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Firstly, if the moderators feel fit to remove this, I quite understand but I feel that I'm doing the right thing so here goes !!

I have, along with a number of others, recently been "stung" by an Ebay trader who goes under the guise of "ALDO1080".

Whereas I personally lost no money having smelt a rat in his dealings, I know of others who have lost money, never received goods, been supplied things that aren't as described then got no rebate after returning them etc, etc.

I'm not about to start a witch-hunt on this trader as there are other people who have dealt with him sucessfully but I would advise caution bidding on his items !
 

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FYI, Aldo1080 has now been removed from E-Bay. However, it does not mean he cannot come back under another guise


QUOTE (kewrail @ 26 May 2005, 13:10)Firstly, if the moderators feel fit to remove this, I quite understand but I feel that I'm doing the right thing so here goes !!

I have, along with a number of others, recently been "stung" by an Ebay trader who goes under the guise of "ALDO1080".

Whereas I personally lost no money having smelt a rat in his dealings, I know of others who have lost money, never received goods, been supplied things that aren't as described then got no rebate after returning them etc, etc.

I'm not about to start a witch-hunt on this trader as there are other people who have dealt with him sucessfully but I would advise caution bidding on his items !
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Clearly this Aldo1080 has effected a number of folk.

Just so that those who have been affected can point those who have not in the right direction, in case he does register under a different guise, typically what type of model railway merchandise was offered and how was the listing presented?

Whilst I cannot deny that Ebay has its merits for collectors, for new items it is usually much better to visit and support a local stockist and develop a relationship with that stockist, or to visit the websites of the many reputable retailers who offer very fair prices and proper warranties and guarantees.

It is sometimes worth paying slightly more for piece of mind.

Happy modelling
Gary
 

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Generally it is items of Lima manufacture although I have spotted some of the more modern Hornby items (especially class 50's) appearing.

I've also seen railway signs (speed restirctions etc) and loco namplates
 

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Don't we all know about aldo1080 A few of us complained to ebay after we noticed a few of his adds were false and that we kept on loosing bids by £1 just to see the same loco back on ebay the following week.

The best way to look out for him is to watch out for his catchphrase

"Special deals only for you" at the bottom of his advert lol
 

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I have for some time on visits to eBay model railway site, been left wondering, why next bid showing as ie £4.50 and biding this amount to be beat by a one new penny at £4.51 when in actual fact next bid higher should have been £5.00.
Is this normal practise? or am I missing the point.
 

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I may be missing your point here. But if say I bid a maximum of £4.51 on Ebay and at present the bid stands at £4.00(that will be my bid). If you go on and bid just £4.50 Ebay will automatically take my bid of £4.51 as the maximum.

You may not be aware that you can put one bid on an item showing the maximum you want to pay, and Ebay will automatically bid for you against anyone who is also bidding on the same item. Once your maximum is reached if for example you had bid on the above example £5.00 then my £4.51 would be superseded and your £5.00 would be the maximum bid.

Did I explain it clearly or have I confused you.
 

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Do some people loose their senses when they start to bid on E bay? I looked at the rail section yesterday, bidding for a couple of Hornby A4s had reached £87 and £105 respectively. I can get them from a well known dealer for much less than that.

Some time ago we looked at some "Clarice Cliff style" pottery (not fake but reproduction, the clue is in the word "style") , two identical items went for £30 and £50. I took the trouble to look up the pottery where they were made, they were advertised at £20. The genuine stuff would fetch around £200.

Now, I just happen to have a couple of very old GWR 0-4-0 locos, shall we start at £80 each?


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One advert that often crops up is Hornby people 6 figures at £2.89 plus £1.50 postage, and at times the start price exceeds that amount. The price asked at model shops is £3.50, an extra 39p to have them posted to your home address.
Mind you, I would not miss the chance of a visit to my local model shop and at the same time taking home my "figures" that day - no waiting for the post and saving money.
 

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Does the seller actually sell any of these figures? Having followed a few of the listings of this type to a conclusion I believe the seller is wasting his time and at the same time helping to increase the profits of the companies who provide these online auction facilities.

He clearly feels the need to sell an item of this type through this channel however inapropriate it is. It seems daft that he is even bothering to make the effort and folk are going to feel conned if they do buy and then check things out so it is only building up badwill towards the retailer. He is actually ripping people off and has not thought it through properly!


He should start a few of his listing at 1p and then he can genuinly see what folk are prepared to pay taking into account £1 shipping (or whatever). After a while he can then set a price that genuinely interests modellers and then loose money on every pack of figures he sells!


Happy modelling
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QUOTE He is actually ripping people off and has not thought it through properly!
Well . . . maybe he has and logically, if not morally correctly, concluded that so many people are so dim that he can continue to make money that way. Ebay is a constant reminder of the truth of the adage that there is always another sucker. Unfortunately, the thrill of the chase appears to sometimes destroy all common sense.

A bit of concentrated collusion can artificially drive prices up to a point where a stupid price is accepted as being 'normal' by some purchasers who almost reside on Ebay and who are beginning to lose contact with the 'real' world outside it. It's an insidious process that can be cleverly manipulated by a psychologically aware merchant.
 
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