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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000237.txt from 2000/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] there is one born every minute
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000 19:10:46 -0400

At 06:54 AM 4/6/2000 -0700, Neil Leupold wrote:
>I know this whole high-priced reed auction is pretty funny,
>but I can't help also feeling a little sad on behalf of that
>one ignorant loving mom or dad, who only wants the best for
>their child. People love their kids so much that sometimes
>they'll do just about anything to see the look of elation
>and delight on that child's face when they present them with
>a surprise gift that the salesperson said was "the best thing
>on the market." If I thought it was worth my time, I'd be
>tempted to write an angry note to the seller of those reeds.
>Is there any way to alert people on eBay when a scam is afoot?
Not really, other than caveat emptor. Sometimes I e-mail sellers when I
see what appears to be honest error on their part in the description, and
usually these people add corrections of completely repost their items. I
usually am thanked for the trouble, but I also try to keep the tone nice.
Things that are wildly overpriced or otherwise obviously deficient seldom
draw bids, like the Rene Dumont clarinet some guy has been trying to sell
for months starting at $95, missing its barrel joint (I told him so, too!).
Sellers of bad merchandise get nailed with feedback, lose credibility, and
disappear when nobody will bid on their stuff anymore. I have had, with
only one exception, great success in my many dealings over eBay, but if you
are not knowledgeable about what you are buying it can be risky.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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