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 Post subject: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:53 pm 
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Found this listing while 'touring' the country on Craigslist. Is anyone familiar with the make? It has been posted for almost a month and seller is open to offers.
Maybe a sweet deal if it is ligit.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/ ... 43914.html


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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:58 pm 
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Something German or Swiss made


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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:07 pm 
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According to Worthpoint it is a Bing machine ! Bing logo clearly visible , you must buy it !

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... -526396720


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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:43 pm 
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I agree, buy it! That thing is TOO COOL--you talk about a neat demonstration piece!


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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:55 am 
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Why has no one bought it ?


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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:01 am 
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soundgen wrote:
Why has no one bought it ?



Pay no attention to the posted price of $1 - the words "Make Offer" are the key. The seller will wait for the highest offer - and then list it on Ebay for three times that.


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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:31 am 
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estott wrote:
soundgen wrote:
Why has no one bought it ?

Pay no attention to the posted price of $1 - the words "Make Offer" are the key. ....


Which is not allowed on Craigslist: https://www.craigslist.org/about/help/faq#prohibited
"Can I put a link in my for sale posting pointing to an auction site like eBay?
No. Please post a set price, do not solicit bidding, and do not link to auctions elsewhere."


People do this all the time*** and whenever I see an ad like this, I click the prohibited button. If enough people do this, the ad will be taken down.



OrthoFan

*** I blame Craigslist for this. There should be provisions on the site to automatically flag auction ads -- detecting phrases such as "make offer" or "bid" -- and flash a warning whenever someone tries to post one. Also, the disclaimer prohibiting auction ads should appear up-front on the page where the ad is posted, rather than being hidden in the long list of FAQs.


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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:25 pm 
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Craigslist is not like Ebay. Completing the sale is strictly between the seller and buyer. If you send a message saying I'LL BUY, it means nothing- even if the seller says YOU GOT IT.


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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:18 pm 
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Considering the number of people who have been scammed and/or murdered responding to Craigslist ads, I stay away from it... I'm sure that someone will counter with "I use it all the time with no problems..." Actually, there are no problems... until there are. :?
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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 Post subject: Re: Octophone, CL, St. Paul
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:09 pm 
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Curt A wrote:
Considering the number of people who have been scammed and/or murdered responding to Craigslist ads, I stay away from it... I'm sure that someone will counter with "I use it all the time with no problems..." Actually, there are no problems... until there are. :?


I've had no problems EXCEPT three times when after an agreement was made the seller ceased communication & removed the ad, I believe in all three cases he was selling to someone who offered more.


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