Originally Posted by pilotwillie
Are there any reputable outboard 'dealers' on EBay ? Usual suspects being 'Fatgreen' and 'paulpatch'. I think the other EBay regular 'outboards12' is currently being mentioned (and not in a good way!) in the current Yamaha 60hp thread.
There are I'm sure. If I was using Ebay, then just use it as shop window. Do your research, and never hand over cash for an engine sight unseen. Genuine sellers are always available, can talk at length about the product and able to answer queries.
You want paperwork, receipts and history, and of course to see the engine running from cold. Goes without saying you'll also need a cylinder compression test. Draper make an inexpensive guage for £20 or so - so you can test yourself. You should be looking for equal pressure across all the cylinders give or take a few pounds.
What you can do is use the main dealer outboard network pages for Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, etc. That gives you direct links to numerous marinas and marine workshops. Quite a few have used outboard sections which you rarely see with a Google 'find all' search. It's a little work but worth it.
Good luck with your search.