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Old 01-23-2020, 12:39 PM   #1
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Maybe You Should Check Your Work

Just saw a "for sale by owner" ad for a trawler. It has "hydrolic" steering and "hydrolic" thrusters. It has a "Stannard" Horizon radio. It has an "Ohnan" generator and a newly "painated" boot stripe. It has fire "estinguishers" and "Racon" fuel filters.



Wow. I mean, the occasional typo is one thing. This takes it to a whole new level! So I guess the lesson here is, if you write your own ad, maybe double check it before you put it out there for all to see.
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Old 01-23-2020, 12:55 PM   #2
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It is especially easy with spell check...
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You know, grammar and spelling is pretty solid on this forum, but I also am a member of a college football forum...good God. Almost unreadable it's so bad.

My personal fav was the guy who wrote an entire post about the "pre madonna" players.
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I often peruse the used sections for goodies, and often pick up stuff at such a great deal I wonder if it is hot. I picked up a Fujifilm lens in Victoria BC for my XT 1, the lens was being sold for $500, but it retails for $1800. When I went to pick it up I arrived at an expensive high rise next to Beacon Hill park.

Getting bargains used is like playing the slots, quite addictive. I bought my Seawise from a guy in Campbell River, complete with dinghy brackets for around a third of what a new one would retail for and it looks just about new. PS: I don't play the slots, I get upset at a loss of a dime.

Where this is going is that I look at adverts all the time and not just boating, I've bought cameras and gear, bicycle and stuff, garden tool and power tool items, etc. And the adverts are often abysmal and I say that optimistically. There will be a picture of a bike and all the advert says is "bike." Of course the important question is what size is the bike. I've seen pics of Canon camera lenses with just the pic, no description or any hint of what size or type of lens it is.

But you can also benefit from some of those poorly written ads, the big question is why were they poorly written. Maybe the owner is just and idiot but maybe it is a relative getting rid of granddad's boat after his passing. Or maybe it is the wife writing the ad as the sale of the item is part of divorce proceeding (how I got my bike). And often these third party advertisers don't know the worth of the item.

In boating, I was looking to purchase a "like new" 9.9 short shaft. I think about 20 % of the adverts did not include the shaft length. Or another favourite, "dinghy for sale" with very little stats. If you're lucky, they included the length but didn't include what kind of bottom etc., or what material was used in the inflatable dinghy.
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Spell check or lack of it. We had a good laugh at work when one supervisor wrote a memo to his boss that he thought his shift had a "morals" problem. He meant "morale".
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Here is a headline from " Global News", this type is very common.

3 killed after Australian plane fighting wildfires crashes in New South Wales: officials


Makes me wonder who killed them after the crash and why.
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Or maybe it is the wife writing the ad as the sale of the item is part of divorce proceeding (how I got my bike).
There was a story years ago about an executive who was running off with his secretary, signed over his Mercedes and told his wife to sell it. She eventually handed over something like $500.
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We had a very intelligent Polish woman who had an engineering degree from Poland where I worked.
She ended up being a product manager/line supervisor. She was responsible for writing answers to customer complaints and documenting changes to prevent future issues.
She once wrote to the customer " the solenoid valve was acting erotically...." when she really meant "erratically".
Needless to say the customer liked her response and solution, but we all had a great laugh at her expense.
From then on she always asked me to proofread all of her e mails.
She was a great asset to the company.
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I often peruse the used sections for goodies, and often pick up stuff at such a great deal I wonder if it is hot. I picked up a Fujifilm lens in Victoria BC for my XT 1...
I was pretty sure you are a solid/sensible guy, but now I'm sure of it!

Picked up an X-E1 years ago and followed that up a few years later with an X-T2. Love the ISO & shutter speed dials and the aperture ring...just like "real" cameras have
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Here is a headline from " Global News", this type is very common.

3 killed after Australian plane fighting wildfires crashes in New South Wales: officials


Makes me wonder who killed them after the crash and why.
It may have been the massive fireball from the ignited fuel load.
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I like all the boats that have a V birth in them.
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I was pretty sure you are a solid/sensible guy, but now I'm sure of it!

Picked up an X-E1 years ago and followed that up a few years later with an X-T2. Love the ISO & shutter speed dials and the aperture ring...just like "real" cameras have


Yes, but I have a mistress, her name is Canon.
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I like all the boats that have a V birth in them.
That can get messy.... a full liner with drains would be an asset.
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And the endless selection of "Cummings" engines ...
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Yes, but I have a mistress, her name is Canon.
My main flame is a Wista 45DX...Fujifilm is the hot new fling.
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... Maybe the owner is just and idiot but maybe it is a relative getting rid of granddad's boat after his passing. Or maybe it is the wife writing the ad as the sale of the item is part of divorce proceeding (how I got my bike). And often these third party advertisers don't know the worth of the item. ...
You forgot "...some people have so much money that they just don't care what they sell stuff for...". They put some price on it just to help keep the total riff-raff away.
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You forgot "...some people have so much money that they just don't care what they sell stuff for...". They put some price on it just to help keep the total riff-raff away.
And along with that one, you get people who want the item gone more than they want the maximum amount of money for it.
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