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poynton 20th February 2008 06:12 PM

Analogmetric - Another HK Dodgy Dealer

I came across this dealer on Ebay.

Very dodgy selling ripoffs of many designs.

Some interesting non-ripoff stuff as well.


poynton 10th September 2008 09:28 AM

now a forum member - BBaudio

veiloctane 4th March 2009 08:02 AM

yeah wow i wonder...
wow i wonder who to avoid in ebay.. i dont want to support a company that copies other designs for profit. but if prices seem to good it probably is... or should i jut avoid Hong Kong all together?

been reading on the forms and i should also not buy from kikitronic and diy-gene

has anyone have experience with audio-secret ebay im worried about buying fake components.

poynton 4th March 2009 10:01 AM

Analogmetric is no longer registered wit Ebay but kikitronic is and sell some of there products so is probably a new name!

I have only bought 1 item a pcb for a preamp originally sold by audiotek. It arrived very quickly and with no fuss.
So from that point of view, kikitronic are good.

If it is an obvious copy, say of a Pass Labs design, don't buy it.
Otherwise, they seem OK.


glt 5th March 2009 07:06 AM

When Xerox's patents expired everyone was "copying" the technology and making and selling copying machines.

When a drug patent expires, you can buy generics at $4/month's supply and not $400/month's supply

Patents only last 20 years from the time they were filed.

So if the design is more than 20 years old and there is a patent on it, everyone can copy. It is the standard in the entire world.

cafstudios 5th March 2009 05:54 PM

I avoid all chinese sellers on ebay. They are usually the lowest of quality. Why take a silly chance when there are so many better paths to take.

h_a 6th March 2009 10:08 AM


Patents only last 20 years from the time they were filed.
Pass Labs does not even exist for 20 years now ;)

Have fun, Hannes

dviswa 14th March 2009 01:44 AM

Looks like ebay got on to it. Clicked on the ebay link and found that the store does not exist.

Gabdx1 14th May 2009 02:44 PM

WARNING - from my experience comparing parts vs. originals

China is now expert in fake parts, fake tda1541 that looks and sound alike real ones. Fake caps, fake regulators etc

Some company are honest but my opinion is that the designs are fairly poor compared to what is done by our skilled people here.

Also returning a product on eBay to china can be expensive and frustrating.

I bought expensive amp from china, resold it for 1/4 price, also fake opamps, fake dac, badly labeled transformers, (at the end I ended up losing more money than I thought I would save) the only product I now have is a clock kit because it was damn cheap and looked good, still need to try it.

cafstudios 15th May 2009 08:01 PM


Originally posted by dviswa
Looks like ebay got on to it. Clicked on the ebay link and found that the store does not exist.

Ebay is really cracking down on the fraudulent people there. Some of there moves are questionable but we'll see how it pans out.

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