The transition here from hobbyists to flippers.
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Yes jmsky! I notice all the time...and I call 'em out on it! I mention it in the "ask seller a question" so that everyone can see it, not privately. Some actually thank me and change it, but more often they ask me if I'm interested in buying it. Some ask me if I'm the Audiogon Police. I say yes, and offer to show them my badge. I've gotta get one of those...
Totally agree with OP. My other pet peeve is lack of photos. It's amazing to me that sellers will list a piece of equipment for over $1k and provide a single photo of the gear in his rack. If they are so lazy that they won't pull it out and take photos of every side I move on. If you've ever watched Antiques Roadshow you are familiar with the phrase, "Condition is everything."
A few months ago there was a speaker listing in which one of the tweeters was pushed in. The speakers were rated an "8". I called this out to the poster, who responded that it was only the "dust cover" of the tweeter and didn't affect the sound. When I pointed out that dome tweeters don't have dust caps, he simply changed the rating to a "7" and the ad copy to say that the sound was only "minimally" affected. The price remained the same.
How a speaker set with one dented tweeter could even be considered a 7 or 8 is beyond me.
My favorite phrase is “near mint”. It means that, in my rack, next to the piece of junk that I’m selling, there is a really clean piece of gear that’s not for sale.
I have been selling gear for a bit over 40 years and have never had the occasion to rate anything a 9 or greater. Don’t get me started on the NOS tube BS.
@oregonpapa in the not too distant past I provided a neutral rating of a seller here on Agon with which the seller diasagreed. He contacted Agon and had it removed. I got a notice of this from Agon and challenged it as it was an honest feedback. I guess he was a dealer as it never showed back in his feedback. So the rating system IMO can easily be circumvented by the recipient of other than stellar feedback. Never will do business with seller again