tomhoward - Member
1. Scammers can copy the pic and serial number.
2. Most things the thieves are selling don't have serial nos in the first place. Unless you can tell me where the serial number of my bars/stem/pedals is?
That won't help them when you get the part and the serial number/pics don't match; Besides, a quick Google or search of the SN and the part name should find the original advert and reveal a thief. In the same way, the police could Google the SN and a Description of the parts found on stolen bikes and potential reveal their owners through FS adds.
Mechs, brakes, forks, frames, cranksets, stems, seatposts, even some pedals all have serial numbers on them.
Thomson have a sticker inside the stem/seatpost/bar, as do Easton and Bontrager...that's how you can identify the myriad fakes on eBay.