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Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

 

Hi René,

I have many friends overseas (several are in Holland!) that I try to help with their purchases on Ebay. Sometimes my friends will have me bid on an item and have it sent to me if the seller won't sell to someone outside the USA.

Many Americans don't want to deal with the mess of overseas shipping. I can't say I blame them. I personally have had some close calls where instruments I sold on Ebay appeared not to arrive at their destination. In one case it was because the buyer refused to pay the customs duties so the package sat in Customs but I had no way to know that. Then the buyer contacted Ebay to say I never sent it and demanded his money back. I imagine that once he got his money refunded he would be happy to pay the customs duty and keep the instrument. I would be out the money and the instrument. With experiences like that I cannot blame sellers here not wanting to deal with overseas shipping.

Until about 10 years ago prices for overseas shipping were considerably cheaper if you used the government subsidized United States Postal Service (USPS) compared to the foreign or domestic private companies such as United Parcel Service (UPS), FedEx, DHL, etc. Until then you could use USPS to send packages by ship to keep costs to a minimum, or by air to get them there faster (for more money). The only thing that mattered was the weight.

The government subsidies to the USPS were slowly phased out and Congress demanded further that the USPS fully fund their own pensions. That is when domestic postage costs for packages started to really go up. Even greater increases were applied to the overseas package rates. Until then the private parcel delivery companies (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.) were under cost pressure from USPS to keep their rates lower. Once the USPS had no choice but to raise their rates the private companies raised their rates by a much greater percentage.

Then everybody seem to discover at the same time that they could charge for extras. This is something that the airlines now do. Additional fees are charged for tracking, insurance, delivery notification, 2 day delivery, weekend delivery etc. Weight no longer matters, instead they use dimensional weight which takes into account the weight and the dimensions of the package to charge even more. Sending packages by ship no longer exists as an option. Now it is almost impossible to figure out what it will cost to ship something overseas or which private carrier might be the cheapest. Each destination country seems to have its own unique rate structure. Some countries, like Germany, are extremely reliable, and other countries, like Italy, are very unreliable (my apologies to our Italian members - it's not you, it's your postal service).

Overseas mailing costs are much higher than domestic costs, but domestic costs have risen a lot as well. The private companies do seem to be colluding to keep their prices in the stratosphere. USPS is still the cheapest and at least their service has improved so they are quite quick for the price they charge. They are always my first choice.

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@... [mailto:TekScopes@...]
Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2016 5:28 AM
To: TekScopes@...
Subject: [TekScopes] Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

I never had experience with this firm, the only thing I know is that the shipping cost to outside the mainland of the USA are much much higher that normal in compare of the rest of the world.
For instance when I let a 7000 scope shipped to the rest of the world by DHL they set you back for about 50 dollar. If I compare this with the extraordinairy shipping cost of several 100 dollars there is something wrong. One time I heard that the postal firms in the States have price fixings with each other to make (much) more profit tham normal.
grtz, René
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Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

John Griessen
 

On 02/07/2016 08:00 PM, jerry massengale @jmassen418 [TekScopes] wrote:
Looking at my listing I do not see a way to avoid GPS. Is there a magic trick to solve this?
Let that listing expire, then do another to sell it to him...be sure and take away all GSP check boxes before listing final.

Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

John Griessen
 

On 02/07/2016 10:37 PM, David DiGiacomo telists@... [TekScopes] wrote:
Note, you no longer get any discount when you buy postage from USPS
(Click-n-Ship). It's better to use PayPal shipping.
Etsy has a comparable shipping deal, but only works for etsy sales.

Tek scopes would definitely qualify for vintage...who knows, maybe etsy plus a mention here
would work for selling them... 7% vs. about 14% with aiieebay + paypal .

Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

David DiGiacomo
 

On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM, Sergey Kubushyn <@KSI> wrote:
If it is about USPS -- it is easy. You need an account with them that is a
good thing to do anyways. You create a shipping label from your account be
it domestic or international. It is a very simple form -- you fill in the
shipping address, give them you credit card when done with all shipping
labels, and they output the labels in PDF ready to print. You can save those
or just send 'em straight to your printer. When you're done with that they
give you an option to schedule a pickup which is free if done next day
during regular mail delivery time. You don't have to be present -- just
leave the package[s] at your front door and your mailman will pick 'em up.
Note, you no longer get any discount when you buy postage from USPS
(Click-n-Ship). It's better to use PayPal shipping.

Re: What is Opt 1 for the SG504 1GHz Leveled Sine Wave Generator?

 

Hi Dave,
Good catch noticing the photo of the plugin from above was not the same
plugin as the other photos showed. The corners in that photo showed
significant damage. In all the other photos the corners were perfect.

I did check the catalogs when the plugin was introduced, when it last
appeared and one year roughly in between those dates. There was no option 1
listed in these 3 catalogs.

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2016 4:19 PM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] What is Opt 1 for the SG504 1GHz Leveled Sine Wave
Generator?

If such a thing really exists, look in a later manual for a description.
As of the August 1981 revision, there were no options for the instrument.
It is also possible that the plug-in frame was damaged and a replacement was
salvaged from a different instrument that had Option 1. If I were performing
such a repair, I'd remove the superfluous label, but that doesn't mean
everyone would.

Dave Casey

On 2/7/2016 4:56 PM, 'Dennis Tillman' @Dennis_Tillman_W7PF [TekScopes] wrote:
I saw an SG504 on Ebay today with Option 1. I have never heard of this
option, it does not appear in the catalogs, and the seller does not
mention what it is for.
There is no visual difference in the front panel of the SG504 in the
auction and the one I own. The frequency ranges are the same.
Does anyone has any idea what option 1 does to an SG504?
Dennis Tillman W7PF

Alternative SG504 head- lower cost, better function.

mosaicmerc
 

As we're discussing the SG504:
I broke my Partridge leveling head the other day, because the RG58 input and lemo cable are directly tied to the PCB, they got yanked cuz I was moving a nearby scope and cables tangled and bent/cracked the PCB.

I wrote David about trying to repair the PCB ..(asking for the layout files etc.) But I guess that's not gonna happen...no reply. Permittivity is probably screwed due to the cracks anyway.


So, now I have delved into reverse engineering the head myself with some improvements. The detector diode selection app note from HP (1999) does suggest the HSMS-282 series as optimal for >20dbm AGC signal management under 4Ghz.
Having traced all the signal paths and the method used by Tek to manage the signal strength I have come up with a couple cost & functional improvements. I noted significant fluctuations in the 'leveled' signal when using 3' RG58 patch cables (from the head) to reach a D.U.T. . This defeats the purpose of the remote head. So I moved the D.U.T to the head and used a shorter patch cable. When moving the D.U.T away from the head, the accident happened and here I am with no head.
An expensive accident.

So the plan is:
1) Do away with the lemo cable, remove the lemo bulkhead connector from the faceplate and use a custom bushing holding a simple 2mm, 2 row x 3 pin gold header & cable to connect to the SG504. Same arrangement on the Head.
2) Add a BNC-m bulkhead for the head input & output using a semi rigid RG142 (3") to BNC Female . The input provides for strain relief and low loss cable upgrades for longer extensions eg. RG400.
3) The semi rigid pigtail output provides great signal integrity/flatness across the 1Ghz range and the Fem. BNC 'end' allows the head to connect directly to a 'scope or any device using a BNC-m connector directly with minimal loss.

Advantages:
1) Cut out the lemo connector costs. Using a 6 pin, keyed M22 gold header in a custom, round faceplate bushing. No alteration of the faceplate hole.
2) This allows for the DC level sig. cable to pull loose (from the headers) if accidentally yanked (the lack of this killed my last head).
3) Allow simple cable length upgrades (user DIY) for both the RF sig and the DC level feedback sig. This adds bench top flexibility which does not now exist.
4) Improve level signal integrity by directly connecting the head to the D.U.T. (like a scope) with a 3" semi rigid pigtail and no adapter/ extension losses. Probably 1 to 2dBc of flatness benefit here.

As I now have a calibrated HP8753D 3Ghz VNA and a Kirby Microwave professional SOL cal. kit, I can assess the performance of the upgrades and tweak the design as required as per VSWR and transmission tests across the Ghz range.

This link:
http://www.taconic-add.com/pdf/technicaltopics--effects-of-solder-masks-and-conformal-coatings.pdf
shows that at the 1Ghz range, conformal coatings & copper surface finish have minimal effect on the transmission performance.

If anyone is interested in getting such an SG504 head, fully assembled, calibrated, conformal coated and VNA tested, complete with the custom SG504 faceplate bushing and 6 pin DC, sig. level connector, let me know.
I can consider a group build. I figure the cost should be around $80 complete. A copper shielded custom acrylic housing as an option. You will have to replace the lemo bulkhead on the SG504 with the provided bushing & M22 connector but that is dead easy to do, desolder & solder 5 pins from a ribbon cable.

If you wish, after the upgrade, you can now 'sell' your lemo connectors etc. on EBAY for $35 and offset costs. Or sell your old working head etc. and 'earn' $$.

7904 - Very Dim Trace

Jim McIntyre
 

Guys, this is my first post here. I've been tinkering at Tek scopes for along time - since I first bought a 531A in the late 70's. I'm looking for some tips on a 7904.


I picked this one up at an auction, and at first, it looked pretty good. Good enough that I've been scrounging plug-ins for it, and generally cleaning it up, and adjusting it. I switched it off one night, and the next day, I had no trace. Zilch. Beam finder, maxing the intensity controls - no help. Even in a darkened room, no light at all.


The filament is lit.


All LV supplies check out OK.


I don't have a HV meter to allow me to measure the anode supply. I know there's decently high voltage there, judging by the length of the spark when I discharge the electrostatic charge, however.


The 2950V measures high, about 3250V. Yet, curiously, the cathode supply regulator (U1635) isn't railed - in fact, based on my DC measurements in this area, I think the regulator is actually regulating - just at too high of a voltage. Weird. I wish I knew what the cathode supply measured before the issue popped up...


On a whim, I tweaked the CRT grid bias (R1674) and can now get a faint trace. It's well focused, just dim. Pushing Beam Find does not h elp - it just gets blurry, reduces the sweep span, but it's still dim.


Any tips?


Thanks,


Jim

Tektronix 160A Transformer--Mostly Off-Topic, and really old

Matthew Cottrell
 

Hello folks--

Here is a "blast from the past"--I used to have a fairly large group of Tektronix 16X-series instruments, which I used in the early 80s for a variety of signal generation tasks for mechanical and acoustical testing. All I have left (long story) is a power transformer from a Type 160A power supply. This is Tektronix type T160PB1, and has the following windings (I am assuming that the two high-voltage windings are rated for DC current, after a capacitor-input filter):

260-0-260 VAC @ 175 mA
227-0-227 VAC @ 150 mA
6.3 VAC @ 12.5 A
6.3 VAC @ 12.5 A
5 VAC @ 4A (to power two 5V4 rectifier filaments)
5 VAC @ 2A (to power an additional 5V4 rectifier filament)

The total V-A rating for the secondaries works out to 346 VA. The size of the core of the transformer is (in inches) 3.75 x 4.5 x 2.5 (thickness). In the 160A application, the primary is fused at 4A for 120 VAC primary voltage.

My (admittedly off-the-wall) question is this: if I were to use this transformer in an entirely different application, with the lower-voltage HV winding unloaded, or lightly loaded, the 6.3VAC windings very lightly loaded (say, each of them loaded at 2.5 A), and the 5VAC windings similarly lightly loaded, could I safely consume on the order of 300 mADC from the higher-voltage secondary? From what I can see of the secondary wiring, there shouldn't be any wire ampacity issues, and the core on this thing is huge, so I'm not sure there would be any saturation issues. Any thoughts? Any transformer data for this item from old-time Tek gurus?

And if this is too far off-topic, I will remove this message.

Regards,

Matthew Cottrell

Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

Sergey Kubushyn
 

On Sun, 7 Feb 2016, jerry massengale @jmassen418 [TekScopes] wrote:

Ah, it is a part of their extortion program :) There is a checkbox for GPS
when you are making your listing _BUT_ it gets disabled once your item had a
bid on it or XXX other weird reasons. I usually talk with my customers
directly and let them know I would ship it USPS Priority and give them a
price if I accidentally checked that. Then I just send 'em an invoice.

As for the label (if it is GPS label) I don't know; never used it and not
going to. Ebay would probably require to use their service to create such
label which will fail to work with anything but Windoze as usual and they
will probably charge yet another fee for such a great service.

If it is about USPS -- it is easy. You need an account with them that is a
good thing to do anyways. You create a shipping label from your account be
it domestic or international. It is a very simple form -- you fill in the
shipping address, give them you credit card when done with all shipping
labels, and they output the labels in PDF ready to print. You can save those
or just send 'em straight to your printer. When you're done with that they
give you an option to schedule a pickup which is free if done next day
during regular mail delivery time. You don't have to be present -- just
leave the package[s] at your front door and your mailman will pick 'em up.

For international shipping you also have to enter goods descriptions with
their values. It does not have to be very specific or matched to any
particular registered numbers or codes, just put whatever you think
appropriate there. Then you just check a box for export exception and choose
one from a drop-down list. It is almost always "Less than $2500 worth" one.
It won't apply if you are sending something more expensive but you would
probably face other issues if you are.

Everything else is the same with only difference that resulting PDF will be
not a regular USPS label but a set of 2 pages of customs forms. You cut
them on dotted lines, take one piece that is your copy for your records,
put the rest into USPS provided clear adhesive-backed envelope (get some at
your post office to have a supply) and stick it to your package. Everything
else, including pickup, is the same as for domestic shipment.

Hi,


I have a potential customer in Portugal who does not want to use GPS as he
can get a customs refund if it is shipped directly to him. I gave him a
USPS cost but he says he cannot buy as my item is GPS. Looking at my
listing I do not see a way to avoid GPS. Is there a magic trick to solve
this? How did some label get on my item? I would love to see this guy
get to buy but I do not understand all this custom crap and with zero
profit I don't need the grief.


Jerry Massengale


-----Original Message-----
From: Sergey Kubushyn @KSI [TekScopes] <TekScopes@...>
To: patwong3@... [TekScopes] <TekScopes@...>
Sent: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 6:45 pm
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

On Sun, 7 Feb 2016, patwong3@... [TekScopes] wrote:

I'm an occasional US seller on Ebay (and not on Ebay only) myself and I
don't hesitate to sell to customers outside US. As a matter of fact vast
majority of my customers are outside US except for exceptionally big or
bulky items that are too expensive to ship.

I don't understand what trouble are you talking about. It _MIGHT_ be
troublesome in other countries but here in the US it is so easy that there
is almost no difference between shipping domestically or internationally.
Customs -- what customs? What issues a US seller has with the customs?
Unlike other countries it is absolutely transparent here like it doesn't
exist at all. We do _NOT_ deal with customs at all when receiving a parcel
from abroad -- there are no customs dues, taxes, VAT, whatever and
absolutely no forms to fill -- it is simply delivered to your door and
that's it. I only had to fill a form once when got my very first $10K
shipment from Australia and that was a single page application for Importer
ID Number. Then you simply tell the shipper to put that number on their
customs declaration for high price items and you are not asked any questions
at all.

The same is true for outgoing shipments. Unless you are shipping something
exceptionally big or expensive you only fill 1 page declaration telling what
you are shipping, check the "Less than $2500 worth" exception box, print
your forms right off of USPS account shipping page and you are done. There
is no even need to bring that box to the post office -- you schedule a
pickup from that same USPS account page and leave the box on your porch.

That entire Pitney Bowes thing is totally absurd, as stupid as that
SmartPost or whatever they call it when you give your package to FedEx and
they deliver it to the customer's _US Post Office_ which makes actual
delivery...

Sure things are different for a big business shipping hundreds of packages
every day -- you need a commercial license and additional paperwork -- but
for an occasional shipment it makes almost no difference whether you ship
domestically or internationally.

As an occasional US seller on eBay, I would not bother to open up sales to
potential customers outside the US unless the eBay - Pitney Bowes service
existed. It is too much trouble from the seller's perspective to figure
out the shipping/customs issues, deal with the occasional lost item, etc.
I am very happy with the concept that I am responsible only to get the
item safely to the US address where the repackaging occurs.

I've sold three items to international customers: a Tek scope plug-in to
an Italian customer, an HP signal generator to a Canadian customer, and a
Heath amateur radio transceiver to a South Korean customer. Fortunately
all three transactions went well.


Certainly, any international eBay customer should be made fully aware of
all relevant transaction costs before s/he commits to the purchase.
73,


Patrick Wong AK6C

---In TekScopes@..., <petertech99h@...> wrote :

Hi all,
Anyone have Ebay / Paypal extra billing where you order something and you get a second billing usually marked "Pitneybowes" after you already paid shipping to the seller?
I left some feedback on this problem and a few days later any mention of "Global Shipping Program" disappeared off the feedbacks!

any thoughts?
Pete
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555 scope and power supply available

Glenn Little
 

I have a 555 with 21 and 22 plugins and two power supplies that are excess to my needs.
I do not know if these work or not.
They came from a surplus sale and have been in storage for years.

I would like to get $100.00 for the scope, two plugins and the two power supplies.

I can deliver to the Orlando hamfest this weekend or to the Charlotte or Raleigh hamfests.

Glenn
WB4UIV

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Re: Tek 465B Servcie Manual

 

Although, I just downloaded the 465B SM Early and it's not searchable. The Artek Manuals home page indicates all the manuals are OCR'd, but it appears the 465B Early isn't.


I've contacted them for a searchable version.


Regards

Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

 

Hi,


I have a potential customer in Portugal who does not want to use GPS as he can get a customs refund if it is shipped directly to him. I gave him a USPS cost but he says he cannot buy as my item is GPS. Looking at my listing I do not see a way to avoid GPS. Is there a magic trick to solve this? How did some label get on my item? I would love to see this guy get to buy but I do not understand all this custom crap and with zero profit I don't need the grief.


Jerry Massengale

-----Original Message-----
From: Sergey Kubushyn @KSI [TekScopes] <TekScopes@...>
To: patwong3@... [TekScopes] <TekScopes@...>
Sent: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 6:45 pm
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"






On Sun, 7 Feb 2016, patwong3@... [TekScopes] wrote:

I'm an occasional US seller on Ebay (and not on Ebay only) myself and I
don't hesitate to sell to customers outside US. As a matter of fact vast
majority of my customers are outside US except for exceptionally big or
bulky items that are too expensive to ship.

I don't understand what trouble are you talking about. It _MIGHT_ be
troublesome in other countries but here in the US it is so easy that there
is almost no difference between shipping domestically or internationally.
Customs -- what customs? What issues a US seller has with the customs?
Unlike other countries it is absolutely transparent here like it doesn't
exist at all. We do _NOT_ deal with customs at all when receiving a parcel
from abroad -- there are no customs dues, taxes, VAT, whatever and
absolutely no forms to fill -- it is simply delivered to your door and
that's it. I only had to fill a form once when got my very first $10K
shipment from Australia and that was a single page application for Importer
ID Number. Then you simply tell the shipper to put that number on their
customs declaration for high price items and you are not asked any questions
at all.

The same is true for outgoing shipments. Unless you are shipping something
exceptionally big or expensive you only fill 1 page declaration telling what
you are shipping, check the "Less than $2500 worth" exception box, print
your forms right off of USPS account shipping page and you are done. There
is no even need to bring that box to the post office -- you schedule a
pickup from that same USPS account page and leave the box on your porch.

That entire Pitney Bowes thing is totally absurd, as stupid as that
SmartPost or whatever they call it when you give your package to FedEx and
they deliver it to the customer's _US Post Office_ which makes actual
delivery...

Sure things are different for a big business shipping hundreds of packages
every day -- you need a commercial license and additional paperwork -- but
for an occasional shipment it makes almost no difference whether you ship
domestically or internationally.

As an occasional US seller on eBay, I would not bother to open up sales to
potential customers outside the US unless the eBay - Pitney Bowes service
existed. It is too much trouble from the seller's perspective to figure
out the shipping/customs issues, deal with the occasional lost item, etc.
I am very happy with the concept that I am responsible only to get the
item safely to the US address where the repackaging occurs.

I've sold three items to international customers: a Tek scope plug-in to
an Italian customer, an HP signal generator to a Canadian customer, and a
Heath amateur radio transceiver to a South Korean customer. Fortunately
all three transactions went well.


Certainly, any international eBay customer should be made fully aware of
all relevant transaction costs before s/he commits to the purchase.
73,


Patrick Wong AK6C

---In TekScopes@..., <petertech99h@...> wrote :

Hi all,
Anyone have Ebay / Paypal extra billing where you order something and you get a second billing usually marked "Pitneybowes" after you already paid shipping to the seller?
I left some feedback on this problem and a few days later any mention of "Global Shipping Program" disappeared off the feedbacks!

any thoughts?
Pete
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Re: Tek 555 part needed.

Glenn Little
 

I think that is a Yahoo "enhancement".

73
Glenn
WB4UIV

On 2/7/2016 5:55 PM, lbfulton@... [TekScopes] wrote:
I have no idea why all those extra links came up in that post. I only
copied the two.


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Re: Tek 555 part needed.

zerousair
 

Yes, all the filaments in those small diodes seem to be of equal brightness in both supplies. Haven't checked for arcing there with the lights off, but there's only a very faint burnt odor and I believe whatever damage was done stopped without completely destroying the transformer. It has to working after some fashion as -864 vdc is maintained on the output side.

Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

Peter Gottlieb
 

Many times I've received the wrong item and not once did I ever end up receiving the correct one. Not ever. Ebay's rules have improved a bit, so lately when that's happened I got a full refund, but previously I've had to ship the wrong item back (at my expense) and even then didn't always get refunded. I don't know about now, but back then if a seller "left the system" ebay would tell you there's nothing they could do and you lost the money.

On 2/7/2016 8:24 PM, patwong3@... [TekScopes] wrote:

Hi Colin,

I would have expected that the recipient of the 7B92A, expecting a blingy watch instead, also would have complained to eBay. I'm wondering whether eBay would then be smart enough to match the two complaints to recognize your concern was honest and accurately stated?


Patrick Wong AK6C

---In TekScopes@..., <colingherbert@...> wrote :

...
What is rather iniquitous, though, is that eBay trust Pitney-Bowes implicitly and not the purchaser. A while ago, I bought a 7B92A time-base plug-in from a US vendor and it was dispatched using GPS. It never arrived, but a parcel addressed to me did arrive. This parcel contained a watch, not a 7B92A. The vendor quite rightly said that they were sorry for the mix-up, but once the parcel had been delivered to the Dispatch Centre in the US, it was out of their hands. When I contacted eBay and asked for a re-imbursement or the correct item to be delivered, they refused and accused me of dishonesty and idiocy. I even sent them photographs of the packaging, labels and the contents. They were still adamant that I had received the correct item because it had been tracked by Pitney-Bowes. It was fairly obvious the there was no way that either eBay or Pitney-Bowes were going to be held responsible for incompetence.

Somewhere there is someone who has a (possibly faulty) 7B92A instead of a rather blingy watch!

Colin.






Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

John Griessen
 

On 02/07/2016 06:45 PM, Sergey Kubushyn @KSI [TekScopes] wrote:
here in the US it is so easy that there
is almost no difference between shipping domestically or internationally.
Customs -- what customs?
Same experience here. Global shipping "tax" is just stopping buyers from choosing your item.

Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

honolulusnowwhite
 

Hi Colin,

I would have expected that the recipient of the 7B92A, expecting a blingy watch instead, also would have complained to eBay. I'm wondering whether eBay would then be smart enough to match the two complaints to recognize your concern was honest and accurately stated?


Patrick Wong AK6C

---In TekScopes@..., <colingherbert@...> wrote :

...
What is rather iniquitous, though, is that eBay trust Pitney-Bowes implicitly and not the purchaser. A while ago, I bought a 7B92A time-base plug-in from a US vendor and it was dispatched using GPS. It never arrived, but a parcel addressed to me did arrive. This parcel contained a watch, not a 7B92A. The vendor quite rightly said that they were sorry for the mix-up, but once the parcel had been delivered to the Dispatch Centre in the US, it was out of their hands. When I contacted eBay and asked for a re-imbursement or the correct item to be delivered, they refused and accused me of dishonesty and idiocy. I even sent them photographs of the packaging, labels and the contents. They were still adamant that I had received the correct item because it had been tracked by Pitney-Bowes. It was fairly obvious the there was no way that either eBay or Pitney-Bowes were going to be held responsible for incompetence.

Somewhere there is someone who has a (possibly faulty) 7B92A instead of a rather blingy watch!

Colin.

Re: Ebay Rip-off ? - "Global Shipping Program"

Sergey Kubushyn
 

On Sun, 7 Feb 2016, patwong3@... [TekScopes] wrote:

I'm an occasional US seller on Ebay (and not on Ebay only) myself and I
don't hesitate to sell to customers outside US. As a matter of fact vast
majority of my customers are outside US except for exceptionally big or
bulky items that are too expensive to ship.

I don't understand what trouble are you talking about. It _MIGHT_ be
troublesome in other countries but here in the US it is so easy that there
is almost no difference between shipping domestically or internationally.
Customs -- what customs? What issues a US seller has with the customs?
Unlike other countries it is absolutely transparent here like it doesn't
exist at all. We do _NOT_ deal with customs at all when receiving a parcel
from abroad -- there are no customs dues, taxes, VAT, whatever and
absolutely no forms to fill -- it is simply delivered to your door and
that's it. I only had to fill a form once when got my very first $10K
shipment from Australia and that was a single page application for Importer
ID Number. Then you simply tell the shipper to put that number on their
customs declaration for high price items and you are not asked any questions
at all.

The same is true for outgoing shipments. Unless you are shipping something
exceptionally big or expensive you only fill 1 page declaration telling what
you are shipping, check the "Less than $2500 worth" exception box, print
your forms right off of USPS account shipping page and you are done. There
is no even need to bring that box to the post office -- you schedule a
pickup from that same USPS account page and leave the box on your porch.

That entire Pitney Bowes thing is totally absurd, as stupid as that
SmartPost or whatever they call it when you give your package to FedEx and
they deliver it to the customer's _US Post Office_ which makes actual
delivery...

Sure things are different for a big business shipping hundreds of packages
every day -- you need a commercial license and additional paperwork -- but
for an occasional shipment it makes almost no difference whether you ship
domestically or internationally.

As an occasional US seller on eBay, I would not bother to open up sales to
potential customers outside the US unless the eBay - Pitney Bowes service
existed. It is too much trouble from the seller's perspective to figure
out the shipping/customs issues, deal with the occasional lost item, etc. I am very happy with the concept that I am responsible only to get the
item safely to the US address where the repackaging occurs.

I've sold three items to international customers: a Tek scope plug-in to
an Italian customer, an HP signal generator to a Canadian customer, and a
Heath amateur radio transceiver to a South Korean customer. Fortunately
all three transactions went well.


Certainly, any international eBay customer should be made fully aware of
all relevant transaction costs before s/he commits to the purchase.
73,


Patrick Wong AK6C

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Hi all,
Anyone have Ebay / Paypal extra billing where you order something and you get a second billing usually marked "Pitneybowes" after you already paid shipping to the seller?
I left some feedback on this problem and a few days later any mention of "Global Shipping Program" disappeared off the feedbacks!

any thoughts?
Pete
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Re: Tek 465B Servcie Manual

 

Thanks for the Artek Manuals suggestion. I got it there. The other link was only 291 pages and I know that there are at least 310 or 312 pages.

Re: Tek 555 part needed.

ykochcal
 

That does look like it might be fried under the core,

Have you turned on the scope in a dark room an looked to see if there is an
arc?

Do the filaments in the Diodes light up the same as the other HV supply?

John

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@... [mailto:TekScopes@...]
Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2016 2:15 PM
To: TekScopes@...
Subject: [TekScopes] Re: Tek 555 part needed.

Here are a couple links to pictures I took today of what I believe is the
bad transformer.


T901, shot 2.JPG
<https://www.dropbox.com/s/t5s19dpm139qhvd/T901%2C%20shot%202.JPG?dl=0&previ
ew=T901%2C+shot+2.JPG>


T901, shot 1.JPG
<https://www.dropbox.com/s/pqpxidgmv2opf71/T901%2C%20shot%201.JPG?dl=0&previ
ew=T901%2C+shot+1.JPG>