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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 6:00 am 
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So I'm looking for a used tune speedneedle or ax-lighness saddle on german ebay, and I'm wondering, I live in the states, they live in germany, and if I do everything through paypal, no problem, except for the whole language barrier thing...anyone have any experience with this?


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520 Dan wrote:
So I'm looking for a used tune speedneedle or ax-lighness saddle on german ebay, and I'm wondering, I live in the states, they live in germany, and if I do everything through paypal, no problem, except for the whole language barrier thing...anyone have any experience with this?


Not really a problem, I've done this before; I've found that if you write to the seller, say sorry I don't read German and ask your questions, you'll get a perfect English response promptly (except for seller "luckynino" re: a Syntace99 stem who posts the Syntace site photo of the item, then says he's never seen red pads or the washers at the stem clamp!!! I didn't buy from him....).

Generally, I find asking simple questions, asking for the shipping costs, stating your good feedback record, all helps. I have even sent cash via Registered Mail (before PayPal was big) and never had a problem. Be prudent, informed, listen to the speed/tone of the response, and you should have no problems either.

It's interesting, German eBay has good stuff, hard to find in U.S.; Italian eBay has zero (I think eBay is not as common there yet). Good luck!

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I bought my Storck cranks from a guy in Germany he spoke good English and was a pleasure to deal with.

He didn't or couldn't use Paypal I forget which so I payed the funds directly into his bank account via a wire transfer. I was a little hesitant in doing this but it all turned out good.


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I purchased some shoes from the Netherlands and had no trouble.
I wired the money via bank account.
I get the impression that most europeans speak engish in addition to their native tongue.

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Bruiser, youre damn right! most people in the netherlands start english education at the age of 11! Maybe this is also the age for other country's to start their english education.

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Yah...me speaks good the england !!! :D


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...just go ahead and ask. a good price for a new speedneedle should be around 90EUR new, the ax should be 200.
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tobias.

hint: you could also use the tour-magazine board
(http://www.dk-community.de/tour/) to find a personal ad, which should be cheaper...


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