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Dave Lee
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Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be
      #5910493 - 06/08/13 10:00 PM

I stumbled into something that surely falls into the 'WAY too good to be true' category. It is stuff at www.sale-telescopes.com. Here are some examples.

Losmandy G11 mount WITH GEMINI II for $1917 (typical pricing more like $3k).

Televue TV-85 Apo (green or ivory) $1453 (typical pricing more like $2395)

Astro-Tech AT111EDT F7 EDT for $957 (typical pricing $1595)

This is just too good to be true. They do seem to be located in Indonesia for starters, BTW. So who knows how shipping really works. But does anyone have experience with these guys?

Thanks.

dave


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Scott in NCAdministrator
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Dave Lee]
      #5910572 - 06/08/13 11:07 PM



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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Dave Lee]
      #5910625 - 06/08/13 11:37 PM

Quote:

I stumbled into something that surely falls into the 'WAY too good to be true' category. It is stuff at www.sale-telescopes.com. Here are some examples.

Losmandy G11 mount WITH GEMINI II for $1917 (typical pricing more like $3k).

Televue TV-85 Apo (green or ivory) $1453 (typical pricing more like $2395)

Astro-Tech AT111EDT F7 EDT for $957 (typical pricing $1595)

This is just too good to be true. They do seem to be located in Indonesia for starters, BTW. So who knows how shipping really works. But does anyone have experience with these guys?

Thanks.

dave




Dave:

It is too good to be true. They claim to have Astro-Physics 3600 GTO mounts in stock. Try the Astro-Physics website to see if they are an authorized dealer.

They claim to have the Astro-Tech 111EDT in stock when Astronomics, who owns Astro-Tech, has them on wait list. They claim to have the AT-106 in stock, Astronomics doesn't even list them anymore because they have no supplier.

They claim to have the $48,000 Alluna Optics Alluna RC-24 24" f/8 Ritchey Chretien Telescope in stock... at half price.

It's bogus...

Jon


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Jim7728
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5910922 - 06/09/13 06:23 AM

Here's their location:

Sale Telescopes
Jalan Gajah Mada 104-107
Jakarta 11140
Indonesia

http://goo.gl/maps/jMYbE

Anybody wanna check it out.


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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Jim7728]
      #5910925 - 06/09/13 06:29 AM

Bleh. Why do these threads keep popping up?

There's also a version of this where the "dealer" is located in Singapore, but nobody here has ever heard of them.

I guess these guys pop up because, like spam, there's still that 0.5% of greedy buyers who think they can get something at half-price (and end up getting screwed).


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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5911056 - 06/09/13 09:48 AM

As the old saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Websites are cheap and a great way to part people from their money. This is a scam. Stay far, far away.

-Dan


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Aquarist
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5911257 - 06/09/13 12:42 PM

Any dealers in Nigeria?



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DSobserver
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5911428 - 06/09/13 02:24 PM

just try to ask for paypal payment...

IP is located in indonesia


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MRNUTTY
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: DSobserver]
      #5911482 - 06/09/13 03:00 PM

anytime payment is stated as:

Quote:

1. Sale Telescopes Store accept the following payment options:
Payment International Bank Transfer / Wire Transfer (T/T).




run away.

Edited by MRNUTTY (06/09/13 03:00 PM)


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GeneT
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Dave Lee]
      #5911631 - 06/09/13 04:38 PM

Thanks for the post. Hopefully, a lot of people are now forewarned.

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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Jim7728]
      #5911832 - 06/09/13 07:15 PM

If you zoom in, it almost looks like an empty lot..

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Dave Lee
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Loc: Pinehurst, NC USA
Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5911974 - 06/09/13 08:26 PM

Quote:

anytime payment is stated as:

Quote:

1. Sale Telescopes Store accept the following payment options:
Payment International Bank Transfer / Wire Transfer (T/T).




run away.




They ask you to wire them some money and send them a bunch of information about your bank account. What could possibly go wrong here

dave


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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Dave Lee]
      #5912010 - 06/09/13 08:44 PM

Dave, as you can see from all the replies, this place is very likely to be a rip-off! Better to scour the CN classifieds, and S&S fora for deals, as well as Astrom*** (That-Site-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named!). Using these sources you will at least have half a chance at possibly getting a bargain on a decent scope without losing your shirt!

Good luck!

Edited by mayidunk (06/09/13 08:46 PM)


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DaveJ
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: mayidunk]
      #5912497 - 06/10/13 07:07 AM

Quote:

Dave, as you can see from all the replies, this place is very likely to be a rip-off! Better to scour the CN classifieds, and S&S fora for deals, as well as Astrom*** (That-Site-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named!). Using these sources you will at least have half a chance at possibly getting a bargain on a decent scope without losing your shirt!




As I've posted before, there is absolutely nothing to be feared by mentioning Astromart. See! Astromart. I said it again. There are no rules - stated nor implied - regarding mentioning Astromart. It most definitely is not the "Site-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named!" I'll say it again: Astromart.


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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5912517 - 06/10/13 07:33 AM

We are the knights that say Astromart!

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Odell
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: jgraham]
      #5912533 - 06/10/13 07:54 AM

Quote:

We are the knights that say Astromart!




Thou shalt not pass!


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DeanS
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: Odell]
      #5912977 - 06/10/13 12:33 PM

Oh my, he has a pic of my actual AGO newt, and for nearly half of what I paid

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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: DeanS]
      #5913001 - 06/10/13 12:43 PM

and for an additional $19.95, we will double your order of telescope pics........

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jolasa
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Loc: Bay Area, California
Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5949624 - 07/01/13 01:05 PM

I was looking at this ES scope on sale-telescopes.com:
http://www.sale-telescopes.com/products/Explore-Scientific-ED152-Carbon-Fiber...

A friend who lives in Bali Indonesia called the phone number on the web site, they got somebody who knew nothing about telescopes, and who did not know the sale-telescope name.

He visited the address in Jakarta listed on the site, and saw this:
Gramedia Building (a Book Store).

And lastly, Explore Scientific says these folks are NOT an authorized distributor.

So stay far, far away.

JonS


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Mike B
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Re: Online Retailer Question - This Cannot Be new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5949770 - 07/01/13 02:15 PM

Quote:

I'll say it again: Astromart.



Yeah, but try the reverse application over there...


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