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Kindly Advice Regarding New Old Stock Parts

Submitted by dcflipper on April 23, 2023 - 6:55am

Hello all, and thank you for allowing me to be part of this amazing Bulova resource. I sell vintage watch parts & materials on eBay. I recently acquired a large Bulova parts collection from a retired watchmaker and have been listing away for the last two weeks. Yesterday, I realized some of my sealed old stock parts are degraded and rusted, making them worthless. Now I am in a rush to go through the 100s of parts I've listed and check each for condition. I advise those buying New Old Stock parts online to ask the seller to open the part and check for condition before you waste your time and money purchasing. 

Posted April 23, 2023 - 6:59am

Thank you for the post. This is great advice.

Posted May 14, 2023 - 2:15pm

Indeed.  I bought some hairsprings last year and found about 30% rusted.  Happily, the seller took them back and refunded my money pro rata.  He made me send them back which was a little picky.  I sent him pictures. It all worked out in the end.

Posted May 14, 2023 - 3:34pm

Speaking of ebay, I am unable to pay for purchases on there now. When I try to pay I'm redirected to a page saying "Access Denied". I contacted ebay through the chat thing a ma gig and spent an hour and a half chatting to 3 different level technicians. They had me try all kinds of things and none of them worked. I had some other things to do and had to end that chat meeting. I'm going to wait until I have at least a couple of hours free before contacting them again. Anyone else having this problem? 

Posted November 28, 2023 - 3:53pm

In reply to by 1955mercury

Sorry for the late suggestion. I had the very same problem a couple years back. We tried everything that eBay suggested but nothing worked. I finally ended up closing my eBay account and a couple days later opened a new EBay account and now have no problems with domesic or international purchases or payments. 

Posted May 14, 2023 - 6:17pm

Your ebay issue seems odd.  I assume you are using paypal.  I would do a clean browser install...different than the one you are using now (say, e.g., chrome), and try again.  I run three browsers continuously to deal with such things.  I was trying to get a permit from the canucks recently and ended up calling them.  Was told I had to use chrome. OK.

Posted May 14, 2023 - 9:23pm

In reply to by wimberleytech

I got back on chat with the ebay techs and I tried different browsers, tried some kind of private browser thing that I didn't even know existed, deleted all browsing history and nothing worked. The tech that was talking me through all of this said he/she was going to forward our conversation to the head of their IT department. Assured me that it will get fixed. 

Posted November 24, 2023 - 2:31pm

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