An eBay seller to avoid!

For any general chat and banter.

Moderators: scimjim, Lukeyboy46, Roger Pennington, philhoward, erikscimitardemon

Post Reply
User avatar
David Tew
RSSOC Member
Posts: 507
Joined: Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:09 am
Location: Cotswolds
Has thanked: 13 times
Been thanked: 40 times

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by David Tew » Wed May 08, 2019 5:36 pm

A heads-up to prevent others falling into the trap I did.

I bought a battery for my daily from the following eBay seller based in Luton.
autocarpartsareus
AKA
No1 Car Parts

The battery was described as being made in the EU and having a 4-year warranty so I wasn't too worried when it failed after 2 years. Wrong!! The seller has refused to honour the warranty as he says it was fitted incorrectly with a breather tube to the exterior and a plug in the other vent (exactly as fitted by the manufacturer). I have spoken to Varta who they tell me that this is the correct installation when the battery is within the passenger compartment (boot).

To compound matters I have contacted the company whose name is on the battery and they tell me that the batteries are made in China. I know strange things are happening in the EU but I can't remember China joining! I had a reply from the seller and they say they source their batteries from Turkey - I can't remember Turkey joining the EU either. :hand:

I have contacted eBay directly and they tell me they will ensure I get either a replacement or a refund, I'm not holding my breath though. Trading Standards/Consumer Helpline simply weren't interested.
:dh


- My wife says I don't listen to her ...... or something like that! -
SE4B Coupe - rebuilt on brand-new chassis.
Bought in 1978 and an RSSOC member since. 😲

User avatar
philhoward
RSSOC Member
Posts: 25271
Joined: Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:41 pm
Location: Staffs, UK
Has thanked: 64 times
Been thanked: 632 times
Contact:

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by philhoward » Wed May 08, 2019 6:26 pm

That’s why I buy mine from Eurocarparts - at least it’s a physical shop..


Phil Howard
Scimitarweb Forum Admin
SS1 1600 Rooster Turbo; Sabre Mk1.5, Sabre Mk2
Previous: SE5/5a/SS1 No.1/SS1 Rooster/SS1 1800Ti/SE5a 24 Valve
http://www.ss1turbo.com
Never try and argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you based on experience.

User avatar
TrevorG
RSSOC Member
Posts: 464
Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:09 am
Location: Thomas chapel in Pembrokeshire
Has thanked: 23 times
Been thanked: 23 times

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by TrevorG » Thu May 09, 2019 8:38 am

I hope you have joy with your claim.....I received this morning from eBay/PayPal a full refund from another charlatan selling steels who never even sent them. It seems eBay will always try, if enough evidence. But maybe others have had differing luck.



User avatar
AJL Electronics
RSSOC Member
Posts: 7844
Joined: Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:49 pm
Location: Gloucester
Has thanked: 46 times
Been thanked: 241 times
Contact:

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by AJL Electronics » Thu May 09, 2019 9:08 am

The problem with mail order batteries is that it is so expensive to return them. Then when you do, they will say that it has been abused. I have a Tayna Newmax in the Scorpio that failed after 12 months and I had considered returning it... For a few minutes. In the end I replaced it and will keep the car on a battery maintainer when not used.


Yes, we can mend your Scimitar!
Order your Scimitar parts any hour of the day at http://www.classicmicrocars.com (member's discounts).

Fancy a holiday in Gael, France? http://www.ianrhu.com

There is no point trying to teach a pig to sing. It doesn't work and it annoys the pig.

User avatar
David Tew
RSSOC Member
Posts: 507
Joined: Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:09 am
Location: Cotswolds
Has thanked: 13 times
Been thanked: 40 times

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by David Tew » Thu May 09, 2019 9:53 am

Thanks guys.

Yes, the main lesson is to buy from somewhere fairly local. Also, avoid obscure battery makes. I've bought a new Varta battery from the Battery Megastore as they're only 15 miles away.

I'll pursue the eBay case as a matter of principle though. These dodgy sellers need to be made to feel uncomfortable.


- My wife says I don't listen to her ...... or something like that! -
SE4B Coupe - rebuilt on brand-new chassis.
Bought in 1978 and an RSSOC member since. 😲

User avatar
swoakes
RSSOC Member
Posts: 6959
Joined: Thu Sep 21, 2006 12:23 pm
Location: Cheshire, UK
Has thanked: 44 times
Been thanked: 104 times

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by swoakes » Thu May 09, 2019 11:29 am

David Tew wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 9:53 am
Thanks guys.

Yes, the main lesson is to buy from somewhere fairly local. Also, avoid obscure battery makes. I've bought a new Varta battery from the Battery Megastore as they're only 15 miles away.

I'll pursue the eBay case as a matter of principle though. These dodgy sellers need to be made to feel uncomfortable.
If you paid on Paypal they run a scheme whereby you can reclaim the return post cost of the item. You have to activate this facility in your account before you can request it though (it's free).

Not sure if it will work for an item bought 2 years ago though.


Steve Oakes
SS1 DET Sprint Car

Former cars
SS1 DET Turbo sprint Project
Sabre Ti
SS1 Ti
1971 Yellow 5a
1985 SS1 1600
1978 Green/Silver 6a

Image
"Fail to prepare and you are preparing to fail."
Benjamin Franklin

User avatar
TrevorG
RSSOC Member
Posts: 464
Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:09 am
Location: Thomas chapel in Pembrokeshire
Has thanked: 23 times
Been thanked: 23 times

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by TrevorG » Thu May 09, 2019 5:03 pm

I don't think you can use the PayPal protection when purchased through eBay....it redirects you back to eBay (PayPal 's owner)



User avatar
Dennis Nicholas
RSSOC Member
Posts: 664
Joined: Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:22 pm
Location: Devon
Has thanked: 49 times
Been thanked: 32 times

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by Dennis Nicholas » Wed May 15, 2019 4:02 pm

You can claim via PayPal. I did successfully very recently after at first claiming via ebay......I just thought it quicker and easier via PP......the ebay claim was just terminated "as you have claimed via PP". Return postage paid for = great, but in my case not applicable as item won was not even sent (the seller did not even bother to reply to me or ebay/PP at any time.


Dennis Nicholas(RSSOC)
1980 GTC Trafalgar Blue, 2010 basic Skoda Yeti (petrol), Austin 7s, Rileys.

User avatar
David Tew
RSSOC Member
Posts: 507
Joined: Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:09 am
Location: Cotswolds
Has thanked: 13 times
Been thanked: 40 times

An eBay seller to avoid!

Post by David Tew » Wed May 15, 2019 4:09 pm

Thanks, that will be my next call.
I'm waiting for eBay at the moment as they assure me they will get the seller to either replace the battery or give me a refund. I'm not holding my breath though!


- My wife says I don't listen to her ...... or something like that! -
SE4B Coupe - rebuilt on brand-new chassis.
Bought in 1978 and an RSSOC member since. 😲

Post Reply

Return to “Non-Technical Discussion”