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Author Topic: Would you buy a dirty dusty radio?  (Read 11234 times)
KC4ZGP
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« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2017, 12:53:55 PM »


I sometimes wonder how Universal radio sets their prices. They had a used DX-150 for $159.00. I bought the DX-160 in 1974 for
$159.00.

Sheesh!

Kraus
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WB4M
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2017, 02:52:18 PM »


I sometimes wonder how Universal radio sets their prices. They had a used DX-150 for $159.00. I bought the DX-160 in 1974 for
$159.00.

Sheesh!

Kraus

$159 in 1974 dollars is  same as $789 today.  Try to look at it that way!   Grin Grin
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N4UE
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2017, 03:00:59 PM »

I buy several radios/test equipment every week from eBay.
As a ham of 56 years, and an eBay buyer of several thousand items, I've learned my craft.
I never buy anything with a rusty chassis. Drake radios are tough to find with a nice chassis. Collins and Hallicrafters like my SX-117 with an al chassis, are easy.
Condition of the covers is also no big deal. I can paint anything.
I still cannot understand why sellers cannot be motivated to give the objects they sell, the slightest bit of cleaning.

Even though I'm NOT a 'germ-a-phobe', every item I receive, gets all the knobs removed and washed as a matter of routine.
You never know where those finger have been!!! ha ha

I have a house/shop full of restored stuff and I find restoration to be more enjoyable than the actual long-term use of anything.

19 O'scopes for example.....22 Drakes...on it goes.....

ron
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KM1H
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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2017, 01:45:07 PM »

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This is no way to sell !  Would you shop at a store where things were in dusty, dirty piles ?

I guess you and the other fussbudgets never did the NYC Radio Row tour in its heyday. Now people expect disinfectant and hot towels. Most of my best finds at Radio Row and later at hamfests were the boxes piled on floors and the ground.

And yes I take daily showers and dont piss on your shoes or hubcaps Grin Shocked Roll Eyes

Carl
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WY4J
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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2018, 05:29:22 PM »

Is possibly from an estate sale. I see more and re-sellers popping in up on the ham sites and asking the same outrageous prices you see on ebay. Just google their call and then select images on the results and you will see dozens or hundreds of pictures of the equipment they have sold. I rather just buy it new than save $10 or $20 on a thousand dollar on a secondhand piece of equipment with no guaranty.
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N0TLD
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2018, 10:41:03 PM »

As a buyer, the dust and dirt don't generally throw me off, because I know I will restore it all far better than any cleaning they might have given it in the pictures. Still, dust is the easiest thing to remove before taking pictures, and when someone doesn't do even that much I do find it lazy. It's not a deal-breaker but it's just kind of dumb and lazy to me.

Of course, I'm referring to online commerce, not flea market/swapmeet/hamfest 'in person' commerce. In those situations I don't think I've ever turned down something just because they didn't give it a decent dust wipe before putting it out. In that case I can directly talk to the seller and see for myself what the true condition is.

But online, we don't have that direct, hands-on access and therefore lack of cleanliness *can* sometimes make me wary of the item, if not the seller. I mean, if you're going to the effort of creating an online ad for it, including pictures, I'd think it would be reasonable to give the item at least a little go-over.

As a seller, I DO find it important to present things with at least a modicum of cleanliness. If my items look a little cruddy I might generate less interest, and I want to put on my best face, so to speak. It is poor salesmanship, at least, to be that lazy about it. It doesn't necessarily make me mistrust the item, but it definitely makes me think a bit more poorly of the seller.

73 de N0TLD
Mike
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