>>The other being listed with no reserve, and seller having a hidden ID certainly sends up red flags for me. Maybe if there hadnt been so many scams on Ebay in the past year or so Id think otherwise. <<
I couldn't agree more. You have to watch your ass on eBay - it is rife with scams and eBay doesn't seem interested in making the commitment to security - and the many millions of dollars in increased payroll that would entail. Ultimately it's harder to scam somebody buying a motorcycle - if only because anybody with common sense would require so much proof before parting with money that it's unlikely that anyone would be enough of a sucker to get burned in such an auction. It's different with guitars - commonly shipped merchandise. But how many people would be willing to buy a $16K+ motorcycle sight unseen - I sure wouldn't. If I was buying a Rune on eBay part of the experience would be picking up the bike in person - or at the very least engaging a local agent to represent my interests - even if that's the company that's shipping the bike. No title, no bike, no funds - it's as simple as that, and if the seller won't make it that simple look ELSEWHERE.
But no reserve, hidden eBay ID - I wouldn't go near THAT deal with a ten foot pole. Those who have little experience with eBay and are interested in a used Rune please take note. I'd invite anyone here with any reservations about an eBay auction to email me: [email protected]
- and I'll help you assess the auction. My feedback is 110+ and I've been buying and selling high end items (mostly expensive guitars) for over four years - without ever falling victim to a scam. It's not hard if you know what to watch out for - like hidden ID's and no reserve auctions on $18K+ motorcycles. Another major red flag - BUYERS AND SELLERS from abroad, but particularly Indonesia and Eastern Europe (former Soviet Union). I've sold guitars to buyers in Europe and Canada several times, but any foreign party should at least make you more cautious - and if 'Indonesia' or 'Nigeria' were mentioned anywhere I'd simply stay away.
Think about this for a second - what legit seller would list a Rune with no reserve? It can't be legit.