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DocSavage45

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11-26-2017 08:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question battery charger

I’LL BE GOB SMACKED.

Has this ever happened to you?

This is not about woodworking. It’s about eBay and some of the crafty people on it. I consider myself a thrifty shopper and spend time looking at critiques as well as costs to get the best bang for my buck.

I have owned a Schumacher, large, homeowner type battery charger for many years now. The large starting capacity burned-out, but it is still usable and I use it to charge the batteries in my car and my lawn tractor.

Recently I have been wondering about getting a new one as my vehicles are getting older as well as myself. So I researched the Schumacher SE-1555A on Amazon and eBay. I found both positive and negative criticisms, which I reviewed. The pricing on Amazon and eBay was comparable and I was looking for a bargain. While searching on eBay I found this particular battery charger for $50 less than I’ve seen.

Needless to say I got pretty excited and thought “this is a good deal.” I purchased it and it arrived on Saturday in a Walmart box. I had to work thinking “oh, maybe they put it in a Walmart box to ship.”
When I came home and opened the box I found the battery charger inside. I looked at the mailing label and it was from Walmart to me. ”What,” I said to myself! How could that be”?

I went to the Walmart website and looked up the model number of my Schumacher charger and found it on sale for $30 less than I paid on eBay. I was gob smacked (which means speechless)! I then thought myself, “son of a blank blank blank! This person is very clever and I was two impulsive.” There is a warranty for three years on the machine, which requires, including the store from which it was purchased.

If I were more observant and more patient, this wouldn’t be the situation. I did pay less than the average eBay and Amazon price, but my ignorance and impatience put me in a situation, where someone else could take advantage of the differences in price.

I normally say ”another Murphy lesson.” But in this case, Murphy did nothing to do with it! Hopefully I will remember to be patient, check all my options, and then purchase something.

I’m hoping it will work when I set it up, otherwise, to whom do I return it?

Thanks for listening to my rant!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 11-26-2017 08:35 PM

Dog gone it ,I see those guys on Ebay all the time sell what Amazon and or Walmart has marking it up just because they know some of us forget to check all retailers. I’m a shop until you drop kind of guy, but sometimes things like this get by me too. Another trick pulled on Ebay is to have very high shipping.
Better luck next time

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#2 posted 11-26-2017 08:41 PM

Yup, I’ve been stung like that in the past. It really ticks me off when I could have made a much better buy elsewhere. Another one to look out for is the shipping costs, especially on EBAY. Those will flat out kill you sometimes.

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#3 posted 11-26-2017 08:47 PM

Jim, it’s not about luck? It’s about remembering my painful lessons? :<D

Hope you and your family shared a great Thanksgiving day!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-26-2017 08:49 PM

BurlyBob,

I have only paid too much one time in shipping costs purchasing an item that was missing too many parts. (not laughing here) Always use prime and free shipping.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 11-26-2017 09:42 PM

Try giving them a bad review. They just about call “Jimmy Two fingers on you”

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#6 posted 11-26-2017 10:00 PM

That’s why I’m venting here. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 11-26-2017 10:03 PM

What the ebay seller did is called arbitrage, you buy low from one site and sell high on another, often getting the original site to pay shipping.
Some shopping aids in the OP

There are several shopping comparison sites and google isn't too bad if you click the shopping tab.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 11-26-2017 10:13 PM

Thanks Rick!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 11-26-2017 10:53 PM

I love scoring a good deal, if I can afford to wait. I figure it makes up for all the times I have to pay high because I need it right now.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 11-27-2017 12:36 AM

I’ve been pinched by the bug a couple times myself. Just a good lesson to keep on looking for a better deal in the future. As Rick mentioned, when you need it right away there’s only so many options. I have ordered things on e-bay and it arrives from Amazon. The funny thing is I looked on amazon first. As long as I still got a good deal I try to blow it off. Just saying. And keep Murphy out of this one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 11-27-2017 12:52 AM

Dave, Murphy was digesting his turkey! But I still learned to “back the truck up.” LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 11-27-2017 03:07 AM

A trick I use is to see the item offered then go pull it up on Amazon, JET, and a box store. More than once an item on craigslist has been higher by $20 than a new one. Rarely do I need it right now so waiting it out is usually not an issue. Found I can get drawer slides from GlideRite directly in bulk for much cheaper. Somehow despite buying 10 pairs at a time I rarely have extra in stock.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 11-27-2017 04:25 AM

Same here,

I also go to the habitat for humanities ReUse Store and haggle if I want a number of items.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 11-27-2017 04:45 AM

Ouch! Tom, there have been times where I’ve found better deals at Homedepot over Harbor freight. I always do price checks and comparing. I’m not sure what GOB stands for though, Good Ole Boy?

When it comes to the battery charger I’m wondering if this might be an option for you. A battery Tender? What it does is keep a small amperage charge on the battery hence battery tender, so you just leave it on all the time. You can rig up a two point plug from the battery and secure it so that it hangs outside of the hood, you just simply plug it in and walk, once you’re ready to start the car you just simply unplug the tender never having to open the hood.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Battery-Tender-BATTERY-TENDER-021-0128-12-Volt-1-25-Amp-Battery-Charger-BAT02/108953743?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=8163&adid=22222222227049569649&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=146712858640&wl4=aud-261800282100:pla-324265908637&wl5=9028312&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=115056708&wl11=online&wl12=108953743&wl13=&veh=sem

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#15 posted 11-27-2017 05:07 AM

Thanks for the suggestion Randy.

I’m playing with freebie lawnmowers and tractors since watching Mustie1 on YouTube do his cold starts, so a battery charger plus a battery pack for cold starts of older POS equipment is something I’m adding to my already too long To Do list.

Looked at the piece of equipment, In the winter I have heater plugs for my engine blocks as it gets better than 20 below before the wind chill. ( No Laughter here) so I’m doing all sorts of winter stuff. Including trying to maintain my snow plow on my 1990 Chevy ck2500 which is an old timer.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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