Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

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Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:28 pm

Won another Solbourne S3000 on eBay. These are one of my favourite weird SPARCs, not just because Solbournes run their bespoke unusual version of SunOS 4, but also because of the literally hot hot hot gas plasma display. I have one, complete with case, but wanted a spare, and this one appeared to be in great shape.

Box arrived, with some obvious shipping damage (bad sign). Opened it up. It was floating in packing peanuts (worse sign), though it was in its carrying case, which was a nice surprise. Opened it up to discover ... the DISPLAY WAS CRACKED. No padding around the glass display at all!

Thanks to this idiot's carelessness, there is one less S3000 in the world. I can probably raid it for parts, I guess, but the display will not show an image at all. And the flaring orange gas plasma display is the best part of these things.
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Re: Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:13 pm

Damn dude I'm sorry, that totally blows.
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Re: Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby josehill » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:36 pm

Horrible!

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Re: Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby Trippynet » Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:30 am

Hope you get your money back from that idiot. Maybe next time he'll learn to pack kit properly if he expects it to survive transit.
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Re: Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:04 am

In fairness to the seller, they have agreed to refund. So, while I'm unhappy with the fact that a rare S3000 is ruined, at least this person is honest.
smit happens.

:Fuel: bigred, 900MHz R16K, 4GB RAM, V12 DCD, 6.5.30
:Indy: indy, 150MHz R4400SC, 256MB RAM, XL24, 6.5.10
:Indigo2IMP: purplehaze, 175MHz R10000, Solid IMPACT
probably posted from Image bruce, Quad 2.5GHz PowerPC 970MP, 16GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.11
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Re: Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:27 am

Yeah after the G5 incident you and I had, and a few other systems getting damaged in transit, I've learned how to pack systems much more wisely... its a shame this information I learned is just not widely discussed or taught.
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Re: Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby jan-jaap » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:31 am

TeamBlackFox wrote:I've learned how to pack systems much more wisely... its a shame this information I learned is just not widely discussed or taught.

http://www.sgidepot.co.uk/postingadvice.html
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Re: Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby Trippynet » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:41 am

I'd recommend sending Ian's packaging instructions to anyone you're buying valuable/delicate kit from :)

I've had a few bits from him and his packaging is armageddon-proof. About the only downside is that it takes a good half an hour with a Stanley knife to cut through all the re-enforced cardboard and ream upon ream of duct-taped bubble wrap to get to the goodies inside. But on the plus side, they're always completely intact and damage-free!
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Re: Today's moment of rage: Solbourne S3000 ruined by idiot eBay seller

Unread postby Krokodil » Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:19 pm

It always worries me how many people are selling XIO boards with no protection of the compression connector. How do they know some guy in customs won't cop a feel and ruin it unwittingly?

I didn't notice it till yesterday but there is a small dent in the back of my Octane in the top left corner above the video boards, apparently somebody dropped it, which is why the skin at the very back corner shows slight signs of manglage. It came in a practically destroyed home depot box with those stryofoam chips around it and in another bigger FedEx box. Fortunately there's no other damage to it and it's completely functional except for the flaky TRAM module.
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