Announcement

Collapse

Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

II. Comments about our policy:

Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
No advertising is permitted
Nothing political or religious
Nothing obscene, vulgar, defamatory or derogatory
Links to personal blogs/websites are permissible - with the webmaster's written consent
A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

VII. Appropriate and inappropriate topics for Baseball Fever:

Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

Baseball Fever is not a promotional environment. Advertising of products, web sites, etc., whether for profit or not-for-profit, is not permitted. At the webmaster's discretion, brief one-time announcements for products or services of legitimate baseball interest and usefulness may be allowed. If advertising is posted to the site it will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the post via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue advertising will be banned from the site. If the advertising is spam-related, pornography-based, or a "visit-my-site" type post / private message, no warning at all will be provided, and the member will be banned immediately without a warning.

It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

In keeping with our test for a proper topic, posting to Baseball Fever should be treated as if you truly do care. This includes posting information that is, to the best of your knowledge, complete and accurate at the time you post. Any errors or ambiguities you catch later should be acknowledged and corrected in the thread, since Baseball Fever is sometimes considered to be a valuable reference for research information.

VIII. Role of the moderator:

When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

IX. Legal aspects of participation in Baseball Fever:

By submitting a post to Baseball Fever, you grant Baseball Fever permission to distribute your message to the forum. Other rights pertaining to the post remain with the ORIGINAL author, and you may not redistribute or retransmit any posts by any others, in whole or in part, without the express consent of the original author.

The messages appearing on Baseball Fever contain the opinions and views of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Baseball Fever, or of the Baseball Almanac family of sites.

Sincerely,

Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever
www.baseball-almanac.com | www.baseball-fever.com
"Baseball Almanac: Sharing Baseball. Sharing History."
See more
See less

Anyone buy a new bat off of eBay before?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Anyone buy a new bat off of eBay before?

    Hey all, I'm looking to purchase a new 2013 COMbat B4 Portent for my son for Christmas. (He needs a new bat & if I can knock out a 2 for 1 & get one for Christmas, then everybody wins ).

    On eBay they have a lot of Sellers who are selling them brand new for $199.99, which is $100 less than any website or retail store. The ads on eBay say come with receipt and full manufacturers warranty. Anybody have any experience good or bad with a bat purchased off eBay?

    How can these guys be selling them for $100 less?

    I know I have 45 days Paypal protection if anything, just wondering any input.

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    I have bought a couple of new bats off of Ebay. I usually bought them after the season or even a year or two old.

    I assume the markups on them is pretty large, so sports shops can slash the prices pretty deeply to move out old stock.

    I bought a LS Dynasty small-barrel composite for pretty cheap last year.

    You have to be careful that your organization will allow the bat. In the case of the Dynasty, I think it had been banned by Little League but it was still legal in my son's league...

    Comment


    • #3
      I bought a B4 Portent from ebay seller DDsporto for $132 a few weeks ago. This is about the 4th bat I have bought from him, and outside of one wood bat, Ebay is the only place I buy bats. I have had to warranty quite a few bats and I have never had any issues.

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by orickx View Post
        Hey all, I'm looking to purchase a new 2013 COMbat B4 Portent for my son for Christmas. (He needs a new bat & if I can knock out a 2 for 1 & get one for Christmas, then everybody wins ).

        On eBay they have a lot of Sellers who are selling them brand new for $199.99, which is $100 less than any website or retail store. The ads on eBay say come with receipt and full manufacturers warranty. Anybody have any experience good or bad with a bat purchased off eBay?

        How can these guys be selling them for $100 less?

        I know I have 45 days Paypal protection if anything, just wondering any input.

        Thanks in advance.
        They often don't have retail rent overhead and a bunch of employees. Just check the buyer satisfaction rate. I bought every one of my kids bats and gloves up to college online. Sometimes it was EBay. The great thing about college all the equipment is free.

        Comment


        • #5
          I've bought tons of equipment off ebay... Every transaction has been great so far.
          I don't like my balls to smell like pickles.

          Comment


          • #6
            I've only bought gloves on Ebay. Never a problem....but heed TG's note on checking out the sellers satifaction rate before you buy.

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by d-mac View Post
              I bought a B4 Portent from ebay seller DDsporto for $132 a few weeks ago. This is about the 4th bat I have bought from him, and outside of one wood bat, Ebay is the only place I buy bats. I have had to warranty quite a few bats and I have never had any issues.
              I have bought quite a few bats from DDsporto, and have never had an issue with any of them. He will send you a receipt upon request. Whenever you buy of EBay, stick to the top rated sellers.

              Comment


              • #8
                I've also bought two bats from DDsporto...got one warranty receipt, no issues with the return/replacement...

                Comment


                • #9
                  Sorry...double post...
                  Last edited by edrock13; 12-13-2012, 11:09 AM.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Echoing others comments here, DDSporto is the way to go on eBay for new bats.

                    I had success purchasing a used -9 Easton Rival from baseball-bats.net.

                    The key with anything bought through eBay or a forum is to ask a lot of questions up front, get good quality, large pictures if you can especially for used stuff, and research the seller's feedback.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I also have used DDSPORTO with no issues, just find someone who will give warranty and you will have no problems. Actually I have never had to send a bat in for warranty, guess I'm lucky.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Orickx, hope the purchase worked out for you; let us know how it went. Funny, I thought DDSporto was my own little secret, and, yes, it's great.

                        Bear in mind that when you buy bats from less reputable EBay dealers for unbelievable prices, they're often bats that have been stolen by employees of brick-and-mortar sports retailers. It's just too easy for one of those bats to get lifted as they come in the loading dock. (This is a frequent complaint from our local baseball specialty retailer, who finds himself competing for sales against his own bats!)
                        sigpicIt's not whether you fall -- everyone does -- but how you come out of the fall that counts.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Ursa - I just got my son the B4 (27/17) off Ebay for $80!!!!! Got it two days ago and gave it to him today. I just looked and there are several for sale in the $80 range.
                          www.glovedoctor.net

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ursa Major View Post
                            Orickx, hope the purchase worked out for you; let us know how it went. Funny, I thought DDSporto was my own little secret, and, yes, it's great.

                            Bear in mind that when you buy bats from less reputable EBay dealers for unbelievable prices, they're often bats that have been stolen by employees of brick-and-mortar sports retailers. It's just too easy for one of those bats to get lifted as they come in the loading dock. (This is a frequent complaint from our local baseball specialty retailer, who finds himself competing for sales against his own bats!)
                            Hey there, yes I purchased the bat for over $100 less than they are selling for online & in retail stores. Bat came very quickly, in the original combat box with a receipt & all.

                            The box has been wrapped up & sitting under the tree for about a week now & he will open it tomorrow morning.

                            He keeps asking what the long slender box is under the tree & I keep telling him it's an umbrella so he can use it when it rains & he is walking home from school. He is not very impressed by my umbrella Christmas gift. Lol.

                            Thanks everyone for the help on this post, great forum I love to read even though I don't post too much.

                            Comment

                            Working...
                            X