|Re: HP 41CX halfnut_Buy on Ebay|
Message #11 Posted by Bill Platt on 30 May 2003, 12:20 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by Ted
I just bought a used 41 CV fullnut on e-bay.
The seller concealed the fact that the battery terminals were corroded. Would not work until I took it apart, and cleaned--corrosion even got into the contacts on the main PCB.
(By the way, I learned how to open it up safely by going to the excellent write up here in the museum--written by Stefan Vorkoetter, found in the articles forum, under "reapairs")
In every other way, a brand new looking unit. I do not think the original owner ever used it.
But now she works, anyway.
I also bought a 48g dud, similar situation. Seller said it works, but it didn't. He said "Sorry about your luck--claim it on the postage insurance---which the post office of course refused because the shipping package was pristine.
So now I know what's going on in some cases:
1. seller sells a dud (and buyer is supposed to understand this somehow)
2. Buyer buys, with "postal insurace"
3. Buyer takes package after receiving it, and beats it up a bit,
4. Buyer requests postage receipt, takes mess to post office, and claims!
Seems like a scam, and I bet it happens more and more on EBAY.