[time-nuts] Good GPSDO on eBay?

Bob Camp kb8tq at n1k.org
Sun Jul 10 08:27:51 EDT 2016


The EEVB guys have been going around on these GPSDO’s for about a year
now. Lots of people have tried to get refunds on them. Pretty much every trick in the
book (replacement is in the mail …. need one more piece of information from you …
shipping clerk in the hospital with bubonic plague …) seems to have been used. If the
tricks work, they run you past the refund period stated and … poof … no refund.

We often jump on auction site sellers for some pretty minor things. That tends to 
turn this into a “they are all crooks” sort of discussion. A number of these guys do
indeed care about selling stuff. The do indeed honor their warranty. They stay in 
business under the same name for years and years. Those are the good guys. 
There *is* a difference. 


> On Jul 10, 2016, at 12:36 AM, Chris Albertson <albertson.chris at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 9, 2016 at 5:51 PM, Richard W. Solomon <w1ksz at earthlink.net>
> wrote:
>> What a deal, if it arrives DOA, return shipment is on
>> your nickel. I would look elsewhere.
> That is not true.  If it were DOA and the seller would not take it back
> post paid you could file a "not as described" on the seller and eBay would
> refund the price.  eBay and Paypal offer pretty good buyer protection.
> Someone here said the seller uses multiple IDs.  It is more likely that one
> person is making these and offering to multiple people who  then sell them
> on eBay.   This is the way it works in China, a popular design gets made
> and then is sold by many people.   It is all a cottage industry over there.
>   Pick any kind of electronic PCB level part, say a stepper motor driver
> and you see the same exact part from 20 different sellers not one seller
> with 20 IDs.    (Well that is the general case, this specific one might be
> different, who knows.)
> But so what even if the GPSDO is good only to 1xE10 that is still a very
> useful device to own.  Yes some are literally 1,000 times better
> You could always build your own.  It is not hard nor is it expensive if you
> have a reasonable goal and don't go for state of the art.
> -- 
> Chris Albertson
> Redondo Beach, California
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