Re: Surplus Scope stuff & other ramblings


There are probably more people bidding in California and that drives the prices up. Maybe because they can pick it up locally?? Oftentimes I see equipment on eBay that I was outbid on - sometimes not dusted even off - sold as received.

The scopes I am refurbishing for sale on eBay will have probes (Tektronix), hard copy manuals, pouches and most even have covers. All old stickers removed, cleaned and blown free of internal dust. Repairs made as needed. All functions will be tested. They will be ready for calibration at a metrology lab of your choice.

The photos I provide will be of the actual instrument with function generator input demonstrating as much functionality as possible in a photograph. This is not going to be one of the "It lights up but I have no way of testing it BS".

I can understand your rant - I go there myself with them. I am preparing a lawsuit against FreightPro for a shipment they destroyed then lost.

I have gotten an occasional spectacular deal from govt. liquidators however.

----- Original Message -----
From: Jeff W
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2003 3:33 PM
Subject: [TekScopes] Re: Surplus Scope stuff & other ramblings

> Hi All,
> Just got a 465B/DM44, a 323 and a TM503 for $161.00 from Govt.
> Liquidators....snip....

I know people love to bash ebay, but I must say that I have had
nothing but good experiences buying & selling stuff on the 'bay.

I cannot say the same for Govt (wallet) Liquidators. I have had
nothing but bad experiences, & won't buy anything thru them again.
What I don't understand is that most of the test equipment sold by
them in my local area (so Cal) gets higher pricing than the same
stuff sold on Ebay, even the totally trashed & garbage stuff. Who's
buying this stuff & what are they doing with it? Can't be planning
to resell it on Ebay.

Here's some of my takeaways...

1. Don't ever trust the condition codes. A4 only meant the inspector
at the time it was put into storage deemed it in perfect working
order. It could be totally trashed & non-working by the time it ends
up in your hands. Codes B thru D generally mean it works, but you
cannot be sure. F7 should mean it doesn't work, needs repair, but is
often given to working stuff that they just wanted to get rid of. H7
generally means it is total sh*t, beware...

2. Always inspect the stuff onsite, make sure the serial no's are
correct, and insist on plugging it in for a test drive if it states
an A thru F condition.

3. Never rely on the pictures. Buying long distance & having
FreightPro ship it is asking for disaster. If you do this, assume
you are buying totally non-working junk that will arrive bashed & pay
accordingly. (see previous posters experience)

4. If you buy a pallet load of stuff, take pictures during your
inspection & record serial numbers. Give your sheet of serial no's
to onsite rep following your inspection & have him sign it. Prepare
to pick up immediately after buying ends. Stuff mysteriously migrates
from pallet to pallet during the inspection process. Be prepared to
argue with the local rep to no avail. Find out you have little
recourse at all.

That whole FreightPro thing is a total racket. Must be owned by the
brother-in-law of the Gov Liq owner........

rant off.....


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