Re: A Used Set #8871-Ice Train And I Need Help
- --- In email@example.com, dpstripe@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 4/3/03 1:51:29 PM Eastern Standard Time,my
> z@... writes:
> > Hello,
> > Your experience is certainly not typical of eBay, at least from
> > experience. I'd suggest leaving appropriate feedback for thisseller, and
> > possibly filing a claim with PayPal (or whatever payment serviceyou used).
> On a technical note. By all means, go with the 5-pole motor as
> suggested. But before installing it, make sure the drive gear turns
> and is not frozen up or bound anywhere. Just a couple of seconds ofa DC
> motor not turning under power can destroy the brushes, the motor,and even
> the controller. No sense in trashing a new motor if the drive gearis bound.
> I would have to agree, this is not typical of eBay. I havemade over a
> hundred Z purchases, and have none that I have been truly unhappywith.
> (there have been a few disappointments due to manufacturing qualityon new
> items, but never the seller). Don't let this experience prevent youfrom
> finding some real Z-scale bargains or rarieties. If you've neverpurchased
> from a seller before, check his/her feedback. Read itemdescriptions
> carefully. Many sellers will plainly state that they have no way totest
> locomotives, so they do not know if they run. Others flat outstate "does not
> run", some just say that they know "nothing about trains". Don'tbid the farm
> away on these items, unless the seller agrees up front to let youreturn it
> if you're not happy. But don't let them scare you off, either. I'vegotten
> some of my best deals on "does not run" auctions. In most cases agood
> cleaning has done the trick, on a couple, it was just brushes. Onthat type
> of auction, depending on the engine, the most I bid is $40. Butusually $20
> or less. So, I am never disappointed. I do a lot of kitbashing withdiesel trucks
> locomotives, so I base everything on what a shell and tender or
> would cost me. Most of the z scale sellers are quite reputable,though. But,
> like everything else, there's always exceptions.removed
> Best wishes and best of luck.
> Dan S.
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Thank you all with your advise!The seller contacted me and stated he
will take back the set and give me a full refund.He also stated that
he tested the train set before mailing it to me.I could only see that
happening is when he tested it and someone else opened the set,played
with it,burned out one of the motors and placed it back without his
knowledge.He was very sincere of my situation and had an image to
uphold.He gave me some web sites to see all the problems on #8871 but
gave nothing on my "burned motor" nor had a reason why.So I'll mail
back his 8871 and he'll give me my money back! :-)
Ebay as always good and very bad sellers.And yes,only the very good
ones suffer.I too have found very good Z train sets on Ebay but Iam
very tired of playing the game.To me,there are TOO many "cut throats"
on Z auctions and for this I will never bid again!Most of my train
sets and my tracks came from Ebay.I will now purchase any Z stuff
from a store or maybe from this group.I thank you all for taking the
time to help me,hope I can do the same!!!!