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Offline bitseeker

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Re: What are your favourite worthless auction phrases?
« Reply #75 on: April 03, 2018, 05:52:06 pm »
I think mdszy was being ironic.

I very honestly wasn't. I hadn't considered things like including photos of the unit in operation or not using certain phrasing that is vague and unhelpful. I wasn't being ironic!

It's good to know that even a thread that's primarily for ranting and/or humor has educational value.  :-+

Mdszy's response also makes one wonder what percentage of the eBay sellers whose methods we despise simply fall under Hanlon's razor (although I'd replace the word 'stupidity' with 'ignorance').
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Re: What are your favourite worthless auction phrases?
« Reply #76 on: April 03, 2018, 05:59:45 pm »
I think mdszy was being ironic.

I very honestly wasn't. I hadn't considered things like including photos of the unit in operation or not using certain phrasing that is vague and unhelpful. I wasn't being ironic!

It's good to know that even a thread that's primarily for ranting and/or humor has educational value.  :-+

Mdszy's response also makes one wonder what percentage of the eBay sellers whose methods we despise simply fall under Hanlon's razor (although I'd replace the word 'stupidity' with 'ignorance').

Yeah I'd imagine lots of it is people not knowing what they have and wanting to get it off their hands. Like a lot of the "pulled from a working environment" kind of things read to me as - I don't know what this is, I don't know how to test it. I very honestly hadn't considered "Oh, I'm saying this thing works, maybe I should include photos of it turned on." which, in hindsight, sounds kinda stupid. But still, I wasn't trying to screw anyone over or anything.
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Re: What are your favourite worthless auction phrases?
« Reply #77 on: April 03, 2018, 06:32:09 pm »
Yep, now if there was only a way to get those sellers to read this thread. ;D
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Re: What are your favourite worthless auction phrases?
« Reply #78 on: April 04, 2018, 06:44:41 am »
Change the word "worthless" to "worthwhile" in the thread title.


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Re: What are your favourite worthless auction phrases?
« Reply #79 on: April 09, 2018, 06:36:27 am »
"Configured"

A phrase usually added by companies selling old enterprise-grade computers, as an excuse for jacking up the price up so high that no sane person would actually buy said product from them.
 

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Re: What are your favourite worthless auction phrases?
« Reply #80 on: April 09, 2018, 10:06:39 am »
'Barn find' for any old rusty piece of crap that a seller has dredged up out of whatever swamp they live near.

'Vintage' yeah, whatever, I don;t ghive a toss if it's old or new, if I want it then that word has no meaning.

'Rare', usually applied to items which sold in tens if not hundreds of thousands so it's not 'rare' at all.

'working but sold as spares & repairs only because of screwdriver experts' Usually applied to old radio gear and a pretty sure fire indicator that it's a piece of crap that's had more people in it than the workers in a brothel.

'Widebanded' see above.

'an easy fix for someone who knows what they're doing', again, see above but also means 'everyone I know has had a go and buggered it up even more'

'haven't got time to fix it', same again.



 

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Re: What are your favourite worthless auction phrases?
« Reply #81 on: April 10, 2018, 03:02:52 am »
We found it amusing (and pretty obvious) that vendors who had obviously acquired a job lot of some particular item had two piles on sale - "tested and working" and "untested".  :)

Exactly. Any equipment offered by a T&M vendor that is marked "untested" should really be considered:

  • Broken
  • Scavenged of rare/expensive bits
  • Both


   All of the above = Tucker Electronics.   Look at one of their REAL test equipment catalogs one day.  Everything that they sell on E-bay is the leftover junk that should have gone into the trash dumpster.
 


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