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eBay trail bikes being stolen? Or a beat up?

By Thumper - 19 June 2008 9

A police investigation in the nation’s capital Canberra has revealed goods are being stolen after being listed on the internet for sale, according to the Age.

Detective Sergeant Dave Harrison, from the Territory Investigations Group, says providing details other than a phone number effectively tells thieves where particular goods are housed.

“Thieves can click on a website and find a particular vehicle they like and then pinpoint exactly the location where they can find it,” he said in a statement.

A number of trail bikes have been stolen from Canberra garages in recent weeks after sellers listed their home address online.

Would you put your address on an ad? Not this little black duck.

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9 Responses to
eBay trail bikes being stolen? Or a beat up?
philbert 12:33 am 12 Jul 08

If you’re really worried about thieves you could just give out a mobile number and meet potential buyers at somewhere other than your house. For example, local shops or similar might be suitable. It could be a bit of a hassle if heaps of tyre kickers want to have a look (if it’s a bike you’re selling), but it could save you some grief.

Phil

la mente torbida 10:22 am 20 Jun 08

Don’t know is it’s an urban myth or not, but the story goes:

Person advertised Rolex watch on ebay (including a picture of the receipt for the original purchase).

Winning bidder paid for the Rolex using the credit card number visible on the receipt…LOL

shiny flu 2:29 am 20 Jun 08

It really doesn’t surprise me that ‘trail bikes’ were stolen.

These are probably the same people that think the “fill out this form for a free entry for a non-existent car/holiday/hookers ‘n blow/trail bike/slab of vee bee/meat tray of horse poo” thinking that organisation X are just the dandiest, nicest and ‘fair dinkum blokes’ in the entire world.

sepi 9:35 pm 19 Jun 08

Well I had the opposite. A woman rang up at the crack of dawn for my whitegoods in the CT cheap tuesday ads and said she was desperate for the item and would pick it up after work. So I told other people it was sold. Anyway – she never turned up, never rang, and when I rang her she calmly said she wasn’t interested anymore.

I had a much better response on allclassfieds.

Thumper 8:52 pm 19 Jun 08

So…..

Anyone got a trailie to sell?

Felix the Cat 8:43 pm 19 Jun 08

Pickle said :

I have noticed it on allclassifieds occasionally
seems to be an easy mistake for the naive when you set up an advert.

But if it is not visible it just means the thieves have to ring up and get the address…

In a sort of related story I advertised an item for sale through the Cheap Tuesday free ads in the Canberra Times. No address, just phone number. Got a few calls early in the morning but I have to startwork earlyish so leave at 7.30am so gave out my address to a couple of callers and said I would be home at 5.30pm (in hindsight that was dumb but read on…).
I got home at 5.30pm and there was a guy waiting out the front. He introduced himself as a caller from earlier in the morning. Showed him the goods, he liked what he saw and paid the money and drove off. Everyone was happy…so I thought!

A few minutes later the phone rang. It was another caller from earlier that morning. I told the guy that I’m sorry the goods have been sold. He then started going off calling me this and that and how I had PROMISED to sell him the goods etc. I tried to explain that I had not promised anyone anything, I had simply placed an advert in the paper and a few people rang up and I gave them the address and told them I would be home after 5.30pm. So whoever gets there first buys the goods. Can’t be fairer than that I said. The caller wouldn’t listen to reason. He kept on with his tirade…and on….and on. I had to hang up on him eventually. he just wouldn’t stop! If he was that keen he would of been the one waiting outside my palce when I came home from work. Not sure what I would of done if two or more lots of people were there…I wouldn’t really feel morally right selling to the highest bidder if I had advertised for $X and sold it for $Y.

Pickle 7:56 pm 19 Jun 08

I have noticed it on allclassifieds occasionally
seems to be an easy mistake for the naive when you set up an advert.

But if it is not visible it just means the thieves have to ring up and get the address…

S4anta 4:12 pm 19 Jun 08

Another why the stupid ought not be allowed near technology or allowed to breed. In fact the same could apply to anything i put my moniker to in these parts i guess.

Overheard 1:26 pm 19 Jun 08

Put an address on an ad? Never (except for a garage sale, but that’s a distant memory).

I very rarely give out my home address (and never give out a home number) to people. I even decline giving my address to organisations I deal with if I can avoid it.

A few years ago I won tickets to a film premiere through the CTimes, but not being a reader of the paper everyday, I only found out when they sent me the tix in the post. The tickets came with a note explaining and apologising for the fact that the premiere was now on a night later (or earlier).

Reason? They’d inadvertently posted the winners’ details wrongly in the paper. Instead of just the winners’ name and suburb, the whole spreadsheet had gone in: full name, full address, and phone number for 150 winners!

The need for the event date change was obvious: anyone who read the paper would know of up to 150 addresses where the occupants were probably otherwise occupied for about three hours.

I don’t know how much egg on face they ended up wearing, but my entry showed just a PO box and mobile number (which anyone can get off the net or yellow pages these days) so care factor = very little.

Gotta love the PO box.

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