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Subject: [Leica] Interesting 50mm variation (eBay shame?)
From: nathan at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Thu Aug 3 13:00:42 2006
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There is no guarantee. As Hoppy (I think it was him) wrote, you just 
need to be comfortable with the deal. If a seller has been around for a 
long time, has a good feedback rating, responds to your questions in a 
way that is credible, then there is little to fear. It is not necessary 
to look for people with hundreds of transactions. In all modesty, take a 
look at my feedback (I am belgian_gator on ebay). Only 26 transactions, 
but 100% rating, I have been a member since 1998, am not located in a 
country known for dodgy sellers, etc. Those are some of the things to 
look for. If the person has hundreds of transactions, even better, but 
don't overlook occasional sellers like me who just use ebay occasionally.

Do avoid auctions where the item description is in all CAPS, uses 
marketing hyperbole, does not sound right etc. NEVER pay using Western 
Union or other similar cash-like method; stick to Paypal or bank 
transfers (the nice thing about the latter is that the seller has to 
provide you with his real name and address). There are some buyer 
protection services offered by ebay, but there is so much small print 
that claiming money would be very difficult; far better to rely on your 
intuition and doing some research.


Ric Carter wrote:
> Okay, Hoppy.
> You've got me thinking. I've never bought anything from that site. I'm 
> just chicken s*** with my money.
> How does one shop safely there? Is there a way to pretty much 
> guarantee safe transactions?
> Thanks to any of you for advice.
> Ric Carter
> On Aug 2, 2006, at 8:38 PM, G Hopkinson wrote:
>> John,
>> 1.    Did Oscar Wilde have a good feedback rating?
>> 2.     May I borrow your pseudonym on occasion?
>> 3.    I've got 27 items on my watch list today and five items in transit
>> Cheers
>> My name is Hoppy and I'm an eBaholic
>> -----Original Message-----
>> Subject: Re: [Leica] Interesting 50mm variation (eBay shame?)
>> At one time the word eBay in a message to LUG would result in the
>> message not reaching the list. That filter is no longer active but
>> some people got into the habit of using pseudonym. I use "the auction
>> site that dare not say its name" as I am fond of Oscar Wilde. I plan
>> on continuing to do so for the same reason.
>> John Collier
>> On 2-Aug-06, at 10:48 AM, David Keenan wrote:
>>> What is there to be ashamed of???
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Nathan Wajsman
Almere, The Netherlands


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