.....you were impressed by the surplus Air Force locomotive I posted a few months ago. Although the pic has expired the link is still good. Sold for $26,000.00 which is within the range of a nice new car, but let's be honest... Which makes more of an impression on a blind date? A nice Toyota or a mid-50's vintage diesel-electric GE loco? Sure, it depends on the attitude of the date, but really... The loco is on rails. What could be better?
In any case, this post is a bookmark for me and a comment on Internet auctions in general. Check out this shizzel: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=18431687
When I bough the TDS-310 there were two up for bid. The other one went for $111.00, and I paid $136.00 because some douche tried to snipe mine. Bastid cost me $25.00 but that's OK... Sorta... I still came in below my max bid and the 'scope appears to be spotless. Which brings me to the link above: More than a day to go and a 20 MC B & K Precision analogue
'scope is at $102.00. Which tells me there's a fair chance it will sell for more than the $111.00 digital
Tek TDS-310 that went un-sniped.
Geez, Louise, what's up with that?
Sure the B&K might be newer and it "looks" like something from Beaverton, but that doesn't make it the standard of the industry. You'd have to be totally clueless not to know better. The current bid is a clear violation of the first two rules of web auctions... (1) Research the going bids by looking at previous auctions - and - (2) Never, ever, forget there will always be a bigger & better deal in the future.
So don't bid like a moron... Or snipe me on a 'scope. There will be a B&K that's just perfect for ya' coming up! (sure would be a hoot if the 'bag that sniped me ended up buying the B&K. Serve 'em right!)