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Author Topic: ebay sellers : REALLY!!!???  (Read 13254 times)
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« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2018, 04:12:59 AM »

Been going to hamfests since the mid 80's. I laughed at some of the prices back then as hacked up WWII gear was treated as gold. Along with various other boat anchors from the 50's. Just as I laugh today at some of the prices on various items. Some of which have custom chips that are no longer available. Or long since lost firmware that needs to be loaded if your lucky enough to find a replacement.

Those are for the collectors. Most of whom know what they are worth, and will pay what they think is a good price. I am not a collector. I try to find equipment that is at a reasonable price with reasonable expectations of keeping it running for a long time, and use that in my station.

So when you look at something and look at the price, there is 1 simple question you have to ask..."Is this the price what I am willing to pay?". Yes, buy it. No, don't buy it. There is nothing in this hobby you NEED that you must over pay.

But it does not change the fact that anyone can ask any price for anything. If someone is dumb enough to pay those prices, well the joke is on them. If you don't take the time to have some knowledge of what you are buying, then you pay the price.

Works the same on E-bay or any trading board. Knowledge is the key to value. Not what people ask for it.

Walking away is not a bad thing. Whining about it is a waste of time. People who ask too much will always be there. Always were, and always will be.
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« Reply #31 on: March 20, 2018, 09:25:58 PM »

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The only thing that is still worth buying today is 100ft towers, now that makes you real ham radio big gun

Uh actually, with the way propagation has been (and will be for the next few years), a 100 ft tower might not be the smartest investment a ham could make  [Just my opinion.... And I could be wrong].
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« Reply #32 on: March 22, 2018, 12:54:53 PM »

I won't buy from anyone on ebay that doesn't have a 100% rating. I have had good luck on ebay so far. Knock on wood!
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N8FNR
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« Reply #33 on: March 23, 2018, 11:44:54 AM »

Here are some ARRL book deals in ebay. You can get a outdated ARRL handbook for only $140 with free shipping too!  Or just buy the 2018 version one from ARRL for $50.00. Hey how about a copy for ARRL ANTENNA COMPENDIUM VOL 8 for only $137? ARRL charges $25. Lots of "great deals" here! https://www.ebay.com/sch/Books/267/i.html?_sop=16&_from=R40&_nkw=arrl

Zack N8FNR
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« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2018, 12:41:08 PM »

Some gems from Mercadolivre, could be considered eBay Brazil

Yaesu FT-450D for R$ 5,990 or a TL-922 Kenwood amp for R$ 8,000

R$ 3.40 ~ 1 USD, +60% import duties and taxes, still room for huge profits (seller side)   
 
Oliver
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W5TD
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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2018, 08:25:39 PM »

There are also many people today with high paying jobs, and money to burn.

But I am not one of them.

73 John AF5CC
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« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2018, 03:18:00 PM »

I was watching a ldg automatic tuner. This is an older model tuner, several years old with no company support. It sold with shipping for a little over $100. You can buy the newest, better model, with shipping for $35.

Yeah $35 is saving money but come on, just buy a new one!
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« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2018, 08:25:02 PM »

It seems with ham gear, regardless of the selling forum, it never loses value like just about every other article known to man. If Detroit could find the recipe for how ham gear is "valued", cars would never depreciate!
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« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2018, 03:14:27 PM »

...as already stated, don't be in a rush.

...I have found some great deals on eBay, and I have been taken twice...I walk on eggs and want to talk on the phone if possible and I have backed out on deals after our talk as well.

...do they know what they are talking about and what's their rating?
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« Reply #39 on: April 01, 2018, 12:52:27 PM »

I found some real bargains on the local Craigslist.
How about a Clegg FM 28 VHF Radio & Power Supply for only $110? What a steal! I should offer him $200+ at least! Surprised that there is not a bidding war on this sweet deal. https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/ele/d/ham-radio-clegg-fm-28-vhf/6532627115.html
Or a how about a used Yaesu 2800m for $150? https://toledo.craigslist.org/ele/d/yaesu-2800m/6501481535.html
I could a get a new FT-2980 for $160 but that would make no sense to buy a new rig for $10 more....
https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/0980.html

Zack
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« Reply #40 on: April 01, 2018, 01:31:15 PM »

I've yet to see a used 2 meter mobile worth buying.

The ones priced at $75 are seriously outdated. Icom ic-2300h, done.
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« Reply #41 on: April 01, 2018, 02:00:02 PM »

I found some real bargains on the local Craigslist.
How about a Clegg FM 28 VHF Radio & Power Supply for only $110? What a steal! I should offer him $200+ at least! Surprised that there is not a bidding war on this sweet deal. https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/ele/d/ham-radio-clegg-fm-28-vhf/6532627115.html
Or a how about a used Yaesu 2800m for $150? https://toledo.craigslist.org/ele/d/yaesu-2800m/6501481535.html
I could a get a new FT-2980 for $160 but that would make no sense to buy a new rig for $10 more....
https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/0980.html

Zack
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I bought both of my 2800's for $117 when they were new.  I have no idea why people think there used gear is worth so much.  I would think a 2800 should sell for about $50. Maybe $75 if you could find a "sucker".
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« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2018, 03:08:58 PM »

For some perspective, eBay might have some odd sellers. But here on eham I see used gear offered essentially at the same price as new gear from retailers. Example, Yaesu FT-450D currently offered by retailers for $689 after rebate with free shipping. Returns and warranty included. Same item offered used for $550 + shipping (probably $20-40 for a radio), no returns, no warranty. Doesn't make sense. Comes out - at best - to 18%-%20 off for the used item with no guarantees.
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« Reply #43 on: April 04, 2018, 02:57:01 PM »

Can't say that I've ever looked for gear on an auction site.

If one lacks the sense to compare used prices to new (with warranty), they're most likely to need guidance in multiple areas.

Can't say I've got anything to contribute.

Typical condescending, ad-hominem attack.

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« Reply #44 on: April 16, 2018, 12:11:10 PM »

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I've yet to see a used 2 meter mobile worth buying.

The ones priced at $75 are seriously outdated. Icom ic-2300h, done

You are so right. I used to buy them for $25. When I saw the ridiculous prices I just bought a new one with more power for $125

Mark N1UK
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