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Posts Made By: Russ Carroll

October 17, 2011 04:28 PM Forum: Ask rating questions here

Re: "Excellent" EP - not so; are my expectations t

Posted By Russ Carroll

Scott Satko said:

Hey gang,
Just wanted to run something by the group. I bought a type 4 Nagler from a well-rated seller for approx. 80% of the current "new" retail price, which I thought was a fair price for an EP described as "excellent condition." (The seller had actually listed the EP for closer to 85% of retail value, but I offered 80% and the offer was accepted.) Now, silly me, I didn't ask questions like "how do you define excellent," and "is the barrel marked up." The EP arrived today, and the optics appear excellent, but the chrome barrel appears well-used, with a circumferential ring of set-screw marks. I know, I know...EPs aren't meant to be looked at, just looked through, but if I ever decide to sell this EP I'm definitely going to take a loss (well that is, unless I just list it as excellent and hope nobody asks any questions, but I won't do that).

What do you all think? Should I: ask the seller for a partial refund? Chalk it up to another of life's little lessons and ask better questions next time? Either way I'll enjoy the EP, and it's probably all a moot point since I'll probably never sell it. Anyway, maybe I'm just being silly, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

What you will never really know is if the seller had disclosed what are basically cosmetic blemishes to you, whether you would have bought it anyway. You probably would have, but who knows.

I personally think you should either keep it or send it back for a full refund. Asking for and offset just seems unsporting to me, particularly if it isn't diminished at all in terms of viewing. However, explaining why you want a refund and wanting to send the item back might cause the seller to offer you cash to keep the item.

If it was NIB or "Like New", I think you have more of a right to be disappointed. Excellent where it matters would have been a better description, but the usage marks should have been disclosed along with the term "excellent condition".

Just some thoughts.

October 18, 2011 01:38 PM Forum: Sports

Week 6 results

Posted By Russ Carroll

Herb "The Battleship" York came fighting back this week to come in first. He came in at 11-2, in a courageous move picking every favorite across the board, proving yet again who has the biggest aperture on AMART. The lions in their dens tremble at his approach!

Second went to E-K-G, who just said screw it and picked the Bears to maul his Vikings. A loss too far for the Doc. HE finished the week 9-4.

I was last at 8-5, but as we all know, the last shall be first.

October 18, 2011 02:00 PM Forum: Politics

First Scientific Poll - OWS Protesters

Posted By Russ Carroll

Here are the protesters that some of you claim are "mainstream". Here are some of the words of Bill Clinton's pollster:

"Yet the Occupy Wall Street movement reflects values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people—and particularly with swing voters who are largely independent and have been trending away from the president since the debate over health-care reform.

The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies. On Oct. 10 and 11, Arielle Alter Confino, a senior researcher at my polling firm, interviewed nearly 200 protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park. Our findings probably represent the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion.

Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn't represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.

The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed, and the proportion of protesters unemployed (15%) is within single digits of the national unemployment rate (9.1%)."

That's what I thought......

October 20, 2011 09:44 PM Forum: Politics

Steve Jobs - Closet Republican

Posted By Russ Carroll

That's my boy:

"During President Obama’s trip to Silicon Valley in the fall 2010, where he met several business leaders, Jobs complained about regulations, taxes and the teachers unions. I always thought Jobs had a liberal bent, but he sounds like a member of the Tea Party."

October 21, 2011 06:37 AM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Cap and Trade Passes

Posted By Russ Carroll,0,1125437.story

So now we have more economic damage to the economy because of a phenomenon that has minor apparent impact on us. From the article:

"What will this mean for consumers?

The cost of energy is expected to rise, although economists debate the magnitude. The Public Utilities Commission allowed investor-owned utilities to pass on the cost of compliance to customers. The Air Resources Board has a mechanism to protect consumers from price spikes by capping the auction price and releasing credits onto the market to drive down prices.

What effect will this have on California's economy?

The independent Legislative Analyst's Office concluded that jobs probably will be lost because businesses can move elsewhere. Other business leaders applaud the regulations, arguing that the plan gives industry some certainty and a mechanism to reduce carbon emissions. Proponents and the Air Resources Board say the increase in "green" jobs will outweigh short-term negative effects.

I think my favorite spectacle surrounding this charade is the thought of putting sulfur dioxide, an ACTUAL pollutant, into the atmosphere to reflect energy.

Is global warming real? Probably. Is global warming dangerous enough to justify this? The evidence appears to be a resounding no.

October 21, 2011 04:57 PM Forum: My Favorite WIMP.COM or YOUTUBE.COM

HUGE lines at Microsoft Store Grand Opening

Posted By Russ Carroll

Now this is a far better tribute to Steve Jobs than Apples Website was.

October 25, 2011 09:30 AM Forum: Sports

Week 7 Results

Posted By Russ Carroll

1) Russ
2) Herb
3) Eric

November 1, 2011 08:49 AM Forum: Sports

Week 8 Recap

Posted By Russ Carroll

Eric came in first why an amazing 11-2 week. He won hearts with his loyalty to the Vikes, but won minds with his pick of the Steelers over NE. I almost picked them myself. Of course, I almost didn't marry my first wife, so "almost" doesn't count for much.

Herb came in second at 8-5, his Seadogs caving yet again. At least he won the tie-breaker against me to get the silver.

I came in last with an 8-5 also. A lot was riding on the Chargers Monday night as their new host city, Paris, looked on with glee as Le Bolts wilted in the waning seconds to lose...and I mean lose big time. One of the worst in franchise history. Anybody know how Drew Brees doing these days? Eric (and Herb) picked the upset, but he almost got fired over it. "LOOK, just snake a tube in her and pump in some Lactated Ringer's and I'll get to her at halftime! SHEEZ!" Fortunately for Eric, she, and the Chiefs, survived.

November 1, 2011 05:45 PM Forum: Politics

Who Are the 1%?

Posted By Russ Carroll

"Roughly 31 percent started or manage nonfinancial businesses. About 16 percent are doctors, 14 percent are in finance, 8 percent are lawyers, 5 percent are engineers and about 2 percent are in sports, entertainment or the media."

Like David Brooks, I believe the true goal is to lift up the less fortunate, not beat down success.

November 3, 2011 02:18 AM Forum: Politics

Breaking news from the CME on MF Global

Posted By Russ Carroll

They are stating that MF Global raided it's client accounts to the tune of $633M in their final few days. I think Mr. Corzine forgot he was no longer working in Government. 8)