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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bass-Blocker...61218235426%26

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    :rolleyes:
    http://www.diy-ny.com/

  • #2
    Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

    Ya gotta love good lo' fashioned marketing and entrepreneurship. Didn't PT Barnum have something to say about this... On the other hand, if that's what someone needs and doesn't know any better, I guess there's no harm done. I think we've all seen a simple speaker system touted as something worth thousands of $$$. If it's worth it in the eyes of the buyer.......:rolleyes:
    Mike
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    • #3
      Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

      To be fair, he offers more "technical" data than a lot of sellers and his price includes free shipping - which makes it cheaper than buying two NPE caps from PE, for example.
      Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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      • #4
        Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

        That capacitor would be + 4.7 MFD. $0.50 ea for 1, $0.32 ea for 100 or more from PE. He has sold 460 since Sep 2012.

        Yet I cannot fault the person for trying to make a small profit by promoting his product in a novel way to people less experienced. At least it is a viable product at a reasonable price that does what he says. It isn't snake oil.

        I keep on thinking that I am in the wrong business!
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        • #5
          Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

          http://www.parts-express.com/bass-st...50-hz--266-200

          Know what's inside that fancy printed heat shrink with some nice red hook up wire attached to it? See above eBay listing for answer.

          His will actually cost less after shipping.

          Edit: his will definitely cost less, PE sells them individually. Actually used to use these in my car to protect my tweeters and ran woofers full range crossed over on bottom end by amp. Didn't sound bad

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          • #6
            Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

            Over $1,800 in gross sales of the one item so I guess the seller isn't stupid... dubious yes... stupid no. He currently has 924 items for sale. If the gross sale prices were all the same for every item sold that would be just shy of $1.7M. If 1/3 of that is profit then that's more than $600K.
            "We are just statistics, born to consume resources."
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            • #7
              Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

              Oh I didn't think it was stupid at all. It is a funny name for a capacitor/crossover function.
              But this discussion just gave a couple of ideas. I'll try to come up with my own "bassStopper" and see how it does on ebay.
              Will keep you posted.
              http://www.diy-ny.com/

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              • #8
                Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

                Roman... please don't turn to the dark side for mere riches!!

                BTW, PayPal is now required by law to submit a tax form to the IRS stating your payments through them. Any more than 199 sales or over a certain dollar amount (it's not all that much) is subject to 15.3 percent "self-employment tax". I don't know if this can be worked around. I LOST money on most things I sold that I've had for 10-20 years or longer... but I may STILL owe that 15.3 percent.
                "We are just statistics, born to consume resources."
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                • #9
                  Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

                  Then you also have to pay the half of SE tax too.

                  <- does taxes for a living.

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                  • #10
                    Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

                    Originally posted by Tin_Ears View Post
                    Roman... please don't turn to the dark side for mere riches!!

                    BTW, PayPal is now required by law to submit a tax form to the IRS stating your payments through them. Any more than 199 sales or over a certain dollar amount (it's not all that much) is subject to 15.3 percent "self-employment tax". I don't know if this can be worked around. I LOST money on most things I sold that I've had for 10-20 years or longer... but I may STILL owe that 15.3 percent.
                    Yeahhh may be your right. Ebay and PP and just dreadful to deal with for a seller now days. By the time you done collecting money with very little actual protection, it's peanuts.
                    http://www.diy-ny.com/

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                    • #11
                      Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

                      Originally posted by winslow View Post
                      Then you also have to pay the half of SE tax too.

                      <- does taxes for a living.
                      Sorry to keep going OT but...

                      Okay, so besides the 14+ percent (average) that eBay and PayPal take... there's the 15.3 percent that is taxed for gross sales (a national sales tax, IMO!!). How much more is the Self-Employment Tax? Anyone selling over a certain amount is already paying nearly 30 percent of their gross... and maybe much more if re-listed a few times. I'm already losing my shirt on every item... things that I DIDN'T BUY TO RE-SELL. Just how far is Uncle Sam going with this??
                      "We are just statistics, born to consume resources."
                      ~Horace~, 65-8 BC

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                      • #12
                        Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

                        Payments sent as and received as gifts arent taxed or charged, but the buyer has no protection.

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                        • #13
                          Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

                          Originally posted by dustinbagby View Post
                          Payments sent as and received as gifts arent taxed or charged, but the buyer has no protection.
                          Not an option on eBay.:(
                          "We are just statistics, born to consume resources."
                          ~Horace~, 65-8 BC

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                          • #14
                            Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

                            this is what i thought they did for like 20 years, but now thanks to this fine forum i now know. not much, but more than i did.

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                            • #15
                              Re: yet another way to look at the capacitor

                              Hey, I can sell an inductor called a "HFBlocker" to all the guys with subs in their cars! It will give the subs "better and more defined bass"!
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