|Re: MadDog ebay: calc seller who uses MoHP to anonymously complain about other sellers|
Message #20 Posted by Gerry Schultz on 8 Feb 2008, 1:42 p.m.,
in response to message #19 by Mad Dog ebaycalcnut
Okay, I have to put my 2 cents in here. I've bought several HP calculators (two HP-97s, HP-41CX, HP-42, HP-28 and a 48S and 48SX) and accessories (books, program cards for the 97s, HP-IL peripherals like two tape drives, printers, HP-IL to RS-232 I/F, 41C video display, etc) over the last year from eBay. I have been very satisfied with the honesty and helpful attitude that I've received from eBay sellers. I even met a guy that repaired my 41C card reader and he did such a good job, I had him repair my damaged original 41C (my baby had a battery leak), 41 printer, both HP-97s for card reader and printer gear repair and he did an excellent job. Of course, I know what I want when I go looking on eBay and I check out that I'm getting what I expect. I ask questions and I've sent emails to sellers if the pictures in their auction don't match the description.
I have never experienced someone trying to deceive me or rip me off. Everyone I have dealt with has bent over backwards to make sure I'm satisfied. If I'm not sure about something, I don't bid. I think the prices are a little high but I'm willing to pay them if it's something I want. I also don't like snipers that come in at the last minute and buy an item out from under me, but that's life at eBay.
In dealing with a seller on eBay, I read what they have written in their auction with a large grain of salt as many are ignorant of the calculator item(s) they are selling. Using words like 'mint', 'rare' and 'new' don't mean much to me as it appears to be a way to jack up the prices even more. If something is in good shape, works and has a few dings, that's fine with me as it will have a more reasonable price and I will USE it.
MadDog ebay, I appreciate you bringing up these questions, but as an adult, I am responsible for what I do. Don't go off the deep end and get all offended that a seller is over-hyping his product. He's just trying to differentiate it from the crowd and get our attention.
So, post your warnings and let me know if you see something weird about an eBay HP calculator auction. I will read it and check it out. It helps me learn what to watch out for. Just, please tone down the rhetoric. If someone pokes a jab at you, laugh along with the rest of us and take a friendly jab back. I know you want to help the rest of us so, thank you and keep it up.