Is eBay a good place to buy & sell used drones? //MAIL- #111

Happy Wednesday.. & it’s that time of the week again. #Buying a used drone? Should you buy from #Ebay ? Should you sell a #drone on ebay. Things to watch out for.
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  1. Simone Tomba on April 17, 2021 at 1:18 am

    #mail hey dylan, great videos! I wanted to ask you : i have a dji spark but wanted to upgrade it and get a mavic 2 zoom but i don’t know if i should get the smart controller bundle… Is it worth it now after the updates?

  2. silbay on April 17, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Have to totally disagree, have been a eBay user since they started (literally the day they launched) and have several thousand buys and sells. Yes there are frauds out there but if you have half a brain you will do fine. If an item seems too good to be true then it is a fraud. Make sure the seller has a few hundred transactions and a 100% rating. Same as a seller, I won’t sell to anyone with less then 50 and a 100% rating. As a seller PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING IN DETAIL FOR PROOF, eBay will support the seller if you have proof. Facebook sales like Craigslist have NO, ZERO, ZILCH protection from being ripped off or even robbed at gunpoint.

  3. Gary Hedges on April 17, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Yep, there are some a$$ Hope’s on Fbook and other buying/selling sites. Buyer/seller beware.

  4. iSonic on April 17, 2021 at 1:21 am

    spot on careful when buying on ebay. i only buy new drones…on top it’s awesone opening a brand new, sealed drone package…smile…if i would buy a used drone i would pick it up and want to know the guy who’s selling it and where he lives😁…anyway, take care dylan, best wishes from switzerland

  5. Anthony Smith on April 17, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Yes not a good idea to buy but it’s great to sell otherwise there difficult to unload. I did buy a Mavic Pro on Ebay found the battery had a damaged cell and the controller required a stick calibration every time it was booted……. well despite that I was only interested in the airframe anyway but yes I was still disappointed. Tony from Australia

  6. JUAN PUEBLO on April 17, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Dylan, great advise as usual. Question: Where can I buy the t-shirt at the back?

  7. Kardoso Media on April 17, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Great video Dylan! Haven’t bought anything from eBay in along time..ever since amazon has been around it’s been my go to

  8. Just Harry Johnson on April 17, 2021 at 1:23 am

    That horizon is a problem not anything to do with the camera or gimbal but due to the land elevation. But you are correct in saying edit it straight in post. 👍🏻

  9. Tundra Whisperer on April 17, 2021 at 1:24 am

    I’m curious, do you respond to the comments? Thx

  10. X2deff on April 17, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Tilted horizon, it is Dji Mavic Pro for sure!

  11. didactylos4 diddy4 on April 17, 2021 at 1:25 am

    I tend to agree with you generally about online auction sites But with some caveats. For instance I bought one from a "well known reviewer" who I have been watching for years.
    Unsurprisingly it was exactly as described 😉
    As with everything knowing and trusting the vendor through past experience is a reasonably good idea

  12. Phantom and the Drone on April 17, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Great question Jim! And it is as Dylan said " buyers beware ". I would stick to buying brand new, yes it may cost more, but at least you have somewhere to go as a consumer if things aren’t right.
    The video was good, that’s a great subject to be flying around! If your using the mavic zoom, then make use of the zoom to focus on the subject. Use it to transition, say, zoomed in whilst flying sideways along the dam, then start to zoom out, whist still flying sideways and climbing. Well done!👏👍

  13. Pleiadian Pilot on April 17, 2021 at 1:26 am

    I got my inspire off fleebay, I selected ones that were being sold by commercial pilots, then selected ones thats done the least work, then researched the pilots company, and chose like this. I got a pristine aircraft with six well maintained batteties. Drove hour n a half to meet the dude, Couldnt be happier.

    Regarding the video.. Remember, 50m exclusion zone from the dam, low shots arent always possible. I used my pfco to fly elan valley and they wouldnt grant me to fly within 50m

  14. JBC_EDC on April 17, 2021 at 1:27 am

    CEX in the UK. I bought a “b grade” spark with fly more combo. 2 year warruntee on drone. Only issue was a couple superficial dog teeth marks on charger. £340 was a bargain (£160 cheaper than most places and has the warruntee 👍

  15. Adam Buckley on April 17, 2021 at 1:27 am

    My Ebay experiences are great so far: Two Phantom4Pro, a P4Pro+ controller, a Phantom3A, Phantom3S, loads of batteries. I’ve also sold kit back into Ebay without issues. My only negative experiences have been from kit obtained via official UK resellers (DJI battery that went south when it was a few months old, and stress cracks on a new PV2+) – in both cases, the response was ‘tough shoot’

  16. Andrew Welbeck on April 17, 2021 at 1:30 am

    I bought a P4 from eBay and it turned out to be a piece of crap, the firmware was corrupted, the collision avoidance wasn’t working, the camera kept turning to one side and staying there, the handset wouldn’t charge fully and discharged in no time at all and the body had been taken apart and not put back together right, they had "no returns" ontheir ad but it went back.

  17. kevin fortner on April 17, 2021 at 1:32 am

    I bought a phantom 4 v2.0 never used Paid 1500 us dollars . love it.

  18. Fiona Anderson on April 17, 2021 at 1:32 am

    I’m not sure if I should sell my spark now (only just learning how to use it) prior to a “possible” new spark 2 being released .
    (1) or be glad I have my spark and wait until 2020 when additional safety features will be added to some of the dji drones over the 250g
    (3) Wait until some of the glitches with the new version are resolved.
    (4) Wait and see how the uk registration scheme impacts on hobbyist drone use.
    I think I may have answered my question but any advice will be welcome.

  19. publiedos on April 17, 2021 at 1:36 am

    no way, I have my ebay space and of course I usually sale my electronics (incluiding drones) with total warranty and of course with the Paypal system so not with you in this one. As a seller and as a buyer you´re always protected by eBay itself or Paypal, I would say MORE safe than in certain shops, so No with you in this one

  20. MUCKSPREADER1 on April 17, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Ive sold a few of mine and included a receipt and proof of hours use.There are honest people out there and people that look after stuff.Ive always been honest with potential buyers and never had an issue with over 500 positive feedback.Ive evenntaken pictures of how many charges each battery has had.

  21. Tundra Whisperer on April 17, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Yep, couldn’t agree more! Buying a used drone from eBay is a huge risk!

  22. Mike Kong on April 17, 2021 at 1:39 am

    I’ve12 drones at present & (touch wood), all bought from either ebay or facebook, none of them has had any problems since I got them, one, a Mavic Pro, I got with a damaged gimbal, the told guy told me about it before I bought it, I got a £40 replacement from China & it’s good as new & performs as it should, cost of Mavic, £150 inc shipping, total cost £190, for me, a bargain, so in my book there are good buys on ebay & facebook, not everyone’s bad.

  23. kevin fortner on April 17, 2021 at 1:41 am

    On ebay

  24. cnyap1 on April 17, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Using credit card on PayPal saved me. eBay was dragging their feet after seller shipped me an empty box. I had enough games, contacted credit card company who took care of me.
    eBay said if seller did not reply to my return request, they’d contact me and refund me 3 days later. 5 days later, neither seller or eBay contacted me, so I contacted eBay. They responded, expecting me to file police report, give then officers ID, etc…waste my afternoon! No thanks.

  25. Samantha Collins on April 17, 2021 at 1:42 am

    I bought a phantom, didn’t really use it as I was more into racing quads at the time, so sold it on ebay.
    On the post I’ve done a video of it flying and landed and did a very thorough detailed overview of it. It was packaged and not touched again till it was received by the buyer.
    Low and behold a week later I got an email saying there was a crack on one arm, mud in a motor that now didn’t work and two of the props were bent. Bless his he did send pictures. He was claiming it had been received like this and wanted his money back.
    After a few questions I ascertained he had no idea of what he was doing, with regard calibration and the dji app. He had try to fly it without knowing anything about it, crashed and then wanted a refund…. I called him on it and he went away in the end. But be aware, PayPal were happy for him to get a refund… Never again..

  26. Paul J. Burns on April 17, 2021 at 1:43 am

    +1. I give all second hand tech a body swerve. Provenance and history of use is everything.

  27. Vince Flores on April 17, 2021 at 1:46 am

    What about DJI refurbished drones on eBay that have a year warranty on them ?

  28. Ray Hollands on April 17, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Buying/selling, you must meet! Meet in an area where you can fly it, if your the buyer have a good close look at the craft, it’s gimble, props, etc.

    If your the seller, make sure who your selling too, make sure they have a legitimate reason for buying it.

    But, protect yourself. Insist on flying it, make sure the buyer is ok flying it, switch it back into beginner mode. All this can happen while the drone is hovering recording your interactions. The seller uses their SD card in the craft, the buyer uses their phone, iPad – something that will store the cache recording, make sure the app is loaded correctly.

    That way both parties has a record of the joint flight and who bought/sold it😉

  29. Kim - Discovering History on April 17, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Another cracking advisory video Dylan and you are absolutely right about buying a drone on Ebay. Tough one without upsetting someone in the process I know, unless the buyer is wishing to meet up and have an in depth view and demonstration etc. Superb #Mail. Thank you. 😉🏆👍👍👍👍👍

  30. Alan South West UK on April 17, 2021 at 1:47 am

    I have been more than lucky. It’s about 6 weeks since I got my Mavic Pro from a friend, it had very low battery charges and was (still is) in nice condition. But I needed (wanted) another drone, something very transportable so I can stick in my rucksack when walking and to take on holiday – the Mavic Air was the one. I wanted the combo but did not want to spend loads. Going on EBay the day before you published the video I found a Mavic Air combo, 5 minutes before the end of the bidding time, purchased for a project that fell through but reported to be in perfect condition, flown once, with filters, landing pad all for a ridiculous price – and onyx black. Against all my better judgment and ignoring a voice telling me not to I put an offer in with less than a minute to spare and it was mine. I then saw your video and it confirmed everything the voice in my head had been saying and I knew I had cocked-up well and truly. The Mavic Air arrived today all boxed up – I checked it over in minute detail with a magnifying glass looking for the sneaky repair or signs of damage however slight. It was immaculate, the batteries were not fully charged but once they were I updated the firmware in the controller and the drone. The paperwork supported the seller’s story, on checking the batteries two had been charge once, by me, the other charged twice. I got the combo and more bits for a great price, it flies with no problems at all. I think I fell on my feet here and was extremely lucky. There are honest people out there and I still can’t don’t believe I got this drone for the price I paid. I will not do it again, I can’t be this luck twice.

  31. Don Joyce on April 17, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Recently sold my P3S locally, face to face. I was totally transparent about the drones history etc, gave a demo, explained a few bits, and he bought it. I was disappointed though!! He bought my "baby" but was most enthusiastic about the CASE! Yep.

  32. bushpilot2001 on April 17, 2021 at 1:49 am

    E-BAY last week {stole} $121.99 from me. bought new Pixhawk 4 complete set up. Seller lied about being in the U.S. , they were in china. They sent a box w/ only air and ground telem modules. Nothing else, and E-bay said FUCK you! Paypal did not help either. But my bank used fraud protection and refunded my money. And E-bay terminated my acct for complaining. So NO! Don’t ever buy anything new or used from e-bay period. Definitely nothing used!

  33. Jason Stukbauer on April 17, 2021 at 1:50 am

    #mail I’m thinking about upgrading my Mavic Air to the Mavic 2 Zoom. Do you think it’s worth the switch or should I stick with the Air?

    P.S. love what you do and that you interact with your fan base so much. YouTube needs more creators like you!

  34. Roger St martin on April 17, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Not that you give a rats ass what I think….. But I agree with you 100 %. 👍👍👍. Stay away from used. Save a little longer and buy new.

  35. Jack Duncan on April 17, 2021 at 1:50 am

    I bought a p4 with fly more kit and it was completely fine

  36. TheAylesburyCyclist on April 17, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Great! I was just about to advertise my Spark on Facebook…

  37. Richard Barksby on April 17, 2021 at 1:53 am

    I’ve sold all my old DJ I drones on eBay. I’ve sold DJ mixers, cameras, lenses and all kinds of tech. Some of us are trustworthy and are genuine and auction sites are a good way to trade old and unwanted stuff. I’ve tried to buy iPads on eBay and its been a nightmare and I’d never do that again but have certainly paid lots of good cash on lenses and camera stuff with very little problems.

  38. alpash mepani on April 17, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Hi. On a previous hashtag you mentioned someone’s video who had a skyline which was not straight. How do you correct this on premier? Is it automated or something you have to do by eye. Thanks. All the best.

  39. IndyKurt on April 17, 2021 at 1:59 am

    I totally agree, from the perspective of never buying a used one. The extra price of a new one is worth the peace of mind. If you have several P4P’s and see a good deal on a used one, then buy it with parts in mind and only pay for it at a "parts" price.

  40. TheAmerican on April 17, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Always buy brand new. Always.

  41. Thumbdrive on April 17, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Sold two P4′ in the past month for more than I paid for them. They were PERFECT in every way. There are some honest people out here.
    Don’t buy used food, I say.

  42. Don Quixote on April 17, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Thumbs up ere’ Dylan #mail – good advice as always – many thanks for sharing info 🙂

  43. Noobs ROBLOX on April 17, 2021 at 2:01 am

    0:34 ash ketchum

  44. Northy on April 17, 2021 at 2:02 am

    But… £1200 for a DJI…. My work vehicle didnt cost me that much 8 years ago and that earns me money, what the chances that Im going to spend that much on a boys toy?

  45. mick dixon on April 17, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Agree buyer beware, although my first drone Mavic pro came from ebay 2 years ago, and still being used today (son) i upgraded to M2P with smart controller, Another great video Dylan

  46. Bones Byfield on April 17, 2021 at 2:05 am

    I have had good experiences of selling and buying through Face Book.

  47. Peter Newbold on April 17, 2021 at 2:07 am

    I’ve sold mini drones on eBay and all the customers were happy good place to buy drones he’s heliguy

  48. Rotate Simulations on April 17, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Hi I bought a Mavic Pro on Facebook Market place, met the seller who demonstrated that it worked, and I’ve had no issues at all. Now thinking of an upgrade.

  49. james R. on April 17, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Very timely video as I crashed my beloved Phantom 4 just this weekend. An ESC error caused it to spiral out of control and impact the ground From 400 feet. I estimate at least $300 to $400 in parts and labor just from what I can see, but if there is gimbal damage that might easily double or more in cost. As I am heavily invested in accessories and such , it seemed like a no brainer to pursue a replacement of the same model or an upgrade tp the Pro version. After cruising the offerings on Ebay , I decided to get some opinions as to whether buying used was a good idea and just like you , it was always "hell no" or proceed with the utmost caution. So now I am considering the economics of replacing /repairing this Phantom 4 or just moving to the Mavics since it seems we will never see a Phantom 5. I have purchased tons of used photography gear on Ebay and have never been stiffed to any huge degree (except as to exaggerated descriptions) so maybe I will explore this a bit further.

  50. Peter Smith on April 17, 2021 at 2:16 am

    I’ve bought and sold on ebay for fifteen years and have been burned a few times, but I have learned to not rush and buy the first thing you see, I take your time, check out the sellers history, never buy a used item with just stock photos, it’s always a good sign when the seller still has the original box, so accessories and instructions and pay by PayPal or credit card so you are protected.
    I have bought a couple of virtually brand new drones for half the retail price so don’t rule it out, just be careful.

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