DANGER: Terry Brandenburg of Hebron, MD is a LIAR

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  1. WY3X

    WY3X Ham Member QRZ Page

    I purchased a Hallicrafters S-38C from this guy advertised as
    "MINT" on E-bay #3009926263. What showed up can barely pass
    for GOOD condition. I e-mailed him prior to paying him explaining
    EXACTLY what I expected to show up based on CCA grading
    standards. He did not reply, which SHOULD have been a warning
    to me! What the UPS man left here can only be used for parts. I
    e-mailed Mr. Brandenburg explaining my displeasure and the
    reasons:

    1. There is a hole through to the shaft in the center of the on/off/volume knob.
    2. Numerous surface scratches covering the cabinet.
    3. The paper back cover is bent and cracked at the bend.
    4. The labels on the bottom are cracked/peeling.
    5. The rubber feet are dry rotted and cracked.
    6. The top of the cabinet is dented down about 1/4 inch at the rear.
    7. The original owners manual is missing.

    What I received back from him was:
    WEB, IN MY DESCRIPTION I DESCRIBED IT AS NEAR MINT
    AND I DIDNT SAY HOW NEAR. THE KNOB IS ALL I SAW
    WRONG THE FRAME WAS FINE AND IF YOU EXPECT ME TO
    BELEIVE YOU CAN ONLY USE IT FOR PARTS AND THAT YOUR
    AFRAID TO PLUG IT IN WELL YOU BETTER CLEAN THOSE COBWEBS
    FROM THE ATTIC! THATS A GREAT RADIO ENJOY IT! AND AS
    FOR MY DISCLAIMER " ALL SALES FINAL, INVOICE HIGHER THAN
    TRUE AND FINAL COST TO DEALER.

    What a CHEAT! (I didn't say how near it was) After all, I did e-mail
    him prior to paying him and supplied him with an EXACT description
    of what MINT means....

    Stay clear of this liar and cheat- lest you be BURNED like he
    burned me! Anyone who would like a photo of the piece of crap he
    sent me is welcome to e-mail me with requests. If you've been burned
    before and know what feels like, please feel free to e-mail Mr. Brandenburg
    on my behalf: Terrybburg@aol.com although I doubt that a few hundred
    e-mails will sway this horse-toothed jackass!

    73 all, and BEWARE MR. BRANDENBURG of HEBRON, MD!!!

    -Web Williams, KR4WM in Myrtle Beach, SC
     
  2. WB4ZOH

    WB4ZOH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Web,
    I never enjoy reading about a fellow ham being "taken", either by an auction or buy/sell transaction.

    This prompted me to check check the item on eBay and for me, I noticed several 'red flag' items:

    Use of "Mint" and "Near Mint" descriptions
    Neutral and Negative feedback
    Only one picture, front view
    Poor quality of photograph
    Description of the item in general
    Manner of reference on how well it works
    "Buy it Now" amount for stated condition

    It seems the seller presented information that triggered the desired reaction as the auction was quickly ended using the "Buy it Now" feature. Also, noted the item listed for a very short time, just under 3 hours.

    There's a lot of room for "should have done this", especially for the experienced eBay'er. However, for all of us honest buyers & sellers, this proves only too well, how quickly the obvious can be overlooked.

    Angerly we curse at the mantra - "buyer beware", then next...
     
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