If someone buys something and he/she has no idea what is buying, why would that be sellers problem? Is it Home Depot's problem if you buy screwdriver and stick it into electricity plug and it kills you? Afterall they are selling screwdrivers which "everyone can use". Is it Audi's problem if you buy their RS5 with 500+ horse power, and you crash in first tree and kill yourself, since you were not able to drive beast like that, and they didn't check you are certified racer before they sold it to you? I don't think so.
It's your responsibility that you know what you are buying, and it's your responsibility to be smart enough (even though it's kinda hard to say you need to be smart to figure something like this), to know what you can and what you can't do.
If you go and buy skis, you should know what you are actually buying. And if you don't know, then ask someone... and not seller. Ebay or normal store, it's all same. People want to sell their stuff, so it's normal they will present those goodies in best possible light. Afterall what all commercials on TV, newspaper, internet are anyway? Realistic facts? Get real ;)
So no, I don't agree it's seller's (especially of someone on Ebay) responsibility to educate you. And I don't agree it's his responsibility if you go and buy adult race skis, with adult race bindings for your 6 years old kid.
And no, I don't think that threat of being sued helps much... afterall this same Ebay deal shows it doesn't, just as Audi selling their beasts to normal people without any driving skills proof, or Home Depot selling screwdrivers without checking you won't be pushing them to electric plugs. ;)
Originally Posted by Skiingblind
EBay is filled with uneducated people, if you went to a shop and wanted to buy these bindings do you not think that the salesperson might ask you some questions about your ability if you were obviously not a racer?
Originally Posted by MEfree30
Yes buyers should be responsible for educating themselves, but shouldn`t there be limits on what sellers can say?
I`ve never sued anyone, and think there are some ridiculous suits out there, but don`t you think the threat of being sued (or prosecuted for fraud) helps to keep some people in line.