Ebay – are bikes all stolen?
Hunting for a cheap MTB and everything that piques my interest on ebay seems to ring alarm bells.
Just found this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Giant-talon-/261385944491?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item3cdbd0fdab
It’s the right money, the right size, around the right kind of spec and it’s local. 2 feedback and no other relevant items apart from a dress with photographs shot in a different house. Listing is only a 3 day so potentially less chance to get spotted and reported. I’m not sure – would anyone else take a punt?
Would rather buy off here but nothing right coming up!Posted 4 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
I always ask the seller for proof of purchase or a reference from their LBS, if they refuse or make excuses then start to be suspicious.
I’ve never bought a bike off ebay – but i’ve asked this question a couple of times, once for a bike once for something else and both times got an abusive reply along the lines of ‘are you calling me thieving scum…’
Can’t make my mind up on this one so will drop a message and see what comes back.Posted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
One of my stolen bikes appeared on ebay and the follwoing checklist should help:
* awful photos
* pitiful description
* incorrect spelling of bicycle model and manufacturer
* very short auction
Mine scored all four with a 1 day auction being the highlight. Police got it back and charged guy for recieving stolen goods. They have trawled through his ebay account and are contacting every “winner” of his 30 odd auctions for bicycles over the last 15 months and will be visiting all of them to check bike frame numbers against the stolen bike register.
Caveat emptor!Posted 4 years agoasc70Member
short listings are a favourite ,less chance of the owner seeing it .Posted 4 years ago
receipts don’t mean a lot had the police in asking if we had sold a bike and someone had made a copy of one of our invoices,looked really good but we have never sold that brand.
facebook is the new place for them to sell,get a bike ,swap with someone 50 miles away and sell on a local buy/swap site ,little chance of seeing your bike again.it’s always easy to tell who is legit some are now very clued up and not daft,swop a few sensible items and change the look of the bike.sad thing now you can’t even look at a buyers history on e bay as it’s now not possible to see what they have bought /sold in the past.
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