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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2011, 06:01:15 pm »
I've cancelled mine. obviously something doggy, now let me see, what sort of feedback should I leave......
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2011, 06:19:21 pm »
It could be that this person is still on a personal paypal account which doesn't let you accept more than 5 payments per year-which if they've only signed up for ebay is possible. Not saying it isn't a scam, but not definite yet...
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2011, 06:22:26 pm »
now let me see, what sort of feedback should I leave......

I would be worry more about of what feedback you will receive.

The canceled transaction with out reason, could lead to problems.
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2011, 06:25:37 pm »
now let me see, what sort of feedback should I leave......

I would be worry more about of what feedback you will receive.

The canceled transaction with out reason, could lead to problems.

A seller cannot leave negative feedback for a buyer (I with I could as a seller !)
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2011, 06:26:43 pm »
It could be that this person is still on a personal paypal account which doesn't let you accept more than 5 payments per year-which if they've only signed up for ebay is possible. Not saying it isn't a scam, but not definite yet...

I think that is 5 credit card payments, paypal to paypal payments should be fine, something is not right.

Price too good to be true, claims to be in the UK but lists in dollars and is sending with canadian post, now payment has an issue. not good
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2011, 06:27:17 pm »
I've not been able to find an answer to my question:

What's the difference between the general features and major specifications?

For example, the latter says capacitance up to 20mF and the former says capacitance to only 100uF.

Does anyone here know? I've seen a similar thing on many websites.

I'm still temped to buy one but would certainly not buy any more than that.
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2011, 07:00:12 pm »
It could be that this person is still on a personal paypal account which doesn't let you accept more than 5 payments per year-which if they've only signed up for ebay is possible. Not saying it isn't a scam, but not definite yet...

I'm still not sure this is a scam, but quite a few things are rather weird, even for a first time seller. If they ever answer my email, I'll try and get their phone number and have a quick chat. Not holding my breath though.
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #32 on: May 21, 2011, 07:06:01 pm »
I've not been able to find an answer to my question:

What's the difference between the general features and major specifications?

For example, the latter says capacitance up to 20mF and the former says capacitance to only 100uF.

Does anyone here know? I've seen a similar thing on many websites.

I'm still temped to buy one but would certainly not buy any more than that.

I have attached the manual for the Fluke 15B and 17B. You can find the real specs in there. There is no mention of 20mF range.
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2011, 07:11:39 pm »
seller lists UK address but ships via USPS ???
Doesn't add up either based in USA or UK which one ?

Address details

Myra Kern
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA97 3BC United Kingdom


 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2011, 07:21:56 pm »
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA97 3BC United Kingdom

The postcode for Barrow-in-Furness doesn't match.
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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2011, 07:23:44 pm »
maybe time he is reported, too many loose ends
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2011, 07:24:59 pm »
seller lists UK address but ships via USPS ???
Doesn't add up either based in USA or UK which one ?

Address details

Myra Kern
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA97 3BC United Kingdom





Its a common practice to register them self's in UK ,  get dollars from Paypal , and the items comes from China (warehouse )
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2011, 07:29:48 pm »
he is too cheap though even for a china seller
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2011, 07:30:40 pm »
I agree, but shipping USPS is only possible from USA
Even DealExtreme is shipping for over $90
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/fluke-17b-2-6-lcd-digital-multimeter-meter-2-aa-included-28659
« Last Edit: May 21, 2011, 07:35:23 pm by yachtronics »
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #39 on: May 21, 2011, 07:36:32 pm »
he is too cheap though even for a china seller

She 'Myra'
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #40 on: May 21, 2011, 07:41:33 pm »
If you want to have some more head-scratching, do a whois on the domain uggfree.com
Then do a whois on the domains pdam.info and tagg.info. And for good measure on cartieruk.com (claims to be a UK Cartier jewelery shop ...). Then compare the address details to a whois of channel-of-sports.com

For extra points, try to find the street. Oh, and "Mount Sterling".

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #41 on: May 21, 2011, 07:41:36 pm »
Maybe ill commit to buy a few and just wait for them to contact me about payment!

Then I can ask a few more questions and if nothing comes of it then nothing will be lost.
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #42 on: May 21, 2011, 07:52:22 pm »
Maybe ill commit to buy a few and just wait for them to contact me about payment!

Then I can ask a few more questions and if nothing comes of it then nothing will be lost.

Same here, I have cancelled, if he asks for the money then maybe the goods do exist
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #43 on: May 21, 2011, 08:12:06 pm »
I committed to 4.  Figured if they are somehow legit then I just dropped 100.00 for 4 with shipping.

I sent the seller an email asking if I can condense shipping costs before paying with PayPal.  Lets see if that gets them to respond at least.

If for some reason this person just happened upon these, its just too good of an opportunity to pass up. 

Who knows maybe it was in error and if they are a stand up entity they will stick to their commitment.
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #44 on: May 21, 2011, 08:25:09 pm »
I guess this explains it all!  Here is the email I just received from eBay regarding this very item.

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We're writing to let you know that this listing for an item you won or bid on is no longer available:

180669801802 - FLUKE 17B F17B Digital Multimeter NEW w/carrying bag

We understand this may be disappointing, but occasionally we need to remove listings. In some cases, the item itself is fine, but was listed in a way that didn't follow eBay's guidelines.

Here's what you can do next:

-- If you already paid, received your item, and you're satisfied, please disregard this notice.
-- If you won the item but haven't paid, don't pay. Since eBay removed the listing, you're no longer obligated to go through with the transaction.
-- If you already paid for this item through eBay, and it's past the estimated delivery time, you can open a case in our Resolution Center. Click the link below, and select the "I haven't received it yet" option. This will guide you through the process of opening a case.
http://resolutioncenter.ebay.com

If the seller offers you the item outside of eBay, we strongly discourage you from accepting the offer. These types of transactions are extremely risky and aren't covered by eBay buyer protection programs.

If you didn't pay through eBay or PayPal, and:
-- You paid by Western Union or MoneyGram, contact the company directly (Western Union 800-325-6000 or MoneyGram 800-926-9400).
-- You paid by check, contact your bank to stop payment.

Thanks,

eBay
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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #45 on: May 21, 2011, 08:28:52 pm »
I just bought one of these for the fun of it. Smells very fishy to me so I have not paid yet. I asked the seller to confirm the amount owing, his/her UK address and why USPS is being stated in the auction. If I'm honest, I don't expect a reply.

If I do get a response and it seems fishy, I will contact ebay and request they authenticate the seller for me.

Has anyone considered that these units are not described as fully funtional ? They could be unserviceable duds, but hey I'm game for a laugh  ;D

This'll give us something to talk about for a week or two  ;)


UPDATE...

Awww....... I just received the ebay auction cancellation notice....if it smells fishy then it probably is fishy  ;D
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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #46 on: May 21, 2011, 08:41:55 pm »
Well, for the measly few $ I figured I could afford to loose it, if it came to that.

Then I got the ebay cancellation notice so I went to PayPal to file a dispute but the transaction id was invalid. I did see that there was a check box to cancel my payment as it was unclaimed so I clicked on that and hopefully, that's all that will be required.

Oh well.... I didn't need one, I just thought I'd replace my oldest cheap Chinese DMM with it if it was for real.

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2011, 09:05:30 pm »
I did the same thing.  It was too good to be true.   ;D
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #48 on: May 21, 2011, 09:47:42 pm »
yea just received an email to say the listing is cancelled, I've already cancelled the unclaimed payment and the money is back in my account my guess at this point is that the meters never existed
 

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Re: Unbelievably cheap Fluke 17Bs on eBay?
« Reply #49 on: May 21, 2011, 09:51:11 pm »
I guess this explains it all!  Here is the email I just received from eBay regarding this very item.

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We're writing to let you know that this listing for an item you won or bid on is no longer available:

180669801802 - FLUKE 17B F17B Digital Multimeter NEW w/carrying bag

I just woke up to the same notice. Unfortunately, I already paid via paypal, although it's listed as "unclaimed" and the seller isn't registered with paypal. Does this mean I haven't paid yet for the purposes of:

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-- If you won the item but haven't paid, don't pay. Since eBay removed the listing, you're no longer obligated to go through with the transaction.
-- If you already paid for this item through eBay, and it's past the estimated delivery time, you can open a case in our Resolution Center. Click the link below, and select the "I haven't received it yet" option. This will guide you through the process of opening a case.

In other words, should I cancel through Paypal or through eBay?


Nevermind, I see the answer to my question was posted as I typed the question  :D

 


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