wholeheartedly agree with much of what you've said here - there's a fair few people on a certain auction site that are simply rinsing the market with little regard for quality. however, there are many more who are simply selling items they no longer need or want. If I see something of interest I will search under 'completed listings' first to see if that item was recently bought and it's frightening how many items are being re-sold with a BIN price just a few days or weeks later. If so, I simply avoid as it's just lining the pockets of someone who is stockpiling stuff and driving the prices up. It's the people who are selling items no longer needed that are generally the best to buy from. Have a look at their other listed items, you can get a decent idea of what they are about.
one thing you cant get away from though is that cycling / bikes is in vogue and as such you are going to encounter people who will attempt to make the most out of it - have a look at how much stuff is described as 'c-record era' - it's playing on peoples perceptions that you are buying into a golden era where every
product was brilliant - it's just plain daft and again if someone describes something with some inappropriate add-on (colnago, de-rosa, masi etc) whilst trying to sell a track-pump
then they ain't getting my money.
where this forum comes into it's own is you can get advice (and very good advice at that) on whatever today's dilemma is
and then research a bit more and then decide what you need to complete (or start) your next build. I get totally bamboozled by bottom brackets, headsets, TPI's, english, italian, JIS and all that malarky but i've managed to get the right info and hence the right components. I've bought from this site and found it to be easy and haven't been let down by either product or service to date so i'd much prefer to give my money to people who are regulars on here. I've had stuff sent free of charge & I've also sent bits and pieces to people free of charge also, it's not about cash all of the time. It's nice to be helped or to help someone out.
right i'm off to sell all the tat i've accumulated
Rick Powell 753 Track / Ribble Gran Fondo / Colnago Asso / 1975 Harry Quinn TT / 1990 Concorde Prelude / Vitus 992 / Keith Coppell Lo-Pro / 1986 KAS Vitus 979 / 1995 Mercian Strada Speciale / 2011 Raleigh GAC Militis 3 ex Graham Briggs / 1995 Ribble 7005 / 1986 Alan Super Record / 1985 MK1 Vitus 979 /
On the bench: Sirius 853 TT / Sun Solo Chrome / Ciocc Designer 84 / Giant TCR0 Pro Compact / Ribble 653 Tourer / Daccordi Lo-Pro / Look KG96 / Bottecchia Equipe / Look KG231 Credit Agricole / Contini Grand Prix / Aende Lo-Pro / TVT / Langdale 653 Pursuit /