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Author Topic: Unbuilt Eico RA-6  (Read 7213 times)
KB1WSY
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« on: May 18, 2013, 08:34:38 AM »

This "unbuilt kit" phenomenon on eBay never ceases to amaze me. See this one. It has a starting bid of $500 but I would not be too surprised it is sells anyway, and possibly even for more than $500!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151047236848?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

I already have one of these, in working order, for which I paid $15 (and arguably that was already too much!). The catch of course is that it was already built, but it came with the original manual and all the tick marks were checked in pencil so I was able to erase them. A future weekend project is to disassemble this radio, clean it up, then put it back together again, replacing some of the caps and any resistors that may have drifted. I suppose, in theory, you could say that during the weekend the radio would rise in value by $485 once pulled apart, then drop back to $15 when put back together again.... except that it would never have that "unbuilt kit smell" or something???

I realize that some people buy these things "as an investment" and that is very sad considering how much fun they are to build. The "investment" crowd is pricing out the kit-builders who just enjoy building stuff!

73 de Martin, KB1WSY
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KE3WD
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 12:44:22 PM »

It is called the free market, Martin. 

Beats the other alternative hands down. 

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2013, 03:16:08 PM »

Does it mean anything that the seller goes by the handle " blastard009 " ??

Just Askin'

PS:  If it ain't a Heathshkit, it ain't shkit.......  Grin
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KB1WSY
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2013, 04:33:07 PM »

It is called the free market, Martin. 
Beats the other alternative hands down. 

Agreed.

Martin
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2013, 04:40:26 PM »

All I can say is...WOW!
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WB6DGN
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2013, 11:02:03 PM »

It is called the free market, Martin. 
Beats the other alternative hands down. 

Agreed.

Martin

That may be true when morality predominates in a society.  However, in the type of society we have today where its "every person for themselves", "free market" only benefits the very wealthy and the old axiom, "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer" prevails.
Tom
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2013, 04:39:47 AM »


That may be true when morality predominates in a society.  However, in the type of society we have today where its "every person for themselves", "free market" only benefits the very wealthy and the old axiom, "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer" prevails.
Tom

That requires us to believe that there was once a time when socialism worked for some society in the past. 

Care to NAME that particular society? 

Look, TANSTAAFL. 

Given the realistic parameters and choices, I have to prefer a system in which at least some of the poor have the chance to become rich as the only other alternatives in history have always ended up with the exact opposite of the wonderful scheme promised, with misery, near complete poverty and much loss of life being the realworld results. 

Study history.


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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2013, 02:31:03 AM »

With 16 hours left on that auction the marketplace has apparently decided $500 is a totally ridiculous price as there are no bids.
In my alter ego of History & Political Science major I totally endorse what KE3WD said. And you can't name the society socialism/communism ever worked in because it never has.

     
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2013, 06:38:21 AM »

With 16 hours left on that auction the marketplace has apparently decided $500 is a totally ridiculous price as there are no bids.
In my alter ego of History & Political Science major I totally endorse what KE3WD said. And you can't name the society socialism/communism ever worked in because it never has.

     

Why, there must be two of us now, David!  *grin*

The TEA is always on at my QTH, sir. 

BIG GB ES 73 DE KE3WD
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KB1WSY
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2013, 01:59:25 AM »

So the radio kit was relisted, with a lower starting bid, and ended up selling for $169.26.

73 de Martin, KB1WSY
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WB6THE
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2013, 03:50:30 AM »

For those who missed that ripoff, on Ebay right now there is a copy of
Doug Demaw's QRP Notebook for sale. The bid is $30.00 but if you
just can't wait to get ripped off the buy it now price is $49.00

The book was $5.00 new and I got my copy used
in mint condition at a hamfest tailgate for $1.00

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