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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2018, 06:19:42 am »
I used to love tracking down bargains and playing the bidding game on Ebay but lately I've gone off it. The last 6 items I've bought were ALL faulty, I've received refunds for them all but it kinda destroys the fun.

Even though I received refunds there's still a BIG downside to this. Let's say I order something expensive next time and it arrives broken/faulty, I apply for a refund and the seller refuses so I ask Ebay to intervene, Ebay may decide I'm the one doing the scamming based on my history of claiming refunds for the last  6 items.

Although I must add that one company sent me a refund AND a replacement .. cheap item but they still didn't have to do that. It raised my levels of faith in humanity a tiny bit :)
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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2018, 07:08:18 pm »
Well, I finally got my RAM straightened around - what a nightmare.  >:(

It was half my fault - half the seller's. I needed unbuffered RAM, and was specifically trying to avoid buying ECC registered RAM (there's a LOT of registered RAM on eBay), but the seller said the pulls were from a Dell OptiPlex. I was too trusting and lazy. Turned out it was server RAM, for (such as) a Dell PowerEdge. If I would have been more diligent and checked the parts numbers on the pictured items more carefully, it would have become apparent they were for a server. Oh, well ...

Anyway, back they went to the seller - and I bought 3 matching unbuffered Hynix sticks from a third-party reseller on Amazon - upgrading my doorstop to 8GB.

All's well that end's well.

This isn't the first time I've had problems buying RAM on eBay, and will likely be the last ...


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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2018, 08:23:39 pm »
I dunno... I guess I'm a sucker for HGST HDDs. I looked hard and long at WD Blacks, but I just couldn't pull the trigger.  ::)

Anyway, my latest HGST 1TB 2.5" HDD arrived today - It's the same identical model that I'm using in my daily driver desktop machine.

This will be going into my 'Road Warrior' Dell Latitude E6430 as a secondary storage/data drive. It replaces my former CD/DVD burner, location-wise.

The curious thing about all of this is, I was under the impression that they stopped making these particular HDDs when WD bought HGST. I incorrectly assumed the date of manufacture on this drive would be 2013-2014. Wrong!

Check it out - lower left-hand corner (June 2018)  :-\





Please excuse the fuzzy, oddly colored pic. I haven't removed the drive from the anti-static shipping pouch yet.  :)

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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2018, 08:34:50 pm »
DO NOT COVER THIS HOLE .. so they put it in a sealed antistatic bag :)

DO NOT COVER THIS HOLE .. Kinda the opposite of DON'T PANIC :)
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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2018, 08:39:28 pm »
IKR  :D

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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2018, 08:53:58 pm »
Depending on how you want to look at it, I got this HDD for free, from Newegg.

A couple of months ago, I bought a new set of tires for my ride - Barum Bravuris 3HM - not easy to find in dusty Arizona. Most Yanks have never heard of them. And, the dealer gave me a $75.00 rebate gift card. I hate rebates and wanted to blow it off, before I forgot about it. What better way to spend 'found money' than to buy a couple of pizzas (10 seconds on the LIPS; a lifetime on the HIPS), and a new HGST for the baby?

It's all fungible, in the end, right?  ;)
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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2018, 09:59:46 am »
Okay my interest is peaked now .. why those specific tyres ?
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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2018, 02:54:25 pm »
Okay my interest is peaked now .. why those specific tyres ?

It's likely because in Arizona, it's summer all year round! Heat wears our tires/tyres out rapidly in AZ ... as do the rough pavement surfaces that seem to wear out almost as rapidly as our tires/tyres
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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2018, 03:32:58 pm »
Okay my interest is peaked now .. why those specific tyres ?

What spence said.

I've had great luck with Continental tires (Contis). I had 96000 miles on the original Contis that I replaced, and they weren't down to the wear bars yet. No kidding. But the pavement temperature in Arizona made them hard as rocks, over time - think 'The Flintstones'. They became so hard and noisy that it sounded like I had a bad axle or CV joint.

So, why did I replace them with Barums (pronouced Bah-room)?

I bought  my ride with 13k miles on the odometer, and the previous owner must have run over something - objects in the roadway being another problem on Arizona freeways - right, spence? I must have dodged 50 aluminum ladders over the years - even dodged a porta-potty laying sideways in the middle of the freeway, once. Fell off the back of a transport truck, on the way to an event or whatevs.

You're lucky if your windshield lasts a year here, from all the flying stones and metal. I replaced my windshield 3 months ago, and got another rock last week. Guess I'll call the insurance company Monday. Thank gawd for zero-deductible windshield replacement.

Anyway, the previous owner replaced one of the Contis with a Kumho - probably the cheapest, worst tire known to mankind. It was down to the wear-bars @ around 30k. I replaced the POS Kumho with a Barum, which is made by Continental and sold primarily in Eastern Europe.

The Barum felt just like the other Conti tires on my ride. So much so, that I decided to put 4 new Barums on my car, and keep the other Barum for a full-size spare.

LoL! When I pulled out of the tire dealership, with four new Barums, I couldn't believe my ears. They were sooooo quiet that I could hear my engine, which is normally quiet as a church mouse. No fart can muffler on this car, yet.

@spence, I bought them at Discount Tire Store - I always buy their certs, too. Almost anything I run over renders the tire(s) irreparable, so it's cheap insurance. AFAIK, they're the only store that sells them locally. I think Continental makes them especially for them, but that's just an educated guess.
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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2018, 05:35:22 pm »
Bada Bing & EGG- Zack-Tly @PCNetSpec 8) Our latest ride came with Kumho's ... I musta been asleep the day we bought it, because I shoulda had them swap those out as part of purchase, I usually go for Toyo's which are quiet. Toyo's are what we always put on the Mazda we had for the last 12 years, well after Cooper quit making the specialty size that car required...

And @VinDSL isn't lying when he says we dodge all kinds of crap on the highway here... ladders, furniture, never mind the stones. About two weeks after we bought this brand new car, in the space of 5 miles we swerved all over the highway to avoid a tractor trailer tire blowout that still managed to slam the front of our car AND then a flying refrigerator!  :o

 Yep, some doofus bought a brand new refrigerator stood it UPRIGHT in the back of his truck... no tie-down... I could see it ahead of me, box deforming, then tearing open,& sliding to the back. We were in a huge pack of vehicles & tractor trailers blowing down the highway at 90 mph... and then it flipped over the tailgate for LIFTOFF! I managed to swerve into the center emergency gravel lane, I still dunno how nobody crashed. A tractor trailer blew the new fridge to bits...

Our insurance policy covers 4 replacement windshields per year...

At the tail end of that same trip, we had to swerve to avoid another tractor trailer tire blowout in progress. Off the road and we managed to avoid it, but the curb on re-entry tore up the front end... two week old car then needed nearly 6 months for full repair to be completed... hubster was pretty despondent "First time I buy a new car in 30 years, guess I'm not allowed have anything nice"


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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2018, 07:13:26 pm »
Can I ask how much tyres are over there .. I mean roughly how much would 4 tyres for an average car be over there ?
(yes I realise prices vary significantly by make, but an average)

A quick 'google' seems to suggest we may have found the one item it might just be cheaper to get over here .. but I could be wrong as I'm finding it difficult to find websites in the US that actually give prices, they nearly all say "phone for a quote" (which in itself often means "we're too scared to tell you").

I mean
https://www.kaltire.com/en/tires/wrg3/156055.html?cgid=tires
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https://www.kaltire.com/en/tires/nordman-wr/164176.html?cgid=tires
are these average prices for a all weather tyres ?

How about prices for tyres from the big boys .. Continental, Mitchelin, Pirelli, Goodyear, etcc.
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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2018, 08:20:40 pm »
I was just at my preferred local guy getting a quote on top of the range Toyo's @PCNetSpec... approx $750 USD for the four, but he's giving me $200 in trade for 18 month old original kumhos that he can resell on the "used tired market" that flourishes in Baja Arizona... every other street corner in Tucson has a used tire store... but I tend to go for premium tires with long treadwear warranties....

That's installed of course... my back doesn't let me do that anymore... 

See if www.tirerack.com will give you prices....

or mebbe https://tiresize.com
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Re: New Purchases 2018
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2018, 08:30:12 pm »
LoL! I always ask salesmen how much, for instance, their $74.00 tires cost. They look at me like I have two heads. "Um, $74.00?!?!?"

Then, I quip, "No. how much are they with all the hidden costs."

The large tire pictured below is the most expensive tire they sell, in my size.

The Conti Pro Contact, in the upper-left, is what I would have bought, if the Barums weren't available. It's the OEM tire that I ran for almost 100k miles.

This snappy should give you an idea...



The tires on the top-right (labeled BEST SELLER) are what I put on my ride. When I was buying them, the salesman said the base price is actually $70.00, not $74.00. I always buy the certs - so, that's $13.50/tire, or $54.00 total. Then, there's the mandated state environmental fee  - $1.40/tire, or $5.60. Then, there's the disposal fee - $2.50/tire - I kept one, so $7.50. Oh, then there's the installation & lifetime maintenance fee - $20/tire, or $80.00. And, finally, there are the state & local taxes - $29.36.

Let's add it up. I paid a grand total of $456.46 for 4 x $70.00 (adjusted price) tires, or $114.12 per tire.

So, the proper answer to: "How much do the $74.00 tires cost," should have been $114.12  ::)

Is that clear as mud? LoL


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Er...

To be fair, I should deduct the $75.00 Visa rebate card that I had to apply for, and wait 6 weeks to receive in the mail.

A couple of pizzas and a free 1TB HGST TravelStar is worth the hassle, I suppose.

It's that self-delusion of getting something for nothing that we all seek, right?  ;)
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