they are new. Money orders or cashiers checks only...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1833796173
I'd be cautious too!Spoke Wrench
Jun 4, 2002 5:59 AM
You might try to email the seller and ask for more information and better photographs. You can get an escrow service to hold the money order until you have an opportunity to inspect the bike. That way you'll only risk the two way shipping cost.

It looks to me like it's in the seller's best interest to agree to those terms because he's much more likely to get reasonable bids.

If the seller seems too suspicious to you, I'd take a pass. In my experience, there's nobody as suspicious of other people than a thief.
I'd be cautious too!cmp
Jun 4, 2002 12:05 PM
I like the idea of the escrow service holding the money order. I'll give it a try, thanks!
this listing...gregario
Jun 4, 2002 6:02 AM
I would be cautious as this seller has ZERO feedback profile. They are either a new seller or have recently changed identities. The only reason I can think of for changing identities is to get rid of negative feedback, but there could be other reasons. I've sold a Litespeed myself over E-bay and have bought just a few things with no problems but I would contact the seller and feel them out on this one. I also find it odd that on their feedback page they say they are located in Canada but the sale is "out of" Los Angeles.
Another thing to remember:elviento
Jun 4, 2002 7:03 AM
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
re: take my chances on e-bay?zero1
Jun 4, 2002 7:37 AM
i would rather spend the extra money and buy it from a reputable dealer....just be careful....
Get an agreementstr8dum1
Jun 4, 2002 8:01 AM
When i bought my bike used a couple years ago it was sight unseen, but i made him sign a contract that if the bike didnt live up to his advertised description, that i would get my money back (minus shipping). Turn out to be mint and all was well.

It is sooo easy to trace people on the net now. You are pretty safe.
Not an original word in the adfiltersweep
Jun 4, 2002 2:13 PM
I'd pass.

There seems to be not an original word in the ad. A true Lightspeeder would go on and on and on and on about the ride and quality of the bike- not to mention WHY they are selling it.

The ad sounds like it was written by a non-owner (which may be legit)... and $25 for shipping? I'd want a better job for a $2000+ bike.

ZERO feedback isn't much of a vote of confidence.

The seller isn't even bright enough to post the SIZE- something I can see for a 70s Huffy or a piece of junk, but a Lightspeed he/she is trying to sell for a small mint? Get real!

Finally, there is no description of the condition... and any legit biker would go on and on about every detail- compare it to other ads.... sounds like trouble to me!
& its listed as a MTN bike?!filtersweep
Jun 4, 2002 2:16 PM