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WWPierre
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Reged: 07/04/09

Loc: British Columbia
Emotional Roller Coaster new
      #5607209 - 01/05/13 07:58 PM

I had always thought that I would add a Questar 3-1/2 to my collection should I ever run across one at a "good" price. One came up on Craigslist recently, with a full compliment of Brandons and a bunch of other stuff for $2350. I had sort of overdone it at Christmas, with a new TV, Sony Playstation, a sapphire ring for She Who Must Be Obeyed, and a new fridge for one of my tenants, so it wasn't as if the money was lying around in piles.

I thought about it for a week, and when I checked Craigslist again, it was still listed, so I sent an e-mail and the guy said it was still for sale. I sent him a reply asking for the serial number, thinking that I wouldn't get it if the thing was stolen. The seller replied with the S/N, which indicated a 1975 vintage unit with broad band coatings.

After rationalizing that I could probably raid Petty Cash to supplement my depleted personal stash, I e-mailed the guy back (Thursday, I think) and committed to driving to the city on the weekend (1 hour) prepared to pay the asked for price, (which my research told me was fair, assuming the Q was in good shape) if it passed inspection. I asked if he wanted a deposit via Paypal to hold it, and he got back to me that he would, indeed, hold it for me, and no deposit was necessary.

Friday I phoned Questar to check if it was stolen. (it wasn't) then I phoned Mike, (the seller) Friday night and told him I would see him early Saturday afternoon. He told me there was a fellow coming around Saturday morning to buy it. I told him I thought we had a deal, and he said he wasn't sure because I hadn't got back to him to confirm the deal.

I was devastated. Actually, the depth of my disappointment surprised the hell out of me. It was like grief. I kid you not!

So I began the healing process, thinking of finally getting the mirror of my 16" LB re-coated, and maybe picking up a LX80......

I check my e-mail at 3:45 this aft, and there is a message from Mike: "The other guy never showed, thought you might like to know."

To paraphrase a famous line from "The Goon Show": I did not wish to know that! I had finished my "grieving" and resigned myself to a "Q-less" existance. Now I had to do it all again.

After a long session of soul searching, I decided to take another run at it, so I phoned Mike back to re-do the deal. he was contrite, and assured me that the Q was mine if I still wanted it after inspecting it. I told him we could do the deal tomorrow. (Sunday)

I'll report back here with photos after the deal is done.


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Mike E.
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Reged: 01/26/10

Loc: Moonstone Observatory
Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: WWPierre]
      #5607938 - 01/06/13 09:22 AM

It's good that you found one local which you can inspect, an hours drive is nothing in the scheme of things. Even though you have experienced a hiccup with the transaction, don't let it put you off from acquiring a great scope, or saving yourself $2350 if you find it undesirable; such as in purchasing sight unseen. Its a win win situation either way you look at it.

All the best.


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WWPierre
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Reged: 07/04/09

Loc: British Columbia
Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5608371 - 01/06/13 01:23 PM

Thanks for the support, Mike. It is timely. I am about to leave for the city now. Stay tuned.

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WWPierre
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Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: WWPierre]
      #5612552 - 01/08/13 07:13 PM Attachment (53 downloads)

Well, I got it. It came with a ton of extras.

More photos at www.photobucket.com/Questar

Edited by WWPierre (01/08/13 07:14 PM)


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Erik Bakker
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Reged: 08/10/06

Loc: The Netherlands, Europe
Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: WWPierre]
      #5612560 - 01/08/13 07:19 PM

Now that looks like a dream come true! Congrats on your wonderful new Questar set. You will enjoy that a lot

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Billydee
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Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: Erik Bakker]
      #5612699 - 01/08/13 08:56 PM

WW,

Very nice buy for the price. Just the Q3.5 and the EPs are worth the asking price. The extras are a major plus. Welcome to the club.

Luck, Bill

Edited by Billydee (01/09/13 03:01 PM)


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greedyshark
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Reged: 10/31/05

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Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: WWPierre]
      #5612973 - 01/09/13 12:09 AM

Nice...You got a deal

Charles


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Mike E.
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Reged: 01/26/10

Loc: Moonstone Observatory
Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: greedyshark]
      #5613109 - 01/09/13 03:28 AM

A good start to the new year.

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trainsktg
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Reged: 08/23/05

Loc: Pacific Northwest
Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5615094 - 01/10/13 09:13 AM

That is an unbelievable deal!

I think I need to find a vintage Powerguide of my own now .

Keith


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Masvingo
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Reged: 01/10/12

Loc: Ayrshire, Scotland
Re: Emotional Roller Coaster [Re: WWPierre]
      #5617288 - 01/11/13 01:29 PM

Congratulations, an excellent deal with all the accessories.

Well done!

James


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Panotaker
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Reged: 09/12/03

Loc: Austin, Texas
Re: Emotional Roller Coaster new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5623125 - 01/14/13 05:39 PM

Boy, he saw you coming! Just kidding, nice find! Congratulations on getting your first Questar. Now you need the matching field model.

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