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Old 11-10-2010, 02:53 PM   #11
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Being new to the hobby, I purchased all my items off Ebay. Even my transmitter. If your not an experience Ebayer, just find someone that is.

There are definitely deals. Especially when the CAD $ is close to US$

The biggest issue you will have is international shipping is expensive. I live only 1hr away from the Border, so I have all my purchases sent to a business that accepts shipments on my behalf. I then drive over and get it.

I good tip is,, don't always accept the picture you see in the classified, before you pay,, ask the seller to send you a recent picture with his name signed on a piece of paper next to the item. This will give you more confidence that the item is really in their possession. This hold only for private auctioned items.

Other than that .. just do your research... and get more experience using the Ebay site.. read over the person selling history etc..

If you want to purchase and your not sure get someone else for an opinion.
I'd be happy to give you my opinion or assistance..

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Old 11-10-2010, 04:05 PM   #12
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thanks everyone for all your comments. now i will have to make up my mind what to do.

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Old 11-10-2010, 05:27 PM   #13
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i ordered a dle 30 from rcskylite on ebay. its awsome
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:01 PM   #14
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Make sure your Paypal is hooked to your credit card. Some people have Paypal hooked to their bank account and with that route you are only left with Paypal if something is wrong.
I've heard of a few scammers who tell the buyer they will take care of it, or they will return their money, or the item is in the mail, they are in fact only stalling so that after 30 days from purchase you can't file a dispute. So don't wait. I bought an OS 70SII for $195 on ebay brand new and it has been my best engine. Make sure they have good feedback and be more careful with sellers with low transaction numbers.
VISA is great if there is a problem. They reverse the charge and give your money back and go after the bad seller. I had to use them for a set of rims for a Yamaha R1 off ebay. Paypal was not interested in helping me because I had received the goods. Used but straight said the seller, the rear wheel was bent(crash damage), VISA got my money back and never asked for the rims back. After 6 months I took the rim to a wheel company who fixed the rear wheel for $65. $400 set of rims for $65.
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I bought a number of things off eBay over the years, never had a problem. As mentioned - refer to the seller's rating. If they have lots of sales (100's) and a 100% (or at least 99.7%) rating, you should be OK. Also - note that shipping by UPS is the worst! They charge huge "brokerage" fees. Try to get UPSP or Fed/Ex.
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Re: buying off ebay

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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.

Myself I never put my maximum bid at as my first bid, I would rather wait till the end and enter it in the the last 20 seconds. Many bidders just hedge the price up until its leading and never increase it. Sometimes you can get a great deal doing the bid max amount, but you stand a better chance waiting till the end otherwise the bidders continue to bid until they are leading the auction.... you just need an iphone and the Ebay App to remind you 10 minutes before the end....
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:57 AM   #17
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Ten minutes before close will allow ten or fifteen members using the automatic bidding system to out bid you. If your bid is below my max bid the system will bid for me seconds before close. I have watched this happen.

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That true... but if you bid your max bid days before then thats time for the other bidders (or seller) to hedge your price up. By waiting till the last 20 seconds and then bidding your max bid you stand a better chance of getting the item cheaper then your bid as there is not enough time for the other bidders to top you as the bid updates with about 4 seconds left in the auction. Most bidders on Ebay do not enter max bids, they just hedge until there in the lead.

If your last minute max bid comes up short then you lose the item, but that just means someone was willing to pay more than you. I've gotten lots of awesome deals bidding this way, I've also lost some but as I said if your bid was the max bid and you lose there is nothing to fret over.

If your goal is to just buy the item then using the max bid up front is fine, if you want the item but want to get it for the cheapest amount then you need to wait....
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Above all else, remember that the motto is "Buyer Beware!" The good news is that eBay has heard most of the compliants about the sellers and has really leaned to supporting those with valid complaints AND (really big emphasis) who follow the eBay procedures for complaints.

Slso, remember that items coming across the border can be subject to havign the HST or equivalent charged, even for hobby items that will not have the excise duties applies, plus whatever processing fees for the cross-border handler. Stay away from UPS (Brown) like the plague since thier rates are totally out of whack -- However, if you have a couple hours that you can spend handling the paperwork and taxes/duties yourself, go for it, even if UPS is the handler -- they cannot stop you from ding it yourself.
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