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Plenty of new ebay bike scams(6 posts)

Plenty of new ebay bike scamsmdo
Jul 24, 2003 5:42 AM
Is it just me or does it seem that there is a new breed of scammer on ebay? It used to be the idiot w/0 feedback listing from "Canada" & posting the same LS, Cannondale, Trek. Now, I'm seeing sellers with very high feedback, selling the same bikes + Merciers, different LS (not just Vortex or Ultimate). Looks like they've stolen the sellers id. Anybody else notice this? Anyway for ebay to stop it? Its getting scary out there & you really have to do your due dilligence now--can't just rely on feedback anymore.
Got an example???biknben
Jul 24, 2003 5:54 AM
Send us a link...we'll let you know what you think. I actually created a screen name "Auction_is a scam" that I've used a couple times to thwart obvious scams.

You certainly have to be carefull with eBay. There are certain things that draw red flags for me. There has to be original text, not just copy-clipped from a web site. The photos also have to be of the actual auction item. If you just provide a photo from the manufacturer I'm not going to consider the auction.

The last few purchases I made were form eBay retailers. They are a safe bet.
Here is one of the example.shoalin
Jul 24, 2003 7:44 AM
To member:
From member:


HED Deep 650c Aero Wheels

I saw that you are interesed in buying this HED Deep 650c Aero Wheels.
I sell this wheels for $300.
I`m located in Italy.Here I have 5 shops how selling bikes and bikes
If you are and inteligent buyer and you will buy from us you will not
For more informations please mail me.

This email was sent by an eBay member via eBay's email forwarding
If you reply to the email, your response will go directly to the member
not through eBay.

eBay does not tolerate spam (i.e., unsolicited commercial email) and is
taking steps to protect members from this abuse. In addition,
to buy or sell items outside of eBay violate eBay rules and are not
by services that protect members such as feedback, insurance, escrow,
dispute resolution. If this is an offer to buy/sell items outside of
please do not participate. Enter the following link into your browser
to learn more. Link:
Couple of examplesmdo
Jul 24, 2003 7:55 AM

Also, if you do a search for Mercier, there are about 20 different listings for the same bike--all from sellers with good feedback rating, but 90% of them have private auctions (so the buyer can't be warned by us good samaratins). Emailing the seller either gets a "Returned mail--sender unknown" or the usual broken english "I own a bike shop in Spain" crap.

Here is a response I got when inquiring whether the bike was the LS Ultimate or the Mercier: Hi.
You can see in my eBay desc. all the specs of this bike. I know I am honnest and I can deliver first the item.

Best regards,

His email is Don't know if that helps.
How odd.Jervis
Jul 24, 2003 6:14 PM
Now I don't care if someone has a bike like that and doesn't know what's on it, it's up to the owner as to what he wants to ride. But the add said "Campagnolo black shifters (brake and shifter in one unit)". Well that's weird! Fiiiiiishy. And boy did he do a good job of answering your question. Or maybe he's just foreign (hence broken English) and doesn't know bike parts from a hole in his head. Ahhhh who knows.

re: Plenty of new ebay bike scamsfolsom_rider
Jul 24, 2003 9:20 PM
Hi All, I posted a note about this a few days ago. In the example below, the guy has stolen an id from someone that is currently selling other items. When in doubt, look at the fact that the other sales (current and past) accepted paypal and other credit transactions. That gives some protection to the buyer. Oddly, this guy below has been posting the same picture week after week. It seems that the Treks and Litespeeds are the biggest target....