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    Default Radar detectors and eBay

    I hear a lot of negative stuff about buying radar detectors off ebay on these forums, but why is it such a problem? I've bought a lot of stuff off of eBay and it's all been great.

    Are the sellers selling a version that they've messed with? Do they not perform as well? If that's the case, let me know because I was thinking of getting one off ebay until I read some stuff on these forums, now I don't think I will lol. There also have been people here saying that they false more.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtp405
    I hear a lot of negative stuff about buying radar detectors off ebay on these forums, but why is it such a problem? I've bought a lot of stuff off of eBay and it's all been great.
    They are basically refurbished units being sold as new... Ordinary buyers would never know the difference because the cases are new and the packages are shrink-wrapped sealed. I'm sure most of them will not have a problem, but you take a chance and roll the dice. There is no manufacturers warranty, so if you have to send it into Belscort then it will cost you $85 to fix any problems.

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    Yeah, I had an RX-65 I got off of eBay it was starting to really trip out - when I called for service I had no proof that I purchased from an authorized retailer so they told me it would be $85 dollars!! Screw that!!! I only buy from Roy now!

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    well I bought my rx65 off ebay, and havent had any problems with it (besides laser aways going off. I first thought, yeah thats what I get for getting it off ebay, but I now think it just might be my car setting laser off constantly) But I have a great detector. I now know I took a chance doing it but I'm glad I didnt get ripped off. And if it does happen to mess up I'll send it in to Beltronics pay the $85 dollars, cuz then it would be like I payed regular price for it.

    I just say take ur chance, read the sellers feedback. Matter a fact u should send the seller an email and ask him questions. I feel like good communication between the buying and seller insures a good product. But do what u feel is neccesary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NRTrackChamp2004
    I just say take ur chance, read the sellers feedback.
    Feedback merely shows if the product was sent on a timely manner etc.

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    it sounds like the people that are out there to scam others, are the ones that have tons in stock. I've seen many sellers like this. I think if you were to buy one off ebay, your best bet would be to buy one from someone who clearly states that it is used, and why he's getting rid of it... and it's his only one. But I think for now I'll stick to buying brand new lol.

    Thanks!

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    I bought a RX-65 off eBay before I knew any better but it came with a "dealer provided" 1 year warranty .... same as provided by Bel-Tronics so I felt protected. It looked like & was packaged the same as the RX-65 I just bought from Roy, came with the 2 yr extended warranty card & valid serial #. When I called Bel-Tronics to get the extended warranty they wouldn't honor it 'cause the vendor was not approved.

    Within 2 months it was laser falsing constantly (in front of Home Depot, in my driveway) so I returned it for a free replacement .... still cool.

    The replacement RX-65 eventually gave me the dread "service required" message at the 11 month mark & the dealer gave me another RX-65...still cool.

    Now for the crap. My 12 month warranty began with my original purchase and this "new" RX-65 (my third) would be covered only for one month. I left it unopened & sold it (unethical but I believe in "fool me once shame on you, fool my twice and shame on me") so I could buy a legit unit from Roy.

    Check the location of the eBay vendors that bother to provide one & you'll see that most are in Florida. Why does Bel-Tronics put these refurbed units out there for resale if they're not going to warranty them?

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    eBay vendors do a number of unethical things. Number one, why are they selling it? I never buy anything "as-is, no returns" unless it's from a business I know and trust--not an eBay vendor.

    Two, they sell refurbed units that they acquired in Mexican border towns on the cheap. If you see a detector from an eBay dealer with a starting price near or below factory cost, it's one of these, or worse...

    Three, and this is very rare but dangerous nonetheless, what you pay for may not be what you get. A former co-worker at Best Buy (who may have been full of crap, as he was telling a customer this to dissuade them from buying a detector cheaper on eBay) related a story once of how he bought an Escort Passport 8500 X50 on the cheap on eBay, then got it and noticed that it, well, sucked. He opened it up and saw what the seller had done--pulled the X50 motherboard out and replaced it with that of a base 7500 model, which was arguably one of the worst Escort has ever made, and now sells for dirt. He contacted the seller, who not only refused to offer him a refund, but reported him to eBay for fraud, saying that the fact that the guy had opened up the case was evidence enough to show that he had switched the motherboard himself in hopes of scamming the seller. BS or not, I don't know (I'll leave it to one of the resident experts to explain whether or not that's possible with a 7500 and an X50), but I've heard similar stories from this board of the guts of a cheap detector being stuck in an expensive one's chassis.

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    Theoretically it is possible to fit a 7500 guts into an 8500 / X50 casing. But the power jack is on the wrong side.



    So you'd need to do some work to swap them...

 

 

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