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17 hours ago, Biggles87 said:

I hardly ever look at Evilbay for kits these days, as you say the prices are getting seriously unrealistic and the postage charges out of the UK are ridiculous, I suspect some people are taking advantage of the events of last January.

 

John

I would agree with you there. I rarely use Ebay now unless I have no alternative.

A lot  of my purchases nowadays are second hand, given the often prohibitive cost of brand new items.

I tend to use second hand outlets like Kingkit most of the time now.

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53 minutes ago, Beermonster1958 said:

I would agree with you there. I rarely use Ebay now unless I have no alternative.

A lot  of my purchases nowadays are second hand, given the often prohibitive cost of brand new items.

I tend to use second hand outlets like Kingkit most of the time now.

TBH, I’d never pay the prices that most second-hand retailers charge. I’ve  learnt to be patient. Very patient. More often than not I get outbid. Thats just how it is.

It’s rare that I buy anything new these days unless there’s some kind of offer on. I know that there are many valid reasons why manufacturers have had to increase their prices, but it’s more or less guaranteed that they won’t see any of my money. What little I have has to be spent wisely. 

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3 hours ago, lasermonkey said:

TBH, I’d never pay the prices that most second-hand retailers charge. I’ve  learnt to be patient. Very patient. More often than not I get outbid. Thats just how it is.

It’s rare that I buy anything new these days unless there’s some kind of offer on. I know that there are many valid reasons why manufacturers have had to increase their prices, but it’s more or less guaranteed that they won’t see any of my money. What little I have has to be spent wisely. 

That's your prerogative of course but, I have no personal interest in getting involved in a bidding war.

I don't have much of an issue with prices asked by second hand retailers. I find them mostly quite reasonable. If they're more than I wish to pay, I just don't buy.

Your point about manufacturers'price increases is well taken. I agree with you on that.

I certainly won't take part in the feeding frenzy that accompanies so many new releases.  I'm patient enough to wait a year or so. Prices usually drop a bit after a few months😉🙂

I think that manufacturers are often caught between the proverbial rock and and a hard place.

They have to out prices up to cover rising costs but, we the customers often baulk at paying those prices,  buying in turn fewer items which of course could have unfortunate consequences.

 

John

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Heard about Angler's Direct website being redirected to a well-known porn site.

Does that conversely mean that somewhere in a basement there's an incredibly disappointed

teenager thats just been presented with a page of fishing tackle ?    :)

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Not so much a grump, but more bewilderment. I went to bid on something on eBay last night, only to find I had been blocked. I'm as sure as I can be that I haven't dealt with the seller before, so I think it's unlikely I have offended him in some way. Neither are either of us in unusual geographic locations. I've sent him a polite message about it, but haven't heard back as yet. The only thing that bothers me is that I was quite keen on the item he was selling, though It's unlikely I would have won it, being as the going rate seems to be higher than I'm willing to pay.

 

It's just a little odd, and I hate not knowing.

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1 hour ago, lasermonkey said:

. . .  but more bewilderment. I went to bid on something on eBay last night, only to find I had been blocked. I'm as sure as I can be that I haven't dealt with the seller before, . . . 

I have that happen to me as well. even being blocked by ones I have dealt with though everything was 100% both ways. And just recently sellers I've dealt with have suddenly put on 'Does not post to N.I.' yet I bought from them as recently as last week and all was ok

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1 hour ago, Stef N. said:

Some places still won't deliver to the UK at the moment so it could be that?? 

He's in the West Midlands, I'm in Bedfordshire. Unless the borders have been redrawn during the night, I'm not sure I can see where the problem lies!

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1 hour ago, lasermonkey said:

He's in the West Midlands, I'm in Bedfordshire. Unless the borders have been redrawn during the night, I'm not sure I can see where the problem lies!

 

My apologies, I put 2 and 2 together and got 17.😳😀

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Ah, I’ve just worked it out! The seller just happens to live in the same town as the guy I bought the Falcon Clearvax canopies from. They arrived damaged due to inadequate packaging and I was refunded and told I could keep them, though the message came across as somewhat terse.  I expect it’s the same guy with more than one account and he’s got the hump and blocked me. Whatevs.

At least my curiosity is assuaged. 

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They've been around for a couple of weeks now. Cyclists with no lights, dog walkers all in black clothing (all you can see is the dog's eyes!

The best one was all in black, on an electric scooter on a road with no lighting!

Driving to work at 05:00 or earlier can be a challenge.

Yesterday, in broad daylight, a teenager deliberately rode his bike across the path of our 7 1/2 tonner. We missed by inches.

The gene pool just keeps getting shallower. 

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1 hour ago, Pete in Lincs said:

They've been around for a couple of weeks now. Cyclists with no lights, dog walkers all in black clothing (all you can see is the dog's eyes!

The best one was all in black, on an electric scooter on a road with no lighting!

Driving to work at 05:00 or earlier can be a challenge.

Yesterday, in broad daylight, a teenager deliberately rode his bike across the path of our 7 1/2 tonner. We missed by inches.

The gene pool just keeps getting shallower. 

Really rubs me up the wrong way - I do quite a bit of road cycling and I just don't understand why you wouldn't make yourself safe and visible. 

I detest the colour of fluorescent green/yellow, however, I'd rather wear it than make it more difficult for someone to see me. As for playing chicken with any other road user, let alone a truck, makes me wonder.

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The new version of Safari on iPad. They’ve actually made it harder to use. Apart from now displaying random pages at the bottom of the page when Safari is started (which I can’t find a way of removing), there are now more stages to access and dismiss bookmarks. Why would you do that?

At least it’s not a PC, I suppose.

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5 hours ago, Vince1159 said:

'tis the season for idiots to come out of hibernation,about 7am some moron flat out with no headlights on and 5 min's later two more morons jogging with no reflective gear...

 

Not sure where you live, but worth bearing in mind that in London today, dipped headlights were not required after 6.44am, and if the road was street lit, not at all.

 

Of course, was you can do and what you should do are two different things...

 

Jon

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1 hour ago, Jon Bryon said:

 

Not sure where you live, but worth bearing in mind that in London today, dipped headlights were not required after 6.44am, and if the road was street lit, not at all.

 

Of course, was you can do and what you should do are two different things...

 

Jon

Guernsey CI,no but it's shear stupidity to drive in dim light with no headlights so someone trying to cross the road can see them or jog on a road with virtually no light,a couple of days ago someone was jogging around the same time a light on their waist does it really take so much effort for someone to do similar or would they actually rather be run over

 

Edit:We're 178 miles south from London,not sure what the difference is between sunrise times but it was still dark...

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14 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Yesterday, in broad daylight, a teenager deliberately rode his bike across the path of our 7 1/2 tonner. We missed by inches.

Don't tell me you've forgotten that feeling of total invincibility we used to have ourselves as teenagers ;)

 

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On 13/11/2021 at 08:17, Pete in Lincs said:

They've been around for a couple of weeks now. Cyclists with no lights, dog walkers all in black clothing (all you can see is the dog's eyes!

The best one was all in black, on an electric scooter on a road with no lighting!

Driving to work at 05:00 or earlier can be a challenge.

Yesterday, in broad daylight, a teenager deliberately rode his bike across the path of our 7 1/2 tonner. We missed by inches.

The gene pool just keeps getting shallower. 

I nearly hit a jogger last week while I was out cycling early morning.

Poorly lit area and, she was dressed in dark clothing.

I never even saw her until I was just about on top of her (no smutty comments please! 😉😂). If I hadn't swerved suddenly, I'd have clobbered her!

Stupid (insert) had the cheek to have a go at me for not looking where I was going. That was her second mistake as, I can be very eloquent in my use of descriptive phrases when I so choose.

For the record, I have two front and, two rear lights on my bike and, I was wearing a reflective tabard.

 

John

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On 13/11/2021 at 22:35, alt-92 said:

Don't tell me you've forgotten that feeling of total invincibility we used to have ourselves as teenagers ;)

 

Ah yes!!

In addition to believing we were as indestructible as Captain Scarlet it was also essential to have the following accessories :

1) At least four pairs of eyes to ensure 360 degree vision

2) Fluency in old Anglo Saxon (handy when using descriptive phrases to describe other road users)

3)A repertoire of hand signals not normally found in the highway code guide book.

 

John

 

Ps, my current grump is COVID freaks and fanatics acting as self appointed face mask police!! I wish there was a vaccine to eradicate THEM! 😠. I have an exemption which, unfortunately seems to act like a red rag to a bull to these interfering busybodies.

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52 minutes ago, Beermonster1958 said:

I nearly hit a jogger last week while I was out cycling early morning.

 

They prefer to be called 'runners' nowadays, some of them get a little irate when you refer to them as joggers.

 

Guess which term I tend to use 🤣

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1 hour ago, -Ian- said:

They prefer to be called 'runners' nowadays, some of them get a little irate when you refer to them as joggers.

 

Guess which term I tend to use 🤣

I don't mind horizontal jogging but, that's perhaps best not discussed here! 😏😂.

The term I normally use sounds a bit like that thing ships use to hold themselves in place except that it begins with a "w"!

 

John

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This thread is rapidly descending into the gutter, and people are trying yet again to outwit the profanity filter. I’m closing this thread down to let you know that this isn’t acceptable, and if it continues in the new thread, you’ll lose the thread entirely. I hope that’s clear. 

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