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I did my good deed for the day..    A guy listed on Gumtree FOR FREE to give away a Garrard 301 with SME 3009 Arm!!!! 😮    I promptly rang him and told him he was potentially throw

Gumtree is a eBay owned business for some time now. Surprising when one hears it the first time but true.   As far as 300% profit which you call outrageous, it is not different to what super

I really want to throw this SNA member under the bus for his actions lately. I sold him a set of the Yamaha's in the ad for $1900 and he has them listed at $4000 now. Also he was $100 short which he n

4 minutes ago, Stump said:

Any members in Istanbul ? 

Pass Labs XP-27 phono amp in excellent condition.

 

https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa2e88-pass-labs-xp-27-220-240v-50-60hz-phono

Hmmm- yes Stump--seems genuine-mentions references/etc.

 

And he is correct Turkey banned  PayPal  couple of years ago--mixed reasons have filtered out ,seems still at an Impasse so consider TT with  sparse recourse I suppose.

 

Good Luck

 

Willco

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23 minutes ago, Willco said:

Hmmm- yes Stump--seems genuine-mentions references/etc.

 

And he is correct Turkey banned  PayPal  couple of years ago--mixed reasons have filtered out ,seems still at an Impasse so consider TT with  sparse recourse I suppose.

 

Good Luck

 

Willco

I am strongly considering a new Esoteric E-02 Phono Stage but see this as a much better buy for similar price....

Stump

 

P.S If I was to go for the Pass Labs XP-27 I would have him drop it off at the local dealer to check then have it sent to Australia direct after payment.....

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On 20/05/2020 at 9:34 AM, Cafad said:

A little Sansui goodness, direct from Japan so it's 100 volt.

 

http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=v717522174

Yes that is in good nick...hard now to find minty condition 929's that are 240V...though the one I bought on StereoNET here two year ago comes close... :)

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58 minutes ago, Raffinator said:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/303576118723

 

Seems like he’s challenging the tech community on the repairs for this CD player. Anyone want to take on the challenge?

Interestingly, this Cdp also has a 24/96 Dac with coax and toslink inputs which reviewed quite favourably back in the day. Presumably the Dac still functions despite the tray problem. Sounds like a DIY guy in these parts could get that fixed. That said, a $185 starting bid might be a tad ambitious.

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41 minutes ago, lemarquis said:

Interestingly, this Cdp also has a 24/96 Dac with coax and toslink inputs which reviewed quite favourably back in the day. Presumably the Dac still functions despite the tray problem. Sounds like a DIY guy in these parts could get that fixed. That said, a $185 starting bid might be a tad ambitious.

one for rockeater over in WA,

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1 hour ago, Willmax said:

 Probably the biggest flipper in Aus! 

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9 minutes ago, romekaff said:

 Probably the biggest flipper in Aus! 

Bought a couple records from this seller a couple years back. Copious amounts of all kinds of vintage gear and rekkids. I'd bet their turnover gives standard hi-fi shops a serious run for their money. (per employe). I reckon there has to be (is) some genuine passion for it all somewhere in all of it.

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Yeah he has ended up with a few speakers I have previously restored. Amazing how they ended up all the way in Adelaide.

 

I am pretty sure it's strictly business for him but it obviously started with passion for the gear or music. In previous dealings he has boasted about how little money he paid for gear in the past which was a bit of a put off.

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Definitely a business model. A friend has his TT picked up for $85 only to be listed next day for sale at $350. 

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He makes no bones about running a business. So I don’t have any issue. 
I’ve dealt with him a few times and it’s always been honest and direct. We even came to an agreement over a fault which was fine.

IMO it’s no different to Hifi Exchange.

Also he uses a very competent tech 

If you wanted the items then you could have bid just like anybody else

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46 minutes ago, jakeyb77 said:

IMO it’s no different to Hifi Exchange.

Also he uses a very competent tech 

If you wanted the items then you could have bid just like anybody else

Totally agree. He's running a business. A lot of risk doing these auctions, never know exactly what you;re getting until you get it. Good luck to him I say.

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9 hours ago, lemarquis said:

Totally agree. He's running a business. A lot of risk doing these auctions, never know exactly what you;re getting until you get it. Good luck to him I say.

Is he running a business though? I don't care either way but I am now curious? I would love to sell vintage hi-fi as a full-time job.

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We do it in a different collecting world to hifi and it is way fun.  You do find yourself with a lot of stuff that you can’t bring yourself to sell though.

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On 24/05/2020 at 11:32 AM, ray4410 said:

one for rockeater over in WA,

Yes, I am thinking about it. But at $155 plus another $35 for the courier it is $200 before I even start.

The mechanism is listed as Philips VAM without any details, so do not know what to expect.

I fixed couple of 99s and 66 and 67 so I do not think this should be an issue.

It is just I am not sure if there is a market for one of these once fixed.

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On 24/05/2020 at 8:59 PM, romekaff said:

 Probably the biggest flipper in Aus! 

Definitely.

It is almost useless reading Adelaide Gumtree since 80% of the listings are from this person, who usually works on a 300% mark up on his cost. It is almost his private online store, for which he pays nothing and whatever the original idea of Gumtree may have been, this person makes it something for which it was never intended.:angry2:

 

Avoid!

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I've met him twice. On Sunday I spent several hours with him selling him some guitar equipment and CDs.

 

He is a nice bloke, and has a passion for music. I don't like all of the ads that gum up Gumtree though. I'd prefer commercial sellers use eBay.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Darryl said:

I've met him twice. On Sunday I spent several hours with him selling him some guitar equipment and CDs.

 

He is a nice bloke, and has a passion for music. I don't like all of the ads that gum up Gumtree though. I'd prefer commercial sellers use eBay.

 

 

Is he a commerical seller though? He doesn't advertise a business name? Does he ask for receipts when purchasing off you and does he invoice when selling?

 

 

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No receipts.

I guess when I said commercial seller I meant someone who sells primarily for profit.

In my ideal world Gumtree would be for private sellers and perhaps limited to 3 ads at a time. But that's just me!

 

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8 minutes ago, Darryl said:

 

In my ideal world Gumtree would be for private sellers and perhaps limited to 3 ads at a time. But that's just me!

 

Absolutely!

 

This was the original idea when  they formed Gumtree. It has now been hijacked by under the counter businesses, who provide no invoice and who may not even pay tax on their (ridiculous ) profits.

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Yes JT (Jamie) is an active trader for sure. I have only just bought an idler drive t/t off him a few weeks ago. I was a bit unsure at first but after a few phone calls to him I was sufficiently satisfied to go ahead and do the deal. Was not an absolute bargain, but certainly not overpriced either. Turntable arrived to WA very promptly and well packed. No issue at all. I would deal with him again and may do so for a JBL lens. As a buyer you need to understand he is not negotiable on price-absolutely not!

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5 minutes ago, aertex said:

Yes JT (Jake) is an active trader for sure. I have only just bought an idler drive t/t off him a few weeks ago. I was a bit unsure at first but after a few phone calls to him I was sufficiently satisfied to go ahead and do the deal. Was not an absolute bargain, but certainly not overpriced either. Turntable arrived to WA very promptly and well packed. No issue at all. I would deal with him again and may do so for a JBL lens. As a buyer you need to understand he is not negotiable on price-absolutely not!

His name is not Jake it’s Jamie  😳

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6 minutes ago, aertex said:

. As a buyer you need to understand he is not negotiable on price-absolutely not!

Pfft. Where’s the fun in that? :D 

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When I bought my first pair of Yamaha NS-1000m, it was cheaper for me to drive all the way to Melbourne, stay overnight, drive back to Adelaide than buying from the local offerings. 

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3 hours ago, rantan said:

Definitely.

It is almost useless reading Adelaide Gumtree since 80% of the listings are from this person, who usually works on a 300% mark up on his cost. It is almost his private online store, for which he pays nothing and whatever the original idea of Gumtree may have been, this person makes it something for which it was never intended.:angry2:

 

Avoid!

That about sums up my major gripe with the bloke.

 

However can recognise his ads a mile off on the gummie and just skip to the next. Hardly anyone else from Adelaide Southern in audio/rekkids etc on the gumtree. And the photos are usually too good for gummie.

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1 hour ago, rantan said:

This was the original idea when  they formed Gumtree.

Gumtree is a eBay owned business for some time now. Surprising when one hears it the first time but true.

 

As far as 300% profit which you call outrageous, it is not different to what supermarket charge (with exception of milk, bread and eggs) , let alone other businesses.

If you buy a piece for - say - $200 and you sell it for $600, for the $400 you make you have to:

check it,

clean it,

if necessary fix it (in most cases it is necessary, because a lot of people sell stuff at the first sign of trouble),

then you have to take pictures,

make listing,

replay to offers,

meet people,

and if you are posting, you have to find a box,

research shipping options/prices,

pack the damn thing

and then stay at home in case courier will show up when promised.

 

I buy faulty stuff, fix it and then sell it (for people do not want to pay for labour).

To even find a replacement part it takes an hour or more.

It is not all roses.

And a lot of people will tell you about one fault and then you find three more in it.

 

I just sold a Cambridge Audio CD player for $200 to a SNA member.

It cost me $50 and I sold it for $200. That's 300% profit.

Out of that, I paid $40 shipping with TNT. So it is only $160.

The Sanyo Laser was $20. It makes it $140.

The player cost $50, so it is only $90 profit for me.

It took me over an hour to pack it and 1.5 hours to fix it and clean it.

So I made $36 per hour on a 300% markup.

Hardly El Dorado. 😉

It is more like Community Service.

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14 minutes ago, rockeater said:

As far as 300% profit which you call outrageous

OK then, I may have under estimated JTs profit margin.

 

It is probably more than three or four times what you charge for legitimate repairs, prior to listing and unlike yourself who  actually does repairs and complete inspections.

This joker buys an item for $100 gives it a wipe over with a damp cloth and lists it the next day on his virtual private website for $750, citing faux rarity and /or collectability.

 

I can cite an instance where he was selling a VFET amplifier and was exceedingly vague and elusive when asked about its providence and inspection by a qualified technician, saying word to the effect that "it has been checked " but refused point blank to give any further information.

 

On a VFET amplifer FFS!:hyper:

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Yes, Roman and JT are totally incommensurate. Roman also provides 6 month warranty on his electronics repair work and is one of the top solderers in Perth. 

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54 minutes ago, psychometrics1 said:

Roman also provides 6 month warranty on his electronics repair work

I give 12 months unconditional one but only for local people (for things get damaged in transport)

 

55 minutes ago, psychometrics1 said:

nd is one of the top solderers in Perth

Kym, thanks for the kind words but I am not a solderer! :-)

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4 hours ago, rockeater said:

Gumtree is a eBay owned business for some time now. Surprising when one hears it the first time but true.

 

As far as 300% profit which you call outrageous, it is not different to what supermarket charge (with exception of milk, bread and eggs) , let alone other businesses.

If you buy a piece for - say - $200 and you sell it for $600, for the $400 you make you have to:

check it,

clean it,

if necessary fix it (in most cases it is necessary, because a lot of people sell stuff at the first sign of trouble),

then you have to take pictures,

make listing,

replay to offers,

meet people,

and if you are posting, you have to find a box,

research shipping options/prices,

pack the damn thing

and then stay at home in case courier will show up when promised.

 

I buy faulty stuff, fix it and then sell it (for people do not want to pay for labour).

To even find a replacement part it takes an hour or more.

It is not all roses.

And a lot of people will tell you about one fault and then you find three more in it.

 

I just sold a Cambridge Audio CD player for $200 to a SNA member.

It cost me $50 and I sold it for $200. That's 300% profit.

Out of that, I paid $40 shipping with TNT. So it is only $160.

The Sanyo Laser was $20. It makes it $140.

The player cost $50, so it is only $90 profit for me.

It took me over an hour to pack it and 1.5 hours to fix it and clean it.

So I made $36 per hour on a 300% markup.

Hardly El Dorado. 😉

It is more like Community Service.

Then there’s your donation to SNA following your sale ...........

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12 hours ago, rockeater said:

Gumtree is a eBay owned business for some time now. Surprising when one hears it the first time but true.

 

As far as 300% profit which you call outrageous, it is not different to what supermarket charge (with exception of milk, bread and eggs) , let alone other businesses.

If you buy a piece for - say - $200 and you sell it for $600, for the $400 you make you have to:

check it,

clean it,

if necessary fix it (in most cases it is necessary, because a lot of people sell stuff at the first sign of trouble),

then you have to take pictures,

make listing,

replay to offers,

meet people,

and if you are posting, you have to find a box,

research shipping options/prices,

pack the damn thing

and then stay at home in case courier will show up when promised.

 

I buy faulty stuff, fix it and then sell it (for people do not want to pay for labour).

To even find a replacement part it takes an hour or more.

It is not all roses.

And a lot of people will tell you about one fault and then you find three more in it.

 

I just sold a Cambridge Audio CD player for $200 to a SNA member.

It cost me $50 and I sold it for $200. That's 300% profit.

Out of that, I paid $40 shipping with TNT. So it is only $160.

The Sanyo Laser was $20. It makes it $140.

The player cost $50, so it is only $90 profit for me.

It took me over an hour to pack it and 1.5 hours to fix it and clean it.

So I made $36 per hour on a 300% markup.

Hardly El Dorado. 😉

It is more like Community Service.

I bought the CD player and am very happy.  People just don’t understand the time it take to make or repair items. I sometimes have members contacting me about the cables I make asking for a cheaper price.  I make nothing and if you take my time into consideration I make a loss. 

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9 hours ago, Smp said:

Then there’s your donation to SNA following your sale ...........

Comment of the year! 
Seems to be a lot of hypocrisy above. 
Two people doing exactly the same thing, buying products cheap and fixing them, and openly selling for “Profit”. 
One has admitted to me buying an item for $1000 and listing it for $2000 with the only work being a polished face plate. 
The other sent me an amp that either had an issue before it arrived or happened in transit and paid for my tech of choice to fix the issue. 
 

You can’t expect traders to act like community sellers. And there is no problem with that. They have to outlay monies and take the risk etc and deal with buyers. Good luck to them. There is good and bad transactions with everybody. 

Anyway let me know when the great buys come back. 
 

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15 hours ago, rockeater said:

Out of that, I paid $40 shipping with TNT. So it is only $160.

This is where the major issue is. The postage TNT or otherwise needs to be paid by the purchaser. If you had to post it your way when acquiring - never should have been purchased in the first place.

 

Also in this case the item cost $90 initially (with postage). Hence for a 300% markup - would have had to have sold it for $360 at least. Take away the laser $20 and $90 for player plus shipping, would have left you with $250. Divided by 1.5 hours of work = $167/hour. Even if you factor in $10 of fuel : $240/1,5 = $160/hour even.

 

That's at least what we're talking here and if the guy (JT) can get away with it - so be it, but I'm certainly not going to be their customer.

 

 

If, on the other hand, you paid the postage to the customer - first I ask: Why? Even on SNA buyer pays postage as they should 100% of the time, nearly.

 

So, had your customer paid for postage, then the figures become (at $200 sale) $130/1.5 = $87/hour.

 

A tidier sum certainly.

 

 

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1 hour ago, jakeyb77 said:

Anyway let me know when the great buys come back. 

None in Adelaide courtesy of JT.

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