ebay idiots

William Donzelli wdonzelli at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 19:44:27 CST 2009

>  Well, in this particular case I doubt the guy is going to be laughing
>  all the way to the bank.

I was more or less using the latter example, with the Spectrum
Analyzer. None of us know that whole picture of whatever was going on.

>  I don't consider myself an expert on the surplus business, but I would
>  consider myself pretty well informed on what terminals have been doing.

OK, so I now I can comment on your example.

Yes, we know that the initial prices for the tube were too much, and
yes, we also acknowledge that you are the go to guy for terminals
around these parts. But, consider the seller. He likely has no idea
who you are, or what sort of qualifications you have, when you tell
him he is way off the mark. Surplus dealers are often told the item X
in their inventory is way too expensive. Yes, sometimes it is, and
some honest customer is really just telling the truth. But, for every
honest evaluation are one or two cheapskates trying to lowball and
walk away with a super deal. I see this *all* the time - for example,
almost *every* month I go to the MIT flea, I get one or two different
guys trying to convince me that some part (mostly from my vacuum
tubes) is worth only a fraction of what I want (the sad thing is that
these cheapskates do this in order to save only one or two dollars.).
But, I do not know if these guys are tube gurus or penny pinchers. So,
I stick with my price until I can do some proper research, or if I get
a few different people telling me the same thing. Of course, it turns
out that most are pinchers and not gurus.

So, do not be alarmed if your advice, as honest as it is, is ignored
or taken lightly. Just move along, knowing you did your part.


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