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A Bid Regretted


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#1 Mannyonpil

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 06:25

So I just bid on an uncommon nib. I was quite excited about it until I realized, after bidding, that the tipping is snapped off one of the tines. I let my excitement get the best of me and I did not look at the pics carefully enough. I am a fool. 



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#2 JonSzanto

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 06:34

You say bid. Does that mean the auction is not yet over? Is there a possibility that you will be outbid? Can you contact seller and retract your bid before the auction ends? 


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#3 Estycollector

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 10:13

I am sorry. I lost an auction last week for a Parker with a cracked barrel that I had not seen when I bid. I was very happy I was outbid. 



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Posted 04 March 2020 - 13:26

Can't you just retract your bid?  People retract bids on my auctions all the time.  I just get a notice from ebay saying bid retracted.  No reason given either.

 

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#5 Mannyonpil

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 13:39

I have retracted bids for bidding the wrong amount and once for falling for a misleading auction title. This time it was really my own fault for not being careful. Then again, the seller could have been more upfront about the condition of the nib.

 

At any rate, I won the auction. I will be getting an unusable 8550 sometime in the future. I keep hoping that maybe there was something about the image or the angle but I could see it in two different images.



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Posted 04 March 2020 - 14:19

https://andersonpens...irm-extra-fine/

#7 Mannyonpil

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 14:29

Thank you, EC. I have been over the Anderson's site but I don't know that they have ever had that nib in stock. I will add my email and see what happens.



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Posted 04 March 2020 - 16:45

I feel for you, and I have done something similar.  Recently I was flossing the extra fine nib on my Parker 75 Sterling Cisele and the tipping came off of one tine.  So, I feel like that made me a bigger fool than you. 


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Posted 04 March 2020 - 17:05

While this is not what you intended and may not be a perfect solution...

 

You might consider contacting a nibmeister and have the other tipping ground down and have the nib smoothed into a stub. All of the 1xxx series and 2xxx are nibs without tipping (thought 2xxx are 'rolled' tips), and a simple, smoothly surfaced stub would work fine and you'd have that numeric nib in a pen.

 

It couldn't be any worse than not being able to use the nib at all, because it is either do that or have the unusable nib sitting somewhere, reminding you of a very human error when it should be just ancient history... or a nib to use.


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Posted 04 March 2020 - 19:04

Early on, I foolishly bid on a J series pen with a 9128 nib on it without looking carefully at the photos for the listing.  When it came, the nib was bent so badly it looked like an S when viewed in profile.  This was abundantly clear from the photos, when I checked back after the pen came.

I gave the seller high marks for the pen being "as described" and chalked it up to a case of "My bad, lesson learned".  I then tried to fix the nib myself with jeweler's pliers, and then signed up at Mike Masuyama's table at the first pen show I ever went to, to have him fix any potential (further) damage that I had done.  Eventually, I found another SJ -- for less than I'd paid for the first pen -- at an antiques mall about an hour east of where I live that I happened onto after trying to find another place....  I may still own the bent nib, but can easily swap in a spare nib unit when I get the pen resacced (the beauty of vintage Esties  :D).

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 19:46

While this is not what you intended and may not be a perfect solution...

 

You might consider contacting a nibmeister and have the other tipping ground down and have the nib smoothed into a stub. All of the 1xxx series and 2xxx are nibs without tipping (thought 2xxx are 'rolled' tips), and a simple, smoothly surfaced stub would work fine and you'd have that numeric nib in a pen.

 

It couldn't be any worse than not being able to use the nib at all, because it is either do that or have the unusable nib sitting somewhere, reminding you of a very human error when it should be just ancient history... or a nib to use.

+1

better overspend and have something that works and may give satisfaction, than keep an unusable object of regret

 

happened to me a few times to buy an item that was defected (and was not clearly mentioned - when you read "the photos are part of the description" pull your antennas out...), argued with the seller a while, then decided to keep it and have it fixed.

In most cases I'm happy I did and cannot even remember how much more I spent to fix it...



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Posted 08 March 2020 - 21:30

It happens to me, from time to time.  It balances out those times when I bid on something that has really bad photos, and I'm not expecting much.

 

Which nib was it ?



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Posted 19 March 2020 - 23:48

While this is not what you intended and may not be a perfect solution...

 

You might consider contacting a nibmeister and have the other tipping ground down and have the nib smoothed into a stub. All of the 1xxx series and 2xxx are nibs without tipping (thought 2xxx are 'rolled' tips), and a simple, smoothly surfaced stub would work fine and you'd have that numeric nib in a pen.

 

It couldn't be any worse than not being able to use the nib at all, because it is either do that or have the unusable nib sitting somewhere, reminding you of a very human error when it should be just ancient history... or a nib to use.

 

I totally agree with this -- I collect the "Palladar" 8000 series, and I did happen to note the tip missing on this auction. None of the 8000 series are stubs, and if you had this one ground into one -- well, it's still made out of palladium and silver, and therefore precious! Hope you can cheer up about it and spend just a little more to make it something you'll love writing with, and have a great story about. A wise neighbor of mine counseled me about a similar experience and said, "rather than a mistake, it's become a journey." 

 

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