TideLog Posts Tagged “eBay”

I’m seeing a massive trend on the Internet, and I don’t like it. People are taking free service manuals available on the internet, collecting them, and then selling them on. I feel this is illegal, because:

  1. They don’t own the copyright to the service literature.
  2. They don’t have the rights, nor permission to SELL for profit, or a license from manufacturers.
  3. They often charge extortionate prices!

All for stuff that isn’t theirs! Tradebit, eBay, and all the other sites that charge on a per-manual basis, I don’t agree with, and detest them hugely. Add to that they often slap their own watermarks on, secure the documents with passwords (tampering with stolen goods) so that no-one can edit them. Service manuals are only public because they’re ILLEGALLY LEAKED, so all these arseholes are committing a criminal offence, by selling stuff that isn’t theirs.

Sites that offer unlimited downloads for a tiny monthly fee I agree with, as these aren’t extortionate, and they host the files on a server they pay for, so you’re not actually paying for the material, just the right to access the website. The ones I use even have permission, and pay royalties to manufacturers.

So, eBay sellers like “servicemanualseu”, and all those Tradebit cowboys selling a single 3 – 30MB file for $19.99, AVOID them. I often find that a quick Google reveals the stuff is available free elsewhere anyway. I’ve reported people like these to manufacturers, and a few have actually been disciplined, good riddance to ’em and all! These cowboys’ excuse is “we charge so much to stop DIY’ers”, but it isn’t your place or right of decision to say who can have them and not.

I have links with people in the electrical repair industry, being a qualified technician. I pay far less for a bunch of manuals from a manufacturer that wouldn’t even buy me a Tradebit cowboy’s single manual!


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I emailed him yesterday, and fair enough, he’s refunded me without question, or without me having to send the battery back. I did question him, however. Here’s what I said:

Dear whatevermu5ic,

Hi Justin,

I had a feeling this would happen, and it has. The battery IS NOT tested, it doesn’t hold more than 20 minutes charge before going dead, and only takes 30 mins to charge, it should take over an hour.

So, I’m returning it, via TRACKED postage, on Monday.

To quote the listing, “Our supplier (your other firm pc-laptop-spares) gaurantees us that this battery will run for an hours use from a full charge.”

Funny, their listing for this very laptop it came off says, “LAPTOPS AND COMPONENTS ARE NOT TESTED”

Some testing! Why lie, offer a warranty, and guarantee yourself returns? The laptop’s fine, I tested the charge rail with a voltmeter!


Just be careful, because he has dodged refunds in the past. I only caught him out because I bought the laptop it came off from pc-laptop-spares. If you DO send ANYTHING back on eBay, make sure it’s TRACKED. That way, the seller can’t claim you’ve not sent it back if PayPal get involved. PayPal won’t go in the seller’s favour if you’ve sent it recorded, and you can prove it’s been delivered.

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I was looking at how much a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate will be, and I’ve come across TONS of eBay sellers selling Windows 7 Ultimate keys for between £10 and £19, with and without ISO download links. I’m not sure of the legality of it, but they’re MSDN keys, as I’m a MSDN subscriber, too.

I bought a couple for a tenner each, saving me using any more of my MDSN ones. I’ve already got Win 7 Retail discs, so didn’t need to pay extra for links, etc.

QUICK! Before eBay (possibly) put a kaibosh on it! And before you all ask, NO I WON’T post them here! They can only be used on one machine at a time, with RETAIL discs only, NOT OEM.

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It doesn’t make sense to me, but now I’m making losses on auctions because of these stupid charges they impose. For example, here’s a breakdown on the Mac I sold:

Apple PowerBook G4 1.5GHz

Sold for £180 + £20 shipping  = £200

eBay listing fee = £2.99

eBay Final Value Fee = £18.00

PayPal fee = £7

Postage fee: £21.65

Total fees = £200 – £2.99 – £18.00 – £7 – £21.65 = £150.036

Which takes their total fee to £27.99.

My money was on hold while I shipped it, I had to fund that from other sources as they hold the full lot, instead of releasing the postage money to you. That means I’ve only made £50 on the sale, which makes me feel a bit ripped off. Even though the laptop was damaged, I wish I had sold it for more now.

An Insertion Fee, I can understand, as you’re using their services to list your item. But to then have to give THEM extra money for selling YOUR item, that YOU paid for is ridiculous. When I sell Ami for £300, the FV Fee will be more than this Mac was, so I’m risking having to counter it by making the price higher, which can result in a non-sale.

It’s like when they FORCE you to give Free P&P in certain categories. It COSTS MONEY, eBay, packaging and stamps aren’t FREE! That was supposed to stop excessive postage, but now people are just adding bits on to Buy It Now prices, and reserves, to counter it. I was all for defending eBay and PayPal when I was only buying stuff, now I can see the OTHER side of it. And why eBay blocked the use of Google Checkout (just after eBay co-incidentally bought PayPal)

eBid, and eBuyer, I might be swinging to you!

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