Why is there so much new issued kit (MTP) on ebay? I have just seen some jerk selling a MK7a helmet for £200. Its a joke when the military is skint that people are stealing kit and selling it for their own profit on ebay. Same with PRRs wont be long before you see EZ PRRs on ebay.
I wonder just how many monkeys do look at Ebay, unless the kit is not for general sale, theres not much they can do about it. Civvie plod are hardly going to get out of bed because someone is selling a pair of socks (Green) as used by the SAS.
They do actively target illegal sales on eBay, a previous Troop Staffie of mine was investigated for flogging one set of ECBA, the rozzers carried out a 100% check of unit holdings to see if any ECBA was missing. (it wasn't) He was found through IP address research, not hard at all to do.
Cash has always been a big persuader though, anyone remember the joys of interest free SSVC TV's being bought on a thursday and flogged for beer tokens on a friday?
The bloke selling Mk7 helmets are money grabbing toerags though, especially as the 'don't worry, its a big company' excuse isn't holding water anymore......
I'm not bothered, I don't sell anything on eBay, especially nicked kit, you mention IP addresses, but how? Is there some collaboration between eBay and the RMP? You can't just take someone's eBay name and find out where they live, and I'm sure you can sell stuff without ever revealing your identity or address.
I'm looking at an example now, guy selling Mk7 on eBay, apart from the fact he has used his probable last name and maybe even last 4, how would he ever be identified? If the RMP are really relying on retards to have eBay IDs such as "Smith9876" or something like "Jones1234-2PARA" then it's not very sophisticated.
Or they could just bid, win, ask to collect in person...
Most likely though they just ask eBay very nicely for the seller's bank details - you may be able to sell without revealing much of your identity, but you have to collect payment somehow. Whilst the seller could theoretically get you to post a cheque and use a third party to avoid being connected, we're not exactly talking about master criminals here are we?