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Ebay is a joke.

The honest people are dishonest in that they won't leave honest feedback for bad members. They behave this way because of a fear of bad re-feedback from the dishonest ones who deserve the bad feedback.

My ears are ringing just thinking about it......


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True. I have left positive feedback for people that have absolutely fucked me over bad for that very reason. However, if you really read the feedback comments you can sort that out. There are nuances.

"Fantastic seller AAAAAA+++++" is way different than "Fair deal, read the fine print."
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So far I have been very lucky. I have bought every thing from 1:43 scale cars to 1:1 scale cars on eBay with not a single issue.

Only problem I have with them is some of the things from Hong Kong or Singapore seem to require signature which requires me to go to the PO since I am seldom home when the Postman shows up. That's really not much to bitch about. Wife has had two pieces of china broken in transit but both have been replaced within a week.

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My overall experience on Ebay is good. I've been had twice, out of maybe 30 deals. You get better with experience and know what to look for. Nowadays I can smell a rat from the first three words.

I love that...1:1 scale cars!
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Having bought and sold well over $100k on E Bay I must say you have to be very careful just as you would with anything you blow your hard earned money on. Play at it long enough and you will get taken, no way around it, know too many power sellers who have said the same. If you are contemplating an automotive purchase GO AND LOOK AT IT unless the pics are huge, numerous, and high resolution up close. Nah, still go look at that fucker.
I have never had an unhappy classic car buyer but I got burned on a low mile '79 eldo that was too cheap to go half way across the continent to view. Lost $2,500.00 on that very well covered up rust bucket.
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Overall, not bad. I had one idiot who refused to answer emails and if, and when, he did it was always cryptic. 4 weeks of fucking around. I never did get the brand new fuel pump relay for $57.00. What a surprise.

So I did exactly that. I blasted him on the feedback. Of course, he did it back too. The same day! Not 4 weeks later. All his negative feed back was the same. Won't respond to emails, won't honour the sale...yadda, yadda...

So now I read negative feed back for clues before bidding.

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That reminds me of a strange deal, an overseas Ebay purchase for a Euro roof rack for a 300TD. In never came. The overseas deals are tougher, I'd shy away from now on. I've done two, and only one worked. $400 down the drain and lesson learned.
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I haved been an ebay member since 1999, and never been burnt, have a 100% feedback. My experiences have been good.

I have even bought from sellers internationally. Try to research the feedback REALLY thoroughly, before buying anything or dealing.

One or two neg feedbacks, is OK, as there can be misunderstandings, accidents and mistakes, retaliatory feedback given, people understand that, but when there begins to be a pattern, you want to step back.

It gives you pause when there is big ticket item, with only 1 or 2 items.

Some people also build up a large feedback with little $1 items then go for the big fraud and score on big ticket item, so that has to be watched too.

So you not only check the feedback, but check what has been bought and sold by the buyer and seller too.

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I've bought like 7 things on eBay in almost as many years. If I see someone with seller ratings into the thousands, I get suspicious. If I see someone whose negative feedback is more than zero, I keep looking. I just won two auctions, finally, and both have indicated that they shipped already. Both sellers had 100+ seller ratings, and 100&#37; satisfaction. My understanding of PayPal is that it offers some protection to buyers and sellers both, but mostly buyers. I could just be dumb & lucky. Anyway, for these 9 items I've bought, I've had no problems. The whole thing isn't conducive to frequent use, in my opinion. I've bid on non-reserve items, where there are 12 other auctions just like it by the same person, and I'm the only bidder, then suddenly the item on which I'm bidding mysteriously gets bid upon by someone else. I'm sure they're jacking up the price, and I'm sure it's not condoned. So, I don't re-bid on it.

I'd love to know if any of this is flawed, from people who do a lot on eBay...
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True true, my wife has over 800 positive feedbacks most for buying she always checks the feedbacks she has had only one or two bad experiences, they are good people on ebay, also remember if you are an ebay seller honesty is always the best policy.
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