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Old 11-10-2010, 07:12 AM   #1
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i am thinking of buying a engine dle 50cc off ebay has anyone got one this way.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:30 AM   #2
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Re: buying off ebay

My handful of "non-RC-related" E-bay experiences have been god so far, I would also consider purchase from hobbyking.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:30 AM   #3
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I bought a DLE 111,55, and 20 off of there from China, they all were well priced, shipped fast, and the engines run flawless.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:35 AM   #4
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Re: buying off ebay

I'm a little gun shy of eBay... not to say there aren't good deals there. But it's become a dumping ground for a lot of junk. Buyer beware.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:49 AM   #5
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Re: buying off ebay

A lot of stores and dealers sell on ebay. Many of the sellers bid on their own items. It is best to set the maximum price you want to pay for an item and set that as your maximum bid and stick to it, even if the bid goes over by fifty cents. Items with a lot of bidders will not go cheap. Many of the sellers that advertise a high shipping cost will not negotiate it. Be aware of sellers that put a lot of conditions on their sale. Some of the ebay stores insist that you go through their checkout and reveal a lot of personal data. I received a couple of items the other day one by first class mail and one by priority post ( three times the cost), both arrived the same day from the USA. Shipping from Europe and the far east is quit reasonable and quick.

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:23 AM   #6
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Re: buying off ebay

Used to be interesting to shop on eBay but like previous post, not much anymore. It went from an auction site to a place were small shops are trying to get rid of worthless crap by overexposing the same crap over and over again with a low price and then get you in a corner with excessive shipping and handling fees. I gave up...

You're probably better with Hobbyking to get your engine.

Disclaimer: Having said that, this is just my personal opinion, I might be wrong, please don't quote me, have a nice day.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:28 AM   #7
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Re: buying off ebay

A few other pointers if you are new to Fleabay:

I was caught the first time I used it with multiple buys from an HK store. They charged me shipping for EACH item, even though they were boxed together.

If the seller has done business before you can check their feedback. This may be a bit of false advertizing as I find some will threaten you with negative feedback if you try and post that for them. This can affect future dealings if you plan to sell that way.

Potentially the most disturbing experience I had was with a dispute over 2 faulty speed controls in a row. The instant I started it I was locked out of my Paypal account, even though I was the customer with a complaint. It was resolved quickly, but even then I had to personally contact Paypal to get access again.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:30 AM   #8
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I saw an OS 120 4 stroke engine for sale on eBay a couple weeks ago, it was new apparently but the price seemed too low for a new engine as compared to what I have seen them in hobby shops and so on. Something didn't seem quite right about it so I never bid on it.
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I got a DLE55 from HobbyCity $269 plus shipping, amazing price, works great, and fast shipping....
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Re: buying off ebay

Got a few good deals a couple of yrs back, they were ship promptly and wre exactily what was advertised. Then I had a large pay pal dispute, cancelled my account and don't deal with them any longer. Buy the way FYI Pay Pal owns E Bay or the other way around.

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