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Parts Scalpers.
« on: April 23, 2010, 02:32:44 PM »
What is everyone's opinion of sellers that completely disassemble an item to sell the parts individually.
Personally it falls under the cover of speculators, people that buy just to profit, with no regards to the hobby.
I boycott, and tell them so.
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2010, 02:45:15 PM »
He is a member of the ATCA and has been doing it for as long as I can remember. Myself, I do not understand why he does it. The E1 did not have the mouthpiece listed, so maybe that was his reasoning on these actions.....Doug
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2010, 02:55:50 PM »
The problem is MOST parts fail the same  (so most are looking for the same parts ), so we are going to end up with tons of parts that no one wants, or no one needs.
sell the entire handset or phone, whatever, at least it will all be together, instead of in boxes all over the place.
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2010, 10:01:14 PM »
How do you know if they did that? 
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2010, 10:22:30 PM »
They run all of the parts on separate auctions in the same week instead of just selling the phone as one unit . You can see that the parts add up into a complete handset or phone in those cases.

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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2010, 10:30:51 PM »
Because the same seller lists all of the parts in a row for one phone.
I mean it could be a coincidence, but I don't think so.
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2010, 10:39:46 PM »
  Personally I can't stand when people do that. I've got a very slow going project, a '56 BSA Road Rocket that I'm (hoping) to rebuild into a cafe racer and many times, ebay is the only place for parts, and I need a lot of 'em. It's very aggrivating when I need an entire assembly but can only find the individual parts of that assembly and when the individual prices are added up the total comes out to a small fortune.  >:(  >:(
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2010, 11:48:47 PM »
I agree with D/P -- I don't like this practice.  There's something to be said for the originality of an item.  If you break apart a complete phone to sell it for parts, you're losing that phone's unique story.  It seems like collectors should be trying to preserve as many complete samples as possible.  Personally, I would only break up a unit that was otherwise trashed and beyond a point where it could be reasonably restored.  It seems like there are plenty of those kinds of phones out there to keep a decent parts supply going.

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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2010, 01:37:30 AM »
I agree that it is a bad idea and a waste of a phone. I don't use phones for parts at all, because I don't PETT (people for the ethical treatment of telephones) would approve of that. Even the later model modular 500s are still good phones, the internal parts are just as good as the hardwired 500s. At the same time I'm not normally in the situation where I need parts, since these phones are just so reliable. It's better to take parts from a non whole phone. I do understand that there are situations for some people where that isn't possible though, so if you have a 12/49 (or D/P's 48 500) 500 I think it's okay to borrow parts from a different phone.

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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2010, 10:59:21 AM »
I personally dislike prostitution too, it will always be there as long as there are paying customers. 

There's  a notorious "bear" of a seller whose ebay feedback shows that he only buys intact phones and only sells parts.  It would not make economic sense to do it unless the sum added up to more than the whole.  I've never had a problem with the break up of incomplete phones (e.g. former table lamp conversions) but almost every week at least one single seller lists enough "parts" to make up a complete phone, so it's obvious what he/she is doing.  The only way to slow this practice is to remove the economic incentive by not doing business with sellers who routinely do this.  Think about it... who else other than a telephone restorer is in the market for "parts"? 

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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2010, 12:41:53 PM »
The one thing that bothers me the most, is in the descriptions, the seller exhibits a certain degree of telephone knowledge, which leads me to believe they are or were collectors.
I certainly hope it's not one of those collector that feels low end entry type phones are beneath them, and not worthy of preservation.
All I can hope is that the seller only sells a portion of each phone, and does not make more on the sale then they paid for the phone to begin with, and ends up with a stack of phones each missing one critical part they can't find. If it's not profitable maybe they will stop.
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2010, 12:51:32 PM »
Dan, is there a particular seller/item you're talking about here?  I don't see a link in your original post but based on Kidphone's response he did because he mentioned that the seller is an ATCA member.  What am I missing????


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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2010, 01:14:57 PM »
Dennis;
I've run into this situation in Radios, Trains, and phones. The person I'm referring to is listed at the link below. I won't specify which seller, but you should not have a problem figuring it out.
I don't know if it's the same person Doug refers to?
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2010, 01:39:04 PM »
Dan, is there a particular seller/item you're talking about here?  I don't see a link in your original post but based on Kidphone's response he did because he mentioned that the seller is an ATCA member.  What am I missing????


Dennis....He is in the ATCA and he sells disassembled phones and handsets etc. It was an E1 that I was talking about. It had everything but the mouth piece (spit cup). If he gets a 202, it is completely dismantled and sold in pieces....Doug
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Re: Parts Scalpers.
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2010, 03:10:51 PM »
D/P I think I see who you mean. Not a bad deal, I suppose, if you don't mind paying about $150 for a complete E1 handset in marginal condition.    ;)