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That's the trick to Ebay... Reading the description, noting what's NOT said
and asking pertinent questions. Another is sticking to the budget and not
getting caught up in a bidding war. To that end, I use an automated bidding
service, esnipe.com, set the maximum I want to pay and don't look at it
again. It bids in the last 3 seconds or so and I get an Email when the
auction closes telling me if I won or not. 

I know these things and STILL get caught out when rare items come up. I
bought a Dolby 422 decoder that came in semi-inoperative. I'd been looking
for one at a reasonable price and hadn't seen one in over a year of
searching. When I saw it, discipline went out the window. Now, I can't even
find anyone at Dolby to talk to to find out how and where to get it
repaired, never mind how much it'd cost! They don't even have a manual for
the thing so it may be that it works fine and I just don't know how to use
it. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Lennick
> Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 6:12 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST]
> 
> If you know what you're looking for and what questions to 
> ask, you can find bargains on eBay. When my venerable SP-15 
> died last year, eBay yielded up one in decent condition for a 
> couple of hundred dollars.
> 
> dl
> 
> Lou Judson wrote:
> 
> > I NEVER shop ebay, just too many scams and spams. It is a place to 
> > check used prices and maybe buy used gear if you know how 
> to evaluate 
> > it, but I personally shop online at a number of the 
> references already 
> > given, then go to get it locally - and find I can get it 
> nearby nearly 
> > as easily, without polluting the air with Fedex and UPS.
> >
> > But it would help to know what you are looking for if you want 
> > sepcific recommendations... Like where you are located and 
> what type 
> > of gear needed.
> >
> > Lou
> >
> > Lou Judson . Intuitive Audio
> > 415-883-2689
> >
> > On Sep 26, 2005, at 3:14 PM, Scott Phillips wrote:
> >
> > > I agree Richard, and I also by from eBay pretty 
> heavily....but that 
> > > is generally because I know exactly what I want and don't 
> expect any 
> > > help from the vendor beyond the box in the mail. Also have to be 
> > > very careful.
>