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Buying reels on EBay???


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#1 Oldbritguy

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Posted April 17 2010 - 10:22 AM

I'm looking around for a Revo Premier baitcaster reel. There seem to be a number of them on EBay, advertised as 'brand new, in box' etc. And several of them seem to be from the same guy (in Alabama).
I've never bought anything on EBay so am very wary of doing so. Are these guys for real? Is it safe to buy reels on EBay, what precautions should one take?
Any advice, experiences, anybody???

#2 Jig Man

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Posted April 17 2010 - 10:35 AM

Read the reviews of the seller and pay with paypal.

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Posted April 17 2010 - 10:35 AM

Hi Oldbritguy,

I've purchased and sold reels on ebay many times. I've never been let down. Feel confident when you read their feedback. I believe the guy you are talking about is one of my saved eBay sellers.

For what it is worth, you may want to check out an STX instead of the premier. I've heard some negative feedback regarding the drag on the Premiers. I personally use Revo Winches for my crankbaits and love them. You can't go wrong with Abu Garcia Revo reels. Happy bidding. Let us know of your experience if you decide to buy.

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#4 Stasher1

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Posted April 17 2010 - 10:51 AM

Ebay is the first place I go to for reels. As long as you buy from an established seller with lots of positive feedback and pay via Paypal, you should be fine.

I've bought some rods on ebay as well, but I don't recommend it unless you already have some experience with that particular rod. 
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#5 HOG727

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Posted April 17 2010 - 11:17 AM

I buy my reels on e-bay about 80% of the time and the other advice is dead on.  If a guy has a 99% score and has  sold a lot of stuff ,he's a solid bet.  Buy New stuff and check the return policy.  This month I bought 2 2010 curado e's delivered for 145 apiece or so.  180 plus shipping at Bass Pro.   

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Posted April 17 2010 - 11:20 AM

I have bought reels on Ebay. Just look for a good seller rating and positive feedback from people who have bought SIMILAR  items.  :)

#7 bear7625

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Posted April 17 2010 - 11:20 AM

I've bought 5 reels from eBay with no problems. Check the background of the seller and pay with Paypal. :)

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Posted April 17 2010 - 11:58 AM

I have bought reels off Ebay with out any problems....You will definitely save money if you are patient.

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Posted April 17 2010 - 12:12 PM

If the Alabama guy is Simmons Sporting Goods, then he is legit (in my experience).  So far, I've bought 4 rods from him this year.  Not a lot of communication other than shipping notice and a rod on your doorsteps in a few days.  Make sure you keep the PayPal receipt.  From AL to MA, it's been 3 days on average.

Regarding the Premier, for less than $200 it will most likely it will be the 2009 model without dual brakes.  I've also seen the Skeet Reese models for less than $200 if you want centrifugal brakes.

If its a top seller on ebay with 99.6% or better feedback, I've been very fortunate in my experiences. 

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Posted April 17 2010 - 12:18 PM

With the exception of purchasing reels from other members here, all of my reels have been purchased on Ebay. Just follow the other's advice and you should be in the clear.

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Posted April 17 2010 - 12:29 PM

one of the best reel sellers on ebay is Lakeside Reels , on most of his stuff he has free shipping and the shipping is priority mail (2 day delivery) an excellent guy to do buisness with , if you look at his website , he lists a phone number that you can call and actually talk to him !!!!  :)
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Posted April 17 2010 - 02:24 PM

Most of my reels have be purchased on Ebay from Mom 'n Pop online retailers who list their items there, usually with the Buy It Now option. Ex: Curados for $145 shipped.  I'd rather throw them a bone than give it to one of the behemoths.

I would be wary of individuals with few sales or imperfect feedback, but there are plenty of retailers with good reps and plenty of sales who I would have no issues buying from again.

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Posted April 17 2010 - 03:47 PM

If the Alabama guy is Simmons Sporting Goods, then he is legit (in my experience). So far, I've bought 4 rods from him this year. Not a lot of communication other than shipping notice and a rod on your doorsteps in a few days. Make sure you keep the PayPal receipt. From AL to MA, it's been 3 days on average.

Regarding the Premier, for less than $200 it will most likely it will be the 2009 model without dual brakes. I've also seen the Skeet Reese models for less than $200 if you want centrifugal brakes.

If its a top seller on ebay with 99.6% or better feedback, I've been very fortunate in my experiences.



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Posted April 17 2010 - 05:49 PM

never had a problem buying new reels on ebay
I use great gear, PM for details.

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Posted April 17 2010 - 11:29 PM

I picked up a Curado E7 over the winter for around $145 off Ebay, like some other members here. Also bought 3 rods from reputable Ebay sellers. One of them was from Simmons Sporting Goods - easy transaction and fast shipping.

My only problem with buying rods off Ebay is explaining to my wife why 7ft packages keep getting shipped to the house.