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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15900 on: September 05, 2018, 05:21:55 pm »

... $10 and $65 in my case. I'm not sure whether that is :) or :(

But it is marked "used", and the picture indicates plausible operation.
Depending on what it is and who it came from, it could be a very good thing  :P
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I'm happy about the sale price, less happy about the GSP p&p cost.

Ah yes i remember seeing that exact PSU from that exact seller. Its quite a neat looking unit.


As for GSP i like it for shipping boatanchors since its usually the cheapest way when the thing you want to ship weighs 30kg. But for small and light things GSP is indeed ridiculously expensive. As an alternative i use a reshipping service. If i need to buy something that has GSP but its cheap and small i will instead have it shipped to a US reshipping service and then have them ship it to me over normal cheap USPS.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15901 on: September 05, 2018, 05:53:34 pm »
Here is a graphic example of how companies are over estimating their delivery times so they can claim that they have a good record of "over delivering on their promise", my 3468A ordered from the USA on the 25th August and here are today's tracking information on it, T1 to T4. According to the original date I still have another 19 days to wait before TEA begins again  :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15902 on: September 05, 2018, 05:58:41 pm »
That's not bad.

I fucking hate eBay. Just got my sellers fees due this month. £118  :-- (and that was with the seller £1/3 discounts)
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15903 on: September 05, 2018, 06:07:45 pm »
Ohya! I thought mine were bad at £38!  8)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15904 on: September 05, 2018, 06:07:55 pm »
That's not bad.

I fucking hate eBay. Just got my sellers fees due this month. £118  :-- (and that was with the seller £1/3 discounts)
Our NZ Trademe is no better, 2 new scope sales = ~$140 NZ in fees !  :rant:

But I do jack the prices to cover the fees.  >:D
I list my company name too, too bad if buyers can't use Google.  :palm:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15905 on: September 05, 2018, 06:14:54 pm »
I got mine through as wel land I've shifted shitloads of stuff, £11.58. bd139, you must have sold truckloads if you listed it all on the £1 listing offer???
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15906 on: September 05, 2018, 06:31:12 pm »
Yeah I've got 4 eBay accounts selling different things (I don't just do test gear) :-DD
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15907 on: September 05, 2018, 06:33:21 pm »
That's not bad.

I fucking hate eBay. Just got my sellers fees due this month. £118  :-- (and that was with the seller £1/3 discounts)

It is, of course, easy to completely avoid all sellers' fees (and the associated income tax).

So stop whining :)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15908 on: September 05, 2018, 06:37:09 pm »
It is indeed but then you have to put up with a limited market and limited competition for the items which drives pricing down to non-profitable levels.

I will still whine at paying average 8% for this.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15909 on: September 05, 2018, 06:46:26 pm »
It is indeed but then you have to put up with a limited market and limited competition for the items which drives pricing down to non-profitable levels.

I will still whine at paying average 8% for this.

You can also easily avoid limited markets and non-profotable prices :)

You could also look at the costs of using traditional auction houses, and weep.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15910 on: September 05, 2018, 06:55:23 pm »
I sell anything I think will sell with enough of a margin on it to make it worthwhile, small items are the best, delivery is less expensive.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15911 on: September 05, 2018, 06:57:23 pm »
It is indeed but then you have to put up with a limited market and limited competition for the items which drives pricing down to non-profitable levels.

I will still whine at paying average 8% for this.

You can also easily avoid limited markets and non-profotable prices :)

You could also look at the costs of using traditional auction houses, and weep.

Oh yes those are even worse. But the Internet is a wonderful tool to run the race to the bottom on pricing so I'll be damned if I'm not going to stop whining until it's a lot cheaper :)

I sell anything I think will sell with enough of a margin on it to make it worthwhile, small items are the best, delivery is less expensive.

This is true. Small high value items are good. Medium items are ok as well (scopes etc) as the scarcity of decent ones means people are willing to come fetch them, at least if you live in London thus solving that problem.

As I found recently, cars are bastards to shift. Especially broken ones.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15912 on: September 05, 2018, 07:53:31 pm »

This is true. Small high value items are good. Medium items are ok as well (scopes etc) as the scarcity of decent ones means people are willing to come fetch them, at least if you live in London thus solving that problem.

As I found recently, cars are bastards to shift. Especially broken ones.

I use EBay to buy stuff but I've never used it to sell items. I can't be bothered with the fees, the shipping, and the BS. In the rare instances where I do sell something it's via my local Craigslist. And I've had 100% success with it..

Would you care to go fetch this for me? It appears to be in good shape and the price is decent. One problem. It's in mid-town Manhattan. No fawking way am I driving down there and fight that grid lock. I could take the train from here to Grand Central and then perhaps cab but a 465 would get damn heavy after a while. I'll pass.  :phew:


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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15913 on: September 05, 2018, 10:21:00 pm »
Sometimes you just can't have nice things. Someone is gonna come along and destroy it. This is the retaining wall in front of my place. The road takes a very sharp curve at that very spot. It's been hit before, the last time was about 4 years ago.

Last week the landlord painted the wall the gray color you see here. This past Saturday, during the day in clear weather, this old fart in a brand new Acura fails to make the curve with the result as shown. Messed up his car real bad. It had to be towed. The speed limit on that road is 35 MPH. He must have been really flying. Karma got a dumbass.  >:D
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15914 on: September 05, 2018, 10:30:33 pm »
That takes some skill to fuck up like that.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15915 on: September 05, 2018, 10:31:03 pm »
Perhaps the landlord should have painted the roadside of the wall in a bright colour so it was obviously not the roadway?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15916 on: September 05, 2018, 10:33:45 pm »
There's a perfectly good line there that says "this is the edge of the roadway". Thus the colour of the wall isn't important.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15917 on: September 05, 2018, 10:34:23 pm »
Perhaps the landlord should have painted the roadside of the wall in a bright colour so it was obviously not the roadway?

Or painted a target on it that said "Hit me!"  :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15918 on: September 05, 2018, 10:52:49 pm »
Anyone else notice that notifications from the blog quit working? Been that way for a few days now. I tried "un-notify" then "re-notify" and it still doesn't work. Is it just me?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15919 on: September 05, 2018, 11:09:37 pm »
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15920 on: September 05, 2018, 11:49:42 pm »
I hope my situation will serve as fair warning to those who are not yet consumed by the affliction - run while you can.

The photos of your benches might indeed cause a withdrawal from TEA. My collection suddenly looks so terribly feeble.  :palm:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15921 on: September 06, 2018, 12:05:15 am »
Just a random “fuck you UPS” comment. Just had a box arrive with some cable and PL259’s in it and there was a fist sized hole in it and half the PL259’s were missing.  >:(

Supplier are sending more out via Royal Mail but that’s just shit. They’re probably rolling around on the floor in their Tamworth warehouse at the moment.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15922 on: September 06, 2018, 12:47:41 am »
Gmail has started putting emails from eevblog into spam lately.

That's exactly what happen. It's all sitting in spam. Fix that. Thanks!  :-+
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15923 on: September 06, 2018, 01:22:12 am »
I sell anything I think will sell with enough of a margin on it to make it worthwhile, small items are the best, delivery is less expensive.
My selling excursions on fleaBay long ago devolved into a simple equation... "Is it worth several hundred dollars?" if not, "Will it fit in a flat-rate USPS box?" and if both are false, I usually use it until it sells locally on CL or it dies, then off to the Goodwill with it.

Half the good parts taken off my PT Cruiser when I facelifted to the 2006-2010 body style went that way. eBay marketplace is effed-up; I got $40 for a set of aftermarket foglights that cost me $25 (I had installed RGB halo rings); but I couldn't give $90 worth of perfectly serviceable (I'd been using them for 7 years) headlights with all bulbs away for cost of shipping. Got $30 for them locally 15 minutes after I posted. :-//

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #15924 on: September 06, 2018, 02:15:37 am »
We don't have CL over here, we have Shpock or Gumtree and I have never had any success with these platforms, it seems to be flooded with idiots who like to do nothing else but waste your time with not answering messages and or not even turning to collect the items.

Ebay on the other hand has generally been very good.
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