I don't understand why you would go to eBay with no recourse if something goes wrong and no idea if the product is from some asshole who picked them up from the factory seconds bin when you can get the same cheap light skewer from a decent source.
They're all of £15 on planet X right now -http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/WSPXTISTQR/planet-x-ti-stick-quick-release-skewers-with-carbon-levers
Or £12 on Wiggle -http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-professional-carbonti-quick-release-skewer-set
I would assume that in most cases you can either source them locally for similarly good proces or get them delivered as cheaply as the eBay ones. There's no point in saving £5 on those prices for a critical component.
Now I'm a bit impertinent, I know
! You are probably also the guy that don't buy chinese or taiwanese wheels/frames because they are all scam and fraudster
! No tests etc.. Even though the majority are made there. The dealers (I use) on eBay has probably more deals than your shops and it's also branded stuff. The brand is just not familiar to you maybe. Feedback is pretty transparent there and that's gold. However I also use PlanetX and their skewers are just the same.
Sound like you don't have much knowledge when it comes to manufacturing origin. Word of advise - never mix Taiwanese and Chinese. Taiwan is the origin of true pioneers. They produce some of the finest quality products with exceptional quality control. There are dedicated universities for bike industry. There are slew of industry related shows in Taipei https://cyclingtips.com/2017/03/taipei- ... ge-day-one
On another hand, I don't want to talk much about China. It's the country that don't specialize in anything. They are notorious for being copycats and reverse engineering. They make everything from condoms to airplanes. Cycling aside, many products are now made in China due to lower manufacturing cost. I haven't met a single person in my life that told me that Chinese products are amazing!
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