Short version of the story
I've been saving up for a new steed. Namely an FSR Spesh. Don't know exactly what flavour or year yet. Been keeping a close eye on the usual suspects for decent 2nd handers.
So as I was browsing Gumtree I saw an ad for new Specialized bikes shipped over from Malaysia.
Price for an S-Works Stumpie Carbon 2011 = $2,200 USD delivered (approx £1,300). Which is a very good price. Indeed
So I emailed the contact and have been talking to him for a week or so.
What I've ascertained:
- they aren't recognised specialized dealers
- they ship bikes over from Malaysia
- they're a registered company here in the uk
- they have a website:
Company Name:TREK11 SOLUTIONS LIMITED
Registered No: 05404841
Registered Office :
80 SIDNEY STREET, FOLKESTONE, KENT, CT19 6HQ, UNITED KINGDOM
What they want
- 50% of the cash upfront to secure the bike and deliver it.
- 50% upon receipt
- cash by Western Union transfer. They won't take cash on delivery, nor paypal or credit card.
I can hear the watchdog music in my ears. Anyone got an opinion or offer some clever advice as to how I might protect myself?
I'll end with an excerpt from their last email (now from my contact's 'boss' about how they think I can protect myself via Western Union....
""You will surely get your bike because you are not or first costumer
buying bike from us we have sell bikes all over the world and we have
ship to all over the world..
But what i can say again is that if you make the payment via western
union you will tell us and when we give you the tracking number you
can release the MTCN to us or you can make the payment and use your
mothers name and when you get your bike you can go back and change the
name to our name...""
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