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23 hours ago, Mclaneinc said:

"Getting" ?

 

Ordered 2 things last week, both UK stock, both actually in China...Guy writes to me as asks me to do a positive feedback.

 

When I found out the hair trimmer set was both in China and almost certainly not going to have any valid safety, I write back to him saying I was expecting stuff from a London address so that he had liedl but its going to take ages and told him I didn't trust the safety of the electrical item. I also said that if I have to return it I will only send to a london address. He wrote back and refunded me and told me to keep the clippers as a gift.

 

But the item before that was yet again Chinese and broken on delivery..

 

Its already a very bad place..

 

Also the quality of stuff is awful at best...Silver conductive paint that had zero conductivity but sold at a not knock off price. And from the state of some of the computer equipment seen in advert its clear its just a turd sale.

 

How has eBay, once a pioneer in the business of marrying up people that needed things (at first they were used items you'd find at a garage sale) to sellers wanting to get rid of their excess stuff (junk to them), become this din of unethical purveyors, wolves, preying on honest folks?  It is a sad statement.  It does always go back to, you get what you pay for.   If you want qualify items, Ebay may not be the best place (Chinese Drop-shipped items). I wouldn't trust anything electrical from Chinese.  Hell, they have destroyed the world's economy.   

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Well part of that was why I moaned re the electrical trimmer obviously..

 

Small bonus from it, its a USB charged trimmer and metered out what should be happening and its safe (so far) but I also got an email for Ebay (apparently) saying someone had been using his account...yeah right..

 

The second item turned up as well (a set of pots and pan hooks), cheap as chips quality but ok for the pans...

 

I also see the S.A.M. software noted in another thread at $150.00 has again not sold as no one will bid on it from the shill history of similar (same item) sales..

 

Ebay, not fit for purpose in most cases..

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What's worse... ebay started selling, exporting, partnering with other sites to fix prices... people fall for it.... ebay and terapeek rolled into one and propagated to other sites.... all to convince you a 3000.00 lint pocket is truely worth it...   so let's all check worthless point...  for worthless pricing provided by ebay....   wooo hoooo, and you can pay for it if you like, become a member for xxx and get this extra xxxx for xxxx     sadly people are already using it to try to back up their ebay pricing....   Nobody reads the fine print.....

 

very circular, sort of like spreading false stories and having people repeat and report those falsehoods, then siting the reports and stories told to say it's all true.   ah it's all the same these days...

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Just wanted to report that Ben is still in business and seems to be doing well. 

He's still providing the great service and attention to detail I remember from way back.

Yes, you do have to be patient and go along with his limited ways to receive payment, but I think its worth it. 

Overall, I am very satisfied with my little box of Atari loot I received today from him.

 

 

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Hell I live here in Portland. I should introduce myself and check out his wares

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Currently on the phone with Ben as I type. He seems to be spryly. I'm going to grab Planetarium from him. 

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Ben is trying to talk me into an Indus GT i think it was. What do you guys  think? 1050 maybe?

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Power without the price, 1050, and any of the upgrades (there are a multitude of cost effective and very capable duplicator, archivers, double density upgrades, roll your own even! for little scratch!) ....

 

If you want to use the Atari a keyboard/Terminal for CP/M, then shell out the bucks for an indus and tear it open, install additional memory...

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1050s, Common.  Parts are available.  Lots of upgrades.  Enhanced density for weird capacity dependent programs like Atari's Silent Butler.  Requires the 1050 enhanced mode.

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I live close to him but with covid  his arrangements keep changing on me so it's rather frustrating. First he wants money order so I buy one then he leaves me a message he wants hand delivered cash. Then his caretaker says no and the whole deal flip flops again. Aaaagh...

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