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Sugru sellers

So has anyone else noticed that Radio Shack has now started selling sugru. Now it can be purchased locally. Woot.

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L.E.D. SELLERS

I have been using BEST HONG HONG for about 3 years now. The last shipment I received,had orange leds, as I ordered YELLOW, contacted them, told me to send back (at my expense, of course). I did so and sent the company at least 3 e-mails over the course of now going on almost 3 mths. now, and have received no replys to any of mail. If you can, don't use debit cards, use something else , as you might get your $ back, I have no recourse. And this is NOT the 1st time I've been " shaffted while dealing on the internet!Your' in Christ's Holy name, snoopy2

Topic by snoopy2  


Safe component sellers?

First off a Question for site/community, then I will lead into the reasoning/need behind the question. Do you or someone you know in the community have kits you put together to sell yourself or do you utilise a site, that contain the major orange bold parts most of the robots require? If no are there any the community would recommend that are reliable for multiple purchases. For instance I wish to build a Autonomous turret, is there a person who collects the parts and makes kits in this community, or a site that does this?  The kits may consist of things like 1x TTL laser diode,1x LidarLite V2,8x XT connectors  and 2x PWM driver board.     Or do you have a affiliate you use who do kits?.Are there any specific sites you have given on the orange links that you recommend or trust? In the sense that my overseas purchase will be as safe as if I made the purchase from a local retailer from Australia? (eg if a incorrect or broken part arrives they have a system that overseas customers aren't going to be held financially accountable for return of incorrect part or for the replacement/s?   For instance, the  autonomous sentry turret will cost 240euro more buying via separate websites as a  part by part job .Essentially adding $600au because I have to get 8 companies to post 8 separate items with 8 separate international insurance and postage costs added., Clicking external orange links leads me to about 7 or 8 different websites to purchase these items, so I would like if possible a list of those website you trust and recommend for the purchases, or maybe even a site that if kit's are not available that if  I give them a list,  they would be willing to put the effort in (after i prepay of course) to gather and send as one order, rather than what i currently will have to do, and purchase from 8 different stockist. When I say parts, I am referring to the orange parts on any given job, (not the grey ones you can pick up from local hardware/electrical store's but the orange ones) I can go to Amazon( Us version of the site not the Australian version) and make a few purchases for items in bulk, but not being the Australian proxy of the site, I may end up having electrical items disallowed because of local restrictions( eg I have been warned that the  purchase of lasers for domestic/personal use maybe illegal in Australia, if the laser in question can be modified past a certain power output.) REASONING/NEED BEHIND MULTI-PURCHASE/BULK PURCHASES. I have selected 15 robot/autonomous type projects, which I intend to put into one drone of sorts to make myself a remotely controlled android/drone for specific purposes.   it will be a slow process as I teach myself, enlarging power supplies for multi purpose drones, learning about multi system networking instead of expecting one system to control the whole drones etc, it may take me 1 year, it may take me 10 years but the idea's I have can't ever eventuate if i don't begin the journey, so for now, this is the first step.  Essentially I wont need to purchase  every item from the 15 task's( overlap double usage items  etc) but there will be allot of parts which will be single use parts, and allot of parts which I might not even need later on to multi link, but to make the original robot/design I will need them.

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Etsy Seller Handbook a big help for sellers and makers

Etsy has compiled all of their how-tos for selling goods in one place. Whether you're planning on selling goods on Etsy or elsewhere or not at all there's loads of good information in here.Many of the how-tos are helpful for those who are documenting their projects on Instructables. Here are a few examples:Feature Friendly PhotosBrighten Your PhotosWriting for an online audience Etsy's Seller Handbook

Topic by fungus amungus  


whats some of ebays homemade bestsellers? Answered

Im 13 and somewhat a good instructable "crafter" and i need some money i can do it off of ebay but i dont like the buy-n-sell stuff suggestions?

Question by mrelement    |  last reply


Amazon Giftcards???

So according to amazon, their gift cards do not apply to third party sellers, only to stuff they stock. Is there any way to have the prizes as "special gift cards" or Amazon credit that would be usable for third party sellers?

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Problem trying to use Paypal to purchase Pro membership

I clicked on the PayPal link to purchase a Pro membership and received the following message: "PayPal cannot process this transaction because of a problem with the seller's website. Please contact the seller directly to resolve this problem."

Topic by imactony    |  last reply


PayPal link not working on go Pro Membership page.

I tried to use PayPal {https://www.instructables.com/payment/pay?proItem=ONE_QUARTER_AWARD} to pay for my Pro Membership and it said there was a problem: "PayPal cannot process this transaction because of a problem with the seller's website. Please contact the seller directly to resolve this problem."

Topic by Hisart    |  last reply


quartz watch question Answered

​I've always heard that quartz watches need an electric impulse to work.  I just bought a pocket watch that says Quartz on the face.  When I asked the seller how to open it to replace the battery, the answer was that it doesn't use a battery.  ????  It's running now. I didn't wind it.  Am I just not up to date (always possible),  or is the seller out to lunch? 

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Buyer beware of Ebay "gifts" !!

There is a quite concerning trend happening with mostly Chinese sellers on Ebay.Before you panik: Ebay is happy to help in these cases and will refund you if the seller does not cooperate.Here is how the "scam" works:You buy an item that is of least some value.For my cases it was always items above the $50US mark.In the listing you will spot a hint that for some festivities, specail day in the calendar or just for good luck you will receive an additional and free gift with your purchase.Usually these gifts are of little to no use and included in the actual item delivery as they are tiny.Now some dodgy seller realised that with the free shipping options available in China it is quite easy to provide tracking information for free as well.As a result you GIFT is used to provide the Ebay tracking for the item you bought.Some days after ordering yu wil then find a small evelop in your letterbox...No obvious connections to ANY order you made ANYWHERE on the envelop so you open it.Then you find the meaningless gift and a crappy note informing you that your actual item was sent using a different service.A non-working tracking number for services like track17 is provided as well.Only hint you find it is Ebay related is the seller name at the bottom of the note.Checking your purchase history in Ebay will then show your item has been delivered and that you shall leave feedback now.The seller won't respond to any messages with your concerns.Here is how the solution works:Contact the seller and clearly state that Ebay selling rules have been violated by providing false tracking information for the item you bought.Demand a full refund based on that breach.If no response within 24 hours contact Ebay.This contacting however is now quite complicated due to the fact that the seller fooled Ebay into thinking you already have your item.There are two ways that still work.a) Call them or click the button to be called.State the breach, seller name and item number in question.b) Use the resolution center.For this you need to click a bit through the options to see all you transactions and from there select the item in question.A) will be the fastest way, B) works fine too if you prefer all in writing instead of a call.The whole issue can be as meaningless as your item arriving a day or two later.But if the trend catches on then it is no problem for a seller to close business and do so with one big win before closing doors.It is never just a single "mistake" of this kind, it is either a test to see how trusting people are to be fooled later or a direct attempt to scam you.Being a clear violation of Ebay's selling policies for once the buyer is actually secure here, just out of pocket from the day paid till the refund arrives.The refund usually is issued within 3 days after the seller did not respond the correct way to EBAY.Once you informed Ebay the whole case will also be added to your resolution center where you can see updates and have the option to react to what the seller answers.You can also leave negative feedback for such transactions and the seller won't be allowed to give you a negative feedback for it.Just be careful not to click on any of the stars!You CAN leave feedback without any star rating in any category listed!

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Weird Capacitor thing? Answered

I have this capacitor looking metal can, but when my dad was in Russia, the seller said it was not a capacitor, but something else. It has markings on it that say 5.5V and 1.0F. I put some Pics on as well. The seller said it was used in answering machines to save messages, sorta like a CR2032 battery in computers. I want to know if it can be used in a pocket torch, like a rechargeable capacitor, etc. Help!

Question by Colonel88    |  last reply


what does the number on ATTINY85 mean?

Are all ATTINY85 20PU the same?  I've noticed different seller's pictures have different numbers printed on them.  What do these mean?

Topic by aliasjanedoe    |  last reply


are you aloud to advertise stuff to sell on instructables? Answered

If not, then could you make a option to sell stuff except the seller has to pay a pound or something to put it on the site.

Question by slithien    |  last reply


where to buy solar cells in the uk?

Can anybody help me to find a seller of monochrystaline or polychrystaline solar cells in the uk. there are some on ebay but none offer a gaurantee. i would like to buy in person if this is possible. many thanks for reading.

Question by john.the.plumber    |  last reply


How much tubing is included in the screamin serpant?

 I own 1, and i am thinking of buying the instructions for a roller coaster on ebay, and the seller says i need 60 ft. How much is included with the SS ?

Question by getoutofhere623    |  last reply


What are the specs on this ancient RAM?

 I would like to replace the two 64 MB modules in an ancient computer with two 256MB modules. Unfortunately, Linux was unable to report a manufacturer or model for the motherboard (only that it has a 950Mhz Duron and mostly SiS onboard components.) Even that report is suspect, as it said there are four memory slots when in fact there are two. So, take a look at this photo of three sticks of memory which worked successfully in the machine. What exactly are their specifications? Then, look at the specifications in this Ebay ad.  Is it fully compatible (assuming the computer can handle 512MB)? Update: Apparently the seller who I originally linked to is a scammer. I'll reference a more legit looking Ebay seller instead.

Question by NobodyInParticular    |  last reply


Does anyone know the current best LED for Lumen vs. watts?

I would like to get a few of these for a project. It would be nice if there is a ebay seller that can give a deal. there was a guy that found this out, but that was a year ago.

Question by JZ Price  


LED driver question

Reposting need help Can I power an AC LED driver with DC voltage, from what I understand the driver controls voltage and current. I purchase an LED light 7 x 1watt , the driver was rated 85 - 265 volt ac input but the seller had written 12 volt DC with grease pen across the printed label. This light works fine so I ordered 7 more like it with same ratings from a differant seller and they only work on 115 - 230 volt. Now I need to find proper driver or ship back to Hong Kong( Grrrr) I have seen drivers rated at 12 volt AC, will these work on 12 volt DC voltage? Thank you in advance, Duncan. 

Topic by dsr.  


led driver automotive

Can I power an AC LED driver with DC voltage, from what I understand the driver controls voltage and current. I purchase an LED light 7 x 1watt , the driver was rated 85 - 265 volt ac input but the seller had written 12 volt DC with grease pen across the printed label. This light works fine so I ordered 7 more like it with same ratings from a differant seller and they only work on 115 - 230 volt. Now I need to find proper driver or ship back to Hong Kong( Grrrr) I have seen drivers rated at 12 volt AC, will these work on 12 volt DC voltage? Thank you in advance, Duncan. 

Topic by dsr.  


Why not to buy your laser cutter online - a customer review

No real category for this and never done a review, so must be right anyway ;) Have no longer free access to a laser cutter so I decided to bite the bullet and go on a budget - what a mistake... I will not bother you with seller details or something like that as I doubt it would make difference. So let's start with the first day of having the new machine... First big hit in the guts was to see how it was delivered: If you order something make sure not to use Toll Ipec for the delivery LOL Nothing in the van was secured, all prcels just flying around everywhere. But worst bit at this stage was to notice only one half of the delivery is there, the missing rest was picked up but never made it out of the first depot. As nothing was secured and there were already obvious signs of damage to the packing I wanted to refuse the delivery so it goes back to the seller to check. Was told if I refuse it all that happens is that it goes back to the depot for me to pick up as another delivery would cost money. Anyway, took the stuff in to at least check how much survived the transport. Also contacted the seller in regards to transport damage and the missing items. The odd thing was that the entire box was wrapped in sticky tape but the consignment not placed on the bottom, so I opened it up upside down :( The seller replied he did not use the brown tape just clear packing tape.... Further checks of the box showed there was another (original) consignment on the right side of the box, now hidden under brown tape... Seems Toll Ipec decided on repacking as well... So much for the transport side of things for now, now to the insides.... Inside the box I noticed the plastic wrap around the machine was alread cut open around the top lid - of course with damage to the paint work by using a sharp knife. As expected an exhaust fan and water pump was include, also a hose for the fan. But there is nothing to fit the perfect square of the fan onto the rectangle outlet on the machine! And although ordered in Australia from an Australian seller, the seller did not bother to make sure the stuff can be used as I only have US plugs on everything. The thing that really §$#*% me about this is the fact that the original plugs have been cut off and replaced with Hong Kong ones! According to AU consumer laws and electrical safety regulations it is illegal to sell new devices with such plugs - only genuine cable are allowed nothing that has been cut and screwed on. So no testing possible at this stage here.... The manual, if you can call it that, is completely in chinese, not a single word in english found anywhere. So what do you do? You revert to the supplied CD only to find out everything on there is chinese as well... Don't get me wrong, I am quite confident to get it going and calibrated without but after installing the included software I gave up as it is chinese only as well. Means nothing of use here too... Waiting for the seller to reply but conviently I got an automated response back stating the seller is on holidays till the end of February... So much for ordering local while on a budget.... Of course I could have got the same machine from another shop for 250$ more but who would have though I need to move to china and learn chinese to use this toy? Will keep this updated over the next few days to keep you posted. If all goes well one day and I get the right plugs, manual and software I might actually make a short ible on the setup and calibration for future reference. Ok, seems all the replies I made earlier got lost in the system so I have to start over.... Update: After inspecting everything closer to kill the time until the missing items arrive I found more issues than I like. One of the mirrors is scratched right in the center, the other has a very dull looking surface. The x-axis is at an angle and can't be aligned over the stepper motor as the ends of the carrier are not machined straight. Means you never get proper cuts or engravings. I found metal shavings in basically every area of the machine, including the clear cover for the laser tube - not what I call electrically safe. The exhaust mount is bend and the entire thing won't really fit in the frame of the machine. The lid does open and close, even stays open but get's stuck in the frame when lowering it. I assume by the dints that this due to the transport. Almost all parts seem to be mounted by force, if it is no good fit we just bend it and force it in must have been the advise used to make it. Image uploads here still won't work in any userfriendly way, so forgive me for the bad layout. As for the actual issues with the seller and shipping company so far: Toll Ipec claims that all loads are secured during transport at all times despite my evidence but said they will check on the driver to make sure. Sadly I was also told that I am unable to make a claim for the transport damages, only the account holder, the seller can do it. Here starts the real dilemma. Although the seller is based in AU I now found through the Ebay support that he actually operates directly from China and only has someone at a local warehouse dealing with the stuff for AU. The seller has no replacement machine and no spares at all. The seller does not acknowledge the claim for the damages and states the machine was in perfect order when he sent it. Did I mention it does not help that the seller obviously uses a translator for his english replies?... Next problem is that he, so far, refuses to make a claim with Toll Ipec for the damages - he really does not understand that I can not do a thing in this case and that only he can. Ebay is keeping it quite as well, stating I should first try to sort the matter with the seller and if that is of no good I can start a claim next week. Plans so far on how to proceed: The shipping back to the seller is over 50$ (thank god it is not china!) and I would have to use additional packing to make sure it goes back in one piece with no further damages. So I thought, assuming the rest of the machine is fine, to fix it and to recover the cost through Toll Ipec - after all they are the ones that did the real damages during transport. For the mirrors I will substitude the disc from and old harddrive although not looking forware to cut it into a small round thing. The a-axis will be shimmed so I can at least do some initial test of everything, after that I will have to find a way to correct this issues more permantly. An Arduino and Ramps board is already waiting to make it into the machine to try some open source stuff instead of the dreaded Moshi software. Also trying to get my hands onto an old plotter to substitute the electronics and maybe parts of the hardware. This would allow much easier work as everything can be done through HPGL and and normal graphics program. Simply design it, set the laser power and hit the print button in the software. But turns out these old plotters are become rare collectors items now :( For the final stage I plan to have it all electrically save with a proper controller board and Wifi support. Not sure how long it will take but I will get there LOL Will reply with an update once I go some news.

Topic by Downunder35m    |  last reply


Some of the current Ebay and Paypal scams to be aware of

Recently the spam activities increased for my inbox and with that the amount of phishing Emails and direct scams.Today I will only focus on the big two: Paypal and Ebay.1. General Paypal scams and phishing mails....Most of these are really easy to spot.Genuine Emails coming from Paypal always address you with your full name!Scam or other bad Paypal Emails will use your Email address or just your first name.There is a problem with some users here, but I will go into these details a bit further down.In most cases the scammer will spoof areal looking Paypal Email or server address.This means in your Email client the sender appears as "Paypal" and not some cryptic server address you can find in the source code of the offending mail.The simple scams use links to malware or phishing sites - often trying to look like the original so be aware of this.2. The latest and for some hard to spot Paypal scam.You are more likely to become a target if the Email looks genuine enough to fool you to click on some link in it.A lot of users do a quick check with the mouse on some links offered and check in the bottom left corner for the link that appears.Sadly in the latest scam mails the scammer uses genuine graphics and links.In some case directly from the Paypal servers, like logos and backgrounds.Only one link is in there that will fool you.If the scam informs you about a payment you supposedly made than it will be the link directing you to your account to cancel the payment for a refund.If the scam mail is about a refund you got then it is the same link - the one making it easy for you to get to your account settings.In one scam mail I landed on a really good looking copy of Paypal's login portal.The address bar however did not contain the usual secure HTTPS and neither a genuine address going to paypal.Problems with these new scam mails happen if you follow the suggestions or free will for naming your Email account.If your Email is for example tommy19726@mymail.com then you will spot this quite easy in the scam mail when you are addressed as tommy19726 instead of Tommy Hilfinger.It seems to be a favour now to have a real looking Email, so Tommy might have used Tommy.Hilfinger@mymail.com.And then in the scam mail he would be addressed as "Tommy.Hilfinger" - only the DOT is then different to a real Paypal mail!!!If you have one of these Email addresses with no numbers and just your first and last name then pay specail attention when checking Paypal mails!!!3. The latest Ebay scam from China :(Lately I had to order quite a few things that I could only get through Ebay for a reasanable price.Shipping costs were the major problem with other sources as I don't see the point in paying much more for postage than for what I bought.Anyways, the scam goes like this:You order something with a value above about $50.You get the usual payment confirmation and a few days later a tracking number.Problem is that this tracking number won't get any updates at all.It usually only states "Shipping information received".This means someone in China requested a shippment but never actually lodge an item or had one picked up.You can't do anything through Ebay until the max delivery time is over.Trying to get a working tracking number from those seller only gives you excuses but nothing of use.In many cases the answer you get has no relation to your request!Once the last date to get the shippment is over the seller keeps stalling and asks you to wait a few days more.No attempt to explain that the tracking shows that nothing at all was sent on the way gets any useful answer.It is like talking to your digital assistent set to a language you don't speak.Once you start a claim through Ebay the case and refund is handled quite quickly.Does not mean you are left alone by the seller, especially if you did the right thing and left negative feedback.And no surprise, suddenly the seller is then even able to uderstand your language LOLBiggest thing is that these dodgy seller are adjusting quickly.Once you state in your responses that you will open a calim they usually "offer" a refund.Even if you clearly state you want the item and not the refund you will get a nice thank note back and then a refund that makes a claim impossible.You are left with no item and can wait another 3 or 4 weeks if you find trustworthy seller that is.Only chance is to open a "Item not received" claim right after the last due date.But even if Ebay agrees and provides you with a refund, as they have no interest to do more, you need be quick!The item in question will end in the hidden section of your purchase history.Only if enable to show your hidden items you can then select it to rate at least the transaction for a negative feedback.If you act quick enough you can even leave negative feedback in the usual way, but only through activating your hidden items.What can you do to stay secure?The easiest way for Paypal is to simply ignore all content in any Email you get that seems to be from Paypal!Whatever you do or feel you need to check: Go directly into your Paypal account through the app or with your browser but DO NOT use any links provided in any Email.If you think an Email is suspicious then just forward the Email to "spoof@paypal.com" - or .com.au for Australia, .de for Germany and so on.In case the Email is genuine you will get a corresponding response.If the Email is indeed fishy then Paypal will notify you to delete the Email in question.For Ebay the problem is not s easy - at least if you don't buy locally.From my end I can only state it is the Chinese sellers, Hong Kong and mainland.And a few years back the recommendation was not to buy from a seller with less than 95% of positive feedback.You can try it yourself and mess up one sale if you are private and see how badly your feedback goes down - just kidding, please don't try!!!With the introduction of "power Sellers" and Ebay stores however this guide was rendered totally useless.A power seller with 99.7% positive feedback can still literally have hundrets of negative feedback comments for the past few months.Quite often you see it spiked a month or 6 ago - a clear indicator the seller is going to new account and tries to make as much quick money as possible before Ebay closes him down for good.If in doubt you really need to check the negative feedback in detail before buying.Some really dodgy sellers make all sales "private".This not only removes the item from the feedback but also the sale price.Intended only for special uses, Ebay sees no need to stop this misuse.If you can't see detailed feedback for a seller then just don't trust the seller!If you see way too many negative feedback comments during the past 6 months then stay away!Click on other listing showing identical listing images and you can be almost certain that even if the seller name is different it will be the same scammer.You can usually confirm this by seeing a similar pile up of negative feedback with that seller.Why do I stress so much about Ebay scammers if you get a refund anyways?Interest...No really, I mean interest in getting it for the money in your account.Firstly, if you wasted about 100 bucks and waited a few weeks for finally getting a refund, then you were out of pocket twice.Once by paying for something you never got and then again for the money you lost in interest.Sure on your end only a few cents worth...But see it from the other side:Have just hundred transactions of $50 going into your Paypal account where you never actually bother to send anything.Add a longer than usual shipping time and make it free.Means you have $5000 in your account collecting interest rates for 4 to 6 weeks.Do it on an even bigger scale and you can invest 10.000 or more on a regular base.With up to 10% of interest on foreign currency Chinese banks are only too happy to take it.Or did you never wonder why an item sold in Greece needs to be paid for in US Dollar, UK Pound or Canadian Dollar? ;)A good Ebay scammer can make over $25.000US in interest rate payouts this way before Ebay even decides to limit or monitor his sales.And once Ebay or the feedback rating goes to negative on him it continues on another account with the same items and availbilities.Quite often you can find a seller has let's say 5 items sold and 12 still available.Isn't it then funny and of course pure coincidence that another seller has the same, hard to find item, with the exact same 5 items sold and 12 available?Ebay has no interest to actually stopping this in any way, Paypal also prefers to look away if the same account is used for multiple Ebay accounts.Not even the need to provide the Paypal details of the seller in plain english is a requirement anymore.You need to use a translator to figure out what "company" is behind the Paypal account and it never matches the Ebay account in any way....I did some checks on the few suspicious sellers that still had at least item prices listed with their negative feedback.There are some out there having a vlue of well over $12.000US in "not received" claims over the last 12 months.About a year ago I tried to start a little (ad sponsored) reporting service online.Scammed Ebay users were asked to provide the details about the item, Paypal address of the seller and the amount/time until refunded.Within 3 days of going online and with only having two users that reported a scammer my provider gave me a shut down notice - effective immediately.A few days later I got an Email stating my website was shut after both Ebay and Paypal stated I would violate their privacy terms and break US law.Needless to say this notice also included a note informing me that if I attempt to conitnue to provide such service I will be taken to court for legal action.So what was the fuzz all about you might wonder?It was planned that users can provide the required data, without this data actually showing up anywhere.Once the databse was full enough a user could enter a seller or shop name or even a Paypal account to have it checked for negative things.You either get "unknown" or a list that states when and how many users reported this seller.With no deatils about any transactions, item numbers or user names linked.Did I mention how supportive Ebay and Paypal were when I contacted them about the take down notice? ROFLRules and regulations...I pointed these flaws out to Ebay and Paypal more times than I can count over the past 3 or four years.But as always, money is all that matters and those scammers won't be stopped.If you get a refund then the seller will be punished by more than your feedback, only if the Paypal account he used was unable to provide the required funds.In the rare case the Paypal account disappears with the seller you will notice the refund comes from Ebay or Paypal but not from the seller's account.This is the only real buyer protection Ebay has on offer.The rest is just following the pressure of local laws, especially in terms of refund and warranties.Does not mean though a warranty for an Ebay item will be honored by a company....If you start selling on Ebay then one big requirement is to have a validated Paypal account.Also a real physical address - although this is only too often just taken as granted once you had a delivery to your nominated address.Either way you Paypal account's address and name must match what you used for Ebay.Means if things go really south both Ebay and Payl will have enough details to surrender you to the local law.In China however things are different, starting with space.An export business is highly subsidised as it brings in foreign currency.So you can just hire a dummy letter box in some office building for company purposes.All mail however will be directed to whatever real address you specified for your "company".Same for actual company grounds.A n awful lot of producing factories/companies over there get additional support by the government for supporting small export businesses.That means you, as a little Chinese Ebay power seller forward your orders to whatever factory produces or stores these thing in huge amounts.This company then does all the shipping for you.Becomes really clear once you try to figure out from where you Ebay shippment really came.There won't be any Ebay seller name on the address, same for whatever you found in the Paypal invoice.The guy can just sit in his lounge room and never actually touches any shippment at all.In mayn cases those sellers have good discounts and since small items ship for free out of China, no one complains about the extra work.Both Ebay and Paypal are well aware of those loop holes in China!But as with multiple accounts they look away and prefer not to act as long as the money keeps flowing.

Topic by Downunder35m    |  last reply


The little guide to buying on Ebay

Like or not Ebay is now the number one online market place.Since they do their best to keep it that way a few tips might be of use to someone.Unlike some other guides this one is not about how to find the best bargain.It is about showing some things you should be aware of, especially if you are new Ebay.1. New, unused, refurbished....These three can literally mean anything if you find them in a listing title.Unless you read the full description you simply don't know.Assuming the listing goes along with the title.New should mean exacty that: Same condition as you would find in any retail store.Unused can be the same but could also mean it was opened, like to check it or take the pictures.Refurbished is something to take with caution.Unless it clearly states Manufacturer refurbished you just don't know if the refurbishing is done to specs.For a phone it could mean a badly glued screen, a no name battery, non matching serial numbers...Unless an item is factory sealed you should expect detailed pictures.In a lot of categories you will only find generic pictures though - buyer beware!2. Warranties....Ebay does have a buyer protection but Ebay does not deal with Manufacturer warranties in any way!In some countries a seller is legally required to provide a warranty and return statement.Sadly that is not the case in all countries Ebay serves.When it comes to brand new devices you might experience problems with your warranty.As more and more companies go against online selling platforms they do not support they simply exclude them from a warranty.Let me give you an example for this one:You see your favourite smartphone at your local retailer for the bargain of just under $1600, while on Ebay you find the exact same model for $1200.Easy choice? Depends...If the manufacturer does not support this then only the seller can provide you with some sort or warranty.The good one claim to do so but don't expcet this from someone only selling a handful of items per year.In the worst case it could mean your new gadget develops a fault over time that would be fully covered by a manufacturer warranty but you would totally miss out.The money is gone and you have to fix it at your own cost.If the item in question is also of value then please check the warraty and return conditions the manufacturer allows before buying.4. Pricing....Especially when it comes to things that somehow could be bundled or used with something else you can get screwed.The culprit i question is the multi-item-listing.You might look for a battery pack to keep your phone charged when on long hiking trips.But the first 50 or so listings are all in the lowest imaginable price range.The listing title shows what you are looking for, the image does too....Then you dare to check and it is a listing where you can select multipl items.The price shown in the search result is only for the lowest crap listed there, like a "waterproof usb plug"....The actual thing you need is usually overpriced.You are forced to either ignore suspiciously low priced listings or check them all to compare prices.5. Postage costs....A lot of things these days come with free shipping, all good.If they don't then again: Buyer beware!Sometimes there are exclusions, like certain post code areas.Or the free shipping is not for international customers.If it is clear you have to pay shipping and you buy only a single item then again the case is quite obvious.Combined shipping however does not always mean single costs!Check the psotage options for multi items carefully!Often additionalitems are free if they are small.But if a seller already charges you a high postage fee than chance are you pay the exact same price again for the second - even if the arrive in a single $2 prepaid envelope.6. Faked locations....It seems to be common with Chinese sellers to avoid import taxes by faking a local item a selling address.In some cases (often after Ebay got too many buyer complaints) they list the real shipping time of 2-3 weeks.More often however they don't.Once you have the problem the best option is to open a "item not received" claim 3 days after it was due.On the due date contact the seller and ask when to expect it.There is a way to spot these fakes and tax frauds:If a local seller, with a locally listed item gives you a Chinese Paypal account with an address in China than you got a fraudster.Problem is that once you committed to buying and can see the sellers account details it is already too late.To cancel such a transaction you need to do it the official way and if the seller won't agree then don't expect Ebay to accept that you don't want to suppport tax evasion and fraud.Either way, I report each and every single one seller showing a local item with a local selling addrees but using a Chinese Paypal account.7. Fraudulent listings and sellers....Let me give you a slightly overstated example on what I mean:Seller has only sold a very few items, usually of low value.Suddenly you spot y nice and this years model laptop at a bargain price.You check the listing closer and find just 2 or 3 pics.Further down you read something along the lines "Unwanted gift, comes with car charger only."If it is this years model then it is still under warranty and no one would lose all the additional hardware like the wall charger. ;)Again it is up to the buyer to decide....Ebay does not check where an item comes from or if the seller is the legitimate owner of it.8. Exclusions to make...Be it price, auction only, distance and so on.You can make certain limitation and selections to narrow your search results.Some make sense and work, like just showing items to auction.Distance no longer really works as sellers are no longer required to state a town or post(zip) code anymore.Price is relative too.If you know the ting you need definately costs between $100 and $130 then the search still won't filer anything out that is a multi item listing and within the price range.And in some cases it just totally fails.A very vital exclusion was removed around 2014: by country.Now all that is left is to limit to all within your home country.You can't select for example Japan only if you are located in Europe and would like to avoid the rediculous postage costs from the US.And you could not exclude China either...All or local is what you can play with.For the rest that is available: use it whenever it make sense and is possible.9. You buy it - your problem!No I don't mean faulty items or wrong ones.I mean simple things that can happen to anyone distracted, unconcentrated or too full of exitement.You buy something and think you are the happiest guy in the world until you double check the listing to confirm your luck.Missed the over $300 in postage ocsts?Did not see further down that it states "replica" or "scale model"?Or hints that the massive sized Opal in fact is just a resin with a thin and cheap layer of Opal flakes on a black background?As said, your problem alone.I know a lot of people who started having fun on Ebay until they got their gib bargain surprice - one way or the other.Don't become one of them and read and check listing you might want to buy with great care!10. Feedback...You might have noticed that it is next to impossible to find a seller with a feedback rating below 90%.The reason is quite simple: The lower your ratings as a seller the further down the search results you appear.And of course you don't make any business anymore once so low...But feedback you leave is as important as feedback you get!So if you spot a deal where the seller has a rating below the magic 99.5% positive rating you should check his feedback.Quite often it is clear that some angry customer left it.Most obvious if the seller left a reply stating otherwise.But in some case you more than one buyer left a negative feedback for the same reason as other buyers - this is where you should be careful.The reason to actually check the feedback is quite simple: It is heavily manipulated by Ebay.A seller won't get and negative feedback if he agreed to replace the item in question or if he offers a refund.Same for simply stating that a negative feedback was not justified.The later can be anything from the words used to just wanting a clean sleeve.And if a seller is highly active than business rules and the feedback is corrected by Ebay.You might have noticed that for some sellers now now new negative feedback show up that would be of any real concern for a potential buyer...11. Retractions :(Be it a seller not wanting to sell something that auctioned off below his expectations or a buyer who simply failed to pay attention to the price and all details : A retraction is possible.If you try a lot of auctions you might have had the "second chance offer".After you lost an auction you might get notified that the winning bid was retracted and that you are next in line.In almost all cases your last bid will be accepted but some sellers offer you the item for what the rectracted bid was - so pay attention to details!Now you might think that if happens so often you could make good use of it.Like for example participating in several autions to try to win the device one way or the other.Set some sutomatic bids and go to bed.If lucky you got one, if too lucky you won all auctions.Retracting your bid on those you now no longer need is possible but I strongly advise against it!Firstly you can negative feedback from the seller for it and secondly Ebay will keep you under watch if it happens too often.An honest mistake and all is fine but ask for a retraction a few times a month and you will have a hard time on Ebay.In the worst case Ebay can even suspend your account or exclude you from auctions.So, is it still worth signing up and trying to find a bargain?IMHO it all depends on WHAT you are looking for.Someone in a remote area of Brazil will certainly value it differently than someone living downtown L.A. with access to all sorts of shops, retailers and outlets onevery corner.Same for spare parts, electronic parts or stuff that is made in China anyways.But times have changed for sure.What started free for everyone became a paid platform for those who sell.Later those buying also had to pay extra as still all transactions come with fees on the side of Paypal.Not much to be fair but still...And from a platform with a few scammers and frudsters that always got and kept your money we came to something flooded by sellers that should not even be allowed to have a Paypal account.The buyer protection helps in some way but it can take weeks to get your money back and if it something expensive than this money makes interest for someone else while you don't have to buy what you wanted to buy.While, in a real shop you just go back and return your item to get your money back - plus you get a real warranty.Do your homework and be aware of what could go wrong.If it looks like it could go wrong somewhere than you might want to consider a deffierent option for this item.

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Ac and dc led drivers?

Can I power an AC LED driver with DC voltage, I understand the driver controls voltage  1watt , the driver was rated 85 - 265 volt ac input but the seller had written 12 volt with grease pen across the printed label. This light works fine

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anybody knows what company manufactures SG90 servo?

Hi, I recently need a large quantity of SG90 servo. I only find those sellers from Aliexpress or Allbuy, but I need to contact in business way with a specific company that produces SG90 servo motor in real. Anybody knows a answer? Thanks.  

Question by 기운서    |  last reply


Clear Filler for inside of bottle caps?

Along with a recent purchase from Etsy the seller included a bottle cap with a magnet on the back. The bottle cap has a design on the inside and she filled it with a laquer or some sort of clear filler. Anyone have any idea what that filler would most likely be?

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Armadillo bread bin. Answered

I want to make one of these but I don't know how. I searched Diy armadillo bread bin on Google but  nothing good came up. Any info on how to make this would be great! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brushed-Aluminium-Armadillo-Breadbin-SELLER/dp/B000MUP2QK DP

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Frequency of 12v halogen transfomer?

Hello everyone.. I would try using a 12v transformer halogen (please see photo) for flyback driver (about 10-30 watts) .But seller sell on Ebay do not know the frequency of 12 vac, so could you help me to know that(frequency of 12 vac out) thank you in advance.

Question by lam    |  last reply


Ebays largest electronic component distributor

Bets place to buy cheap LEDS in volume quantities. Also selling IC's, CAPS, DIODES, RESISTORS,CONNECTORS, CABLES, ECT.http://stores.ebay.com/Select-TechnologyThe #1 seller of Electronic Components on Ebay.Just ask t3h_muffinator. He visited us last week and walked out with 3 huge bags of components.

Topic by umo88  


Can I use 13V 400mA plug for a device that need 15V 400mA? Answered

Hi. I bought a device but the seller didn't include the plug adapter. I have a plug adapter with 13V 400mA. The device manual state that the output is 15V 400mA. Can I just use the 13V 400mA plug to the device? Thanks

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Need to build a 12 volt 3.2 amp dc power source. Help?

I picked up a nice flat panel monitor, cheap, but seller wouldn't part with the brick he had.(needed it for her monitor) I have pc power supplies and can scrounge with the best for other bits required. Would someone please help. Thanks

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DC treadmill motors 1.5-3 hp great for hobby, windmill, small EV's

I'm a fitness repair technician, i get some really good motors from time to time. Usually posted to ebay under seller name guaranteed_goods....i have 2 or 3 up at the time of this posting... feel free to msg me with what you are looking for....

Topic by mickeyaaaa  


Nankin Tamasudare

I would like to know how to make the traditional Japanese Storytelling Mat known as Nankin Tamasudare. I wanted one for myself but for some reason they are priced at hundreds of dollars here in the USA. They can only be found at sellers of "magic supplies". Here is a link to what I am talking about  http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/nankin-tamasudare. Can anyone help? Ed

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Hitchhiker's Guide Typewriter for Sale

The typewriter that Douglas Adams used to type out The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is up for sale. If you have $25257.94 it can be yours! The price is converted from 12,250 British Pounds. To be honest, I was hoping that the seller would be able to fit the number 42 in the price somewhere. I would buy it, but there are the eating and sleeping in houses things that I've grown accustomed to. Linkvia bbgadgets

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How safe is it to buy relatively low cost items on eBay?

I'm thinking of getting into eBay for the first time and I'm considering bidding on items generally less than 20 USD. What are the chances that I will be ripped off? Also, if I live in a different country from a seller do I have to pay extra for customs or is that included in the shipping fee?

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Digitizer not working after replacement.

Hello, My wife accidentally crashed her phone digitizer (Samsung Galaxy Core 2 (G355H)). Its was still working, but you know... Being the type of man which always desire to fix something - I put myself to that mission. So I bought a new digitizer from one of eBay sellers. And sadly after replacing... the new digitizer was not working at all. Bringing back the old crashed digitizer to test it - it was still working. Tried to update firmware. Still the same. So I decided that It was faulty and asked for seller to resend the item. The new digitizer (number 2) came. Still the same stuff :(. Started to google. Found the solution on the internet. I have to let the phone boot with the old digitizer, when the boot is complete, need to remove the lcd and digitizer, replaced with the new digitizer (the phone has to stay on). And after that connected back the lcd... and its works... but sadly (as the author of this solution) if I reboot the phone - will not work again. PLEASE... Show me the direction what I need to do or where to search the answer

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CNC mill stepper motor controller

Hi y'all from France! I've been aching to get my hands on a CNC machine from quite some time now, unfortunately I'm quite a noob when it comes to electronics and such. I'd found that while the machine itself is not that hard to build (see all the ables), however the electronics involved are just too complicated for me to build a controller from scratch. I've found the other day some seller on french ebay selling a complete controller without the power supply, so I've been wondering about it but am not in the position to fully understand that piece of equipment. So my question is: what do you think about it guys? Does it seems to be ok (BTW I've also found 3 NEMA23 stepper motors, precisely the same model as described in the specifications for the controller board on its seller's page)? For now I just want a three axis CNC machine capable of cutting polymer foam and soft wood, so I don't really need expensive and powerful stepper motors. Thx for any kind of input!

Topic by pepelepew  


Call for makers/stall-holders : stall spaces available at Maker Fayre in Liverpool (UK)

Stall spaces available for all makers who would like to sell their wares at a fabulous event at Heebie Jeebies, in Liverpool (UK), evening of August 31st. The event is geared towards a theme of Steampunk, Industrial Revolution, and mad science, but makers of all varieties welcome. To book a place, or for further details, please PM me. Thanks!

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preserving wood outside? Answered

I just scrounged a big round slab of a tree from a firewood seller. It is still green and about 32" across and 8" thick. My question is, how can I make it last a long time out in the weather all the time. I am using it as a knife and axe throwing target. I don't really want to spend a lot of money putting expensive varnish or wood preservatives on it! Any cheap recipes out there? Thanks, Triumphman.

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Is it possible to replace a 40Mhz crystal with a 49.860Mhz?

I bought a RC submarine that was running at 40Mhz. Submarine broke, seller shipped a replacement, but replacement could not be remotely controlled by original remote. In fact, while looking under the submarine, there was a sticker written "49Mhz - 3". I guess it is referring to Channel 3 - 49.860Mhz.  So could I buy a 49.860 crystal, remove the 40Mhz crystal from remote controller, and get my submarine to run again? Is there anything else to consider???

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Indie Craft Fair Guide

Craftershock has teamed up with Taryn Hipp of MY MY to create a brand new special feature called The Indie Craft Fair Guide. It's jam-packed with information about upcoming craft fairs and events from coast to coast. You can also find photos and reviews of past craft fairs and a super how-to guide for first time sellers! So scoot on over to The Indie Craft Fair Guide.

Topic by scoochmaroo  


What should i check while buying a second hand arduino? Answered

Hi everybody, i found a second hand arduino on a website.the seller is saying that it is a handmade arduino.but how?i think all arduinos are made in arduino factory.isn't it? it's not looking like other arduinos that i saw before on internet it's a "ARDUINO ATMEL ATMEGA 168 CHIP". isn't it? im waiting for your advices sorry for my english

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Call for makers/stall-holders : stall spaces available at Maker Fayre in Liverpool (UK)

Stall spaces available for all makers who would like to sell their wares at a fabulous event at Heebie Jeebies, in Liverpool (UK), evening of August 31st. The event is geared towards a theme of Steampunk, Industrial Revolution, and mad science, but makers of all varieties welcome. To book a place, or for further details, please PM me. Thanks!

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Low quality prize

After placing second in a contest, I was very disappointed to find that the prize tool was a low quality tool from harbor freight which broke the first time I used it. I was also disappointed to see that they greatly overstated the $ value of the tool by linking to the most overpriced seller they could find (double the going rate for the tool). Last time I placed in a contest, the tool was a very nice dremel which I have used often and has not broken. Would be nice if they would give us quality tools again.

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How do i program picaxe?

Is there any cheap way to program a picaxe? How do you use the usb audiojack cable with the audio jack to program the PicAXE? pls help me... If you have any extra PICAXE can you send them to me please?? I live in singapore... so email me then i can tell you my address... The PICAXE here is ridiculously expensive so Im trying to find a reliable seller...

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Looking for R4 for DS - Where to get?

Hey, Looking for users who have a Nintendo DS and went out to buy the R4 game for it (revolution) It's not sold in stores, but it is on amazon. Yet my parents wont buy it unless someone else did. sence he doesnt trust the sellers. (You cant order off amazon at age 16 -_- ) So if you have R4... Where can i get it? Or I should say, Where did YOU get it

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how do i set up this 433mhz receiver to trigger a relay?

hello, i am considering buying this(http://www.dinodirect.com/Wireless-Remote-Control-Receiver-Board-Module-XY-R03A-1-currency-AUD.html) 433mhz rf receiver, to use on my rc tank as it has quite a long range transmission. however, as people before me have stated who have purchased similar rf modules, it has no useable power outputs! which leads me to believe that i have no idea on how to use it, and that it operates in a different way to the a normal 27mhz 2 channel receiver board, standard in all rc cars. recently i have learnt that these require a decoder to give an output, is this true? if so, where do i get one also, will any 433mhz transmitter work to operate these as i already posses one. currently i cant find any information about these, all google will show me when i look anything up with the words 433mhz and module, is ads for chinese sellers selling these. obviously they work somehow, otherwise the sellers would be shut down, i am just clueless as to how!

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British Laws on Battery Powered Devices

I wish to sell a number of old electrical projects made by my self (not kits); I also wish to sell multiple units (indefinite amount, demand dependant) of something I am currently developing. All devices are battery powered, the highest voltage of which runs from a 9 volt cell. The seller status will be a sole trader, sales made via either eBay or personal website (yet to be decided). Are there any legal issues of which I should be aware? Thanks for your help, Andy

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MACH3 help. motor turns 1way only? Answered

Hey, I'm Building a 3axis CNC milling machine. I've made a test setup with one motor, driver, controller, computer. Got the motor turning, but only one way, no matter if I press arrow (on keyboard) up or down. I've connected: Step P2 DIR P3 and have setup the ports/ pin config menu to that. I've connected an external 5V power supply to the driver board. The motor is connected as instructed by the seller. please help me...

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Is it true that for some cars nowadays, 90,000+ miles is "just getting started" and possibly OK to buy? Answered

I need to sell a late model lo-miles car & buy a cheap one & have lots of cash left over. I keep seeing Toyotas, Subarus, etc. with like 150,000 or even 180,000 miles and the sellers want $5,000-7,000 for them! Is this a sucker's bet? I used to buy cars only if they had less than 50,000 on the clock, but those are over my budget now.

Question by joescratch    |  last reply


Problems with Laser Module Diode

So I have a 5mw laser diode module that I am trying to get open so that I can install a 250 mw diode in its place. Problem is, the diode won't come out, the manufacturer glued it in, and I keep buying new modules from different sellers only to find inexplicably the stupid diode backing slathered in glue. Is there a way of getting this thing out? I don't care if the diode is broken, I don't need it, but I want the driver intact.

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