Tuesday, 5 April 2005
|1047 - Another Model II|
Just got a call from the freight company...I was bottom-feeding last week, and wound up with another TRS-80 model II, this one with the external disk expansion unit. The box will hold up to 3 extra drives, for a total of 4. I believe this one has 2 drives in it. The expansion box is much harder to find than the machine, so I'll be glad to get this one.
The only gotcha: The machine and expansion box were $50; the shipping was $140. The seller showed shipping via UPS on the auction listing, but refused to ship any way but truck freight. I'm not pleased about that, as I would have passed on the auction had I known. (I was expecting UPS shipping to come in two separate boxes, for about $70.) They're getting negative feedback for that.
current mood: pleased
In the seven or so years I've been using eBay, I've never left a negative rating; I've only been ripped off once, for such a minor sum (it was $7) that it wasn't worth my time.
I did leave a neutral rating, once, with a chap who was lousy at communications and had a very spotty feedback record. Surprisingly, I got a refund. (Wish I had the item, instead, but you can't have everything.) I suppose slightly soft-pedaling the comment and the rating helped.
I see the point about the extra $70 in shipping (Yipe!), but I think if the item itself (as opposed to the shipping) is as advertised, a neutral rating would probably be better. You, of course, being the chap who laid out the $140, have a stronger case for negative ratings, but this is just my opinion.
Yeah, you're right. In general, I've reserved negative feedback for folks who either didn't send the item at all, or else sent something that was substantially misrepresented. That's not the case here. I have left neutral feedback for folks who sent the item as described, but either charged excessive shipping or had a significant delay in sending it.
I probably will just leave a neutral. That's damning enough, to a lot of folks.