I've been looking for a few bike-related bits and bobs lately having not done much riding for a couple of years or so: bought some new bits, stuff off here, a bit from Ebay...
Now, I used to buy and sell a lot of components on Ebay - I've over 700 feedbacks, mostly bike related - and it used to be a vibrant marketplace for stuff like this. Lately I'd kind of got the impresion that the range of choice was down on what I'd been used to, but because I tend to look for very specific things I couldn't be sure.
Until now... I want a bog-standard Deore chainset: 175mm, any BB, chainrings don't matter. I expected my search to return literally hundreds, but no... 20+ matches max, most of which are impressively poor value for money compared to an equivalent Google search.
What the f*** has happened? Has the naked greed of the recent fee rises and the gelding of the feedback system scared off your average amateur punter (which was the whole point of Ebay, remember)? Is it like this with other areas on Ebay, and if so are they f***ed? Or are Deore chainsets not what they once were?!?