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Author Topic: Dayton Rip-Off's  (Read 1735 times)

Posts: 8

« on: June 04, 2003, 01:16:51 PM »

Anybody get taken at dayton?

Posts: 14422

« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2003, 07:29:02 PM »

Yup, in years past. A friend and I each bought a flat bed scanner from one of the outfits that had a bunch of them in the original boxes - supposedly reconditioned. Neither one worked. Another year we purchased a couple of computer monitors. His was dead and mine had a burn spot in the middle of the screen.

I guess it's buyer beware unless you are dealing with one of the well know companies.

Bob  AA4PB
Garrisonville, VA

Posts: 179

« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2003, 10:29:23 PM »

>>I guess it's buyer beware unless you are dealing with one of the well know companies<<

Not so true anymore. Twice in the last month, once locally with Radio Shack and the other by mail order through R & L Electronics ( I've gotten items that were obviously opened and unpacked before my purchase. In both cases the merchants took an item that was either a demo, a display model or a returned item and re-packed it then passed it off as a new item. I got my money back from Radio Shack as I went back to the store and looked the guy in the face and showed him the obvious reasons how I could tell their dishonesty. With R & L they have my money and they have distance as an advantage. I was told I could have my money back as long as I paid for the return shipping. Isn't that retarded? They expect me to lose more money after trying to rip me off.

Sellers: You have no proof an item is new if it's been opened and repacked. Your word alone is not proof enough for me.

Dave, KG4YJR

Posts: 527

« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2003, 08:56:34 AM »

I hate to burst your balloon , guys, but there are
many more opportunities to get ripped off at Dayton
than you discovered. After a number of years we
found several companies whose sole purpose for
attending Dayton was to dump the junk on unsuspecting
hamfest goers. You must be prepared to get screwed
if you continue to attend Dayton. But in Dayton's
defense , the same occurs at almost every hamfest.
At Dayton the odds are just greater.
After a while you learn which stuff you can rely on
and which is a gamble. Radio Shack is one of the
JUNK dealers at Dayton. They bring the unrepairable
items to dump. I was told they were being sold  for "PARTS".
(In my opinion, all Radio Shacks are JUNK dealers)
Do your homework before you go to Dayton and you
can save yourself a lot of grief. The majority of
vendors at Dayton are great folks. Don't let a few
bad apples ruin it for you. Even though I have
stated that I prefer "Shelby , N.C., Dayton is a
Hamfest that every HAM should visit at least once.
It could be listed as the " MECCA"  of HAMS.
You will never believe it until you go. I learned
at Dayton that Canucks are Americans too. Hee hee
and there are as many proud and friendly folks
in Southern Canada as there are in the Southern
United States. Even after many trips to Dayton ,
and many years since going, I still set my vacation
for the week of the "Dayton Hamvention". I guess I
miss it, or maybe I miss the comraderie.
73 - Tim
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