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Old 04-08-2004, 03:40 AM   #1
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I have run into 3 people so far who have been victimized by online vehicle sales. I see the scammers on just about every bulletin board, classified and auction site. Too bad we can't come up with a way to send an electrical charge down the lines to zap them out of existence.



BTW, did you realize your address and phone # are on the article?
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Old 04-08-2004, 04:04 AM   #2
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Another interesting thought: When you see such a bike, with a really low price, ask the seller why they are selling... You usually get the wierdest answers, and they try to encourage you to bite, including offering to end the auction early for you or other things like that. If nothing else, it makes for interesting reading when you get their response.
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Old 04-08-2004, 04:09 AM   #3
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It looks like Ebay recently changed their buyer protection program to include motorcycles. Previous to March 12th 2004 motorcycles weren't covered under their free "Vehicle Purchase Protection" plan.



"While the vast majority of vehicle transactions on eBay Motors go smoothly, Vehicle Purchase Protection protects buyers against the few cases of fraud and material vehicle misrepresentation that do occur. Coverage maximum is the vehicle purchase price, up to $20,000, with a $100 buyer co-pay. This program is provided for FREE on all eligible eBay Motors passenger vehicle transactions."



Click on the link



http://pages.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ser...rotection.html



Read it carefully before purchasing.

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Old 04-08-2004, 04:45 AM   #4
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Who knew Tori Spelling had such knowledge of online motorcycle sales?



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Old 04-08-2004, 05:01 AM   #5
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Why not? Then you can receive the the $50 Mill they are holding for you!
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Old 04-08-2004, 05:07 AM   #6
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Having bought four motorcycles on ebay, and sold 3, I've seen a lot of scams as well. Another good thing to do to protect yourself (and make sure the seller actually has the bike) is to ask for an odd picture...say one of the owner with 3 fingers on his left hand showing in front of the bike.

Also never pay with Western Union money orders, that's always how the scammers seem to want to get paid. It must be easy to pick up funds under a false name or something. Go fly out and ride the bike home! Then you won't get scammed, at least for not more than the deposit.



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Old 04-08-2004, 05:09 AM   #7
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Default Ebay is gambling.

and I view it as such. I don't buy anything for more than 30 bucks or so unless it is close enough for me to go get myself. If it's just 30 bucks or below, I figure, if I get burned, oh well. That's not even a tank of gas.
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Old 04-08-2004, 05:10 AM   #8
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Once saw a low mileage 2002 "V-Road" on ebay for $4000. Is this a good buy for one of them V-Roads?
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Old 04-08-2004, 05:17 AM   #9
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Yeah, but the odds are mostly in your favor. I've bought one bike and sold one on ebay. The vast majority of people are very honest. And most of the scammers are so obvious, and spectactularly dumb, that it's pretty easy to spot them.



If you know anything about motorcycles, or whatever your buying there, you probably won't get burned.
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Old 04-08-2004, 05:35 AM   #10
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Default A V-Road is God's gift to motorcycling

Ride one some time and you'll see.
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