I only buy new.
Every single thing I've ever bought off of a ham had something wrong with it that they did not disclose with the exception of a W2IHY 2 band equalizer. I mean right down to something like a microphone.
I will sell to finance my new stuff and usually do it here or QTH. Amazon payments work well for me or USPS M.O.
But yeah. If you don't like the price, shake your head and move on. Nothing against someone seeing what the market will bear for their merchandise.
I have bought used ham equipment, generally no problems and the one time I did I got a partial refund and kept the VFO
Originally Posted by N8YX
Nothing wrong but they should be label as dealers. My self I would never buy from them as they have no long term experience with the item they are selling to qualify the item as good or bad.
Originally Posted by K1OIK
Almost all vintage ham equipment is sold by what you call dealers. There is no need for them to state the obvious that they are dealers.
Originally Posted by N1JGE
It is rare when a vintage piece of gear is listed as working because dealers have no means to test it and hams either just don't or know it does not work and just say they haven't used it in 40,000 years.
I can buy a DX-40, do nothing to it BUT do a video on it and sell it for a modest gain merely because I can prove it works.
Most dealers don't screw you because they need to sell more
It's frustrating to not get what you're loking for at a bargain. If you want a deal, you need to be active with hams in your area. The best deals will often come from fellow hams, especially if you're just starting out in the hobby. Posting about the high price of used gear again isn't going to change it. At least it hasn't helped all the other times this topic came up.
Just because someone wants a bargain doesn't mean it is going to happen. There are some good deals out there but you have the be patient to find one.
I have bought some rigs new which I prefer. One FT-5200 from Craigslist which was a better deal when I went to buy it than I thought it was. He tossed in some extra stuff he didn't want with it. I still have it.
I have bought from friends and bought an IC-746 on eBay and it was a real nice rig I sold a few years later here on the Zed for $50 less than I bought it for and I still have the Icom PS15 power supply it came with.
The only rig I have ever bought that was a problem child was an FT-8100 dual band rig I bought new. Yaesu had to repair it, I had to repair it, and Scott Malcom repaired it more recently. None the less I still have it.
It seems strange to me that people have so many problems with rigs they bought new. Other than the FT-8100 I haven't had any problems with rigs new or used.
I wouldn't care to buy a sophisticated transceiver to resell with shipping. Too many things to check out to make sure they work ok and large heavy shipping is a pain without original boxes and packing material.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to receive."
-Otto Watt Sept. 5 1925
One reason sellers can overprice stuff here on QRZed is that it SELLS regardless of the price. They can ask TWICE what a new one goes for, and it will SELL!!! There are always plenty of Trust Fund Kids out there who have no concept of money and will pay ANY PRICE WHATSOEVER, just so they can get what they want.
So Sellers ask ridiculous prices for things and GET IT! BIG MONEY made here on QRZed in radio sales!
So tell me you have a radio that you deem worth $500 but you check the market and find people are paying $1000 for it so what do you do?
Originally Posted by WA6MHZ
This is the primary reason I read all the swapmeets I can every day. I figured that over time I would get a good understanding of prices and their variability. There are ridiculous asking prices, but you will find some good deals also. I shy away from bad spellers and those with lousy syntax, except for old timers. If you can't write a coherent ad, it makes me wonder if you can operate a modern rig with any skill. Why would I want to buy or trade with someone like that?
I have found that what someone asks for something and what they end up taking is sometimes (not
Originally Posted by WA6MHZ
always) quite different. On a few occasions, I have emailed the seller, after he/she has posted the item
as being sold and asked if they minded telling me what they ended up getting. Some will tell you and others
will tell you none of your business or not respond at all. Of those that do tell me what they ended up
taking, it usually turns out they took less, sometimes much less, than their asking (and sometimes FIRM)
price! So, just because someone states their FIRM price is X-amount of dollars, that is not always the case.
I never post a FIRM price. I do have a rock bottom, won't take any less price. But, it's not posted.
As I stated elsewhere, I like to haggle. That is part of the fun. Blame my grandfather for that one. He used to take me to the monthly flea market here, long ago, and haggling was an art form and very much expected.
So, just because someone posts a price in the ad and it sells, it doesn't mean they got that price.
And sometimes, the "buyer" backs out. It pays to email the seller and tell them if their current deal falls
thru, to please email you and you will make an offer. Or give them what they want if the price is a good one.
I have done that and ended up getting things that I thought were sold to someone else.