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Almost Ripped on EBay

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Baber, Sep 26, 2007.

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  1. Baber

    Baber TS Member

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    Normally I stay away from EBay. Every transaction I have ever done has been a disaster. But the other day I saw something I have been looking for for some time and against my better judgement for the first time in 2 years, I bid. The Item was a 2 gun Perazzi Gun Case. They are very unusual as most cases are Combo Cases but this was a Red 2 gun. I bid and was the highest bidder for nearly a day but at the last second someone one out bid me by $15. A little disappointed I took a chance and called Perazzi USA and said do you have any new ones? Found out to much surprise that they not only had them but they were cheaper that what I bid on EBay! Saved a bunch of money. It just proves that Ebay is an invitation to doing something stupid...

    TB
     
  2. bigclown

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    I learned the same thing about Smith & Wesson wood presentation boxes. On Ebay they were going for well over $100...then I checked S&W website and found you can buy a new one from S&W for about $60. I have no trouble finding things that I have done which are stupid...happens all the time.
    Best Regards, Ed
     
  3. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Before placing a bid, Goggle for current prices (new & used), to include shipping and any taxes.

    Items no longer made may require a premium bid. Depends on how badly you want it...
     
  4. Capt. Morgan

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    Don't blame the auction for almost ripping you off. As Joe wrote, you're responsible for knowing (1) how much the item you are bidding on actually costs new and (2) how much the the one you see is actually worth in its current condition. The excitement of finding something you really want often overpowers better judgment. Consider yourself lucky...and wiser.

    Morgan
     
  5. W.P.T.

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    I wonder why the person selling the item would be ripping you off if you are the one who placed the bid in the first place ..? Sounds to me like the person who screwed up was the one doing the bidding, not the person selling the item and it happens all the time ... Like when doing anything else in life "If you can't run with the Big Dogs, stay on the porch" and off of EBay because it is an "Auction" not a clearance sale ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  6. Baber

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    Oh... I knew what the Item was generally worth and bid accordingly. Like I said I am buying new for just a few $ under what I bid so my estimate was on. The guy who got ripped is the one who out bid me. The problem is that this is a rare item. I agree that I took a chance and almost made a mistake. One has to be very careful with EBay or you will get ripped off thats my point.

    TB
     
  7. ronbo142

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    I have been using EBay for 9 years, I would say that 99% of my transactions were Excellent and 1% OK.

    Again do your research and pick a price that is WELL BELOW MARKET VALUE and include SHIPPING as total cost and you will find that you deals can be found!

    Ronbo
     
  8. Baber

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    Ronbo...

    My experience is the reverse. 99% Crap... I have had guys sell me stuff they did not have. How about the guy that sold me a Perazzi Adjustable stock that would fit a DB81 only to have it arrive and actually be a skeet stock! Or the computer that the seller miss labeled and never got to me.... it goes on and on... I prefer to stay away.

    TB
     
  9. W.P.T.

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    I have made many deals on EBay, even bought a classic car for several thousands of dollars that was listed on there and never had a problem ... My brother has bought and sold 3 or 4 Rolex watches for close to $80,000 (retail twice that amount) on EBay and never had a problem ... I'd suggest seeing the first posting I made about Big Dogs and porches and go from there ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  10. DJM

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    To be "ripped off" on E-bay as a buyer the seller would have to misrepresent their goods or not ship them after the aution is completed.
    I have seen countless examples of items selling for more than I think they are worth. That is why E-bay is such an excellant tool for the seller. You get top dollar and take little to no risk.
     
  11. The Rock

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    Nothing wrong with the bids on Ebay. You just have to be smarted than the item you bid on.

    Rock

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  12. jakearoo

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    Good story. I thought about bidding on that case till it got over 150 bucks. Reminds me of when I saw a bore gauge sell on ebay about a year ago. It sold for about 50 bucks more than a brand new one from Brownells. People can be awful dumb. Jake
     
  13. bgf

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    I have sold and bought on eBay. Know what you are buying...set a max figure...then let it go.

    Bernie
     
  14. BamBam2K

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    Not to beat up on the original poster, but I'm not seeing where this case is so "rare" if you can call the company order it just like that........
     
  15. omahasportingsupply

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    No flame meant but would you still have been ripped off if you were outbid on Gunbroker.com (instead of Ebay) and then found the same item cheaper at Indiana Gun club? Overbidding is not a crime and accepting a higher bid than market value is not a crime either. As long as no one intended to hide facts or conceal damage .... I don't understand the rip. We all need to shop before we buy. One of my most difficult sales was not off of Ebay, but an Italian on the East Coast who finally admitted that he had his facts wrong and justified it by saying Italians always have a hot temper. Since he forged his FFLs name to send the gun back to me, I could have had an Italian and an FFL in DEEP DOO DOO.
     
  16. Quack Shot

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    Alcoholics should stay away from bars. Addicted Gamblers should avoid casinos. People that don't know what they are buying, what it's worth, and how to avoid getting caught up in a bidding frenzy should stay away from Auction sites. Quick, Simple, and Easy!

    Some people would also say that some people should also stay away from forums. :)

    Quack!
     
  17. School Teacher

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    I am very positive on EBay.

    I have used EBay for about three years and have purchased rifle scopes, old fishing lures, music and stereo equipment.

    Out of over 20 buys, I have only been stiffed once and that was for $1 on an obscure VCR tape.

    I regret that one of my favorite fishing lures, The Neal Spinner top water, is now a collectable. The lure was made in Columbus, IN. up to about 1970. I have caught many a largemouth with this lure and have 5 at present. However, they go from $20 - $50 on EBay.

    When buying, you need to check out the seller’s history. I got stiffed by a new seller but for $1, I took a chance. The seller was de-listed by EBay.

    When using EBay, you have to be aware that it is an auction and that somebody can outbid you at last second. To avoid this, you need to enter a higher maximum bid. However, you can always be outbid if someone is willing to pay more than you are.

    EBay is a marketplace and a good service. As to limiting gun related purchases, IMO they are simply following the advice of lawyers and risk management professionals. They are not anti-gun; they just want to stay out of court.
     
  18. primed

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    Bid what an item is worth to you. Be an informed bidder / buyer. Know how to read an ad. Do not spend any more than you want. If you paid too much that's your fault. Buyer beware. There is no cure (or refund) for stupid.

    Bob
     
  19. JCS

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    I only bought one item on E-bay ( an automotive electronic device)
    It was represented to be LIGHTLY used , but like new ,and in excellent working condition.

    It arrived cracked (inside a box ) and did not start up.

    When I contacted the seller ,I never got a response .Then I contacted E-bay and demanded a resolution .

    After about a week,I received a message from E-bay with the sellers statement attached . Despite his obvious cock and bull story , E-bay told me that it was up to me to prove that I did not break the item or damage the electronics.

    Just how would anyone be able to do that ?

    E-bay is squarely on the side of the seller and great if you sell junk.Their guarantee to buyers is worthless .

    I will never buy anything from E-bay ever again.
     
  20. Gargoyle!

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    Going on Ebay is like going to a yard sale or a auction. You have to know your prices. Yes I have seen thing on Ebay that I wish I had a doz or two of. Just like yard sales and auctions you have to know what your doing.
     
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