Buying "Untested"

Is buying "Untested" equipment on ebay OK? Many auctions have very low prices for equipment that was bought in a large lot and has no testing done other than "powers on." Is there a good chance that these equipments are totally fine and functional? For example: Oscilloscopes, function generators, frequency counters, multimeters, etc.

Topic by guyfrom7up 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Buying Knex

I'm buying the tubing, green roller coaster connecters and a couple of the car things so if anyone wants to sell then leave a comment and we can sort something out. Also i live in the UK which might be a problem.

Topic by The_Lost_Carrot 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


No Buy Month

I'm thinking of participating in No Buy Month: http://www.thefrugalista.com/2011/02/why-no-buy/ . It could be a great opportunity for makers to be extra-creative. What about running a contest related to this?

Topic by susanrm 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Buying Knex

If anyone has a spare carbon black rod please contact me because I can't find any on eBay and all the good guns use one. Contact me at ryroo@mail.com Thanks!

Topic by ryroo22 10 years ago


Buying Pro Membership

Whenever I try to upgrade my account to a pro membership, it simply says that the transaction cannot be completed.  No explanation.  I'm wondering what i'm doing wrong and what I should do.

Topic by kalisk 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


To buy or Not to buy: Lego- Mindstorms NXT

Just enquiring with you fine folk, as to whether anyone has the set and if so what they think of it. I am contemplating purchasing a set tomorrow and was wondering what your impressions of it were, good or bad. I was generally hoping to build some basic interactive robots etc. I realise the NXT has many limitatios, yet my electonic circuit building skills I would say are limited... still learning though... That is why I was thinking the NXT system as it is almost as simple as plug 'n' play... the hacks available now seem rather extensive too. I will certainly be looking at posting some of my own if I do purchase it. If you have any input at all I would be very interested to hear. So what do you think To buy or Not to buy? Thanks for your time.

Topic by Lftndbt 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Okay, a quandry... My car recently gave up the ghost on me. I need to replace it... Answered

Do you think it would be wiser to buy a used car with good service history and lots of options or a brand new "stripper" car with a good warranty? Price could be about the same for the two. Thank you for any input, I'm trying to puzzle out what I want.

Question by Stew2 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Selling Knex

What is the best way to sell knex?  I have loads and wondered is it better to sell mixed lots by weight or in smaller lots of individual types of rods and connectors? or in complete model sets (although this might be difficult as I am not sure I know which bits come from which set? Also is the best place to sell Ebay? Thanks in advance

Topic by xtinexoop 6 years ago


Where can you buy laser diodes and circiut drivers ?

Laser DIY didn't send the parts we needed do you know where else to get  laser diodes and circiut drivers for the cheapy lighter laser burner ?

Topic by saltwaterfarmtoo 8 years ago


Is it true that for some cars nowadays, 90,000+ miles is "just getting started" and possibly OK to buy? Answered

I need to sell a late model lo-miles car & buy a cheap one & have lots of cash left over. I keep seeing Toyotas, Subarus, etc. with like 150,000 or even 180,000 miles and the sellers want $5,000-7,000 for them! Is this a sucker's bet? I used to buy cars only if they had less than 50,000 on the clock, but those are over my budget now.

Question by joescratch 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


where can I get little motors battery powered for my automatas.

I live in Guatemala and I must to by them by web/

Question by jorgeparedesdeguate 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Your Experience with a Car Dealer

I am looking to hear about people experiences with auto dealerships,both good and bad.

Topic by carbuyersplan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Which is preferable? A riding mower with a rear mounted engine or a fore mounted engine?

 I am looking into purchasing a used riding mower and can't seem to find any objective information online. I'm not sure what to look for and would appreciate any advice anyone can offer. Thanks!

Question by penumbra_ 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Tablet buying advice?

I am planning on getting a tablet on EBAY I was wondering what people thought of this idea. The reason for this is that my MP3 player that I use a lot is dying. Also, I would like toplay around with a tablet and see what they are like. I was hopng to get a slightly older new or used tablet on EBAY. I don't want to pay any more then maybe 25 or 30 dollars. I know that sounds kind of low for a tablet, but I have seen some go for very low on EBAY. Thanks for any sugestions.

Question by nurdee1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Microscope buying help?

I'm planning on buying a compound microscope and can't decide on some stuff either because  I'm a total n00b or I am a n00b. well, here they are: what eyepiece will i buy? 10 or 15x? will i buy the one with built in light or get the one with the mirror? will i get an iris style diaphragm or regular diaphragm (the one with holes) do you like pie or not? (I do) yeah, please answer in order, need answers before tuesday, 0200HRS UTC ok? thanks i'll tell you the results of what i bought after i buy it

Topic by beehard44 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


best buy ads

Unable to see any ibles in catagories  best buy ads in way with no apparent way to turn off

Topic by jdskwat 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


buy picaxe in india? Answered

Where can i buy picaxe in india and if not where can i buy it frm the internet without using credit card

Question by e=mc^2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


buy my knex?

I have a tub of knex justsitting ther i was wondering if anybody wants to buy them

Question by knex man123456 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Buy complete Throwies

I recently found a (german) internet shop where you can buy complete throwies:Click me, I'm the link!One pack costs 14,50 Euro and contains 50 Throwies. Nice thing.

Topic by Fantatier 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Where to buy Knex

I live in Croatia, Europe. does anybody know where to buy knex ,but not over the internet, my parents (bolive it or not) don't have credit card.

Topic by Dantex 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Where to buy Knex

I live in Croatia, Europe. does anybody know where to buy knex ,but not over the internet, my parents (bolive it or not) don't have credit card.

Topic by Dantex 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Where to buy Bokken

Can somebody tell me where to buy bokken in Melbourne, australia? and don't tell me to buy online. it doesn't even have to be really good quality. cheap 20$ bokkens are okay. do they sell those in wal mart?

Topic by Camisado 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Where to buy Knex

I live in Croatia, Europe. Does anybody know where to buy knex? Not over internet. My parents (bolive it or not) don't have credit card. Thanks.

Topic by Dantex 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Buying Altoids in the U.K.? Answered

Whereabouts can I buy Altoids mints in the High Street? The only tin I've had was from a motorway services (at motorway services prices). So many projects . . . so few tins.

Question by AndyGadget 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


where to buy acrylic

Hello, I am trying to figure out where to buy glass quality acrylic I can mix myself and make a cube 1ft^3 out of.  also if anyone knows the safety issues. Do i need a fume hood or gas mask?

Topic by AviF3 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Whereto buy LEDs? Answered

Sure, radioshack has them(i actually just bought some) but they're expensive, even if you get the 20-pack. Anyone know about a good electronics store? I need blue and white leds, alond with other components.

Question by lawizeg 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


need help buying a camera

Hey, I need help buying a camera. I will be using it for taking pictures of artwork. Some of the artwork will be outside and i will not be able to move it indoors. I also need the camera to take pictures of things so i can post instructables! I really do not want to spend over 400 dollars. Any and all help is greatly appreciated

Topic by ledzep567 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Buying a new lathe?

Dose anyone own or has used the 7x16 metal lathe from micro-mark?  I'm looking for something I can do both metal and wood work on the off week ends.

Topic by Deepeyes 8 years ago


Buying Broken iPods

Hi everyone! I'm looking to buy spoilt/broken iPods, most preferably the iPod photo or anything that's around that size/weight for an art project that I am undertaking. I'll pay for shipping and give you a reasonable token sum for your help ;) (Understand that I need about a hundred, so it would be nice if you don't expect too much cash for me.)

Topic by joyene 8 years ago


Will you buy one?

Wow an instructables book ! Super-mega-tastic-doubble awesome if you ask me, i can acces them on the internet for free but hell, ill buy the book to !Now i have to think of tactics, like when to enter, start, middle or end?I am super excited if cant already tell, Will you buy one??UPDATE:I have taken the plunge and entered :'''My Paper Robot Instructable''''''My Bicycle Survival Kit''''''My Champagne USB Mod'''PLEASE Check them out and if you think there any good Don't forget to vote !!

Topic by =SMART= 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Where to buy Beeswax?

So I ordered a didgeridoo from amazon, and I'm not sure if it comes with a mouthpiece or not. The mouthpieces are made of beeswax, are supposedly easy to make...where do you think I can get some?

Topic by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Buying components for the niftymitter?

I have the skills necessary to build it (from a digital electronics course at school) i just lack components... Whats the best place to get electrical components cheap with a low shipping cost? I have searched and searched to no avail...

Question by quellek2 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


iPad, worth the buy?

The iPad has came out quite recently, and ever since I have been thinking about getting one. I'd heard a lot of good things about it, but then again, I have also heard some bad things, so I'm not so sure what to do now.  I would like some of your opinions on if you think if it is worth buying, or maybe if I should wait for a newer version to come out.   Please, actually give me some reasonable answers, not something like "Oh, you shouldn't buy one because it's dumb..." or the sort. If you own an iPad, could you tell me if it has been useful for you and in what way?

Topic by zascecs 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Always buy the warranty.

Don't listen to all those "experts" who talk on TV about not buying the 3 year warranties for computers. I've just been approvoed by BestBuy to get a replacement laptop to my replacement laptop. It was an HP DV2100, I think, and replaced some other COMPAQ. Long Story Short:Bought a laptopSomething went wrongSent away for repairLostOffered new, better laptopFound, offer honored anywaysReplacement laptop is accidentally damagedApproved for another replacement, to be picked up at our convenienceI've been saved countless times by those extended warranties. Once, there was actually 9 days left on the warranty for something, when it broke. Brand new one, baby =]Note: Buy it within reason of price, of course

Topic by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Buy or Build a PC?

I'm having some trouble deciding whether to buy a bare bone kit computer for less and build it, or buy a more expensive pre-built one.Here's one of TigerDirect's bare bone kits-http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3825393I like this one but the main problem is that I'm worried i will get all the connections messed up (serial cables, pin connectors, etc.) But it is about $100 less than this pre-built one belowhttp://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8885575&type;=product&id;=1212192194316So here's the whole thing in short- the bare bone kit computer i might screw up, but it is a lot less than a pre-built one (I'll probably trust the pre-built one more).Please help me decide which one.

Topic by Caveman477 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Buying nuts and bolts? Answered

Can someone point me to somewhere where I can buy nuts and bolts? I need them to be up to a few cm long, and about small enough to fit through the hole in a TO-220 transistor.  I tend to use them a lot, not just for fixing transistors to heatsinks, but my local hardware stores don't have them Also, I'm looking for those small plastics bits (look like a very small and short bit of pipe) that fit into the TO-220 transistor's hole, before you put the bolt in, electrically isolating the transistor tab from the bolt and the heatsink.

Question by .Unknown. 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Buying American Quarters

hey guys, i'm from Australia and am currently in the market for regular old American quarters to make rings and lockets and such.. seems currency exchange does not hold coins and ebay only sell prestigious ones so i am willing to pay direct exchange plus shipping for your shrapnel. kholdsworth27 at gmail dot com and thank you.

Topic by kholdsworth27 8 years ago


is this a good long-board?

I want to know if this is a good long-board for a beginner. I will be mostly be cruising, not doing many tricks or steep down hills.any questions are welcome, I want to get the right board!

Question by Mr. tony stark 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I want to get into Slalom (a type of skating)?

Hello, so I want to get into Slalom.  If you don't know what Slalom is, its basically really advanced skating with cones, here's a good example: http://wimp.com/girlslalom/ I have a few questions about skating in general: 1. Where can I get good skates, where/what should I look for? 2. What it more important: Balance, or agility? 3. How can I improve my balance/agility? A few questions for Slalom people: 1. Is there a term for people who play Slalom? 2. Where can I get some good cones? (I've been looking at these, but they're a bit expensive: http://www.skatecrazy.net/products/cones.html 3. I don't have any skates currently, I was thinking of getting Slalom skates instead of recreational skates.  I thought this would be cheaper and I'm probably going to end up getting them eventually but I don't know if that would make a difference starting out. I'm looking at these skates if I get Slalom-specific skates: http://www.skatecrazy.net/products/sebafr1.htm I'm eyeballing these skates for recreational skates but I don't know if they would be a good choice: http://www.sportchalet.com/product/300425_3041447.do

Question by bclinton 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Which sander should I get?

I plan to get a belt sander soon, and I have narrowed the options down to two. Both are essentially the same, with only minor differences. The first one is from Axminster. This is the cheaper of the two, but I have been told by a few people (professional cabinet maker, DT teacher) that they normally offer superior quality products. I also know from experience that their customer service and delivery speed is the best of the two options. The second one is from Machine Mart. This is more expensive and looks sturdier, but I believe this company's target market is slightly different - to put it bluntly, I don't think the products which they offer are as far up the market as Axminster's. However, I recently purchased a few things from them, Including my pillar drill. This drill is the same brand as the sander and I am extremely pleased with it. The confusing thing is that the people who told me that Axminster are normally the best are also the people who told me that you get what you pay for when it comes to tools. I know the difference is only £10 but I am a 16 year old on an allowance, so I can only really afford to get it right first time. Which one do you think I should get?

Question by scarabeetle101 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Buying a new macbook next week, shall i get the Macbook 13" or the Macbook Pro 13"? Answered

Hello guys! So i'm buying a new macbook coming next week (next week just in case apple wants to upgrade the core to an i5, in the pro, or add an anti-glare or hi-res upgrade...they've upgraded before mid-cycle, and i dont mind waiting till monday :) ). just so you know my background: i'll be entering the physics carreer later this year at the university.  I'm torn between buying a white macbook, or a macbook pro 13". Money is not a problem, but the most i can get is the macbook pro with a 500GB hdd, 2,4GHz, 4GB RAM. Should i get the cheaper or the pro? i mean, seeing how they're so much alike, same core 2 duo, same graphics card, is shelling out the extra cash worth it? Thanks for your help :)

Question by drkztan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What are some of the best online stores that EVERYONE should know about and visit atleast once? Answered

There are a few online stores that I love to goto and see what new stuff they have in. I always like showing friends what cool stuff they have and they seem to enjoy it (or pretend to). So what are some amazing stores that everyone should know about? Ones I personally like are thinkgeek.com , uncommongoods.com and urbanoutfitters.com . So please tell some more that everyone, including myself will just love.

Question by cerberustugowar 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


L.E.D. SELLERS

I have been using BEST HONG HONG for about 3 years now. The last shipment I received,had orange leds, as I ordered YELLOW, contacted them, told me to send back (at my expense, of course). I did so and sent the company at least 3 e-mails over the course of now going on almost 3 mths. now, and have received no replys to any of mail. If you can, don't use debit cards, use something else , as you might get your $ back, I have no recourse. And this is NOT the 1st time I've been " shaffted while dealing on the internet!Your' in Christ's Holy name, snoopy2

Topic by snoopy2 9 years ago


Help with buying a new xbox? Answered

Hi everyone! I'm looking into buying a new xbox 360. What I'm looking for is a 250G counsle, 2 wireless controlers (1 included with a xbox set) a headset (also included in the xbox set), and the game Black Ops. I've looked it all up and found it to be about $400. Well inside my wallet right now, I have $401! haha well I found the xbox to be about $300, the wireless controler to be $40 and the game to be $60. Does anyone know any better deals at the moment? If not I will probably just go ahead with my plane and buy what I've said. I know that a lot of people on this site have xboxs so that's my question! thanks!!! -Aleceastfood

Question by aleceatsfood 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Regular Knex sets?

Does anyone know if it's possible to buy knex sets that are entirely composed of the standard sized knex? I've noticed that micro knex dominated over many of the value tubs. I intend to find a set to build knex guns

Topic by planktons1 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Will pay for premade LED/LCD audio spectrum analyzer

To see what I'm talking about, search Youtube for "audio spectrum analyzer" and there will be tons of videos, with either LED or LCD devices. Unfortunately I do not have time/knowledge to build one myself, so I went hunting. The only place I could find started at $130, which I thought was a bit above what I would pay for that, considering you could probably buy an old used graphical equalizer for a tenth, and take it apart. So could anyone pre-asemble one such device for me? The price to build it obviously depends on the size of the thing. If you tell me your price I will navigate towards a fitting price for a fitting size.

Topic by Komodovaran 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Needed: Old USB Drives

Hi I'm Working on a big project having to do with flash drive modding and I'm going to need as many as I can get to test and do this. Donations of flash drives would be great though payment is negotiable I will gladly pay for ship within the US. The size of the memory do not matter but the drive must work. Thanks so much, Mechcem

Topic by mechcem 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can I buy a pdf without buying a premium account? Answered

I am trying to get a pdf to this project here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-the-Open-Knit-machine/?ALLSTEPS But I have I only need the one article article, not a subscription. Is their anyway I can just buy the one or will I have to drop 50$ on a subscription?

Question by ben.scheinberg 4 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


The little guide to buying on Ebay

Like or not Ebay is now the number one online market place.Since they do their best to keep it that way a few tips might be of use to someone.Unlike some other guides this one is not about how to find the best bargain.It is about showing some things you should be aware of, especially if you are new Ebay.1. New, unused, refurbished....These three can literally mean anything if you find them in a listing title.Unless you read the full description you simply don't know.Assuming the listing goes along with the title.New should mean exacty that: Same condition as you would find in any retail store.Unused can be the same but could also mean it was opened, like to check it or take the pictures.Refurbished is something to take with caution.Unless it clearly states Manufacturer refurbished you just don't know if the refurbishing is done to specs.For a phone it could mean a badly glued screen, a no name battery, non matching serial numbers...Unless an item is factory sealed you should expect detailed pictures.In a lot of categories you will only find generic pictures though - buyer beware!2. Warranties....Ebay does have a buyer protection but Ebay does not deal with Manufacturer warranties in any way!In some countries a seller is legally required to provide a warranty and return statement.Sadly that is not the case in all countries Ebay serves.When it comes to brand new devices you might experience problems with your warranty.As more and more companies go against online selling platforms they do not support they simply exclude them from a warranty.Let me give you an example for this one:You see your favourite smartphone at your local retailer for the bargain of just under $1600, while on Ebay you find the exact same model for $1200.Easy choice? Depends...If the manufacturer does not support this then only the seller can provide you with some sort or warranty.The good one claim to do so but don't expcet this from someone only selling a handful of items per year.In the worst case it could mean your new gadget develops a fault over time that would be fully covered by a manufacturer warranty but you would totally miss out.The money is gone and you have to fix it at your own cost.If the item in question is also of value then please check the warraty and return conditions the manufacturer allows before buying.4. Pricing....Especially when it comes to things that somehow could be bundled or used with something else you can get screwed.The culprit i question is the multi-item-listing.You might look for a battery pack to keep your phone charged when on long hiking trips.But the first 50 or so listings are all in the lowest imaginable price range.The listing title shows what you are looking for, the image does too....Then you dare to check and it is a listing where you can select multipl items.The price shown in the search result is only for the lowest crap listed there, like a "waterproof usb plug"....The actual thing you need is usually overpriced.You are forced to either ignore suspiciously low priced listings or check them all to compare prices.5. Postage costs....A lot of things these days come with free shipping, all good.If they don't then again: Buyer beware!Sometimes there are exclusions, like certain post code areas.Or the free shipping is not for international customers.If it is clear you have to pay shipping and you buy only a single item then again the case is quite obvious.Combined shipping however does not always mean single costs!Check the psotage options for multi items carefully!Often additionalitems are free if they are small.But if a seller already charges you a high postage fee than chance are you pay the exact same price again for the second - even if the arrive in a single $2 prepaid envelope.6. Faked locations....It seems to be common with Chinese sellers to avoid import taxes by faking a local item a selling address.In some cases (often after Ebay got too many buyer complaints) they list the real shipping time of 2-3 weeks.More often however they don't.Once you have the problem the best option is to open a "item not received" claim 3 days after it was due.On the due date contact the seller and ask when to expect it.There is a way to spot these fakes and tax frauds:If a local seller, with a locally listed item gives you a Chinese Paypal account with an address in China than you got a fraudster.Problem is that once you committed to buying and can see the sellers account details it is already too late.To cancel such a transaction you need to do it the official way and if the seller won't agree then don't expect Ebay to accept that you don't want to suppport tax evasion and fraud.Either way, I report each and every single one seller showing a local item with a local selling addrees but using a Chinese Paypal account.7. Fraudulent listings and sellers....Let me give you a slightly overstated example on what I mean:Seller has only sold a very few items, usually of low value.Suddenly you spot y nice and this years model laptop at a bargain price.You check the listing closer and find just 2 or 3 pics.Further down you read something along the lines "Unwanted gift, comes with car charger only."If it is this years model then it is still under warranty and no one would lose all the additional hardware like the wall charger. ;)Again it is up to the buyer to decide....Ebay does not check where an item comes from or if the seller is the legitimate owner of it.8. Exclusions to make...Be it price, auction only, distance and so on.You can make certain limitation and selections to narrow your search results.Some make sense and work, like just showing items to auction.Distance no longer really works as sellers are no longer required to state a town or post(zip) code anymore.Price is relative too.If you know the ting you need definately costs between $100 and $130 then the search still won't filer anything out that is a multi item listing and within the price range.And in some cases it just totally fails.A very vital exclusion was removed around 2014: by country.Now all that is left is to limit to all within your home country.You can't select for example Japan only if you are located in Europe and would like to avoid the rediculous postage costs from the US.And you could not exclude China either...All or local is what you can play with.For the rest that is available: use it whenever it make sense and is possible.9. You buy it - your problem!No I don't mean faulty items or wrong ones.I mean simple things that can happen to anyone distracted, unconcentrated or too full of exitement.You buy something and think you are the happiest guy in the world until you double check the listing to confirm your luck.Missed the over $300 in postage ocsts?Did not see further down that it states "replica" or "scale model"?Or hints that the massive sized Opal in fact is just a resin with a thin and cheap layer of Opal flakes on a black background?As said, your problem alone.I know a lot of people who started having fun on Ebay until they got their gib bargain surprice - one way or the other.Don't become one of them and read and check listing you might want to buy with great care!10. Feedback...You might have noticed that it is next to impossible to find a seller with a feedback rating below 90%.The reason is quite simple: The lower your ratings as a seller the further down the search results you appear.And of course you don't make any business anymore once so low...But feedback you leave is as important as feedback you get!So if you spot a deal where the seller has a rating below the magic 99.5% positive rating you should check his feedback.Quite often it is clear that some angry customer left it.Most obvious if the seller left a reply stating otherwise.But in some case you more than one buyer left a negative feedback for the same reason as other buyers - this is where you should be careful.The reason to actually check the feedback is quite simple: It is heavily manipulated by Ebay.A seller won't get and negative feedback if he agreed to replace the item in question or if he offers a refund.Same for simply stating that a negative feedback was not justified.The later can be anything from the words used to just wanting a clean sleeve.And if a seller is highly active than business rules and the feedback is corrected by Ebay.You might have noticed that for some sellers now now new negative feedback show up that would be of any real concern for a potential buyer...11. Retractions :(Be it a seller not wanting to sell something that auctioned off below his expectations or a buyer who simply failed to pay attention to the price and all details : A retraction is possible.If you try a lot of auctions you might have had the "second chance offer".After you lost an auction you might get notified that the winning bid was retracted and that you are next in line.In almost all cases your last bid will be accepted but some sellers offer you the item for what the rectracted bid was - so pay attention to details!Now you might think that if happens so often you could make good use of it.Like for example participating in several autions to try to win the device one way or the other.Set some sutomatic bids and go to bed.If lucky you got one, if too lucky you won all auctions.Retracting your bid on those you now no longer need is possible but I strongly advise against it!Firstly you can negative feedback from the seller for it and secondly Ebay will keep you under watch if it happens too often.An honest mistake and all is fine but ask for a retraction a few times a month and you will have a hard time on Ebay.In the worst case Ebay can even suspend your account or exclude you from auctions.So, is it still worth signing up and trying to find a bargain?IMHO it all depends on WHAT you are looking for.Someone in a remote area of Brazil will certainly value it differently than someone living downtown L.A. with access to all sorts of shops, retailers and outlets onevery corner.Same for spare parts, electronic parts or stuff that is made in China anyways.But times have changed for sure.What started free for everyone became a paid platform for those who sell.Later those buying also had to pay extra as still all transactions come with fees on the side of Paypal.Not much to be fair but still...And from a platform with a few scammers and frudsters that always got and kept your money we came to something flooded by sellers that should not even be allowed to have a Paypal account.The buyer protection helps in some way but it can take weeks to get your money back and if it something expensive than this money makes interest for someone else while you don't have to buy what you wanted to buy.While, in a real shop you just go back and return your item to get your money back - plus you get a real warranty.Do your homework and be aware of what could go wrong.If it looks like it could go wrong somewhere than you might want to consider a deffierent option for this item.

Topic by Downunder35m 5 months ago  |  last reply 5 months ago


Should I buy a breadboard? Answered

Half the stuff i make fails so should I buy one? And want are the benefits?

Question by TNEN 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago