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Steve Deckert
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The eBay Guide to Tape purchasing
05/05/14 at 19:53:00
 
Anyone buying tapes on eBay understands that there's a learning curve involved.   Let's use this thread to share the knowledge so that beginners don't waste a bunch of money buying the wrong tapes.

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Reply #1 - 05/06/14 at 00:35:40
 

Awesome! Thanks for creating this section Steve.


I'll see if I can gather some thoughts and start some posts.
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Reply #2 - 05/06/14 at 17:06:07
 

Here is a good example of some of the BS to look out for.

http://www.analogplanet.com/content/copies-beatles-master-tapes-played-ces-and-r...

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Reply #3 - 05/06/14 at 18:58:14
 
I have one purchase inbound from this eBay seller. Seems to be radio "masters" of classical recordings. I'm not 100% sure of source (from a mixing board at the event, or recorded at the radio station, or for all I know recorded off someone's home stereo). On the positive side, he does have MP3 sample embedded in the auction so you can sample the tape.  

http://www.ebay.com/usr/m-segal


I've had a brief E-mail conversion with Reel-Lady, and she was very honest with answering my questions, but I've not purchased from her.

http://www.ebay.com/usr/reel-lady

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Reply #4 - 05/09/14 at 00:38:29
 
I received my tape from m-segal - seems to be the real deal. I just wish it were longer!

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Reply #5 - 08/30/14 at 22:46:06
 
Sometimes the best thing is knowing who NOT to buy from...  And this is one of those sellers.  Claims her husband was a recording engineer and carefully words her listings to lead you to believe she's selling a professional recording.  




This turned out to be a 7 inch reel, 1/4 track tape recorded in mono at -10dB and with a high noise floor.  Probably one of the worse sounding tapes I now own.  Actually this 40 year old tape is worth nothing, and the plastic reel about 5 bucks.  What's even worse, is they instantly copped an attitude when I asked to return it.  After writing GREAT SOUND several times throughout the listing.... I found out that they auditioned it on a pioneer receiver hooked to a pair of bose 601 speakers... which didn't help their case.  It's possible (-10dB recording) that this was partially erased by a nearby magnet at the post office, but neither ebay nor the seller gives a shit, they both got their money.

You're going to run into this buying tapes, it's a learning curve, so cost of mistakes have to be factored in.
I'll be taking it to the range this weekend and using it for target practice so I get some satisfaction out of it.

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Reply #6 - 08/31/14 at 16:53:20
 
   Anyone who purchases something from ebay has the right to send it back. Simply start an "item not as described" action and go through the process of sending it back.
   Ebay almost never sides with the seller in any event and you should be able to send the tape back with no problems other than maybe the seller being an obvious Ahole.
  Another rule of thumb is to never buy from someone who doesn't offer a 14 day return policy. There are too many people on that site who don't think there is a tomorrow in regards to customer satisfaction and will sell, with apologies to American Pickers, "anything I think I can make a buck on".
 Last thought...very few buyers are willing to leave negative feedback so pay close attention to the negatives the seller may have, it may only be the tip of an unseen iceberg.
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