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User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

I want to place a bid on Ebay but first, I have a few questions. Anyone here have or had exprience buying stuff on Ebay? Can the sellers be trusted?

If I buy using my credit card, will by information be safe?

[Edited 2004-04-20 15:33:06]


Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
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User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

Nope, they are not trust worthy. They will use your creditcard numbers to order prostitutes and strippers and then go on very expensive trips around the world...  Big grin
Just kidding. I have bought things on E.bay before. And sofar they havent abused my creditcard yet. So you can safely do that IMO.


User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Ebay is pretty trustworthy. there is really almost no reason the seller would need your credit card number and I would be careful giving it to them directly, most of them use a third party money processor like paypal.com or any number of other ones. Some may send you to their own e-commerce website where you enter your card information, I have done a lot on ebay and other auction sites and have never had a problem with them stealing my card information.

You can tell if the seller is trustworthy by checking their feedback, if someone has a history of being shitty don't buy from them. If someone has a long reputation of being a good seller there is no reason your experience would be any different. Just answer their emails and pay promptly and most sellers will be more than happy.


User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

It is best to sign up with Paypal.com. They are with ebay and you tell them how much you need to send to that person and they do it with your credit card, not the actual seller.

User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

eBay on the whole are fine. Having just done a investigation into STT and Paypal, it's them who you should put any less trust in!  Big grin

User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1125 times:

Can ebay be trusted? To some extent!

Can the sellers be trusted? It depends.

Have a look at this thread from ebay forums to see EXACTLY how ebay can often fail people

http://forums.ebay.com.au/thread.jsp?forum=9&thread=100015781&modifed=20040420182815

This is the seller mentioned there -- it is against ebay rules to publicly name any wrongdoing (that sucks!!) so you have fark around and use codewords and shit like that

http://cgi2.ebay.com.au/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback&userid=apphia_aust

The seller involved managed to con, that we know of, at least 150 people out of money ranging from $300 up to $1000.

Using $700 as a middle price, that is up to $100,000 that the seller was able to steal from people.

Do your homework on the seller, and the only real advice one can give is BUYER BEWARE!


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

Always check the buyer's profile before you bid. I rarely bid if their feedback isn't 100% positive. I've already bought around 5 aircraft models - all arrived in mint condition. There are some dodgy dealers out there - but 99% of the time you will receive what you pay for.

DC-10


User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

I rarely bid if their feedback isn't 100% positive.

This is the type of buyer, sellers such as myself pray do bypass our stuff altogether. 100% positive? Cmon...be realistic.

I sell under 2 ebay user-ids -- and have gotten negatives from arseholes because

* stuff wasn't sent the day after they paid (even though we clearly state posting is done once a week)
* they can't read properly -- stuff is aptly described and photos provided -- yet when in the description it says "some wear" they somehow think this should mean that you have to supply them a brand spanking new product
* they don't pay -- so you give them negative -- and they retaliate with one
* there are kids who get their kicks by buying a heap of stuff only to leave negatives 30 seconds after the end of the auction/listing
* etc, etc, etc

Finding a long-term seller on ebay with 100% is going to be damned near impossible.

What you need to look at is their feedback percentage. Anything less than 100% I always check to see what caused them to lose that 100%, and how long ago. I have bought high valued stuff from a low-volume seller with a percentage of 85% in the past -- the one negative he received 2+ years ago from a retaliatory buyer is what caused that.

If it is aircraft models you are buying -- and the seller has these details:

Jet Miniatures
1150 Walnut Glen CT
Chico, CA United States 95926

or the name of Monte Wibble or resides anywhere in the Chico, CA area -- run as far as you can -- 12 months down the track and I am still arguing with ebay about getting the money they claim to cover me with under their buyer protection program.


User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

You don't happen to have a Radeon 9600 XT graphic card for sale would you  Big thumbs up ?


Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

there are kids who get their kicks by buying a heap of stuff only to leave negatives 30 seconds after the end of the auction/listing

That's how I have my single negative feedback out of over 700 positive feedbacks..... Airliners.net user BR715A130 bought several items of mine using buy-it-now then left me a negative for one about a minute after the auction ended.


User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

eBay on the whole are fine. Having just done a investigation into STT and Paypal, it's them who you should put any less trust in!

Too bad Ebay owns Paypal, I am surprised your investigation didn't show that.


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4781 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

Just to be safe, make sure that the funds from PayPal are coming from your credit card rather than your PayPal account or bank account. My friend has had numerous experiences where he was shipped junk and PayPal or eBay won't do anything about it - as long as an item arrives. With the credit card at least you can decline the charges.

User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

Startvalve, I was very aware of that. Just for your information.

User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

Yes you can. Im a member and you can trust me Smile


"They have lady pilots......... they're not that good, but they have 'em"
User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

In general yes....... I've been on eBay for several years and have never had a problem. I've both sold and bought and currently have a 100% rating with over 70 transactions. The best thing I can recommend is before making any purchases, review the sellers FEEDBACK. This is very important. Read what others have said about the person. If you see a negative feedback, don't let that scare you off.... See what the person said.... they my just be bitching, so I'd give the seller a shot. Also, many of the seller you may buy from are actual businesses and the last thing they will want is negative feedback.

Good luck and enjoy



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

I've bought all my electronics on ebay.

2 plasma TVs, dvd burner, speakers, HDTV decoder etc.....

Never had any problems and saved a heckload of money.



Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
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