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Another EBAY question...(6 posts)

Another EBAY question...94Nole
Jan 8, 2004 9:02 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=7298&item=3652154262

I saw this and am looking to buy for my son who is outgrowing frames faster than shoes.

Thoughts, cautions, etc. would be appreciated.
I wouldn't bid.......................chopper
Jan 8, 2004 9:16 AM
I wouldn't for several reasons: first, he has no feedback, second, he claims to have several sizes (this is a red flag), and third, he only accepts Money Orders. If I was desperate maybe I would consider using an escrow service but I wouldn't want the hassle.
Yup. Stay away from this one, obvious scam. nmSpunout
Jan 8, 2004 9:23 AM
re: Another EBAY question...BrokenSpoke
Jan 8, 2004 9:33 AM
I would have to agree also. The seller just set up an account yesterday and only accepts Money Orders. Personally I would never buy from someone in this situation. Wait and keep looking. If you are serious about the bike email the seller and see about an escrow account. The way it works it you send the money to a middle man, eBay can provide this service, and the seller ships the bike. Upon receipt of the bike you release the funds. It's a great way to ensure you actually get what you bought.

Also he claims to be selling "New" but the pic posted has a seat bag, computer, and a heart rate monitor mounted on the bars. He also has Speedplay pedals on the bike when the description state no pedals.

Way to many 'gray areas' for me to even consider bidding.

As fast as your son is growing a better solution would be to talk to some local bike shops. Some are willing to take the old bike back in trade toward a new bike as a way to keep a loyal customer.

Good Luck
Free shipping also sounds hinky...The Walrus
Jan 8, 2004 11:56 AM
...it's not unheard of, but with everything else about this ad, it sounds like an attempt to counter a buyer's instincts by pandering to his greed. I'm also leery of his "I'm not a dealer but a friend of mine is and he works for Fuji and that's how I got the bikes" story.
re: Another EBAY question...biketx
Jan 8, 2004 2:38 PM
That bike's $995 picked up at Cycle Spectrum (FL, TX & AZ) or $1295 online at bikesdirect.com. Seller is either a scammer or a newbie to be setting the bidding so low and not using a reserve. Of course, I've seen some scams lately that depended on giving the impression that the seller was a newbie and you were taking advantage of his error.