Easily. The guy has a low number of feedbacks, one negative, not much of a history etc. And that's before getting the equipment. Interesting, wish it were true, but No Thanks.
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As Chinese manufacturing techniques improve, I am sure that classic designs like this will be available to all of us for pennies on the dollar, compared to the usual tweaky "high end" offerings.
In the meantime, it might be a bit dicey should you ever have a problem, but I agree for $240.01, WHO CARES?
And tarsando, just curious, but ARE YOU A DEALER?
Hey, send me $240.10, and I'll send you some busted up piece of crap amp that I have kicking around...at least you'll get something for your money!
First, the item for $0.01 is an opening bid price, not a buy it now price.
Second, don't be surprised when a) the amp never arrives, b) the parts used are BOOTLEGS, if it does arrive, c) when your "Angel Music" amp craps out shortly after arriving, go try to get it serviced. If it doesn't arrive, go try to get your money back from an unknown businessman in China
Third, China is the bootleg and product piracy capital of the world. The guy appears to have made his start by selling pirated DVD's [no boxes] back in July, and there has been no feedback in 4 months.
Fourth, the theft of intellectual property [patented circuit design] is still THEFT, no matter how you try to paint it.
You could lose $240.01. That being said I have heard stories of electronics sold on the street in China for very low prices but as fatparrot said it may be irrepairable junk. I find it curious that we Goners don't think $250 for a piece of who knows what- is cheap, but I share your thoughts. Maybe everything else is just too expensive. Also there are potential import duties etc. that 240.01 may not be the eventual price.
Read again! $500 buy it now not .01! He lists both .01 and buy it now. The 845 is listed both ways.
Looking at the Aria Mini amp as an example. If you could actually win a auction at .01 (very doubtful) pay 65 shipping and actually receive the amp then it would be a hell of a deal.
At the buy it now price on the Mini of $140 and $65 shipping I wouldn't do it. The Aria mini is a Rebadged Yarland FV34CIII amp, which I happen to own, that you can buy from Cattylink for $100 plus shipping.
The guy's feedback is all from selling what looks like bootleg DVD's and there are only 7 feedbacks with a 87.5% rating, I Would look elsewhere.
Look guys, I guess I just figured that in an age when folks spend loads of cash on everything from bags of sand, to jars of rocks, to wooden discs, $240+ on a tube amp wouldn't be all that crazy a thing to do.
I did notice later that the $.01 was, in fact, an initial bid - he must change the things around (not a comforting thing to learn) with how his auctions are set. I know I saw one with a "Buy it Now" price of $.01, but alas, it is no more.
Regardless, in the end I think I'll put my $240+ towards that four-shelf VTI rack I've been eyeing instead of the amp...at least for now ;)
Anyhow, I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving.