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    Default Buy in haste.

    This was brought home to me recently during a conversation with a couple of guys who described to me purchases from ebay not living up to expectations. It seems that the prices of said items determined the purchase, if those items were of smaller expense. Is this a widespread occurance?

    Speaking personally, I rarely if ever buy anything unless I've seen and handled it. Lures in particular can be a minefield in my experience, hooks and split rings can be found substandard and often cheap tack. Another one is obscure Braid amongst many others.

    I understand for some there may be a need to save pennies, but are they really.

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    I have commented before about the silly prices some people will pay for tackle sight unseen! I have bought three rods of the bay and have been lucky in getting just what i wanted at a very good price. One Tricast rod i got to see beforehand.

    I have also paid high but fair prices for a few rods and reels but they were what i really wanted and i remain happy with what i bought!

    If you know what you want, are prepared to wait and make a sensible but low offer ,one can pick up a bargain!!! The process can be fun too Derek!!

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    I buy most of my lures off ebay. I have bought some rubbish lures but this mainly because there are one or two lures in the offer that I want. I never bid craze prices.
    One thing to be careful of is that there are a lot of fake lures out there. I bought some copies of chub creek pikies, that seller no longer sell lures.
    Last edited by steve2; 18-09-2018 at 10:51.

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    Default Re: Buy in haste.

    I typically spend far too much on my fishing tackle, so I tend to also spend a lot of timeresearching and checking on my intended purchases before parting with my hard-earned cash . . . . I also want to handle the product first and not “buy blind”

    I think that a good few years ago that e-bay was a decent market place, but has become more like a dumping ground these days for poorer quality kit, plus the added fact that I prefer to spend a little more and support my local tackle shop.



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    I think its the smaller items where the danger lies. The sort of bulk buys of swivels comes to mind. I made that error a couple of years ago and found the metal clips were so brittle they snapped under finger pressure. Another was cheap Arlesey Bombs that had weak swivels which snapped on casting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jacobs View Post
    I prefer to spend a little more and support my local tackle shop.
    The more people doing this , the better. Many shops will try & match or get close to online prices & as mentioned its nice to try before you buy. I have had to travel 30 + miles just to find a tackle shop , & then they don't hold much stock as it's dead money & several places I've been to are on trading estates & they get broken into frequently, so I end up buying online just to get what I need, bit of a catch 22 situation.

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    The good thing about ebay is that your protected and if an item arrives damaged, not as described etc you simply send it back. In these cases the seller is responsible for the return postage costs also and if they won't send you a pre paid sticker or refuse to accept the item back then you only need contact ebay who will send you a pre paid sticker. As soon as the item comes up as delivered ebay re imburse your money in full. Ok it is annoying having to re wrap items and take them to the post office etc but if you buy the item from a shop you'd still need to return it so it's not that bad.....is it?

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    Default Re: Buy in haste.

    I have had very few problems with stuff off e bay, even stuff from China, yes you have to wait a while for delivery but so long as its ordered in good time I don't find that a bind.

    Swivels, beads and recently some hooklength storage boxes that have eva foam reels in it were a fraction of the price wanted by UK sellers, I have spoken to others that have purchased bigger stuff like reels and buzzers that have been ok and a lot cheaper than stuff sold in the UK some of which is possibly made in the same placesw as the UK stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigger View Post
    The good thing about ebay is that your protected and if an item arrives damaged, not as described etc you simply send it back. In these cases the seller is responsible for the return postage costs also and if they won't send you a pre paid sticker or refuse to accept the item back then you only need contact ebay who will send you a pre paid sticker. As soon as the item comes up as delivered ebay re imburse your money in full. Ok it is annoying having to re wrap items and take them to the post office etc but if you buy the item from a shop you'd still need to return it so it's not that bad.....is it?
    Thanks tigger. I didn't know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john step View Post
    Thanks tigger. I didn't know that.
    Glad it might help you out in future John.
    I once made the mistake of taking an item to the post office and paying over the cou ter to send it back, don't do that because unless the seller is a real decent sort they don't need to give it you back and that was what happened on that occassion. If the seller won't give you a pre paid sticker inform ebay and they will send you one to print out.

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