Anyone bought from ebay?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by charlesw, Jul 12, 2001.

  1. charlesw

    charlesw LawnSite Member
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    What do you think about buying used equipment from ebay?
    I ran across a SCAG COMMERCIAL MOWER and was wondering what your thoughts were. It's a long drive for me to pick this one up, but I think I may keep an eye out for other equipment being sold.

    Anyone living around PENNSYLVANIA may want to check this out.
  2. TheMom

    TheMom LawnSite Member
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    Just be careful... if it doesn't work or isn't what you thought, you have no recourse.
  3. racerdave

    racerdave LawnSite Senior Member
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    I bought something from ebay once.

    now lets just say I'm experienced.:blob3:
  4. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've bought and sold a few times on ebay.
    I actually sold a mower on it. I set the reserve at a fair price for the mower and its condition (posted many pics and was completely honest). Well, before long the auction was over and the winning bidder payed $600 more than the reserve, plus $300 additional for shipping. That put in within 1,000 of a new warranted machine. The winning bidder didn't ask 1 question about the mower. Now by setting the reserve I though that this would give an idea what I think a fair price would be, but this person (who was in the bidding from the start and knew the reserve) kept on bidding. Actually bought it for $50 more than I payed 3 seasons earlier. I felt like I should have stopped it, but for what reason--he wanted that mower and was happy with it.

    Be careful because I can see how this would happen--test the equipment first if possible.

    I also bought a mower on ebay--but it was local and I was able to try it out before purchasing--and I am happy with it.
  5. DEEJ

    DEEJ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 230

    I think I am with Jeffyr on this one. If it was close enough that I could test drive I might consider it. I have to do the hands on thing before I would be comfortable.

    It is amazing how much this SCAG unit looks like my Ransomes Bob Cat T3100. I would say portions are a direct copy. Do they have a common design guy that runs from one company to the next?

  6. dhicks

    dhicks Member
    Posts: 771

    I have bought and sold on eBay but nothing related to our profession.
  7. 13yearoldcutter

    13yearoldcutter Guest
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    I bought a set of golf clubs for $25, a good set at that. I got them and I was stoked.
  8. Holloway Lawns

    Holloway Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 253

    I have bought some coins and just the other day a brand new in box Toro 21" personal pace mower. Should recieave it tommorow by fedex I have not used the personal pace system before only heard some on it What do you think about it also got this mower for $400.00 plus $45.00 S/H so $445.00 that is over $150 savings if I bought it local. Right now I just cannot justifie spending $1000 on a 21"
  9. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    I don't think I'd buy any big ticket itmes used from e-bay (unless they're close enough to check out first).

    But I have bought several new items on there and saved quite a bit over buying at a store or shop.

    So far I got:

    A new Poulan Pro 22" chainsaw.
    A new Poulan Pro backpack blower.
    A new Echo HC1500 hedge trimmer.
    A new Husqvarna stick edger.
    A barely used Tanaka 25" hedge trimmer.

    Still hoping to find a new extended reach hedge trimmer on there!
  10. jmartmel

    jmartmel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    I have bought but I never would buy anything like a mower from it unless you can test it. Just bought small stuff for my wife like beanie babies. I think ebay has something like insurance for big purchases, though I'm not sure, If you were to buy a mower I would look into that!

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