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Not always a waste of time and money
Member Name: jonkelly123
Date: 08/06/10, updated on 31/08/13 (124 review reads)
Advantages: Sell your old stuff rather than bining it
Disadvantages: Prices are all over the place
I sold my four year old fridge for £10 but the buyer was never heard of again even though he paid for it. Then on reselling the fridge it went for £46.99 it only cost £100 new but I also got some positive feed back a total of £56.99.
A £50 helmet went for £5.57. A £40 motorcycle jump suit went for £1.21 both hardly used. Old Car magazines bought for a couple of quid on e bay but when resold only worth 1 p.
Items bought include a starter motor but it was the wrong one but not worth sending back as the postage would have been more than the refund. The same happened with a pair of boots supposed to be size 10 but size 7 in fact. A jacket which turned out be a shirt.
My computer went for £50 rather than in the bin. Old ink cartridges are worth a few quid even when empty.
Old cars I have bought seven and four old motorcycles. The first car was a Renault 21 six years ago from a dealer. I sent to the scrap yard after a month it cost me £100 but it was clapped out. Now a days it would be worth more than that as scrap.
The next car a Renault 21 with 22500 miles on the clock which cost me £400 but then £160 for a new starter motor and £300 for new brakes just before the engine belts went after 20 months and it was scrapped.
The third car a Seat Toledo for £500. It lasted for six months but could have gone on a little longer but I bought another Renault 21 as the Seat was so boring to drive, scrap for £10.
The next car was a Renault 21 at £315. It kept going without a problem for 18 months then one day it would not start so I had it towed away, scrap £20.
It was replaced by a £500 Saab which lasted six months before the water pump and cam belts, scrap £100.
Replaced it with a Renault Clio for £350 and two new clutch cables it lasted for nine months before the clutch went completely. You can never resell cars on e bay only scrap them I got £120 for it.
As for motorcycles it is buy cheap and get then with plenty of problems. Tempted but paying for it afterwards. Be very careful as they are not cheap to run. You can resell bikes but always for less than you paid in the first place even though you have had to rebuild then so they are road worthy.
MY last car was another bought on ebay was a Clio for £365. My luck had run out. It only too half an hour before blowing up on the A-3 motorway. All the money down the drain. I also traveled to the middle of no where to pick it up from a women who just lied about every thing to do with the car. I asked her if it was a death trap "no" she said.
But after that I bought a pair of reclining leather chairs for £30 which must be worth £300 when new so suppose I got my money back I lost on the car. And I got two pairs of trousers for £5 and £5 postage but which cost more than that in postage they are good quality trousers which fit perfectly must have been £60 new in the shop.
So it is swing and round about you loose on one deal and make it up on another in the end, that is ebay if your lucky.
Summary: It is a gamble on e bay and the only winners at gambling are the lucky.