Touched by the Mighty Cobubba....



#8

I mentioned in an earlier thread that I recently won an auction on a working hp45 with manuals and refurbished battery pack. The final price was around $200US--a little higher than some of the benchmarks given in this site's "prices and rarity" table, but I am still content since the seller is a fellow Canadian and I will escape customs charges and higher shipping costs.

During the auction our friend coburlin sent me a link to an hp45 of his for the great BIN price of $389. The pictures were fuzzy and the article seemed no better appointed than the one I was bidding on, even though mr. coburlin boasted of "extras". It also made no sense that coburlin would expect me to prefer his article over the one I was presently bidding on....

I am relatively new around here, so help me out--who is the cobubba, and if he is so unscrupulous in the eyes of this Forum why on earth does he have such a high feedback rating if he is so notorious, at least as far as HP calc reselling goes?

Les


#9

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...if he is so unscrupulous in the eyes of this Forum why on earth does he have such a high feedback rating...?


To leave bad feedback on ebaby you have to actually step in it. Just smelling it doesn't count.

#10

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To leave bad feedback on ebaby you have to actually step in it. Just smelling it doesn't count.


Translation: to leave feedback, you have to actually engage in a transaction with the guy. The huge majority, if not all of the folks around here wouldn't touch his stuff at half the prices he charges. And many of us have him banned as a bidder on our goods when we sell. So that leaves us out of the feedback chorus. Those who do transact business with him do so voluntarily, and I suspect from the feedback that he always follows through on promises to buy and sell.

<opinion>

He's not criminal, just a slime-ball. He's also by no means unique in his sliminess. What makes him the embodiment of evil for this community is his obvious disregard for what we tend to value in the machines represented here, his cynical exploitation of the ignorance and credulousness of his customers, and the fact that it all happens in plain view on eBaY.

</opinion>

Regards,
Howard

#11

You say:

"I am relatively new around here, so help me out--who is the cobubba, and if he is so unscrupulous in the eyes of this Forum why on earth does he have such a high feedback rating if he is so notorious, at least as far as HP calc reselling goes?"

My reply:

First, he preys on those that have no clue. He is simply fishing for a sucker. He is a seller of below average items at excessively high prices. You can expect to pay 5 times what his items are actually worth.

I will say one other thing. If he contacted you because of a bid you "currently" had on an ongoing auction, and tried to stear you away from that to his, that is auction interference and a violation of ebay rules. If he tried to offer to sell it outside of ebay, that is also a violation. If these are the case, you should report him to ebay. Ebay frowns on that.


#12

Jeez, and I thought that I was in the presence of eBay greatness to be handpicked for the attention....

He didn't offer me his calc off-eBay, but he clearly did ask me to look at his item while I was bidding on the other one.

I think I will forward it to the eBay folks and see what they do.

Les


#13

Touched by greatness, you say??? Quite the contrary!!!! I'd check for all diseases known to man, beast, and machines if a creep like him contacts me.

#14

If he WAS good at what he did and FAIR at the same time, he would be on this site advertising instead of ebay!!!


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