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ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #1 Posted by John Robinson on 17 Sept 2012, 8:30 p.m.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/330287541548

      
Is this for real?
Message #2 Posted by Luiz C. Vieira (Brazil) on 18 Sept 2012, 1:07 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Robinson

What are the odds the seller missed the point? Or missed the dot in US $1.99?

This is the kind of moment I briefly feel I'm normal...

Thanks for sharing.

Luiz (Brazil)

            
Re: Is this for real?
Message #3 Posted by Walter B on 18 Sept 2012, 1:46 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Luiz C. Vieira (Brazil)

I know a similar guy in German TAS who asks usually for a factor of ten more than it's worth for the starting bid. A 1% charge for unsold items every time might help to prevent exaggerated stuff spoiling the marketplace.

            
Re: Is this for real?
Message #4 Posted by Bruce Bergman on 18 Sept 2012, 9:02 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by Luiz C. Vieira (Brazil)

I have seen this price mentioned before on the 35s zipper case. I could never understand why anyone would pay it. Yes, it's an awesome case, but $200??

Maybe I should sell mine. That will get me two 15c's, and about 10 30b's. :-)

thanks, bruce

            
Re: Is this for real?
Message #5 Posted by aurelio on 23 Sept 2012, 9:46 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Luiz C. Vieira (Brazil)

Ciao Luiz, what do you think here too is matter of wrong point or comma, or the value of the calc is the real one- the item was sold

                  
Re: Is this for real?
Message #6 Posted by Maximilian Hohmann on 24 Sept 2012, 6:07 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by aurelio

Hello!

Quote:
... too is matter of wrong point or comma, or the value of the calc is the real one- the item was sold

I followed that one too. Too good to be true, if it really was one of the two calculators flown on the ASTP mission. If it was actually one of those two, the price should be one or two orders of magnitude higher! Anyway, I doubt that it was really sold, as the first and last bids were made by the same person with "private" bidding status, which always rings the fraud-alert bell with me.

Regards Max

      
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #7 Posted by Nigel J Dowrick on 18 Sept 2012, 5:18 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Robinson

Clicking on the purchase history shows that no-one has yet paid more than $35 for this item, and that its price has changed (mostly increasing) over time. So it's not a misprint for $1.99 ...

Nigel (UK)

            
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #8 Posted by Dave on 18 Sept 2012, 10:25 a.m.,
in response to message #7 by Nigel J Dowrick

That's incredible. Most of the 35s's on ebay are going for $35. That's the whole calculator with case and manual and often free shipping. How could so many people fall for this?

                  
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #9 Posted by Eric Rechlin on 18 Sept 2012, 11:41 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by Dave

The 35s sold now does not come with that nice clamshell case anymore.

Eric

                        
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #10 Posted by Raymond Del Tondo on 18 Sept 2012, 1:32 p.m.,
in response to message #9 by Eric Rechlin

I have one of the old 35s units that came with the zipper case. The zipper broke even before the batts went flat, and the latter happened automatically after a few months:-/

                              
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #11 Posted by Reth on 18 Sept 2012, 3:58 p.m.,
in response to message #10 by Raymond Del Tondo

I second that, that case was a piece of $#it, good for nothing

                              
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #12 Posted by Luiz C. Vieira (Brazil) on 18 Sept 2012, 11:20 p.m.,
in response to message #10 by Raymond Del Tondo

Ditto!

Mine has only one zip locker (one of them broke in some parts) and the zipper is only a track where the zip locker moves back and forward. The zipper never closes.

Luiz (Brazil)

                  
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #13 Posted by Calum Tait on 18 Sept 2012, 4:57 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by Dave

Obviously, this is a special case as it's made of "leather" rather than the cheap vinyl type material that my HP-35s case came in! A limited edition by those nice people at Dunhill or a finely crafted Louis Vuitton perhaps? Seriously though, I do know people who buy things without looking at the price.

      
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #14 Posted by Mike Morrow on 18 Sept 2012, 10:55 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Robinson

Here it is properly linked for postings on this site: Kalifornia-tard.

      
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #15 Posted by Namir on 18 Sept 2012, 2:47 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Robinson

The devil is in the details!!

      
Why that...??? : ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #16 Posted by Luiz C. Vieira (Brazil) on 18 Sept 2012, 11:27 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Robinson

I wonder why did the seller wrote

Quote:
*** Calculator(s) shown in picture(s) are not included ***
when there are no calculators in the picture at all?

Weird...er.

Luiz (Brazil)

            
Re: Why that...??? : ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #17 Posted by BruceH on 19 Sept 2012, 4:52 p.m.,
in response to message #16 by Luiz C. Vieira (Brazil)

Quote:
I wonder why did the seller wrote

*** Calculator(s) shown in picture(s) are not included ***

when there are no calculators in the picture at all?

Weird...er.

Luiz (Brazil)


Because the pictures aren't his either and there is always the risk that the real owner of the pictures might mischievously add in a calculator or two once he or she realises that they've been hijacked for an auction.
                  
Re: Why that...??? : ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #18 Posted by Luiz C. Vieira (Brazil) on 19 Sept 2012, 9:00 p.m.,
in response to message #17 by BruceH

Makes sense... to me, at least 8^)

Cheers.

Luiz (Brazil)

      
Re: ebay bargain - NOT !
Message #19 Posted by mr-scorpio on 21 Sept 2012, 12:44 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Robinson

If you look at the previous 54 sold, the price since 2009 fluctuated between $16 & $35 dollars. Quite possibly a mistake?


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