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Is Ebay trustworthy?

I haven't bought a thingg from Ebay but i saw some MB wheel center caps that I wanted but wanted to make sure with you guys if they are reliable so I won't get my money ripped off.
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Post Caution On Ebay!! Do your Homework.

I personally have had an overall good experience with Ebay. I've learned to really check the feedback and ask the Sellers direct questions and copy all to my email. Also, when paying use the PayPal format. There are garantees built into that sytem should you have a problem, at least you can get your money back.
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Yeah, check feedback but I bought my car sight unseen on ebay and I Love it more than anything.

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It's a skill - you learn to read between the lines, check everything out beforehand (like hidden/expensive shipping charges, etc.), watch for the good sellers, and take an education risk buying something. I love ebay - it's a fantastic way of getting things that would be impossible to find otherwise.

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It isn't "ebay" you need to trust, it's the individual seller. Check their feedback. Too many negatives should be an obvious red flag. Also check the S/H charges, some charge too much.


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Ebay offers great opportunities for getting value and hard to find items, again as mentioned, sellers feedback is a good indication of integrity, also pay by pay-pal via your credit card, if an item is not received or misrepresented you will have recourse, especially with your credit card, I have ha much success with Ebay, good luck, Johnny O
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I have been buying and selling on ebay for years, all of the above advice is excellent. Before you make your choice do your homework.
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I could not own my cars without eBay. However, like anything else, it has risks.

1. Get a really good idea of what a part will cost (a) at a dealership and (b) at a supplier like autohaus before forming an opinion on what looks like "A good deal" on new parts. My favorite find is an abandoned project.

2. Read (1) again. MANY private parties ask MORE than dealer list for their used, crappy part because either they are trying to take advantage of someone else's ignorance or they think they've discovered a gold mine. Just because a car is 20+ years old doesn't make most parts unobtainable at the dealership and not all of them are high in price.

3. Salvage yards are pretty good at describing the condition of their used parts; private parties are not. Here's a handy conversion table to use when reading most eBay descriptions for any body or chromed part. I've seen SOME honest ones, but not many.

"Absolutely mint" = pretty good
"Near Perfect" = not perfect, but probably better than what you have
"Excellent" = usable
"Good" = probably worse than what you have
"Usable" or "driver" = probably unusable junk
"No pits" = pits
"No rust" = some rust
"Slight surface rust easily removed" = when removed, the part will no longer exist
"a few rusted spots" = will be a box of iron oxide powder by the time it reaches your door




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