eBay Buyers Beware...

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  1. Countrypami

    Countrypami The Link Ninja Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Vendor Employee VU Donator Gold Contributor Member For 3 Years VU Live Host

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    We've seen this a zillion times and our moderator team is starting to sound like a broken record.

    A member comes in the forum... tells us their gear is malfunctioning or defective. The staff and veterans do our best to troubleshoot, but nothing fixes the issue. We'll ask where it was purchased: "Oh, you bought it from eBay... well there is your problem."

    If you buy vape gear from eBay... BUYER BEWARE... you get what you pay for!
    There are sellers on eBay selling malfunctioning, defective, cloned gear.

    I'm not saying all purchases made on eBay will be bad... There are some legit sellers. But we are seeing a large volume of posts regarding gear that isn't working properly and then find out it was purchased on eBay.

    When you buy from eBay... you get NO MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY. You also get no guarantee that it is not a clone or fake.

    Also, unless it's from a trusted source NEVER BUY BATTERIES ON EBAY!
     
  2. f1r3b1rd

    f1r3b1rd Phantom Pilot Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 2 Years

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    For the new vapors:
    Always remember that when buying a new mod, research is your best friend; and if it sounds like too good of a deal, it probably is.
    Ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable in your purchase. A smart purchase can last you indefinitely.
     
  3. JuicyLucy

    JuicyLucy My name is Lucy and I am a squonkaholic VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 1 Year ECF Refugee

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    Common vape problems I see on eBay or have watched others get duped by:

    Dumping ground for used gear that is malfunctioning but sold as like new
    Clone batteries labeled as authentic - this occurs with other vape gear also, but batteries can be deadly
    Folks buying crap juice because it's cheap because they don't know any better
     
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    I buy shit from eBay all the time and never have any problems.
    There are some very simple steps to take to not get ripped off.

    1) Check the sellers feedback.

    If the item you are buying has a dozen negative feedbacks all saying "this item is a piece of shit" then don't buy it.


    2) Only buy from sellers who offer 14 day+ returns where they pay return shipping.

    There is no possible way to get ripped off because you can just return the item free of charge.


    If you follow these 2 very simple rules you will never get ripped off on eBay
     
  5. Teresa P

    Teresa P Senior Moderator Staff Member Senior Moderator Platinum Contributor Member For 2 Years

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    I never buy anything off eBay if the seller feedback score is less than 99.5%. And reading said feedback is always helpful, some folks have legitimate complaints, some leave negative feedback if they break a nail while opening the package.
    I never buy vape gear from there unless the seller is actually a storefront for a b&m, and you can usually research that too. A little extra time with Google can save a lot of hard earned money. ;)
     
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    KingPin! Senior Moderator Staff Member Senior Moderator Gold Contributor

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    I buy certain things from eBay as well although certain bits I'd steer well clear of

    1) batteries
    2) mixing ingredients or E-juice
    4) mods
    5) battery chargers or electronic vape accessories

    For things like atomisers, bottles and others bits I take each post with a pinch of salt, assume the worst and work from there is my policy and like the guys above me have said look at feedback, returns and shipping policy always
     
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    I sell on eBay too, and my eBay name is in no way associated with my regular business. That being said, I have a feedback rating of only 98.5%. Why? Because 2 people left negative feedback because of circumstances beyond my control. They were both left without contacting me first to see if there was an alternative resolution to their problem. Luckily, though, it hasn't affected my "Top Rated Plus" seller status. I scratched over my eBay name so as to stay within the VU vendor guidelines.

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  8. CashNVape

    CashNVape Gold Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    yup, I've been selling and buying on eBay for over a decade. I've had my share of mishaps but not in the last 10 years.

    Cloud Chasing
     
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    Wtmke1 Bronze Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    Yeah you have to be picky when on eBay. I've gotten a lot of good vape material from them.a couple mods and some rda's. Hell car parts and tires for that matter. Just gotta check the feedback for sure.

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  10. AndriaD

    AndriaD Shine on, you crazy... VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    The feedback is a really excellent guide, but as CC said, you do need to read the feedback and determine if the leavers of bad feedback actually have a brain in their heads.

    I bought 2 Tobeco clones of the Kayfun Lite Plus back in 2014 off eBay... both still work as well as the day I got them, which is "perfectly" -- they're as good a vape as my authentic KFL+, just have slightly "crunchier" threading. The seller was the real deal, too; when I contacted him about the tiny o-ring on the fill screw getting shredded, on the first I bought, he sent me a little ziplock with 5 of the tiny things, absolutely gratis. So naturally when I bought a 2nd one, I bought it from him. Small issues like that really don't demand negative feedback, usually the seller will help you out, if they care about making future sales, so if you see stupid shit like that in the negative feedback, take it with a BOULDER of salt.

    Andria
     
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    Agree wholeheartedly. If I had read something like that in feedback in the middle of glowing reviews, it honestly would not have stopped me from making a purchase because I'd have responded the same way you did. I do read those though.
     
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    I got my Goon clone and get all my CG unicorns from ebay.
     
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    ebay sellers, especially from China are deathly afraid of negative feedback because they know they can be banned, and almost always do whatever they can to make sure the seller is happy. So, that it itself is a big protection. I've been on ebay since 1998.

    Aliexpress generally has a similar selection and better prices and as far as vaping and electronics go I have rarely been burnt there, though it does happen. Shipping is almost always free or for peanuts, and they are very happy to put whatever price you request on the customs form. You just have to wait, and realize that tracking will not show up for a bit and may not show up at all, but, most everything on aliexpress of any value you have to sign for which is a protection on both ends.
     
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  15. Mattp169

    Mattp169 Gold Contributor Member For 2 Years Vape Media

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    Yes you can get ripped off on eBay on anything you buy there, but most sellers on eBay are legit and as good as buying in any store front or major online website. I've bought and sold on eBay for almost 2 decades. With seller protection and other eBay policies and PayPal policies, its actually safer to buy on eBay then in a store at times.
    But with anything you do need to have personal responsibility. You have to do your research. Some sellers are legit but use deceptive phrases but if you use your brain, read feedback, and be careful buying from eBay is fine.
    As an eBay seller, whenever I see anything on social media saying negative things about buying on eBay, I get upset. There are some bad apples on eBay, but there are also bad apples everywhere, amazon,walmart,craigs list, let go, the newspaper, local mom and pops, major retailers. It is not something soley isolated to eBay
     
  16. Countrypami

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    I buy stuff from eBay all the time... just not vape gear. ;)
     
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    The Cromwell VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    Never bought anything from Ebay.
    However I buy ALL of my vape stuff online.
     
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