International eBay?

Discussion in 'Spotted on eBay!' started by imadoofus, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. imadoofus

    imadoofus Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Does anyone have an explanation for this?

    I was searching for a car on eBay.fr, and when clicking on the ad, I got (in French) the following message:

    So I tried a number of different cars, and got the same thing every time.

    It only applies to cars though, not parts, or non-motoring items.

    WTF? :confused:
     
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    Dieselman Banned

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    That's new. I was looking recently and had no problems, now it's there.

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  3. nick mercedes

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    What's illegal about buying a car from France???

    So much for EU cross boarder trading...
     
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    imadoofus

    imadoofus Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Your French is better than mine, DM ;)

    It's just your English which appears to need some work :D

    PJ
     
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    imadoofus

    imadoofus Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I've sent eBay.fr an email asking for an explanation.
     
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  7. wemorgan

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    I look forward to reading Ebay's response.

    As a side issue I've found s/h cars in France to be significantly more expensive than the UK. But I was just looking at mainstream cars, maybe classics are better value?
     
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    imadoofus

    imadoofus Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Not really. France has a healthier attitude towards cars than we do, in general. They are seen less as status symbols by the majority of the population, and therefore they're valued upon their usefulness, rather than upon their impressiveness. Also, large parts of France are not wealthy, and people hang onto their cars for much longer.

    'Mainstream' classics probably realise similar values to those in the UK - more if they're French, and vintage cars have a strong following there.
     
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    imadoofus

    imadoofus Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Well I got a quick reply from Kilian Dumas, at eBay France, who says (I've translated it into English for peoples' benefit):


    So I wonder why it affects cars, but not (for instance) car parts... :confused:
     
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    In case of the word Diesel?
     
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    imadoofus

    imadoofus Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Are you suggesting that I was searching for diesels!? :eek:
     

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