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George

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Hello, fellow archers.  I guess you could call this an opinion/rant.  I have no doubt that many of you hold strong opinions on anything related to archery that you might see on eBay.  I have my thoughts on the subject as well. here are a few thoughts.  I would like to know from any of you caring to answer.

First off, I have seen what appear to be very nice bows for sale.  I would imagine that the keywords are 'appear to be.'  Who can really say whether the descriptions are accurate unless you are familiar with the seller?  That being said, some describe their items in intricate detail with very exacting pictures.  Over time, you get to know these sellers and realize that they are putting their reputations on the line.  I also believe that bows coming from the seller's personal collection are most likely good choices. 

Conversely, there is plenty of junk be sold, bows that look as though they were run over by a truck several times.  Adding insult to injury, the seller describes the item as 'Nice.'  Then, there is the guy that says that he doesn't know much about the item but that it appears to be ok.  I always have to laugh at that one.  I do believe there is a definite learning curve when dealing on eBay.  As the saying goes, 'Let the buyer beware.'

Do any of you have opinions?

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All that know me know I have opinions, about almost everything. On this topic I think you said what needs to be said...let the buyer beware.
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Agree- it’s tough, especially if it’s a bow that’s calling your name. However, when you don’t know what it’s been through before you confirm that winning bid and all there is to go on is pictures and a seller’s blurb, you are taking a chance. Sometimes you win and sometimes not, in my experience.
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Yes, let the buyer beware. 

Also, let the seller beware.  Most of the bows offered on Ebay fall into one of two categories.  Some are recognized to be desirable and or collector items and sell well at pretty good prices.  Others are some really good bows that just don't get any interest and probably result in some seller's remorse.

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I try to look at the seller's rating as well. The seller if very good at all will have a number of really good pics to see the whole bow clearly. They will also point out any type of flaws and have pics of these spots for you to see. But yes, some shady people out there. But on the other hand, some very awesome bows can be had at sometimes really nice buys. they do get custom bows on a regular basis. I had my son-n-law sell one of mine years ago. I will most likely have him sell my Kodiak Hunter on Ebay in the future since I have what I really want now. it can be quick and easy to do. and sometimes they bring top dollar too (compared to selling locally). 
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I buy and sell a lot of stuff on ebay. What you said is quite true, you have to consider many aspects when buying.

First as stated the item should have excellent photos and a lot.
Second thing I always look at is the sellers rating and how many transactions they've had. Read the bad reviews. Sometimes they're just whiny people and not legit complaints.
Also look at sellers other items. If they have a lot of outdoor stuff then they should be know about what they are selling. If they just have one bow and a load of womens stuff they they likely got somewhere else like a yard sale and know squat about archery.

I bought a Browning Safari II last summer that clearly had twisted limbs in the photos. I took a chance and got it cheap.
They straightened out nicely and shoots great. Many years ago I bought a Bear KH the came with a delaminated limb. He didn't want to take it back but ultimately he did and EBAY helped me. They are good about that.

Third. Don't be afraid to ask the seller questions about the item. I good seller will be happy answer them as best they can. A shady seller will likely be vague in his answers.

There are some great deals to be had....and some bad ones. Overall I've been pretty fortunate in my mine.
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I look around on the various web sites, but I don't buy. I either buy from known vendors or individuals at shoots I attend. That way, I feel I can buy with confidence. 
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I've bought several bows off of Ebay over the years.  Never been burned.  I always check the seller's ratings and look for (and/or request) a lot of pictures.  Sometimes, I also post questions to the seller. Then, if a bow shows with a potential flaw that I asked the seller about, and he/she indicated no problem, I would have more support to have EBay help me recoup my money.  Has never come to that though.

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I just bought several archery items from ebay, two being bows. The first was delaminating and was returned without issue, the second was as described. I also sold a bear grizzly with no issues, and for more than what I paid for it. Overall pretty happy. 
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old buck has the right idea.   Up to the buyer to be dilligent.

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Old Buck is absolutely right. Most of the time I will ask the seller questions and if they are even a little vague, forget it.

If it is a specific bow I am looking for, and there are many detailed photos and descriptions, and the seller has answered all my questions, I might consider it.  

But just to go on the eBay site because I'm looking for a new bow, I won't do that. I like to shoot a bow myself if I've never shot that make and model.

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About 20 years ago on EBay I bought a Shultz all bamboo “straight shot” no glass bow for $180, no BS!
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I just bought this beauty off the bay. Arrived tonight.

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I bought one bow on "the bay" and I learned a ton. The bow was advertised as "perfect" and it came with a severely twisted limb. When I asked the seller about it, he wouldn't take it back and accused me of causing the damage. I nuked him on the review. eBay stepped in and said they wouldn't allow the review (which is a bull pile policy) but they sent my money back to me. The lesson...I'll never buy another bow off the bay...good people on TAS to buy from with confidence.
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I need many pics, or I won’t bother. I believe it’s my responsibility to know what I’m looking at, because everyone has their own idea of what is considered “perfect, like new, mint, excellent, very nice, good, fair” etc. When I sell a bow online, I post the pics that tell the tale, and offer specific pics on request. My 2 cents.
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So far, knock on wood, I haven’t had a bad experience buying from the big site.  But...I always make sure to have some conversation with the seller in order to get a feel for the person I’m dealing with. The worst experience I’ve had involves the post office who screwed up sending the bow back to the sender for lack of postage or some such postal screwup.
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I generally only buy things off ebay that I can afford to lose.  
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