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Old 23rd October 2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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I purchased a quartet of GM70 from the Ukraine recently from a very reputable seller on eBay, they arrived today. Unfortunately three of the four did not arrive intact, the fourth having been subjected to the same shocks cannot be trusted, the problem was all in the packaging used. Check with your seller that they understand how to pack them to arrive intact. I've purchased more than a dozen GM70 on eBay from various sellers and never had one arrive damaged until today.

The filaments are all broken and the plate structure has been severely displaced in two of the broken tubes.

I will let the pix tell the rest of the story.
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Old 23rd October 2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Too bad!!
I've had shipments of tubes from a quite a few countries but never had a damaged one, lucky me! But tubes have to be shipped in loads of bubble wrap and the seller should know that...

I once sold a pair of vintage fullrange speakers (with bakelite basket) to Lithuania, and one of them arrived shattered to pieces... Obviously packages get subjected to being kicked around in "some" countries (buyer provided images...).

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This is the first time I have had this experience buying GM70. I've filed a claim with the eBay resolution center since I had only 4 days left to do so - this due to delays in international mail here due to the government shutdown. (No time to resolve directly with the seller which I would normally try first, too much money involved to risk missing the deadline.)

I'm hoping the seller will actually send me another quartet properly packed this time. (Providing he has any left)

Sadly these looked nicely made (one arrived intact at least superficially) and were older production from "Souz" so I was psyched to get them.
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The sad thing is had he packed that little box in a larger one with a lot of stryrofoam peanuts I would probably be trying them out right now...
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Old 23rd October 2013, 06:16 PM   #5
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Maybe they ran into this person on the way to you...

FedEx employee throwing items in truck - YouTube
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Considering I overpaid on shipping (due to a bidding error on my part) there was adequate funding available for proper packaging.
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How about telling us the seller's ID name so we can avoid him and his poor packing.
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I'm going to wait to see how this turns out, and make a decision on disclosure based on the outcome. I can say the seller has perfect feedback, and I suspect just has not dealt with large fragile tubes much.

The simple addition of an outer box filled with foam peanuts would have resulted in an entirely different outcome.
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I have also had some GM70 turn up wrapped in foam just like yours. Mine were in the usual blue Russian printed box but the box was huge and full of newspaper. The tubes were fine as were eight 4p1l that were in with them. I was surprised they had not been smashed to bits by each other.

I'm sorry to hear your woes, I hope it is resolved sharply.

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