Jun 11, 2002 11:57 AM
|I have read the soapbox comments as to the ethics of trading. After 4 years of doing so I have come to the conclusion that the person with ethics seems to get screwed. I cannot tell you how many times I have been told that the MO is in the mail only never to have it arrive, and the response to my e-mail is "Oh, I have changed my mind." I usually take Paypal only because the money is delivered up front and I will take the hit on the commission just to get the money with no grief. The good thing is that great deals seem to come along all the time. Many times there is a better one that the deal you could not live without. So take heart, lots of Litespeeds around if that is your dream bike.|
|It doesn't help...||filtersweep|
Jul 3, 2002 1:07 PM
|It doesn't help that one person's "like new" is another person's "I wouldn't put that on my beater bike."
I recently purchased a pair of GARBAGE Ascent Comps- the rims were full of cracks. The seller (ebay) agreed to take them back. I ate $50 in postage. I don't know if I'm lucky he took them back, or unlucky to be out the money. These were not in "excellent" or "very good" condition!
|It doesn't help...||red_ellsworth|
Jul 3, 2002 4:46 PM
|Even on e-bay there are problems. The only thing I can tell you is to look at the deals the person makes. Buying doesn't count since people have to pay up front. Look at the sales and check any negatives.
Just make sure that you have a window to return. For example I guarantee condition of anything I sell. If I say it is "good" and define it, that is the guarantee. You should get that from anyone who sells.
Unfortunately there are still lousy sellers. Here are the good ones that you can absolutely trust-Bill Larson & Larry Klassen for starters. I don't know if Pezzo 33 is still selling and Sly Fox is still selling on e-bay. They are all good with me.
If you need wheels try Larson or Chuck in Boise Idaho. I am sure they will take good care of you.
And if you want two cents worth of advise for real, here it is. Price is one thing but when I am coming down a hill on my road bike at 40mph (I am slow) or on a rocky downhill, or riding along the edge of Porcupine Rim, I want to be on something I trust. That first drop along the edge of Porcupine is a long one-about 1000 feet.