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02-10-2008 01:49 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Heliflyer69rrVeteran - Northen Cali - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I recently bought a used heli. It was stated as "excellant condition" on 2 sites.

To my surprise, i found $120.95 in bad (notchy) bearings. Seller told me to go screw myself..basically. Canopy has major fractures in fiberglass/paint missing. TR servo has copper showing on lead/bad gears.

Who is reasponsible..Buyer or the seller?

thx in advance

Roy

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02-10-2008 02:03 AM  10 years agoPost 2
baddynergy

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sierra madre, ca- usa

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do you have a link to the listing??

If it was listed as excellent condition, I would not expect bad bearings or exposed wires on a servo. Or a canopy that has fractures in the glass, paint chips ok but no structural damage.

For these things I would expect the seller to cough up as he didn't make you aware of them before purchase. If it has flaws IMHO they should be stated or expect some bad publicity..

Thats why I never buy used.

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02-10-2008 02:06 AM  10 years agoPost 3
Yug

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I bought a used heli a good while ago. What a piece of crap it was. Never agian

Vegetable rights and Peace

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02-10-2008 02:23 AM  10 years agoPost 4
gian

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AZ

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Yep- andymaan ruined it for me with a "RTF - Perfect condition - flown twice - never crashed" POS. I will still buy used components, but think twice about a complete heli.

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02-10-2008 02:41 AM  10 years agoPost 5
WAFlowers

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Clearwater, FL - USA

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Who's responsible? The way you describe it I'd say the seller. He specified a specific condition and didn't deliver. Essentially a bait and switch not significantly different than advertising a trex 450 and shipping a Blade CP instead, for example.

If he'd advertised it "as is" with either an accurate description of the condition or no description at all it would be another matter altogether.

IMHO of course. I'm not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV (or anywhere else).

This is what small claims court is for, I think.

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02-10-2008 02:58 AM  10 years agoPost 6
fireman_bill

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Batavia/Cinci, Ohio

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Used Heli's
On the other hand, I have purchased a Vigor Standard, Ergo 50 (actually two of them) and a Trex 450 from RR.

Been very happy with all of them. I do understand that soem people do not have the personal integrity we would like, but many do.

I could be stuck tomorrow, but thus far have been happy.

Bill

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02-10-2008 03:07 AM  10 years agoPost 7
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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I bought a Trex 450 used on RR and am happy with the transaction. Whenever I find something I PM or Email the seller a couple of times and by the responses can sort of tell if it's going to be a responsible seller. Certainly not a guarantee, but a seller who is willing to go into more detail and supply more pictures will get my dollar (plus feedback check).

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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02-10-2008 03:11 AM  10 years agoPost 8
Trooper Sam

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My most significant helicopter purchase was a used Vibe here on RR. It's been a dream machine, and it was a real bargain.

Trooper Sam

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02-10-2008 03:26 AM  10 years agoPost 9
Jimmi

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Southern Ca. U.S.A.

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I would buy a used heli but only if pickup was local. In that way your protected period. Jimmi

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02-10-2008 03:38 AM  10 years agoPost 10
Gearhead

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I understand everyone wants a good price for there stuff, but geezz, I feel guys need to drop their prices !!

for an example,, there is a rather popular brand 50 size glow heli that sells new for about $360, it comes new with some rather nice blades,,

I have seen this heli whereby a few guys are selling it used for around $225 less blades, that price sounds good until you look at what you got to pay to replace the blades, if you buy this used heli for 225 you got to buy blades, so now add $90 for blades with $10 shipping,,

so now you have $315 invested in a use heli, but for ONLY $45 more you could have this heli brand-new in the box,, and what kind of shape is that used heli in ??

I rather pay the extra $45 and buy new,, and I would think most would,,

now lets look at it another way,, $225 used for this heli, well only $75 more and I could buy a new Raven 50 and it come's with $80 blades,,

note,,
the price "new" for this heli has now changed since I saw the $360 price,, plus it's price varies about $40/$50 between dealers..

Jim

Jim
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02-10-2008 04:04 AM  10 years agoPost 11
Ray Fernandez

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Guam (U.S.A.)

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Who is reasponsible..Buyer or the seller?
The seller is ultimately responsible and should make things right. I do, however have to ask.......did you ask questions about the heli and did you get pics of the heli before you bought it? Was the seller a repitable "seller"? Were references asked for?

As an old saying goes, "buyer beware." I've bought and sold helis here and have come away with some awesome deals. Of course there were a couple that did not pan out as expected, but that was the luck of the draw for me.

Ray Fernandez - GUAM

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02-10-2008 04:07 AM  10 years agoPost 12
spiderco

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Henderson, Nevada

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you have to do your research on the seller. check out his feedbacks and posts. if the heli is not as advertised, then leave a negative feedback.

unfortunately there are a lot of dishonest people here so buyer beware.

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02-10-2008 04:29 AM  10 years agoPost 13
SLC

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Johnson City, Tn

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I bought a used T-rex 450 v2 of a guy here on RR and it was better then described in the add. I looked at his feedback and alot of people were saying his stuff was better then described or got more items then described.I was 99 percent sure I would get a good heli.
If the seller discribed the heli in perfect condition he's responible for money it took to get it in that condition.

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02-10-2008 05:07 AM  10 years agoPost 14
Red-Rx7

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Olathe, KS - USA

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I assume this is the helicopter:

http://www.runryder.com/t402872p1/?p=3213516#RR

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02-10-2008 05:24 AM  10 years agoPost 15
Funky Trex

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Westerville, OH - USA

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Sorry about the bum deal

BTW, you can get a much cheaper set of bearings that are just as good as the Hirobos from RC-Bearings.com. I have used these in my Trex and Raptors and they are much nicer than the stock bearings. You can get a complete set for your Evo for 55.00 http://www.mcintoshcentral.com/rc-b...d4ab718c88e1912

I hope you work something out with the guy. Good luck.

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02-10-2008 05:26 AM  10 years agoPost 16
JAGNZ

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Auckland, New Zealand

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I have had both good and bad deals. One heli was nowhere near like described and I felt pretty ripped off. On another deal I got my Fury (Very Clean Heli) for a great price and was very happy. YMMV when buying used I guess...


Jason Greenwood

www.3dheli.co.nz

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02-10-2008 06:09 AM  10 years agoPost 17
WiscHeli

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Wisconsin USA

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all my Helis were new kits but i have got used Engines , Mufflers ect and was happy with the deals 90% of the time .. never know with used

T-Rex450seV2,, 600N-Pro ..500CF... Jr 9303 Syn 72Mhz

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02-10-2008 07:22 AM  10 years agoPost 18
Heliflyer69

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Northen Cali

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I dont feel this is an appropiate place for this discussion. So, I'm closing this thread.

Thank you for the BB link, I will eat those.

However, I will be contacting the seller one last time demanding 2 new fiberglass canopies, and 2 missing parts.

He did say the canopies were in exc cond did he not? Will post pics in his feedback this weekend showing 1 is literally crash garbage, the other having pretty bad gelcoat damage in a few spots.

Wtb-full discosure in all classifieds *sigh*

Roy

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