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eBay Reverses its Gun (parts) Policy

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Tom609, Jun 1, 2012.

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  1. Tom609

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    "In a significant reversal of a policy that rankled many sellers, eBay has ended its prohibition on listings of firearm parts and accessories, and is now allowing sellers in the hunting category to post images of guns to illustrate the products in use, though the sale of the weapons themselves is still not permitted."

    http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y12/m06/i01/s02
     
  2. Walkalong

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    A good start. Money talks.
     
  3. Ryanxia

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    They did this back in December, it's really cool. I don't use ebay but if you might find those hard to find parts now if you get desperate :)
     
  4. Remllez

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    Hypocrisy for money......a fair trade in E-Bays eyes.....:)
     
  5. Plastikosmd

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    I dropped them when they banned these items. (Paypal can still be an issue with gun related items in certain situations from what I have read.) It is nice to see that they need money now. They still will not get any of mine
     
  6. loadedround

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    After the crap Ebay has given us over the past several years, I still will not use them. Several other pro gun sites work just as well, if not better. JMHO!
     
  7. Sav .250

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    Ebay......A necessary evil ?
     
  8. D Crockett

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    after seeing inflated prices on some stuff sold on ebay . like a $2.00 part saleing for $6.00 for example .I would not use ebay ever .and there pollicy of haveing to use pay pal.not in your life time will I give one red cent to the anti gun people .that is something that all of us should think about when asking to use pay pal. and as far as gun parts go there is a lot of other places to get them . D Crockett
     
  9. 71Commander

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    One of the great things about this country is that you, as a consumer, are free to utilize or shun a company or product without fear of repercussion.

    That being said, if we boycotted every non sporting goods company that was anti gun one time or another, we would never have any place to shop.

    eBay's anti gun policies are to be placed squarely at the feet on one time candidate for CA Governor, Meg Whittman. She's gone. I never trusted her.

    While there are more tolerances on the other site, they get no where near the exposure that an item on eBay generates. Not even close.

    Now if they would only allow reloading components again.
     
  10. pockets

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    As has been said, this happened months ago.
    While I'm not a big fan of all of eBay policies, I will use them to make money.
    I can maybe get list price on gunbroker for a given magazine, or double that on eBay.
     
  11. Auf Grosser Fahrt

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    As long as you don't have to try to utilize eBay's customer service, then I find it remarkably useful. I have found some absolutely remarkable things on it that I've actually wanted.

    An example was an original box for a 1966 Galesi Arms .25 automatic pistol and instruction manual and other papers. I'm scrolling through the gun parts and...dang...I own that pistol and the box and instructions disappeared 30+ years ago. Did I pay too much for a cardboard box and papers? Yep.

    Was I like silly happy? Yep! :eek:
     
  12. mdemetz

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    They have some cast bullets on there now.
     
  13. Sam1911

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    As some folks have pointed out in another current thread, there could be something said for punishing a company which has anti-gun policies via boycott -- but, if there's validity in that tactic then it should be followed up with rewarding them (by patronizing their business) when they begin to come over to our side.

    If nothing else, there's something valuable in helping ensure that the sundry details of the armed citizen pervade as many nooks and crannies of our society as possible. When "Joe Public" can browse eBay and see bullets, holsters, scopes, components, ammo -- even maybe someday guns! -- that's a VERY good thing.

    We can try to play it as us -vs.- them. Or we can simply be present, ubiquitous even, everywhere people are and in every facet of society. The more holsters, scopes, bullets, magazines, and gun parts folks see as they search for a case of vintage tube socks or a Kleenex used by Dr. Dre, the more common, normal, and perfectly acceptable "we" are.
     
  14. Warp

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    I agree completely.

    This is an aspect of why I often open carry as well.
     
  15. Jimfern

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    I was able to sell two 10 round Glock magazines at a very good price on ebay.
     
  16. SharpsDressedMan

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    When comparing sales of gun parts on gunborads vs. ebay, you will sell it faster and for more money on ebay. For some, politics will rule, and ebay is out. For others, money will talk, and ebay will listen.
     
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    But is it sound politics to boycott ebay for being anti gun when they are now allowing gun stuff and parts of guns? Wouldn't it be sound to SUPPORT them now that they have changed their policy??
     
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    Common sense has no place on a gun forum.
     
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    I agree with Sam1911 completely as well. Very sound thinking.
     
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    I buy a fair amount of the gear I need for my guiding business on E-Bay. All you really need is a very good idea of local prices, and be willing to pass on anything that's too expensive. Yes, there's a lot of junk being offered, and yes some of it is wildly over-priced but if you're willing to wait a bit there are some really solid deals out there. I try never to buy retail so my threshold for a "bargain" is pretty darned low... I've only had one issue in the last five years and usually find quick shipping and an honest accounting of the goods being offered. In my case they've ranged from knives (Benchmade and Al Mar) to tools, to sporting goods... all with very good results.

    Now that gun parts are allowed I'll be tracking that area as well.
     
  21. TennJed

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    I have done several gun related purchases with both ebay and paypal with no issues. As a matter of fact, Kel Tec's offical website accepts paypal, as does Lee Loader Factory Sales and several online cast bullet companies. Paypay knowingly does business with gun makers and bullet makers yet thet are anti guns? No they are not antis, they may do some rescrictions on products based on a business decision, but do not confuse that with someone who is out to take my rights away

    There is a big difference in an anti and ebay and paypal
     
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  22. Remllez

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    Sam,

    Just for my edification are you suggesting that E-Bays sudden policy change is purely altruistic? If not then I surmise it's being done for greed, which I believe shouldn't be rewarded. This company showed its true colors a few years ago and I have no reason to believe that upper management has made a Fundemental change in their philosophy towards the people who populate our sport.
     
  23. Jeff H

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    Sir, you are not really correct. There is a big difference between what you can get away with on Paypal and what Paypal officially allows. If you get caught, you can have your account locked.

    Directly from the PayPal FAQ

     
  24. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    Just how many companies, particularly publicly traded ones, are in it for purely altruistic reasons? This may come as a shock, but most companies are in it for the money. Most of their decisions involve ways to get more money.

    What exactly was their philosophy?

    My guess is that their philosophy was based on a risk assessment that said that the potential liability (financial, regulatory, and public relations) of allowing the sale of firearms related-tems through an international online venue outweighed the potential revenue from that activity.

    Likewise, the shift in policy was likely based a new assessment showing more favorable numbers or perhaps simply a corporate decision to take a less risk averse posture.
     
  25. robhof

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    I've had good luck with Ebay, got an almost complete set of barrels for my Dan Wesson Model 40, before the ban as well as assorted grips for much less than the gun specific sites. You have to set your limit and stick with it. Their sales were dropping after their ban and money talks with any business.
     
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