Alot of junk thats not as described

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Alot of junk thats not as described

Post by kd4lyh » Mon May 16, 2016 6:19 pm

I recently purchased an amplifier on qth and it was a piece of junk. Not even close to the way it was described in the listing. Before I start naming names and call signs I will give the seller a chance. This is the first time this has happened to me and Im a little pissed off. I bust my ass for the money I earn. As far as im concerned this hobby has gone to s**t. I wonder if the people that do this have to look over their shoulder when they go out. I have no one to blame but myself, going to have to start buying things that I can look at in person, or really know the seller I guess.


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Re: Alot of junk thats not as described

Post by W7BKR » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:39 pm

Unfortunately, as "perfect a situation as that", good luck finding the sellers. Most use swap boards or Ebay....
Gone are the days of the dealers with their used equipment....

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Re: Alot of junk thats not as described

Post by KC6NEN » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:47 pm

That's why, unless I am in a hurry, I wait for local swaps where I can see it. This Cochise County club has a barn full of boat anchors!
Tell me what U want and I'll see, maybe in April/May.

Found an old Marantz, I believe, free. Big rack-mount. One tube shorted--so were all the bias resistors! Some idiot had jammed a 30 Amp fuse in it. It was 75 W/Ch out, .001% THD. But too heavy to ship. Transformers alone had enough copper for a Hoover Dam generator!

I'd love to get some classy old rig, like Collins or National, just for that slide rule dial or the 10:1 vernier. For some, it's fast convertibles...

So far I've been lucky, all I have gotten email-order has been as described. Cross Fingers!

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Re: Alot of junk thats not as described

Post by W5NNX » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:13 pm

Or, how about buyers that commit to buying your item, you purchase packing materials and box it up and then they come with excuses why the "can't buy it, etc.". Look in the wallet first, ask mom first, etc., but stop treating sellers like lay away stores. I am never in a hurry but I know some of these types that as soon as the payment is in the mail, they expect the parcel to be in route....but to stiff someone in spending their money on shipping expenses and then pulling the rug out, its no wonder folks go to Ebay...

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Re: Alot of junk thats not as described

Post by n3qk » Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:15 am

Watch out for the parts swappers, too. You send them your perfectly working amplifier or transceiver and they exchange your good tubes for their bad ones, or replace a pc board for their blown board. I solved this problem by purchasing some protective seals over the screws of the item I send them. We used similar seals at Rockwell/Collins for calibration tools and they were impossible to remove without breaking or tearing the seal. When they get the unit I ship to them, I warn them that any broken or removed seals voids their money back! I also put the seals on each of the power tubes because some amps make it easy to replace the power tubes without removing any screws. All my seals have a sequencal number for 100 seals so if they obtain similar seals and I doubt they were from my stock, i can check the number to be sure they were mine. Not all people are dis-honest but you have to be aware and keep ahead of the 5% that are.

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