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BUYING CHINA, Procced with extreme caution

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« Reply #45 on: May 22, 2014, 08:47:02 pm »

Just an afterthought. Not all the scammers are in China.

Today my Gut Feeling (aka Premonition) told me to walk away from a Used Diamond Pacific Cabber on eBay. Replies from the seller to questions were vague... even weird... what does the fact that it shoots water 4 feet tell me!?!

Request for a clear photo was met with "no more pictures took".

Well, I took that photo and photoshopped it. When I brightened it it looked like 50% rust. Obviously worn wheels - the seller "didn't know" how long they had it - even a window would help.

Anyway, I RAN, not walked away. I hadn't placed a bid, but stayed around for the results, as it was closing soon. Well, the last bid was $1325 and the auction closed due to "Reserve Not Met". Right. Never ignore that little voice!
Anyway, it was immediately relisted and I see it over $1000 within hours. Hope someone has a lot of Zud!

Too bad the voices were silent when I bought the used Rock Rascal. Being new to all this, the photo looked good and pricing seemed like a deal. Well, after receiving it, I opened the top to see rust that would rival any of my early cars.
Live and learn. Well, some elbow grease and my new found rust remover (Evaporust) cleaned things up pretty well. Wht do manufacturers , knowing there will be inevitable exposure to water, not use stainless screws, etc. and use soon to be rust dust steel?

I'll keep putting my pennies in the piggy, tomorrow I am going to the CabKing showroom nearby. The only thing lapidary related in Illinois that I know of. I may end up becoming a machinist after all this.

Bye all, and listen to the voice... it's your experience and insight talking.

Fred

Hey Fred Billy here aka messofrocks

To me it is always best to purchase things off Craigs List or if you are lucky like me from time to time you can get these things for free off of CL, The benefit of CL you can go check it out first before buying, the down fall only shop your area within in X-amount distance you are willing to travel and strikeout because it is crap when you get there.

So far I got a 12" saw free but missed out on a cabber because I was a second to late, the saw has been a work horse and since yesturday cut over 100 slabs.

Check out what is being offered in my area at this time and within my acceptable travel distance  http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/sss?=sss&query=lapidary nearly every day this will change.

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« Reply #46 on: May 23, 2014, 01:51:17 pm »

Hi Billy,

My area (West of Chicago- 20 mi.) is a desert for the lapidary community. Guess it's because Illinois only offers fluorite, concrete and blacktop.
After almost two years of watching CraigsList, I have seen one cabbing unit, way overpriced, a few tumblers and one slab saw that has been listed for over 6 months now. Bit of a vacuum.

I agree that CraigsList is the way to go - saved a lot of bucks and bought a lot the CL way. As you pointed out, you can see it in real time, and always walk away.

I have to admit that I got an excellent deal on a mint Beacon Star (read Diamond Pacific) TC-10 slab/trim saw a few years back. Guess I lucked out!

Thanks,

Fred
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« Reply #47 on: May 23, 2014, 02:50:39 pm »

Dang so true, you must luck out on CL for sure. I am in the bay area California and they are always posting stuff  but you must luck out on the freebee's.

Best of luck to you and I have recently started selling on eBay, and I don't even trust me.  saved4

boy do I hate eBay

Billy
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« Reply #48 on: July 22, 2015, 04:09:58 pm »

Late arrival to this thread.
Speaking of China rip offs, be very careful buying fossils from China. The Chinese government keeps a very tight control of fossils leaving that country. Most that you see listed on Ebay and other sites are fakes. Especially those lizard looking "fossils". China does however allow some beautiful mineral specimens to leave the country.
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