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Paul Alciatore
11-04-2007, 11:32 AM
I am doing some prelimary research into purchasing some ball screws, including E-Bay. This seller is in China and seems to sell a lot of used ball screws. His actual user name is yishi xingtai and he seems to have 100% positive feedback with a lot of transactions. He seems to try to post good descriptions of the items. But I'm a bit hesitant as he is in China.

Has anyone purchased anything from him? Your comments would be appreciated.

lazlo
11-04-2007, 11:51 AM
I've watched his ads. He and "BallScrewPro" (from Singapore) are running the scheme where they sell the ballscrew for lower than normal price, and then charge $50 for shipping.
Doesn't really matter to you (the buyer), but a little on the sleazy side -- I'm surprised Ebay hasn't caught up to them yet.

They both have an endless supply of smaller, used precision ballscrews and linear rails, so I'm guessing they're getting take-outs from a local fab. There are a bunch of guys in Arizona selling similar take-outs from the Intel Fab in Chandler.

wierdscience
11-04-2007, 12:05 PM
Buddy down the road bought some ballscrews and linear rails from the guy in Singapore,he got combined shipping on several acutions,actually bought 3xs what he needed,then re-sold the rest on ebay at about 2x2 what he paid for the whole lot.Shipping was around $85.but for what he got and from where it wasn't bad at all.

tony ennis
11-04-2007, 12:07 PM
I don't know about this seller at all. But I have seen (with Chinese guitar sellers) the feedback is inflated and totally fake.

This guy could be legit.

Caveat Emptor, indeed.

speedsport
11-04-2007, 12:10 PM
I don't know if you have bought anything from China, or anywhere else overseas for that matter, but the shipping costs are unbeliveable, DHL, UPS, etc. are making a killing. So don't be blaming the guy selling the stuff, it's hurting him too.

lazlo
11-04-2007, 12:39 PM
I'm sure the shipping costs are high, but for awhile there were Chinese sellers with 99 cent Buy It Now prices on machinist protractors, digital calipers, etc, but the shipping would be $30 or so.

So they were avoiding the Ebay insertion and Final Value fees by padding the shipping.
Also, remember that commercial, and especially volume commercial shippers get large discounts, so they're paying a lot less to ship it than you would.

It doesn't matter to the buyer -- you're paying the same amount regardless...

speedsport
11-04-2007, 01:04 PM
don't be sure they are padding the shipping, it cost me $63.00 to ship a legal sized padded envelope to Pakistan, DHL.

John Stevenson
11-04-2007, 01:16 PM
I had a CNC milling machine air freighted over next day delivery from China.
I assure you you don't want to know what this cost :eek:.

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lazlo
11-04-2007, 01:21 PM
don't be sure they are padding the shipping, it cost me $63.00 to ship a legal sized padded envelope to Pakistan, DHL.

Wow, I guess the Chinese sellers really are making a profit by selling those machinist protractors for 99 cents! :p

I just looked it up on my Ebay notes, and one of the Chinese sellers who was underselling the auction price, and padding the rest on shipping was a seller named "Nonstop-Bid." He was selling the Guy Lautard machinist protractor for 99 cent Buy It Now, with $26 shipping. Forrest bought one of these protractors from him, and was showing it at one of the scraping seminars :)

Now that Ebay is cracking down on sellers back-loading the shipping to avoid the Ebay listing fees, he's selling the same protractor for $17.50, plus $9 shipping (in other words, the same price):

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110141707858

Alistair Hosie
11-04-2007, 01:47 PM
I have dealt with both China direct , from Hong Kong direct,and been very pleased with purchase don't be afraid.Alistair

lazlo
11-04-2007, 01:54 PM
By the way, here's Guy Lutard's web page. He's selling the same Chinese protractor for $85:

This unusual Chinese-made vernier protractor reads to 2 minutes of a degree, and is very nicely made - the photo really does not do it justice.

http://lautard.com/protract.htm

http://lautard.com/protractor.jpg

Rustybolt
11-04-2007, 07:17 PM
had a CNC milling machine air freighted over next day delivery from China.
I assure you you don't want to know what this cost .


It probably flew out Polar Air if it went to the US.

John Stevenson
11-04-2007, 08:09 PM
By the way, here's Guy Lutard's web page. He's selling the same Chinese protractor for $85:

This unusual Chinese-made vernier protractor reads to 2 minutes of a degree, and is very nicely made - the photo really does not do it justice.

http://lautard.com/protract.htm

http://lautard.com/protractor.jpg

We can get them here off stock.

http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/en-gb/dept_111.html

Two thirds the way down this page, 38 so roughly the same price given the to $

I keep promising myself to get a set they are truly well made and finished, streets in front of my Moore and Wright set.

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lazlo
11-04-2007, 08:24 PM
I keep promising myself to get a set they are truly well made and finished, streets in front of my Moore and Wright set.

Wow, can't get a better endorsement than that! :p

I just bought one -- I'll report back when I get it:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110187126210

Did you notice this guy also sells human hair?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110186734664

John Stevenson
11-04-2007, 08:31 PM
Dark blond hair from China ?? One hung low must be having a blond moment.

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lazlo
11-07-2007, 10:56 PM
I just bought one -- I'll report back when I get it:
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Did you notice this guy also sells human hair?

Well, so far, so good! I got a very polite email from a gentleman named "Qian," written in immaculate English.
His company is based out of Hong Kong, and I'm guessing his main business is beauty salon products (his email is beauty@xxx.com.hk) -- the latter explaining the human hair auctions.

So hopefully I'll get a nice machinist's protractor (like the picture I posted above), and perhaps some beauty treatments as well ;)

tony ennis
11-07-2007, 11:01 PM
Sometimes 'hair thieves' make the news in China. People assault women and cut their hair off to sell it.

lazlo
11-07-2007, 11:13 PM
Oooh, creepy. Maybe I could cancel my order for the blonde hair? :)

rustamd
11-08-2007, 03:23 AM
I wonder how much they are paying a person to count and bag the hair... :)

5Bears
11-08-2007, 10:35 AM
The BallScrewPro guy is totally legit, and the two ball screws I bought from him (two separate auctions) were excellent. There is really no gouge here if the shipping charges are known beforehand... just be sure you understand what you are going to pay for shipping, and bid accordingly. The packing was perfect and the ballscrews themselves were nearly new.

IIRC the stuff came pretty darned quick for a package all the way from Singapore.

Alistair Hosie
11-08-2007, 05:38 PM
correct me if I am wrong it seems the cost of del to uk is the same as U S A $9.50 if so I wouldn't mind one Alistair ps hahas anyone bought this yet and if so is it sturdy or very flimsy Alistair

lazlo
11-08-2007, 05:45 PM
has anyone bought this yet and if so is it sturdy or very flimsy Alistair

Hi Alistair,

Forrest Addy bought one of these from the same Ebay seller, and apparently it's well made. John seems to think so too.

Ebay Bevel Protractor (http://www.practicalmachinist.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/30/5550.html)

The $9 shipping is the proverbial Slow Boat To (from) China, so it looks like its going to take a couple of weeks to arrive. I'll post a review when I get it.

Cheers,

Robert