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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-26-2002, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Watch out for ebay bike scams.

A guy I know over on the Busa board is going through this right now. Someone found pics and descriptions of his bike on the web and is trying to sell it on ebay. Collect the money and the buyer will never get the bike.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-26-2002, 08:59 AM
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Random thoughts...

Also watch for people jacking up the prices of their items by using bogus bidders. A guy John and I know was selling a Harley on eBay and when I looked at the bid history, I saw that the eBay user ID of his employer had entered a number of bids throughout the auction! Additionally, the majority of bids had come from brand-new user IDs with zero history. Things that make you go "hmmm".

(btw, we know he wanted to sell the bike for about double what it was worth - and the auction closed well below his reserve).

Buyer beware! Dig deep, ask questions and trust your instincts if you're not sure. 99% of the parts and stuff we've bought off eBay were from "established" sellers, many with legitimate "3-dimensional" businesses.

If you're buying a big-ticket item such as a bike, use a secure payment method to pay the deposit... then go pick it up yourself, and bring the balance with you.

Western Union has a service called "BidPay" that enables you to buy money orders with your credit card too - again, this gives you more security than a cash/money order transaction.

Most importantly, keep your head when bidding. Don't get caught up in the excitement of "winning" an auction. Don't bid until 1:30 before the auction closes, and then enter the absolute maximum amount you're willing to pay. Most of the stuff out there is not unique, and if (for example) one set of wheels sells for more than you're willing to pay, another will come along within a week or two.

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Seems to be a rash of this happening latley.

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Tony: We were discussing this on the R1-forum as well. What I found funny was the seller is in New York, but the pic of the Busa has a palm tree trunk in the back. When did New York get palm trees???

Also, this happened to a guy's R1 as well. A few members jacked the bid price up to $1,500,000 to prevent some unsuspecting soul from getting ripped off. One of the members is friend's with the head of the fraud dept. at Ebay, and the auction got shut down.

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Re: Random thoughts...

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Most importantly, keep your head when bidding. Don't get caught up in the excitement of "winning" an auction. Don't bid until 1:30 before the auction closes, and then enter the absolute maximum amount you're willing to pay. Most of the stuff out there is not unique, and if (for example) one set of wheels sells for more than you're willing to pay, another will come along within a week or two.


I just won an auction and now I see another fairing for $10 with 2 days left Didn't look like it had a reserve either, and in better shape..

Arghh..


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Re: Random thoughts...

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Also watch for people jacking up the prices of their items by using bogus bidders. A guy John and I know was selling a Harley on eBay and when I looked at the bid history, I saw that the eBay user ID of his employer had entered a number of bids throughout the auction! Additionally, the majority of bids had come from brand-new user IDs with zero history. Things that make you go "hmmm".

(btw, we know he wanted to sell the bike for about double what it was worth - and the auction closed well below his reserve).


BTW if you know for sure thats what was happening, you can contact ebay and tell them. Fixing an auction will get your account booted (and all parties involved's accounts also).


I dont trust ebay. It doesnt seem safe like it used to be.

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.
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