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Sun Mar 4, 2012, 08:31 PM

So I just sold my old iphone on e-bay to some guy in Russia.

What a trip getting e-mail headers in Cryllic! He does not speak English so he uses a translator program. The communication has been hysterical. Yesterday I got a message "it 3am here. I go bed now. Have a night!

That said, my grandparents on my mother's side were from Russia. The only Russian I know is what my mother used to yell at me when I was bad.

I'm hopeing to turn this guy into a pen pal. I can't even imagine buying an iphone in Russia. I google Earthed his town and it looks lovely.

Very interesting!

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Reply So I just sold my old iphone on e-bay to some guy in Russia. (Original post)
OffWithTheirHeads Mar 2012 OP
treestar Mar 2012 #1
OffWithTheirHeads Mar 2012 #2
geardaddy Mar 2012 #18
siligut Mar 2012 #3
pipi_k Mar 2012 #4
snappyturtle Mar 2012 #5
Brickbat Mar 2012 #6
OffWithTheirHeads Mar 2012 #11
Grantuspeace Mar 2012 #7
Sabayon65 Mar 2012 #8
OffWithTheirHeads Mar 2012 #10
OffWithTheirHeads Mar 2012 #12
Sabayon65 Mar 2012 #14
NYC_SKP Mar 2012 #9
Dorian Gray Mar 2012 #13
HopeHoops Mar 2012 #15
Art_from_Ark Mar 2012 #16
OffWithTheirHeads Mar 2012 #17

Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 08:59 PM

1. The internet really has shrunk the world!

It could be a force for good.

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Response to treestar (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 09:26 PM

2. No wonder the PTB are so afraid of it. We may actually talk to each other!

God forbid!

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 13, 2012, 02:31 PM

18. +1000

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 09:45 PM

3. Very cool

Good luck on making him a pen pal.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 09:46 PM

4. This makes me

smile:


"it 3am here. I go bed now. Have a night!


When my grandson was younger, I would be talking to my daughter on the phone and if she asked him if he wanted to talk to Nanny (me) he would say, "NO...I too busy now!!"

It was so cute



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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 09:48 PM

5. What a neat story. Love it: "have a night!" nt

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 10:15 PM

6. What town?

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 10:36 AM

11. Ryazan, Russian Federation.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 10:25 PM

7. What a wonderful story.

Bridging cultures one friendship at a time.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 02:45 AM

8. I thought this was going to be a complaint about a scam

 

I'm trying to sell my iphone as well, and one buyer is also from Russia. He fortunately speaks English, but he only has two other purchases.

He is currently e-mailing me and asking for serial numbers, pictures of the phone, and such. I'm always suspicious of new buyers on e-bay, because many of them, regardless of location, turn out to be non-payers.

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Response to Sabayon65 (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 10:35 AM

10. This guy is legit and has already paid. He also has an excellent e-bay track record

But I would still be careful.

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Response to Sabayon65 (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 12:29 PM

12. I just got back from the post office. You should be aware that

if you need to ship with a tracking number, the cost is in the $50.00 range.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:17 AM

14. Auction has been up for a week

 

Not a single bid. This is actually the second time I've posted it. The first time some first-time buyer from India won the auction, but he turned out to be a non-paying bidder. He then asked for a cancellation of the purchase after a week and a half. I didn't let him cancel, but the only thing that e-bay could do was give me back the commission. I then tried to make a second-chance offer to the second and third place bidders, which also turned out to be non-payers.

This time around I have failed to get a single bidder despite not even changing the description. It is word-for-word the SAME description I put up.

I'm still hoping that the guy who was messaging me will try and make a bid, but knowing my luck, I will get stuck with another NPB.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 02:55 AM

9. i google your town it look lovely... I go bed now...

"Have a night!"

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 12:49 PM

13. Funny!

The world is getting smaller and smaller!

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:45 AM

15. Make sure you get delivery confirmation and insurance on it. I got screwed once that way.

 

And I can read Russian quite well. I sent something and it was "not delivered" so I had to reverse the charges. I don't believe it went walk-about. If you bitch someone out, use "Yobeetee Vasc" ("fuck you"). As for your mother, she probably used "Vee ochen gloopie chelovyeck" (You're are really stupid man). I can swear in a number of languages, but that's not a likely what she was doing.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2012, 01:22 AM

16. Did your mother ever yell "Raskolnikov!" at you?

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #16)

Tue Mar 13, 2012, 02:29 PM

17. Nope! She didn't yell Kalashnikov either.

loosly translated it was something along the lines of "God in heaven help me, if I hit you once I'll hit you twice". It was said with love though.

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