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Re: eBay - Feedback from buyers...

Postby CS70 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:35 pm

John Willett wrote:I only use e-bay as a very last resort and avoid PayPal like the plague. :thumbup:

Oh, why PayPal? There's not much wrong with PayPal - no more no less than any online payment system there is. Just curious.
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Re: eBay - Feedback from buyers...

Postby CS70 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:42 pm

True. The Chinese now seem almost to monopolise the low(ish) cost gadget/household segment. But they bury their origins/locations deeply. So even if you set searches to 'UK' only and then buy from a trader who proclaims 'UK Seller'... you more often than not find it arrives about 10 days later from Hong Kong or somewhere else in China...

... but I'm still buying second-user stuff there - obviously with eyes wide open. :)

Well, chances are that the seller is in the UK but - like for most of these things nowadays - production is in Asia and he simply orders and marks up. Most of the time you can buy the items from AliBaba or AliExpress directly. We have the same in Norway, they capitalize on people who prefers to buy "national" or don't know of the sites above. Thing is, most gadgets/households items are made in Asia, so it matters not where you buy from. The only advantage of buying national is if the seller has a warehouse or an inventory, but I definitely wouldn't expect it from any purely online shop.
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Re: eBay - Feedback from buyers...

Postby John Willett » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:32 pm

CS70 wrote:
John Willett wrote:I only use e-bay as a very last resort and avoid PayPal like the plague. :thumbup:

Oh, why PayPal? There's not much wrong with PayPal - no more no less than any online payment system there is. Just curious.

Because it's not safe IMHO.

I have heard so many stories from sellers who sell good stuff and the buyer complains, the seller loses the money and either does not get teh goods back, or something else, or damaged.

I won't use them at all.
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Re: eBay - Feedback from buyers...

Postby CS70 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:49 pm

John Willett wrote:
I have heard so many stories from sellers who sell good stuff and the buyer complains, the seller loses the money and either does not get teh goods back, or something else, or damaged.

Ah ok, I see - from a seller perspective. Thx!
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Re: eBay - Feedback from buyers...

Postby wireman » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:11 pm

I purchase a lot from Ebay from vintage postcards to small value one-off haberdashery/ironmongery/tools where local shops don't exist or I refuse to pay the B&Q markup. I do take note of who the seller is and what sort of volume they have but not the feedback details. I do take note of comments on Amazon reviews if they include useful product or reliability information. The protection for buyers from Ebay is very strong especially if it is a business seller, to the extent that I just ignore seller policies that are unenforeceable (things like the 'you will need to contact the post office if the item does not turn up or insure the package' nonsense.)

Nervous of selling as you either amortise the postal losses, real or fraudulent or send everything tracked.
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Re: eBay - Feedback from buyers...

Postby James Perrett » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:06 pm

CS70 wrote:The only advantage of buying national is if the seller has a warehouse or an inventory, but I definitely wouldn't expect it from any purely online shop.

There are a few Chinese sellers who have warehouses of stuff in the UK. I remember buying something that was obviously from a Chinese seller but they claimed it was in Portsmouth. I didn't really believe it but sure enough, it turned up a day later with a Royal Mail label and a return address to an industrial area in Portsmouth.
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Re: eBay - Feedback from buyers...

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:47 pm

James Perrett wrote:
CS70 wrote:The only advantage of buying national is if the seller has a warehouse or an inventory, but I definitely wouldn't expect it from any purely online shop.

There are a few Chinese sellers who have warehouses of stuff in the UK. I remember buying something that was obviously from a Chinese seller but they claimed it was in Portsmouth. I didn't really believe it but sure enough, it turned up a day later with a Royal Mail label and a return address to an industrial area in Portsmouth.

Yup! I've used the Portsmouth one... they seem to stock a wide range of stuff - I bought some cheap LED spots - and they did indeed arrive very quickly.

My issue is with the ones that pretend to be like the Portsmouth setup, but in reality seem to be a few front people for stock that's held and dispatched from China.

But enough! I'm just a MOG really. :lol:
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