I know one or two forum members buy and sell Stihl gear on eBay. Billybop is a great exponent of this and makes it work for him.
But whenever I have look on eBay, I only find three kinds of sellers.
Firstly, the seller who has quite a few new Stihl items for sale but at much higher prices than even list prices. Who buys from this kind of seller? We all know that your local dealer will give 20% off petrol and 12% off battery gear [this is what I get with my dealer]. So why would you pay 25% more than list from someone you don’t know and can’t easily get back to if there is a fault?
Secondly, there is the seller with really rough looking machinery that looks to have had a really hard life. Again, who would buy this kind of gear?
And thirdly, and perhaps the most perplexing, is the well looked after used, but not very old gear, but the seller wants a nearly new price.
A good example of this is an auction on eBay that only ended yesterday.
It was a Stihl MSA 200 C-B chainsaw [tool only]. It was 16 months old and looked to be, at least visually, in very good condition. It only had one bid and sold for the starting price of £225 plus £15 postage, so £240 in total for a sixteen month old machine that may need a new chain.
Now the list price of the MSA 200 C-B [tool only] is £310, less 12% discount = £272.
So why would anyone pay £240 for a second hand item that can be bought new for only £32 more? and have a full warranty, be bought form a deaker you know and trust and, of course, not possibly have a worn chain and bar? I have just paid £40 for a new chain and bar for my Husqvarna.
I am all for a bargain, but paying nearly new prices for used gear makes no sense to me.