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Martin Connelly28/11/2020 10:46:33
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I like eBay, I've been distance buying for decades, long before the internet was a thing. Buy a magazine and search through the adverts for a supplier that has what you want has been replaced with search the internet for it. It's basically the same process with the same benefits and pitfalls. As someone who lives about 20 miles from the nearest place that could be classed as a large town or city the ability to be able to find someone selling 5 capacitors of a physical size, voltage and capacity rating that I want and having them delivered within 2 days for less than £3 is a no brainer.

Just like to point out that a couple of common sizes of capacitors can repair the power supplies on plenty of modern electrical and electronic items. The past month I have replaced capacitors with bulging ends in a flat screen TV and a powerline network adaptor. Much better for the environment and my bank balance than binning them and buying new.

Martin C

David Colwill28/11/2020 11:02:26
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 28/11/2020 09:19:34:
Posted by David Colwill on 28/11/2020 09:05:37:

Technically it is eBay. The capital being the "B" not the "e".

Regards.

David.

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Oh heck ... does that mean I am visiting a spoof site ?

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dont know MichaelG.

Strange that!

I was told about the eBay spelling at an online seminar and hadn't noticed it before. They were trying to explain how to do titles for listings and saying that putting random capitals in titles (some people do this apparently) was bad and that the only exception to this was eBay, which has (or should have) a capital B. It seems odd that they themselves should omit it in their logo!

If you look elsewhere on the site, you will see it spelled with the "B"

To be honest I can't always be bothered with it, unless of course I wish to be pedantic smile p

Regards

dAvid

Robert Atkinson 228/11/2020 11:09:29
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Posted by Tony Pratt 1 on 28/11/2020 09:05:09:

980 transactions on Ebay mostly good so will continue to use them, also use Arc, Warco, Cromwell tools, Cutwel, Banggood, etc.etc. These days most of the tooling & other stuff is made in China or India, my new Bosch dishwasher was made in Turkeyfrown, another case of 'badge engineering'

Tony

Your Bosh dish washer being made outside the UK or Germany or wherever you "think" it should have been, does not make it badge engineering. If it was bulit to a Bosh specification by subcontractor, it's a Bosch. Badge engineering is were a company takes a product designed (or specified) and sold by another and has their name put on it.

Robert G8RPI.

blowlamp28/11/2020 11:19:21
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I find Turkey an interesting one because they aren't in the EU and yet Toyota make vehicles there that are sold here, Bosch make stuff there that is sold here and Beko appliances fill electrical shops over here too. Seems like Turkey has a solid business strategy. rainbow

Martin.

Circlip28/11/2020 11:20:16
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Yes Martin re the capacitor saga BUT only certain manufacturers are fit for purpose when it comes to replacement and in many cases (bad pun) size (physical) does matter.

Regards Ian.

Ramon Wilson28/11/2020 11:42:16
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Posted by David Colwill on 28/11/2020 09:05:37:

Technically it is eBay. The capital being the "B" not the "e".

Regards.

David.

Ah does that make me as bad as those 'others' . Duly corrected David, will not make the same mistake againsmiley

Tug

Mike Poole28/11/2020 11:42:48
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I don’t see the point of the euphemisms for eBay but it seems to make some people happy and it doesn’t make me unhappy so let them carry on if they want to.laugh

Mike

Ronald Morrison28/11/2020 12:02:57
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Wild guess about why people want to call Ebay, Fleabay. Being cheap as some are wont to be, they found a "bargain" and without doing any research on the item or the seller, hastily made the purchase. When the item arrived they were upset because it wasn't the same quality as that item from a well known name would have been and thus called it fleabay as a slightly derogatory name.

Oldiron28/11/2020 12:16:46
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Posted by Tony Pratt 1 on 28/11/2020 09:15:36:
Posted by David Colwill on 28/11/2020 09:05:37:

Technically it is eBay. The capital being the "B" not the "e".

Regards.

David.

Who gives a s***, your smart answer isn't worth the 't'

Tony

Not a "smart" answer at all Tony. It was actually correct. In fact your reply was very rude. Something we do not want on this forum. regards

Martin Connelly28/11/2020 13:17:00
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Ian, the reason I bought some more capacitors recently was to match what was being replaced. I don't just chuck anything in and hope for the best. I needed some 1500μF in a small can to suit space constraints and only had 1000μF or 1500μF in a can that was too large. I also make sure the voltage meets or exceeds the original spec. I bought 5 so I had some for future use and the cost for 5 was not much more than the cost for 1.

Martin C

SillyOldDuffer28/11/2020 14:53:14
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Posted by David Colwill on 28/11/2020 11:02:26:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 28/11/2020 09:19:34:
Posted by David Colwill on 28/11/2020 09:05:37:

Technically it is eBay. The capital being the "B" not the "e".

Regards.

David.

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Oh heck ... does that mean I am visiting a spoof site ?

23765dd1-4f21-4a35-a1b8-f5517ef376a3.jpeg

dont know MichaelG.

Strange that!

I was told about the eBay spelling at an online seminar and hadn't noticed it before. They were trying to explain how to do titles for listings and saying that putting random capitals in titles (some people do this apparently) was bad and that the only exception to this was eBay, which has (or should have) a capital B. It seems odd that they themselves should omit it in their logo!

If you look elsewhere on the site, you will see it spelled with the "B"

To be honest I can't always be bothered with it, unless of course I wish to be pedantic smile p

Regards

dAvid

Curious, Logopedia says you're all wrong:

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The older I get the more I realise that nothing I believe is totally correct. Pesky people keeping changing things!

Dave

Michael Gilligan28/11/2020 15:00:59
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Posted by David Colwill on 28/11/2020 11:02:26:

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I was told about the eBay spelling at an online seminar and hadn't noticed it before. They were trying to explain how to do titles for listings and saying that putting random capitals in titles (some people do this apparently) was bad and that the only exception to this was eBay, which has (or should have) a capital B. It seems odd that they themselves should omit it in their logo!

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I’m with you, David ... I was only teasing [as distinct from being aggressively rude]

In fact, the technically correct eBay version comes quite naturally to me, as does eMail, and eCommerce

... probably because there is [was] an obvious underlying logic in such ‘new words’ when they were coined.

[logos are a special case, where artistic license seems to rule]

MichaelG.

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P.S. ___ I liked your new signature; but do wonder if it should have an apostrophe

d’Avid

Andrew Johnston28/11/2020 15:22:53
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Posted by Ronald Morrison on 28/11/2020 12:02:57:

Wild guess about why people want to call Ebay, Fleabay. Being cheap as some are wont to be, they found a "bargain" and without doing any research on the item or the seller, hastily made the purchase.

You'd be best advised to keep your wild guesses to yourself (wagging finger). I've been known to use the allegedly pejorative name in question. I've bought hundreds of items over the last 20+ years ranging from 99p for a box of bent taps to over £1000 for a cylindrical grinder. I've had very few issues, one or two none deliveries and a couple of cutters described as new which had clearly been reground to the limit. All sorted with no problems. I always do my research on items and sellers. If needs be I'll ask a question and judge the response. A response along the lines of "selling it for a mate/part of a job lot/don't know anything about it" means I don't bid.

I've also sold items, mostly surplus electronics and a couple of cars. Only had one real problem with one of the cars. Why would someone from Poland bid for an old undesirable car (Xantia) that was advertised as having a starting problem? I never did work out the scam but I told them that unless they could provide a verifiable UK address I wasn't going to sell to them. Never heard from them again. I eventually sold it to the second highest bidder who repaired cars as a sideline and whose brother worked for Citroen, so it was simple to get spares.

I use Ebay a lot less than I used to. One, I've got most of what I need, or have space for. Two, it's much more commercial now with many unrealistic prices. I keep a lookout for the few things I'd like and look for specific cutters or similar when I only need it for one job and don't want to pay for new.

You owe me an apology, as does Ramon. smile

Andrew

SillyOldDuffer28/11/2020 15:43:42
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Posted by blowlamp on 28/11/2020 11:19:21:

I find Turkey an interesting one because they aren't in the EU and yet Toyota make vehicles there that are sold here, Bosch make stuff there that is sold here and Beko appliances fill electrical shops over here too. Seems like Turkey has a solid business strategy. rainbow

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Nothing to stop Turkey trading with anyone they like. Only Terms, Conditions, Tariffs and Taxes vary between trading nations, unless international sanctions are in place. At present Turkish goods entering the UK are covered by an EU/Turkey trade deal which ends when the UK leaves the EU in January.

Not sure if it's been resolved or not, but Turkish made car parts caused bother during EU/UK trade negotiations a couple of months ago. Terms covering sale of UK manufactured cars to the EU had been agreed but British car makers then found the number of Turkish made parts incorporated in them meant UK cars didn't meet the formal definition of being British made! Assembly is not manufacturing. It's against trade rules to claim an exported item is manufactured in one country when it contains more than a certain percentage of foreign made parts. A car maker might conclude the easiest answer is to move his factory abroad: it's a financial decision, with the added spice of the move to electric vehicles.

Interesting times ahead!

Dave

larry phelan 128/11/2020 16:07:27
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Oh, I do hate people who are not nice mmmmmmm !

I hate you I hate youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu !

So there !

Would you people ever grow up.

Neil Wyatt28/11/2020 17:12:05
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A thoughtful and relevant read:

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/28/social-media-trash-talk-vent

" ...the internet is suffering from a surfeit of people saying exactly what they think, and often to strangers over trivial slights. It is awash with pointless drama and petty beefs. "

Neil

David Colwill28/11/2020 17:28:07
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To set the record straight here.

My observation of the spelling of eBay was not aimed at Tony.

My posting was 28 seconds after his, whilst this is ample time for the more agile touch typists among us, alas not for me.

Fact is I was unaware of his posting when I wrote it.

I had wondered why I had elicited such a response!

Regards.

David.

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