Quantcast

E-bay loophole?

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

Joined
Jun 9, 2009
Messages
1,065
Reaction score
0
Location
Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire.
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
9
There is a national hive for sale on e-bay which includes a free colony of bees. Is this a loophole in e-bay rules? Sorry I can't put the link in.
 

victor meldrew 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 10, 2008
Messages
6,392
Reaction score
36
Location
Wigan
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
The last time this happened was quite recently, Ebay however pulled the advert after a complaint had been lodged.

John Wilkinson
 

marcros 

House Bee
Joined
Feb 13, 2009
Messages
259
Reaction score
0
Location
Yorkshire
Hive Type
none
The last time this happened was quite recently, Ebay however pulled the advert after a complaint had been lodged.

John Wilkinson
Technically, it is a loophole. like buying a scotch bottle that the contents are incidental.

I think that John is right- complaints will highlight it and the advert will be pulled.

There was also one that said i have other hives with bees in which I am not selling, but if I was, they would be ...
 

Onge 

Field Bee
Joined
May 24, 2009
Messages
839
Reaction score
0
Location
Cambridge
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
9 Medium Poly, mostly foundation-less. Some run as Warre TBH
LOL seller rating zero (good luck).
 

jezd 

Drone Bee
Joined
May 12, 2009
Messages
1,541
Reaction score
2
Location
UK
Hive Type
other
Number of Hives
299.1
If the seller states 'The winning bidder has the option to replace the brand new frames and foundation with older ones that are bee populated at no extra costs - please confirm your choice after the auction' would this not work?

Jez
 

steve1958 

Field Bee
Joined
Jul 13, 2009
Messages
838
Reaction score
21
Location
UK
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
3
All sounds very dodgy to me.
I for one wouldnt buy Bees from a complete stranger on eBay.
 

Geoff 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 16, 2009
Messages
249
Reaction score
0
Location
Shropshire, UK
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
5
It strikes me he has not sold much, if anything before so that is why he has a 0 rating - no feedback yet.
He is not auctioning bees so it is not a loophole, it is just a hive. He says if you want bees then to contact him after, so one presumes he then has them at a set price. Now whether that is OK with Ebay is up to them.
People do sell bees on auction sites, not necessarily as an auction but as a set price and they don't have to be dodgey. I bought a queen on one such site recently and the seller is well regarded by some people on this forum. So far I am very satisfied with the queen and the way she was delivered.
 

Wendy122 

New Bee
Joined
Nov 29, 2008
Messages
53
Reaction score
0
Location
uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
10
I like steve1958's reply. But many are happy to buy from a complete stranger on the forum ?
W
 

admin 

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2008
Messages
6,392
Reaction score
3
Location
Hampshire uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
6
Gingernut did you not buy your bee's from me :svengo: :laughing-smiley-004

The good thing about the forum is most members who sell bee's can offer to give out usernames of other members who have purchased bees from them in the past so customers can get feedback,good or bad.

Trouble with Ebay is you could end up with one of those special Nuc's we have been reading about all year on the forum,3 frames of foundation with one frame of brood and one of stores and not a queen in sight.

I visited a member a few months back who had purchased a Nuc like I described as her first bee's,how do you politely say "You have been ripped off" when its a new beeks first bee's? I would like to think its just some old timers ignorance but sometimes I am not so sure.
 

Geoff 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 16, 2009
Messages
249
Reaction score
0
Location
Shropshire, UK
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
5
When i bought my queen I contacted the seller and managed to get an address in case I could collect. As he was forthcoming with that and some other information I felt a bit more secure. I don't buy on the Internet unless I have contact details.
 

MarkyMark 

New Bee
Joined
Jun 24, 2009
Messages
28
Reaction score
0
Location
uk
Hive Type
national
I cant see any problem in it, as long as youve emailed the seller & argeed that youll inspect the hive before you pay for it cash.
 

DrNick 

House Bee
Joined
Jul 2, 2009
Messages
182
Reaction score
0
Location
Doncaster in the former West Riding of Yorkshire.
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
3
I forgot to add the price of the frames, they were selling at £27 for 50, so £5.94 for the 11 with the hive, the foundation was about £7.50 for 10 sheets, it wasn't in the sale, this is the second hive this person has has sold on ebay that I am aware of.
 

Latest posts

Top