Originally Posted by Max...
It's a classified ad so the purchase doesn't take place through eBay (you negotiate privately with the seller) - no feedback or payment involved - just like a small ad in a paper etc. Cash on collection.
It's one of the best ways to sell big stuff as you just pay a one off fee (£20) or so and no silly final value fees etc - just good old fashioned private negotiation - as I say just like a classified ad but really effective for cars and boats in my experience.
eBay are (yet again) putting up final value fees for private sellers from a maximum £40 ish to £75 in a couple of weeks, to quote:
"On Tuesday 10 July 2012, the maximum final value fee for private sellers will increase from £40 to £75. This new final value fee cap will only impact listings with a sale price above £400.
This change applies to private sellers and will only affect items which are listed from 10 July 2012 onwards. Fees for business sellers are unchanged."
Surely there is even less to loose then ? Tell him you want it , call him to arrange going to get it and if its duff walk away with no concern about duff feedback ?
MY logic would be - buy it ( via ebay butnot VIA ebay) go see it and if its duff walk away - you have lost the cost of the petrol, if its decent pay him the £650 and you have a decent engine or one you can sell on for maybe £1k ( thats a guess by the way ) ..
I'm slowly convincing myself to buy it !