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Hi there! I am not sure if this is the right spot to post this, but it wouldn't let me post in the trading area.
Anywho, I found some deals on Ebay I am considering.
Space Marine Terminator Assault Squad - eBay (item 180310665160 end time Dec-07-08 20:26:27 PST)
3 Codices and Chronicles 2004 - eBay (item 180310666776 end time Dec-07-08 20:38:37 PST)
Space Marine Whirlwind - eBay (item 180310667382 end time Dec-07-08 20:44:17 PST)
All of those seem like pretty good deals, but how can I be sure? I haven't bought any Warhammer models off Ebay before, so I want to make sure before I do anything.
Games Workshop Army Case (With 90 Models!) - eBay (item 180310669402 end time Dec-07-08 210:54 PST)
seems like a really good deal (considering the case is already pretty expensive). I just wanted to check with the pros before I did anything stupid.
Thanks for all the help!
Well the things you'll want to keep in mind are the same things you always look out for when buying anything on e-bay. You need to read the description carefully and look at the pictures so you know for sure what you're getting. Be wary of anything that doesn't have a picture. And you should also be aware of the reputation people have. If they have a big number next to their name, it means a lot of people have recommended them. Those last two links (the Whirlwind and the Army Case) come from a guy with a reputation of zero, so you're taking your chances there. I would advise against it unless it's a really good deal. And the army case in particular, he tells you you're getting what's inside but he can't take any pictures of it? That's suspicious. It might be worth taking a chance, that's up to you, just be aware that it's always what you see is what you get so you are taking your chances.
Hmmm, that's true, but to build up rep don't you have to sell stuff?
I think I will send him an email and ask for more pictures.
Definitely be wary of someone with 0 rep, but at the same time, they have to get rep somehow. It's likely that it's a new eBay account. To build up reputation on eBay, you can buy or sell, so long as the buyer/seller in your transaction leaves positive feedback.
The Assault Squad and the Whirlwind appear to be reasonable deals, though keep in mind the fact that they are eBay auctions, and are all but guaranteed to grow in price as time goes on. As far as the codices, I'd say don't waste your time; two of those books are out of date codices (Space Marines and Chaos Space Marines), which is why, I'd guess, he decided to cover up most of the covers.
Be sure to get more pictures of the contents of the army box, it does sound a little fishy that he hasn't put pictures up there already.
It does help, however, that most of his items appear to have a 7 day return policy on them, so if you get some bad items, you can always return them.
I would not buy any of those auctions. And it looks like no-one else would either, judging by the lack of bids on any of them.
1. Seller has 0 feedback.
2. Seller has not posted pictures of what is in the carry case.
3. Seller is in the USA, therefore - assuming he plans on sending you items - the postage costs will be high.
Having said that, Paypal does cover you for non-appearance of goods (assuming you pay via the 'Pay Now' button or with the Seller's advertised e-mail address), so if you do want to risk it, pay that way.
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Even with buyer protection, it doesnt always guarantee you get your money back (i had to learn that the hard way :sigh: )
I have bought from people with 0 feedback before. I decided whether to buy from them based on their communications. If they responded quickly and answered all your questions really well, then i would feel more like trusting them.
So if he replies to your message, manages to get you more pictures, that would be great! But minimum would be an exact list, and exact number of figures included, whether any were broken etc.
Also, do you live in the USA? (im looking at the uk ebay, and he does not have any shipping options to the uk available)
*** Overall i would not buy from this guy ***
Normally when you sell things, you want to advertise and show off your items to make them more attractive to people
This guy however hides his items (eg the out of date codex books are covered up)
And who knows whats lurking in the case.
He must feel they would turn people off if they actually saw the figures.
Having said that, it might be because its his first time selling, so he doesn't really know what he is doing, and how to take the best photos. But if he got that wrong, who knows what else he would get wrong! Overall i wouldnt take the risk
Yeah, that's pretty much it. It isn't a given that people with 0 feedback are bad sellers, it's just an unknown and a reason to be a little more cautious. The flip side is that you sometimes get the best deals from inexperienced sellers who list things in the wrong place and don't describe them adequately or take pictures. That weeds out other potential buyers and keeps the price low. If you're willing to risk being disappointed you might get a better deal. The important thing is to be aware when you are taking a risk and adjust your expectations accordingly.
Hey there everyone! I sent him an email, and I got some pictures back. Just wanted to know what everyone thinks. He seems like a pretty good guy. I like to run it by you guys first though.
Oh! He also just put this up. Why is this one only $.99? Is it because nobody is bidding on the other ones? Are the prices on the other ones to high?
New Warhammer 40K Space Marines Predator Tank - eBay (item 180311458066 end time Dec-10-08 19:17:34 PST)