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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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I have not had a negative experience using German ebay. Rather I have found it difficult to find vendors who accept paypal. This is less of a concern now since more of the vendors are accepting paypal. If they accept paypal, it doesn't matter about credit cards - whatever paypal funding option you use is OK. Translation generally is not a problem either - enough of the EU speaks English that between my English, my German, and Bablefish I have not had signficant communication problems.
Prices - some ebay.de prices are fantastic and some are much higher than in the states. Again, it depends on the part. For NOS parts, I would expect them to be more available and therefore cheaper in Germany. For parts no longer available (used parts), if it is anything subject to weather concerns I would expect it to be cheaper in the US.
I'm glad that ebay.de is becoming more international-friendly. And I don't fault ebay.de for their past reliance on the traditional German bank transfer method of payment/receipt of funds - it is far superior to the monopoly Paypal that the US is stuck with for most transactions of this type.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...