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gliderpilotuk
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posted 04-22-2005 03:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't seen the usual checklist of autopens, forgeries and wrong classifications for this auction. Does that mean that everything is good to go, or has the fear of recrimination from sellers silenced the expressing of opinions?

Paul Bramley

Matt T
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posted 04-22-2005 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Paul,

I'm game! But only on the suit stuff These are just my impressions from the catalogue, so not infallible.

Lot 192 Spacesuit Oxygen Hoses. These seem very small to be for the A7L, and they're certainly not the hoses that connect the PLSS to the suit. Additionally I've previously owned two little anodized blue connectors that look identical to those on the ends of these hoses They were from the Lunar Module ECS system.

These could well be A7L spacesuit hoses, but I've personally never seen anything like them in photos or manuals.

Lot 633 Jim Irwin's Training glove. Although it's listed in the Apollo 15 section the design and the manufacture date of this glove point to it having been used much earlier, possibly for LTA-8?

Overall I've noticed that most of the estimates on the suit items are absurdly low based on previous Aurora/Superior sales. If Mitchell's pair of A7L EVA gloves go for $1,000 to $1,500 I'll buy them myself and eat them.

Cheers,
Matt

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machbusterman
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posted 04-22-2005 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spaceflori:
Oh Derek...please tell Victoria about this, in fact you don't have to pay FEDEX charges if anything like that happens.

Florian


Hi Florian,

Thanks for your comments! I mentioned this to Victoria in an email. Seems that this sort of thing is not uncommon with the delivery of their cataglog's. Pretty poor service from FedEx I have to say... wonder if there are any UK FedEx drivers on this list that'd like to comment?

Best regards, Derek

spaceflori
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posted 04-22-2005 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceflori   Click Here to Email spaceflori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by machbusterman:
wonder if there are any UK FedEx drivers on this list that'd like to comment?

Most likely not...I wonder if there's any official FEDEX in the UK at all - so far I was always told it's their subcontractor that is guilty....yeah...we know...the big companies are never guilty...it's always the others, and if not, it's you....THE CUSTOMER !


gliderpilotuk
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posted 04-22-2005 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I'm 4 months into a complaint to PARCELFORCE for bending a Roosa litho. Conveniently their customer "help" line cuts you off when you try calling it. I guess it's overloaded
Good to see there's still no accountability in state-run institutions.

Paul

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Peter Kemp
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posted 04-25-2005 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter Kemp   Click Here to Email Peter Kemp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by spaceflori:
Please let us know if you get one - you'd be the first to hear back from FEDEX, in my disputes with them I was ALWAYS promised a call back as was the recipient in the UK...we both never heard back if we didn't call them a couple times again.

Florian


Hi Florian

I thought you would like to know that I actually got a telephone call back from Fed Ex's Customer Services Dept this morning - only 7 days after I made my original complaint to them!

The circumstances mirror what I believe a number of CollectSpace contributers have discovered including machbusterman in Scotland - Fed Ex sub-contractor involved, not a direct employee, a "forged" signature on the delivery docket using a made up fictious name (one of my "neighbours" it was suggested).

Oh yes, I'm going to be really popular with them getting disturbed at 7.19 in the morning to take in a packet on my behalf.

I asked what Fed Ex were going to do in way of compensation for the damaged item I had received, reminding them that I was out of pocket to the tune of $35.00 and Aurora $60.00.

Sorry, nothing to do with us pal, you have to take that up with Aurora! At this point my temper began to get a little frayed - not a good thing at my age.

I told them what I thought of their organisation and that the least they should do is refund the $60.00 it cost Aurora to ship the Catalogue to the UK.

Fed Ex'x rep undertook to do this but I hope Victoria doesn't hold her breathe waiting for them to call!

Best Wishes
Peter
Chelmsford
UK

Aztecdoug
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posted 04-25-2005 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Peter Kemp:
Sorry, nothing to do with us pal, you have to take that up with Aurora!

I had a similar experience some years ago purchasing a high priced item from Costco which was shipped/stolen by UPS. UPS told me it was none of my business and I had to take it up with Costco. Shame on UPS.

Nevermind the tracking data clearly indicated that it was stolen by a UPS employee at a regional sort center. On the bright side UPS was out $5k on the insurance and I had my credit card refunded, but still the gall of UPS... I still spit on the ground whenever I think of UPS....

On a side note, I have worked in the cargo business for 18 years now. I heard one old timer jokingly say that freight people have one foot on the dock and the other foot in jail!
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machbusterman
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posted 04-25-2005 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Aztecdoug:
On a side note, I have worked in the cargo business for 18 years now. I heard one old timer jokingly say that freight people have one foot on the dock and the other foot in jail!

I've worked in the transport industry since 1991 and from 1991 to 2001 I worked in the parcels/distribution side of the industry. I can tell from 1st hand experience that theft is absolutely rife with the manual workers. Whether it be warehouse staff or drivers many of these guys were on the take. We used to strip/search one delivery vehicle per day and each employee had their bags searched on their way out of the warehouse before heading home.

Not sure if these problems are so rife with UPS/FedEx... hopefully they'll have better security but one thing is for sure... from what I've experienced and read; FedEx are not as professional as their advertisements suggest!

spaceman1953
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posted 04-25-2005 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Printed catalog arrived in the BEST CONDITION ever for this auction !

Usually they get beat up pretty badly !

Hope you all got some goodies !

Gene Bella

gliderpilotuk
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posted 04-26-2005 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by machbusterman:
I've worked in the transport industry since 1991 and from 1991 to 2001 I worked in the parcels/distribution side of the industry. I can tell from 1st hand experience that theft is absolutely rife with the manual workers. Not sure if these problems are so rife with UPS/FedEx... hopefully they'll have better security but one thing is for sure... from what I've experienced and read; FedEx are not as professional as their advertisements suggest!

Well don;t trust your cheque book to the mail service:
Police smash 20m cheque fraud http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4485531.stm

..maybe its the same bunch who nicked my credit cards in the mail and tried to buy themselves a PC. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Paul

machbusterman
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posted 04-26-2005 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul,

I wouldn't trust anything with the Royal Mail. I've currently got a couple of items from the States that were mailed airmail at the beginning of April which still have not arrived.

I've received credit card envelopes opened, mail contents arrived thru my letterbox without the envelope's... just crap all round really. Oh hey, here's another... I paid for a mail redirection service and found a few weeks ago that some of my mail hadn't been redirected at all... they were sitting at the old address and one was a letter from my mortgage provider. The Royal Mail SUCKS... BIG TIME!!

Cheers, Derek


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