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#6726 agmoonsolns

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:51 PM

For Goodwill auctions requiring pick-up, is it best to pay in advance and then pick it up or is it better to bring cash and pay at the time of receipt of the goods? I haven't won a Goodwill auction before, not sure of about the procedure for pickup. I wonder if I can have a friend pick it up for me? Any advice?



#6727 Astrolite

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Posted Yesterday, 09:22 AM

For Goodwill auctions requiring pick-up, is it best to pay in advance and then pick it up or is it better to bring cash and pay at the time of receipt of the goods? I haven't won a Goodwill auction before, not sure of about the procedure for pickup. I wonder if I can have a friend pick it up for me? Any advice?

I've won a couple, but never a pickup. There should be a link for the specific Goodwill shop selling the item. You can call them direct and I'm sure they can provide you with information. Another option is to create a Customer Service ticket and ask your questions. They seem to be pretty good about answering. Just remember you only have seven days to pay, at least that's how it was for my last win. Different stores may have different polices.


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#6728 Bomber Bob

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Posted Yesterday, 02:37 PM

Goto Model 106 EQ -- at least 25 pounds (without the counterweights) with a 1-foot ruler for scale.  Some paint nicks, but the chrome is mint, and the motions are smooooth!

 

Goto 106 EQ S01.jpg  Goto 106 EQ S03.jpg


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#6729 Astrolite

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Posted Yesterday, 03:01 PM

I have been looking for a 50mm x 500mm telescope ever since a deal on a Hy-Score branded model 457 fell through late last year. I am meeting with the owner of this telescope Monday evening and will hopefully be adding it to my collection. It's very similar to the many brands that are out there but I have never seen one branded Sans & Streiffe and certainly not this color. The owner says the color is original, he knows that because the original owner was a friend he grew up with. Hopefully there will be some history to go along with the telescope. Also can't find any reference to the Model 605. Anyone seen one like this before? I'll start a thread on this if I am lucky enough to score tomorrow.

 

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#6730 agmoonsolns

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Posted Yesterday, 03:40 PM

Thanks Astrolite! I'll give that a try.

 

P.S. Am I the only one seeing shill bidding with Goodwill auctions?



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Posted Yesterday, 05:05 PM

Thanks Astrolite! I'll give that a try.

 

P.S. Am I the only one seeing shill bidding with Goodwill auctions?

How can you tell it's shill bidding?



#6732 agmoonsolns

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Posted Yesterday, 05:17 PM

They bid right up to your maximum and stop and on lots of different auctions at the same store, but I can't seem to find one of these bidders bidding at another store (like it's an employee at the store doing it). If it goes over your max, it's typically only by a small amount (like $1). If there are no other bids and one of these bidders wins, they are almost always relisted in a couple of days (not the 7 days they wait for a real bidder to pay). All could have totally reasonable explanations, just seems fishy to me which was why I was inquiring. Waiting until the last minute to bid might be a good policy to have with these auctions, minimizes any problems with shill bids.


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#6733 agmoonsolns

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Posted Yesterday, 05:19 PM

Also, when I Googled this, it turned up a lot of results for Goodwill and shill bidding:

 

https://www.google.c...chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Apparently, it's rampant.



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Posted Yesterday, 06:04 PM

Goto Model 106 EQ -- at least 25 pounds (without the counterweights) with a 1-foot ruler for scale.  Some paint nicks, but the chrome is mint, and the motions are smooooth!

 

attachicon.gif Goto 106 EQ S01.jpg attachicon.gif Goto 106 EQ S03.jpg

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Posted Yesterday, 06:44 PM

I hate to admit this, but I have run into a couple of really crappy Questars too (optically). One from 1972, another from 1986, and the worst one of the bunch from the late 1950s (not mine thank goodness). I have also seen some stunning Questars too.

 

Overall, I think most are excellent when properly maintained, but there have been some units going out the door with absolutely atrocious optics. I have no idea if any years are better than others. I think what happens is Questar probably doesn't test the optics and so if they get a bad set from Cumberland, it goes right out to the customer without anyone knowing unless they test them..

 

I am currently trying to fix up a Standard from the 1960s with truly exceptional optics. If anyone has legs or an old case, please let me know.

 

I made the mistake of not bidding on the correct vintage Questar on AM because another bidder promised to sell me those parts if I would stop bidding and let him win it. I did and as soon as he won it for a shockingly low price (I was prepared to bid almost double what he paid), he then emails me and tells me to look elsewhere as he wouldn't be selling me those items (as he had specifically promised he would in writing). In all of my years, I have never seen anyone in this hobby act with such a lack of honor and integrity to straight out lie/break their promise in writing to get what they wanted. The silly thing is if he had been honest and just said, Hey, I really want this, could you please not bid on it? I would have agreed. I mention this to warn people there are some pretty dishonest and unscrupulous Questar people here on CN (some very prominent who play off of their position to get what they want) and to just simply be careful.

 

Never, ever take someone at their word no matter how many posts they've made or stars they have. Make sure you always protect yourself and look at everything from a worst case scenario assuming the other person is deliberately planning to scr*w you over. Don't let what happened to me happen to you.

I have an old case. PM me.




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