QIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1182 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...
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.
Startvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1173 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.
DC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1125 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.
Russophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1122 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:
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.
AAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1109 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.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1092 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.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1077 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
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