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    Quote Originally Posted by meverett View Post
    I rarely trust eBay links to spare parts, primarily because they are transient. Far better to deal with established suppliers who are more likely to be around for future needs.
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    Minimine are an established classic mini specialist business also selling on eBay.

    I have purchased from them in the past with service and quality excellent.

    I do agree that you do have to be careful who you are buying from on eBay and always check them out first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meverett View Post
    I do agree that you do have to be careful who you are buying from on eBay and always check them out first.
    My point entirely, but unless you investigate, you will never know! Not everyone takes the time to check out supplier reviews.
    Buying direct from a supplier is always best. They don’t end up paying eBay charges to sell an item.

    My motto has always been, check, check then check again, buying on impulse, or somebody else’s recommendation is not always reliable.
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    I rather agree - even sent a few emails asking exactly where a part is actually made (being wary of Far East 'quality') ... most firms reply honestly, some don't bother [which is an answer in itself].
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    Quote Originally Posted by milliemarlin View Post
    For those, like me, who think ETA means Estimated Time of Arrival (from the Apollo space program) I looked it up and assuming it’s not:
    Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, Electronic Travel Authority, Easy To Assemble, Equality To All, Eric The Awful, Explore Think Act, Erroding Terrain Asilar, Empty Tank Alert, Eat That Apple, Elvis Tribute Artist, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, European Tug-owners Association, Eating Takes All, Essential Tactical Advantage
    Or any of the other 89 listed I think it means: Edited To Add.

    Also AMHIK = Ask Me How I Know

    I know this makes me seem STUPID!
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    Paul - I always thought that on fora ETA was recognised by most as standing for Edited To Add but I am happy to be corrected ... 89 alternatives !! [I think some of them such as European Tug-Owners Association/Erroding Terrain Asilar might be stretching credibility just a bit ? ]

    Are you sure Estimated Time of Arrival is from Apollo ? Sounds more like B.R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marlin1984 View Post
    Are you sure Estimated Time of Arrival is from Apollo ? Sounds more like B.R.
    Probably, only in my mind. I learnt a stack of acronyms watching the Apollo launches as a young teenager. I learned a whole lot more working for IBM (It’s Better Manually). Almost all have been recycled a few times LOL (Laugh Out Loud not Lots Of Love). ETA in context was pretty obvious once I knew.

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    So far as I am concerned ETA is Estimated Time of Arrival particularly in Spain.

    An email arrives almost immediately, or maybe the next day, manãna.
    Express Delivery, 3 Days, Especially if you are friends with the delivery drivers,
    Parcel Delivery, 2 Weeks (allegedly tracked, but not after it leaves UK shores) Often stuck in Madrid airport for random reasons.
    Post from HMRC, at best, 3 weeks. Probably because they post via PostNL.
    Incidentally my Pension payment is processed by a U.K. Bank!

    But back to the topic, most parts in the U.K. arrive pretty promptly from my experience, but I am always wary of excessive postal and packaging charges. When unsure always check the returns policy, if the item is not as described, certainly if the buyer pays. Always buy via credit card, Not Debit card, at least then your purchase has extra protection. Finally, from my experience, and if you follow PayPal rules (or eBay which are remarkably similar) they are exemplary, on the few occasions that I have had an issue, it been dealt with promptly and efficiently.

    On wiring, Didn’t Listerjp2 share a link a month or two ago. I can’t find it now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by milliemarlin View Post
    Probably, only in my mind. I learnt a stack of acronyms watching the Apollo launches as a young teenager. I learned a whole lot more working for IBM (It’s Better Manually). Almost all have been recycled a few times LOL (Laugh Out Loud not Lots Of Love). ETA in context was pretty obvious once I knew.

    PC (Paul Carey not Personal Computer, Printed Circuit, Police Constable, etc, etc...)

    PS: I did design Printed Circuits for Personal Computers for a while and was confronted by an engineer who complained some idiot had initialled a drawing PC.
    Well there's a coincidence. I also worked for IBM in London. My two favourites were GIGO and the stores chap showing me an American note that stated "Parts are in a negative supply situation."

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    [QUOTE=stevejgreen;51441]So far as I am concerned ETA is Estimated Time of Arrival particularly in Spain.

    An email arrives almost immediately, or maybe the next day, manãna.]

    Just remember the Irish comment re that word - the Irishman was asked by a Spanish visitor if there was a Gaelic equivalent - to which the Irishman replied "Sure - we have several but none of them conveys quite the same sense of urgency".
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    Should have said - Steve was as ever correct - bottom bush [under the 'bodgers' tape] WAS felt not plastic. I confess to putting it back as it worked perfectly …

    Postage charge WAS excessive for a virtually weightless part so Minispares would have been significantly cheaper … [ new one looked Chinese and definitely did NOT have "Cam Gears" on it … ]
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