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EBAY PURCHASE - INTRO

EBUY:  FRAME QUALITY

EBUY:  FRAME DAMAGE

EBUY:  FRAME RUST

EBUY:  FRAME PAINT & ART

EBUY:  LEGAL CONCERNS

EBUY:  FRAME TUBING TYPE

EBUY:  FRAME DROP-OUTS

EBUY:  MADE BY & WHERE

EBUY:  BIKE HISTORY

EBUY: PARTS HISTORY

EBUY:  CREDIBTILITY

EBUY:  SHIPPING CONCERNS

EBAY BUY - CONCLUSIONS

 

BUYING BICYCLES ON EBAY - INTRODUCTION

BUYING "IT" ON EBAY

I have purchased one bicycle on Ebay and it just so happens that the bicycle I purchased is the nicest riding bicycle I have ever owned.  However, the story about acquiring this wonderful bicycle, my Miele LTD, is neither pleasant nor fondly remembered.  Much of what went wrong with that purchase could have been avoided, had I known what questions to ask before I started bidding.

Let's begin this discussion by understanding that buying a bicycle on Ebay is synonymous with buying On-Line.  I choose to use Ebay purchases as an example only because Ebay is the easiest and safest place to find a bicycle when shopping for one on the Internet.  My opinion, of course.

My initial lack of experience with buying on-line, cost me grief, time and money.  When I bought the Miele, I had no idea that the seller was going to pack it up very carelessly.  In fact, thoughts of the horrors that a vintage bicycle can experience during shipping did not even enter my mind.

Though I can speak from personal experience, I would like also to speak from evaluating the actions of others.  I see lots of Ebay bidders who bid on my bicycles fail utterly to ask the right questions, before bidding.  As often as not, failing to ask the right questions will lead to disappointment when that something bought shows up at the front door.

I frequently see bidders bidding way too high for a bicycle or frame set.  One fellow paid well over a hundred dollars for a Team Raleigh Record frame set.  The bicycle was shiny, to be sure, but many vintage Raleighs were entry level, mass produced units.  The materials used for construction are anything but exotic and the people, or poorly trained robots, who assemble the entry level Raleighs, appeared to be less than up to the task of putting a bicycle together properly.  But the fellow who bought this old frame set did not know any of this.  I must admit that I did feel a bit guilty about the price the frame set earned.  I offered it for ten dollars, hoping to get between fifty and one hundred.  Three hundred dollars for an entry level frame set at that time was way too much.  And keep this in mind.  At least two people bid high on the frame set, not just one!

Part of my purpose here is to help the new Ebayer get a feel for what is going on, with the hope of making every Ebay or On-Line purchase experience a positive one.  This is not a sales pitch for Ebay, which by the way is the greatest Yard Sale on Earth, in my humble opinion.  Kinda sounds like a sales pitch, though?

Perhaps the best place to begin studying an On-Line bicycle is to ask questions pertaining to the frame set's quality level.  Since you will not be able to inspect the bicycle directly, you will have to rely on any pictures offered and responses to pertinent questions asked.

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