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Offline Key2871

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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 11:30:52 PM »
I’ll take a guess, but my guess may likely have little value.

When I first started splicing fiber optic cable in the early 90’s, the equipment was outrageous.
Fusion splicer around $20K, OTDR (optical time domain reflectometer) for testing splice and spans, $15K for the meter alone. A separate plug in was required for each wavelength to be tested at $6k each.
Depending on the application, we could be required to test up to 4 different wavelengths.

Perhaps this is a meter the seller used back when they cost that much. I’d doubt they will get anything near that price.

BTW the fiber optic tools described above are ready available for a total of $5-7K and far superior to those I used 25+ years ago.

JMO, like I said before, may not be worth much!
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Offline Russ Kirk

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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 11:49:05 PM »
There are occassionally some on ebay for $499. But I've seen some go for $100-150. I want one but not at crazy prices.
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Offline FABphones

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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2020, 02:31:44 AM »
My thoughts are yet another seller not doing their research and pricing at what they think it’s worth, not what it actually is worth.



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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2020, 07:14:52 AM »
It was once owned by a very famous person and the parts inside are made of gold.

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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2020, 07:40:40 AM »
I did some fiber installations back in the 90's.
We were a small company, and could not afford the equipment either.
So I suggested we purchase all of our fiber products, "long runs, and patch cables" pre terminated, with patch panels.
Went quick, and painless.  ;)

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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2020, 08:24:34 AM »
It was once owned by a very famous person...
;D

...or maybe it was used to test the Titanic telephone:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=21542

( Just à bit of fun guys, all tongue in cheek  :) )
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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2020, 11:01:21 AM »
Yea, I think it's someone not seeing them come up all the time, or just fooling themselves and asking an outrageous price.
But 15? That's crazy.
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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2020, 11:04:55 AM »
Maybe it is like my Dad told me one time, "You can't get it unless you ask for it". In this case I don't think they will, but maybe.

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Re: What makes this so expensive, eBay BK product tester for $1500.?
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2020, 03:39:45 PM »
They can ask any price they want and you can make any offer you want.  Sometimes the offers fire the retro rockets to bring the price back to earth.
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