Bought some SPD pedals off ebay, just searched by cheepest, clicked, paid, done.
The pro-forma bit of the lsiting included this description:
New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where packaging is applicable). If the item comes direct from a manufacturer, it may be delivered in non-retail packaging, such as a plain or unprinted box or plastic bag. See the seller's listing for full details
Now, assuming you don't read the description for a new item that's advertised as new, and you already know what it is.
The description does say as the bottom that cleats are not included.
Would you think it fair that the shop is selling OEM pedals, opening the packets, removing the cleats and selling them seperately? especialy as if you access ebay via google shopping it doesn't even show the description unless you click the "legal/further details" button?
Response from the shop was
They are exactly as described. I have sold over 2000 pairs with the same description so there is no problem at all with the listing. It also states in the ebay stuff that items can be bagged. Im sorry but i cant be blamed if you did not read the description. We are splitting the cleats from the pedals thats why they are the price they are. But i do state no cleats included. Im happy to sell you a pair of cleats if you call to buy at £7.00 which makes them cheaper than merlin.
So I still get the pedals+cleats at the cheepest price so I'm happy with that, but I do think the add was a bit missleading, am I alone in that?
edit: they're at the cheep end of the spectrum, so the cost of cleats if I'd just accepted the pedals and gone back to buy cleats makes up about a third of the total cost.