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Offline guitar1580

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Another broken phone
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:02:25 PM »
Dang, can't get a "break".

Snagged a nice blue AE80 for a decent price.  It's an older one with the chrome dial card ring, and is my birthday month and year, same as my pink one.

I even asked the seller to pack it well, and mentioned the half dozen broken ones I've received recently.

The packing was half decent, but not good enough.  The seller is being great as far as the refund, unlike the last seller, but it sure is a disappointment finding a cool phone for a good price, waiting out the auction for a week, doing the bid, and having it arrive busted half of the time.  Much more of this and I'm going to back off of ebay phone purchases.

The seller is filing the insurance claim with USPS, and said I can most likely keep the phone, but I almost don't even care to put the work into restoring the color when the housing is cracked in two places.

I don't suppose I'd ever find a blue replacement housing, and if I did, it would probably cost more than the phone, and arrive busted.

Offline RB

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 09:19:33 AM »
Bummer for sure.
I got 2 brit phones not long ago, arrived with holes busted into the bakelite :(
some glue, and ignore the bad spots, but bummed bout the poor packing.
Seems popular to pack poorly.

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 10:20:08 AM »
Bummer. That really sucks, especially after you warned about packing properly. Seems like it would be an easy repair. As you said, not an easy to find color so it would probably be worth the effort.
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Offline FABphones

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 03:27:19 PM »
Sorry to read that. I feel your disappointment, I think we have all here experienced it.

I attach packing instructions as a polite message when paying, and then cut and paste the text and send it separately as a direct message. Some sellers simply donít understand how to pack a phone for shipping.

Most try to follow the instructions, but there will always be others who think they know better. Iíve even had a few get stroppy about it, but I think better to send the info than not.

If you pm me I can message you the packing info I send if it helps.

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That should repair quite well. If you get to retain the phone, there are some good threads on here to help you.
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Offline guitar1580

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 05:11:01 PM »
Thanks folks.  I'll shoot you a PM Fab.  Sometimes I try to give general directions, as I did with this one, and explain how many have gotten broken.  It's a toss-up as to who will follow directions and who will take it as an insult, like you're trying to tell them how to do their job.  Just depends on the individual, I guess.  Sometimes I look at their other items for sale and see if they sell phones or not.  If it looks like someone who sells mostly clothing & non phone items, I'm more likely to make the comment about proper packing.  In the end, they seem to follow their own normal procedure.

I used the search function and have been reading some of the repair threads.

When you guys say it looks like an easy fix, are you thinking with superglue or acetone?  It has the hairline that goes from the bottom edge a couple of inches straight up the front, and is all the way through, and the other smaller arc shaped crack down by the foot.

The seller thinks I'll be able to keep the item, but I won't know for sure for a couple of days.

Josh

Offline Key2871

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 08:08:11 PM »
Yea, it definitely sucks to get a set broken. You get your self all ready to get another set to add, then that happens.
Bummer, maybe someone will have a housing if that can't be repaired.
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Offline Babybearjs

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 10:34:22 PM »
this is why I hardly buy on Ebay anymore... not just the bad pricing, and shipping.... but the people don't tell you the truth about the condition. I bought a 302 a while back and the shell was shattered. since I paid less then $10.00 for it, I used it for parts... but was still disappointed about the true condition...
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Offline guitar1580

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2020, 10:57:31 PM »
Well, the seller wasn't dishonest about it, and is being fair about the problem.  It definitely happened during shipping because I saw plenty of closeup pics and the cracks weren't there.  Plus, the box had one corner that was crunched and torn.

I'm finding out, phones and stereo components seem to have about a 50/50 chance of surviving, and it's mostly due to faulty packing.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 10:24:10 PM by guitar1580 »

Offline Key2871

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2020, 09:04:05 AM »
Agreed. I recently bought a phone off the bay, and everything was fine. The packing was lousy, but the set arrived fine.
So sellers need to be educated on how pack them and other things correctly.
As for shipping, that will only continue to go up. That's the way it will be for ever.
I also wanted to add, I used to sell a LOT of stuff on eBay, and I've even skimped on packing my self. And after a while I realised that I was so busy with work 8 + hours a day, and I had to pack stuff sold after work, it took all my time.
And sourcing boxes and packing was starting to get scarce to the point I had to use what I could find for packing.
And those were the times things got broke during shipping.
So I bit the bullet, and bought backing stuff when I needed and just made sure to charge enough extra for the cost of those supply. So that to is another factor to deal with when doing that sort of thing.
So sellers that have a lot of stuff for sale, often do it as quickly and cheap as possible. So that's when things get broken
« Last Edit: February 15, 2020, 09:15:47 AM by Key2871 »
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Offline guitar1580

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2020, 10:33:43 PM »
Well, there is hope.  The seller issued the refund yesterday, and I just now won another blue one that's nearly identical.  It's dated to 1968 and has the full plastic dial, where the broken one dates to 1960 and has the chrome dial center ring.  So most likely I'll use the new housing on the older phone, and eventually try to repair the cracked housing when I get caught up.

I did email the seller and discussed the packaging of phones.  He said he has shipped lots of phones and felt confident that he can get it here in one piece.

They're both somewhat faded and will need the color restored.  It's not over until it's over, so at this point I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it arrives safely with no cracks.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Will update.

Offline Key2871

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Re: Another broken phone
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 10:19:22 AM »
Well Josh, I hope they pack it better for ya,
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