Stan or Patricia Griffiths <w7ni@...>
I'm afraid you are right. There are scammers everywhere. When I see words
like "I don't know how to use it", I assume its broken and bid accordingly.
I sell a LOT of stuff on eBay, some of it I can't test and sell as is.
Sometimes all I can do is plug it in and look for smoke and report that it
did not smoke, if that is all I know about it . . . In the case of a recent
CB radio I sold, I didn't even power it up . . . and said so. I did say that
I had no reason to believe it did not work and that it came from an estate
sale. I saw no obviously smoked or burned parts and described any physical
damage and took several pictures. After that, it is buyer beware . . . I
also priced it cheap . . . $4.
In another case, I was selling an HP-01 1975 vintage digital calculator
watch. This one worked great and had an extra watch band, the book, original
box, etc. It went for $2300 . . . ! ! Before I put it up for sale, I
looked at previous HP-01 auctions and noted one that eventually sold for
about $400. The seller claimed he did not know if it worked or not and said
the battery was dead so he could not test it . . . I investigated further
and found that that very seller had just a few weeks before that purchased a
known dead HP-01 for about $200. I further found out that he had purchased a
couple of known working HP-01's for about $1200-$1500. I can't believe he
could not install a battery and see if it worked or not . . . he had
batteries in the other two HP-01's and they are available where ever watch
batteries are sold . . . He certainly knew how much a "good" HP-01 was worth
. . . My opinion: he was fraudulant in his presentation and knew EXACTLY
what he was doing . . . The buyer was Japanese . . . with little or no
recourse . . . I notified eBay of my observations and never heard a word
about it from anyone . . . including eBay.
Buyer beware . . .
More comments below . . .
Michael Dunn wrote:
Is anyone else suspicious of some of the auctions on eBay. In oneIn the case of the 5L14N, it is one of the hardest instruments to use that I
have ever encountered . . . and I used to sell them as a Tektronix Sales
Engineer from 1979-1989, specializing in Tek Spectrum Analyzers . . .
I expect some people might do this to cover up a non-workingNO.
For example, my 7S14I wonder what that is all about . . . ?? Just a quick look will tell you
that a 5000 Series plugin will not fit a 7000 series mainframe and vice-versa
and they are not electrically compatible, either.