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Beware of Ebay!!

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by ACA L&L, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    I somehow had a western shoe reciever disappear one day a few weeks back, Jumped on ebay and ordered a replacement..........I finally got it in the mail 2 weeks later, turnes out it doesnt fit, grinded on it a bit, still no bueno, grinded on it way more than im comfortable with and finally got it to fit. I dont feel good about it at all. At one point I thought geez what the heckis going on here....pulled the other side off and no grinding no nothing it was tight but it fit like you would think it should.........when i say I grinded, I mean i grinded out alot of the little c hook that sits on the bar in the back. I dont think this is normal? I dont know anyone else run into this. Im gonna order a bona fide western shoe as i dont feel good about the modifying i had to do. just thgought i would vent............this was a brand new part, just not from western apparently which is not what the add said, im almost positive of that fact.If anyone wants to know the seller i will pm upon request, dont wanna get in trouble for bashing the biggest seller on ebay of crappy replacement parts from taiwan
  2. Bandit

    Bandit Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    There are a LOT of Knockoff Chinese parts on Fee Bay .
    You have to watch what You are buying , and ask a lot of questions .

    At least a snow plow shoe won't kill your family
    In case they remove the post to CYA
    " I bouight an Ergo child carrier on June 27th. I just determined it was counterfeit - a true fake from China verified by the Ergo Co. "

    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012
  3. TLB

    TLB Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    You need to read the feedback on the seller on ebay before you buy. Too many negetives, don't buy from them.
  4. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    And too many positives = phony feedback. Remember that China as 1.3 billion employees to generate fake positive feedback on ebay.

    My philosophy in dealing with ebay is simple;
    If the item doesn't arrive, reverse the transaction.
    If the item arrives and isn't what was advertised, reverse the transaction.

    There is actually a LOT of GOOD CHEAP stuff out of china. It won't have the same quality as equipment out of Japan, but its hard to beat for the price. If you're buying a piece of metal, grind or weld on it until it fits and call it good... or if possible, fab it yourself.
  5. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Ebay is a great place to make purchases and sometimes save a lot of money. You have to know what to look out for and how to qualify the purchase before you bid. As a seller, I will no longer sell to new accounts w/o a minimum feedback score as well as other criteria, because often times beginners don't understand the system or don't read the terms of an ad before dropping a bid. They sometimes become a liability. The good side for the buyer is that it's not hard to get a refund should you need to file a claim w/ Paypal.

    This past summer I was buying an extensive list of foreign car parts from orders I had placed out of the UK and Germany. I couldn't be happier w/ my orders because I was able to buy the parts for about 1/3 -1/2 of the cost from a dealer and also received them much faster than the dealer could even get them on a special order. Ironically enough, some parts from my order were made in the US yet still cheaper than buying them here. Not saying that I wouldn't buy from China, but that would depend on what my needs were w/ that item. If I'm looking for OEM quality than China wouldn't be an option.