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Couple of weeks ago I found a beautiful looking pair of 1978 forks for my DT175 on Ebay that were in the US.

If they were as good as the pictures I'd scored myself a decent pair that only needed new seal, oil and a little bit of a polish  and they'd have been like new.

So in anticipation of their arrival I bought some news seals and some oil for them.

I was tracking them daily and after a slight delay because of bad weather everything was going swimmingly, until yesterday evening when I noticed on the tracker "Undeliverable" Never seen it before so I messaged the seller and asked if it would be an issue.

Turns out I'm not getting them and according to what I've read about Ebay's 'Global Shipping Programme' it amounts to legalised theft and that they've decided they want them and will likely resell them for a profit. 

Pissed off is an understatement and their piss-poor explanation is nowhere good enough to explain why I can't have them.

Going to attempt to get some answers out of them which is almost certainly going to be a waste of time but if they can't or won't give me an adequate explanation then I'll be closing my seller account and they can shove it.

Raging! 🤯🤬😡

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It appears that they've defined them as a restricted item. Usually reserved for things like chemicals, batteries or weapons.

Why they should do this for a pair of forks is beyond me. However, there are various mechanical items and vehicles that come under these restrictions, but again, I can't imagine why a pair of forks would.

 

The important thing is, you appear to be getting your money back.
Keep looking...

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1 hour ago, Snakebite68 said:

It appears that they've defined them as a restricted item. Usually reserved for things like chemicals, batteries or weapons.

Why they should do this for a pair of forks is beyond me. However, there are various mechanical items and vehicles that come under these restrictions, but again, I can't imagine why a pair of forks would.

 

The important thing is, you appear to be getting your money back.
Keep looking...

From what I've read it's totally arbitrary and rarely makes any sense at all.

Money back is great but I really wanted the forks, I mean look at them, 40 years old and they're in that good a shape? I would happily have paid double what I did.

Gutted.

 

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44 minutes ago, drewpy said:

is there an appeals process?

Nope.
Like the seller said, nothing we can do.

Apparently they will eventually come up for sale again as Ebay keeps the items and resells them through a certain account(s)

I'll keep an eye out for them and see if they reappear and try buy them again if they're affordable still.

I had a good read up on what happens and there's a massive amount of people like me who've been shafted by ebay for no logical reason and ebay just say tough sh*t.

There's stories of people sending valuable or precious items and ebay arbitrarily seizing them and they just vanish into a black hole. Seller doesn't get the item back but keeps the cash and the buyer gets refunded by ebay.

Any amount of pleading or offering to pay or arrange alternate delivery just falls on deaf ears.

Ebay's Global Shipping Programme. If the seller hadn't used it I would have got them delivered no problem.

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Possibly more than you'd want to pay, but comes with extras and look in good condition!

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And coming from the UK..!

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32 minutes ago, Snakebite68 said:

Possibly more than you'd want to pay, but comes with extras and look in good condition!

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And coming from the UK..!

no good mate, nowhere to anchor the drum brake stator, and besides he'll no douubt want to keep to standard

@Scott what's wrong with your original forks?

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58 minutes ago, Airhead said:

no good mate, nowhere to anchor the drum brake stator, and besides he'll no douubt want to keep to standard

@Scott what's wrong with your original forks?

The original forks just need reconditioning. I've got 2 bikes to build and wanted these for the best of the 2. ☹️

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9 hours ago, Airhead said:

no good mate, nowhere to anchor the drum brake stator, and besides he'll no douubt want to keep to standard

@Scott what's wrong with your original forks?

Aaah...

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