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Seiko7A38 wrote: Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:44 pmHaving seen so many similar instances over the past few years, some of which are documented in this thread on the old forum, I really should have known what to expect. In the early hours of this morning, greedy profiteering US eBay seller flobaca, whose favourite stock in trade are the stainless 7A38-7020 and 7A38-7029 - and has at times monopolized US eBay sales ....
Profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca may have deviated from plan in recent months, listing a number of less desirable two-tone and gold-tone 7A38's, but that's purely down to competition from other buyers and his evident unwillingness to pay higher prices for half decent examples. Seems he may finally have found another suitably horrid example to resume business as usual. There's also another possibility pending, so I give you my prediction for one of his future offerings.

This well-worn stainless 7A38-7020, with a smashed crystal and missing its crown / stem, in dire need of some TLC, was listed in the early hours of this morning, by a US eBay seller, with a Buy-it-Now price of $125:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/seiko-chrono ... 5010342661

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Yes - the eBay listing photos really were that small - uploaded size was 500x375 pixels ! :roll:

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I found it this morning, by checking recently ended listings:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255010342661

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WatchCount.com's look-up tool shows the listing was live for just over half an hour in the early hours of this morning.

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EBay appears to have taken another obfuscating step towards withholding any useful information. This latest version of the Purchase History screen no longer shows the feedback rating - just the encrypted buyer ID. Not that it would have made any difference in this case. I'm fairly certain it's his other ID zenodass44, which he uses for buying. ;)

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:17 amThere's also another possibility pending, so I give you my prediction for one of his future offerings.
Forgive me readers. With hindsight, I seem to have got that prediction wrong. :oops: Whereas that stainless 7A38-7020 certainly looked like typical 'potential flobaca fodder', I now believe that suitably cheap example was snapped up by another, as yet unidentified, competing buyer. Indeed they may have beaten flobaca to the punch on two occasions.

In the early hours of this morning, flobaca listed another re-worked 7A38-7029 - one which I certainly hadn't previously anticipated, as a 7-day auction with an opening bid price of $450.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 4520638756

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Here's where he bought it in the first week of June: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Men- ... 4063202072

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(The watch didn't actually sell for $395, but for some reason eBay doesn't show 'Best Offer Accepted' on this occasion).

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Although not easy to see in the original US eBay seller's photo, the case-back serial number 421817 matches. ;)
Note the description:

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This purchase seemed very out of character, compared to flobaca's favoured snatch and grab lowball modus operandi. WatchCount.com's Look-up tool shows the listing was live for 3 days and had received 200 views before he stepped in.

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:17 amEBay appears to have taken another obfuscating step towards withholding any useful information. This latest version of the Purchase History screen no longer shows the feedback rating - just the encrypted buyer ID. Not that it would have made any difference in this case. I'm fairly certain it's his other ID zenodass44, which he uses for buying. ;)
This time, I'm absolutely certain. The eBay Purchase History shows it sold to an encrypted ID of d***z for a best offer.

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Obviously I've no idea what the offer accepted may have been. As a rule, flobaca prefers to pay no more than $250 for these (even when fully functional). As he's had to expend some work on this example, but the opening bid price is 'only' $450, I suspect that's probably the case here too.

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I'm going out on a limb here by making another prediction for one of flobaca's forthcoming warmed over 7A38 offerings. This well-worn 7A38-702A with mis-aligned bezel (incidentally, one of a number of such I've seen recently) was listed by a comparatively inexperienced US eBay seller on Friday 2nd July, as a 7-day auction, with an opening bid price of $149.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Seik ... 4253384124

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Note the phrase in the seller's description: 'but will need some attention as the the three registers reset, but not to 12 o'clock'. Evidently the seller was blissfully unaware of what a simple two-minute job it is to zero the chrono' hands. :roll:

The seller ended the listing 3 days early by accepting an undisclosed (likely lowball) best offer, late yesterday evening:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384253384124

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:17 amEBay appears to have taken another obfuscating step towards withholding any useful information. This latest version of the Purchase History screen no longer shows the feedback rating - just the encrypted buyer ID. Not that it would have made any difference in this case. I'm fairly certain it's his other ID zenodass44, which he uses for buying. ;)
Once again, I'm almost certain on this particular occasion, because not only does the eBay Bidding History reveal an encrypted user ID of s***z, but also that they have (private) feedback. ;)

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The feedback detail of flobaca's alter ego zenodass44, that he uses for buying his stock in trade may be private, but the actual number isn't.

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Looks like he's been busy, bidding on and buying a few more, besides that 7A38-702A, recently.

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How's that for a prediction ? 8-) Also an incredibly quick turnaround by profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca. :o In the early hours of this morning he listed that same well-worn 7A38-702A as a 7-day auction with a typically over-optimistic marked up opening bid price of $275. :roll:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3566940758

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He's correctly re-oriented the misaligned bezel and fitted a new crystal. I was wondering if he might have stripped the remaining worn gold plating and polished the bezel, just leaving the gold dummy rivets (in the best watch-botching tradition). Evidently he was in too much of a hurry to get it listed on eBay. Judging by the encrusted filth that's still visible, between the lugs, in his shot of the case-back, it looks like he didn't even bother to remove and clean the bracelet. Needless to say, the serial number 3N1125 matches and the chronograph hands have been zero'd. :roll:

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Sun Jul 04, 2021 7:12 amIn the early hours of this morning, flobaca listed another re-worked 7A38-7029 - one which I certainly hadn't previously anticipated, as a 7-day auction with an opening bid price of $450.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 4520638756

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Profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca's latest 7-day auction for a warmed-over 7A38-7029 ended in the early hours of this morning, selling for the opening bid of $450 - pretty much as expected.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224520638756

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:52 am How's that for a prediction ? 8-) Also an incredibly quick turnaround by profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca. :o In the early hours of this morning he listed that same well-worn 7A38-702A as a 7-day auction with a typically over-optimistic marked up opening bid price of $275. :roll: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3566940758
No great surprise, given the far too ambitious opening bid price and condition, flobaca's recent 7-day auction for that well-worn 7A38-702A ended in the early hours of this morning, without any bids placed. He re-listed it a couple of hours later, with the same opening bid price of $275. :roll: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 4536081687

Meanwhile, seems he already has another in the pipeline, in better condition. In fact it's a 7A38-702H (rather than 'A').
It was listed earlier this week by a US eBay seller, with a Buy-it-Now price of $199 and the option to make an offer.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Seiko-Sports ... 4370250459

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Here's a couple of the seller's 7 photos. (Unfortunately, there wasn't a photo of the movement included among them.)
Note the dis-oriented Tachymeter ring, indicating they've probably had the dial / movement out for whatever reason.

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.... the case-back serial number 3O4394 and the first part of their description.

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That recalcitrant sweep second hand may well have been caused by a clumsily deflected finger tension spring. ;)

WatchCount.com's look-up tool reveals there were possibly a couple of other interested watchers:

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But the eBay Purchase History shows it was only flobaca (using his alter ego, ID zenodass44), who made any offers:

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:30 amProfiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca's latest 7-day auction for a warmed-over 7A38-7029 ended in the early hours of this morning, selling for the opening bid of $450 - pretty much as expected.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224520638756

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Looks like whoever rushed in and bought that 7A38-7029 a couple of weeks ago, has realized their mistake, or suffered from buyer's remorse and returned it. In the early hours of this morning profiteering US eBay seller flobaca re-listed it:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3599226224

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Thankfully, flobaca doesn't seem to be having much success lately. His other three 7A38's remain unsold (and re-listed):

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3599226550 Two-tone 7A38-702A, first listed on 9th July (see this post).
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 4549968007 Gold-tone 7A38-7280, first listed on 3rd June (see this post)
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3589641877 Two-tone 7A38-7289, first listed on 8th June (see this post).

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Looks like profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca finally managed to find a buyer for those two much-re-listed 7A38's this afternoon. Both watches were sold almost simultaneously (to the same buyer), for a reduced opening bid price of $150.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224568847232

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Did you think that $150 was reasonable, or at least not more than $25 to $50 too high?

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I wouldn't say it was unreasonable, but to put that $150 into perspective, you need to go back to the bottom of the previous page to remind yourself how much flobaca had paid for them, back in May: being $45 and $49 respectively.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304012004183

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:15 am
Seiko7A38 wrote: Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:30 amProfiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca's latest 7-day auction for a warmed-over 7A38-7029 ended in the early hours of this morning, selling for the opening bid of $450 - pretty much as expected.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224520638756
Looks like whoever rushed in and bought that 7A38-7029 a couple of weeks ago, has realized their mistake, or suffered from buyer's remorse and returned it. In the early hours of this morning profiteering US eBay seller flobaca re-listed it:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3599226224
At the risk of repeating myself (and labouring the point), profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca's latest (6th) re-listing, for his most recent 7A38-7029 (which he'd first listed on 4th July), has still failed to attract a bid and remains unsold.

That said, it doesn't appear to deter him from acquiring more stock in trade for his next greedy profit-making venture. Gentlemen, I give you my prediction for another of his forthcoming offerings. There's some irony to this one too. :roll:

This 7A38-7029 in decent used condition, was listed albeit briefly in the early hours of this morning by an unsuspecting US eBay seller, with a not unreasonable Buy-it-Now price of $325, with the option to make an offer.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3668768079

SEIKO 7A38 CHRONOGRAPH NICE VINTAGE FULLY WORKING CONDITIONS

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It sold in the early hours of this morning (while I was in bed, asleep) for an undisclosed best offer:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353668768079

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WatchCount.com's Look-up tool reveals the listing was live for less than half an hour and received only two dozen views.

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The eBay Purchase History shows an all-too-familiar encrypted buyer ID d***z (that of flobaca's alter ego zenodass44).

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The irony ? :? Those of you who follow flobaca's nefarious activities will likely have noticed that he never bothers to write the full model number in his listing title (or descriptions) - just '7A38'. His usual standard generic template title, complete with typical Slavic grammatically incorrect plural 'CONDITIONS' (per his current 7A38-7029 re-listing) being:

SEIKO 7A38 CHRONOGRAPH *** NICE VINTAGE FULLY WORKING CONDITIONS

Compare that with the listing title of the 7A38-7029 he's just bought. It would appear that US eBay seller gargl71 had unwittingly created his listing by cloning flobaca's current re-listing, using eBay's 'sell one like this' feature. Ironic ? :roll:

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Re: Profiteering US eBay re-seller Flobaca strikes again !

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In the early hours of this morning, profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca listed this well-worn gold-tone 7A38-7289 as a 7-day auction with an opening bid price of $125. Note that it's been fitted with a non-original red-tipped aftermarket sweep second hand (by him).

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3675565680

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Not difficult to figure out where he bought this one. It was listed 'For Parts or Repair', as a 7-day auction by another US eBay seller earlier this month, with an opening bid price of $49.99.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Seiko-7A38-7 ... 4438922746

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The auction ran the full 7-day duration. Flobaca (using his other eBay ID with private feedback) was the only bidder.

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You can see in the previous seller's photos that the tail has been broken off the original Seiko sweep second hand.

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Needless to say, the case-back serial number 934781 matches.

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The symptoms in his description hint that the watch may have been suffering from a displaced finger tension spring. :roll:

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Re: Profiteering US eBay re-seller Flobaca strikes again !

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:38 amAt the risk of repeating myself (and labouring the point), profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca's latest (6th) re-listing, for his most recent 7A38-7029 (which he'd first listed on 4th July), has still failed to attract a bid and remains unsold.
Indeed, it took yet another 7-day re-listing and a slight reduction in the opening bid price (from $475 to $450) but eventually profiteering US eBay re-seller flobaca found another mug punter buyer for his most recent 7A38-7029. :roll:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224610165316

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:52 amIn the early hours of this morning he listed that same well-worn 7A38-702A as a 7-day auction with a typically over-optimistic marked up opening bid price of $275. :roll:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 3566940758
His well-worn 7A38-702A had been re-listed a total of 8 times since July. He finally deigned to reduce the opening bid price (from $275 to $225) for this most recent re-listing, thus also eventually selling in the early hours of this morning.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353674101752

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So, having eventually managed to shift the previous one, late yesterday evening profiteering US eBay seller flobaca fairly predictably listed his most recently ill-gotten 7A38-7029, as a 7-day auction with an opening bid price of $450.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEIKO-7A38-C ... 4619486006

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:38 amThat said, it doesn't appear to deter him from acquiring more stock in trade for his next greedy profit-making venture. Gentlemen, I give you my prediction for another of his forthcoming offerings. There's some irony to this one too. :roll:

It sold in the early hours of this morning (while I was in bed, asleep) for an undisclosed best offer:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353668768079

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So predictable. :roll: Needless to say the case-back serial number 443729 matches.

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