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Old 03-29-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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How safe is flea market

So I have noticed a ton of newbies ( 1-5 ) posts selling bikes in the flea market now. I'm sure it has been discussed before. But the majority of these seem to be "living in Canada but my bike is in Europe "kind of posts. Just sounds fishy. Lots of times they claim to be on a round the world trip so Internet access is spotty and blah blah blah. So I have 2 questions.

1. How many have been just straight up robbed on the flea market ?

2. Why isn't there a minimum post requirements to sell on the flea market?
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:43 AM   #2
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2. Why isn't there a minimum post requirements to sell on the flea market?
I thought that there was... interesting!
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:44 PM   #3
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The flea market is most certainly, buyer beware.
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:07 PM   #4
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The flea market is most certainly, buyer beware.


I've bought everything from fender bags to bikes from the FM.
With very good results.

But, it helps to know who you are dealing with. Someone who isn't "known" on here could just be a n00b.

Or they could be a criminal.

Sometimes the crooks have been here for years, those guys are usually tarred and feathered in JM.
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:38 PM   #5
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I've both bought and sold several items on Adv. Flea Mkt. Every single time said item has been 100% as advertised. Usually overly so. Now I'm smart enough to know, it only takes one bad apple to spoil it all. Use common sense.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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Never bought (or sold) a bike, but have bought numerous parts and gear in the Flea Market; every time a great positive experience! I have also sold some items and hope my buyers felt the same. Like the world in general, I believe MOST people/sellers are honest, but of course one should use common sense. I'd never send a larger amount of money for something than I'd feel comfortable losing. E.G., I'll send $200 for a coat sight-unseen, based on the sellers assumed goodwill; if it isn't as represented, I'd try to reconcile that with the seller, but if I'm stuck with the purchase, it isn't that big a deal. Sending thousands $$ for a bike? I'd be more careful. Same as I would with CL or eBay! Still, I suspect that dishonest sellers are quite rare.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:51 PM   #8
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I myself have bought and sold a ton of stuff. Every single transaction was perfect. Just recently I have been noticing this trend though. Just thinking out loud.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:51 PM   #9
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Had awesome experiences with the FM, fly n ride, hosted, the whole 9 yards

Having said that, there's always one right? When selling a bike I had a complete tosser hassling me for a week to drop the price by thousands because he was in a race somewhere and I should know him

I still don't know him but I'll bet he remembers my final response
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But the majority of these seem to be "living in Canada but my bike is in Europe "kind of posts.

1. How many have been just straight up robbed on the flea market ?

2. Why isn't there a minimum post requirements to sell on the flea market?
The majority of noob posts live in canada and are selling a bike in Europe? A bit of hype there, no? I've seen one such ad.

We have looked into various ways of doing this. Post count can be achieved quickly. We considered a set time between signing up and posting in the flea market, say a month or three...

What we ultimately did was to hide the flea market from Google and other search engines by requiring you to sign in to see the FM forums.

Ultimately, it's buyer beware. Inmates usually sniff out a too good to be true bike ad and report it. Having said that, we really haven't had any significant issues with frequent rip offs in the FM. You get the odd seller who falls short and when that happens the seller gets lambasted in JM.
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I have bought 3 bikes, tools, and a pile of gear from FM and have only good things to say!

Much of the stuff has been paypal "gift" as far as the gear, yeah it would be easy to screw someone I suppose, but seems like an actual "crook" wouldn't bother with setting up a username and all that.

As far as bikes, it was the "CIF financing plan" as my dear old grandpa used to say.

CASH IN FIST

I have bought several bikes over the net outside of here, on CL. I did a wire transfer and arranged to have my shipper pick the bikes up. If anything bad would have happened, I would have contacted the law immediately. But never had a problem. Always talked a bit via actual phone to feel the guy out. Not fool proof I am sure, but for the most part, bikers treat each other pretty damned good.

BTW I have not seen any mentioned "fishy" bike ads, and scan them all the time.
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