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Post  dragnse7en Mon Oct 24, 2022 5:54 am

Hello everyone out there who buys used Cox engines on eBay,

I have run into some bad experience with a few purchases I made on eBay, and want some advice to avoid getting burned again.

Some eBay sellers list their used Cox engines with the term "turns over smoothly with good compression" or a phrase very close to that. Well, the reality is that their definition of that is WAY OFF. So far, two engines arrived in my mailbox practically begging to be boned apart for spare parts because a fart with lumps would have more compression.

What more could I do to avoid this dilemma? I'm sure that some of the sellers think in their minds that the motor they're selling is okay, and I am not placing blame for that. I know I can ask the seller for more details, but if they're not savvy in this hobby then what is one to do?

I don't want to risk another crap shoot on a future purchase, but something tells me that some sellers that aren't familiar with the hobby are just copying and pasting other sellers' descriptions, which I see now can be puzzling and somewhat frustrating.

Any specific advice?
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Oct 24, 2022 7:14 am

Before bidding check the sellers feedback and return policy. Ask questions prior to bidding and "Buyer Beware."
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Post  GallopingGhostler Mon Oct 24, 2022 10:04 am

Bob is correct, especially his last statement, "Buyer beware." I too have been cheated a couple times by deceptive wording of sellers, some of whom interestingly enough had good feedback ratings. Particularly suspect are sellers totally unfamiliar with engines and utilize an "expert" friend to give them descriptions.

Here is one example: https://www.coxengineforum.com/t12115-kb-35-stallion-acquisition
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Seller's description of crankcase aluminum casting occlusions during manufacture, the only thing manufactured was his description. It had been carefully sand or bead blasted to remove incriminating evidence it was damaged by water and corrosion. (This wasn't an engine of the 1950's, later research revealed it was produced in the mid 1970's.) Fortunately, I was able to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse, description of its condition my restoration work is in the thread.

Another, I purchased a K&B .20 Sportster R/C, described in good running condition. When it arrived, the chrome plated piston had chrome eroded away completely at combustion side and cylinder heavily scored.

eBay listing descriptions - "Turns over, Good compression" - really? Kb_spo12

Fortunately, a Brotherhood of the Ring forum friend, Dennis Lipsett (a personal friend of @Ken Cook) sent me 2 parts engines for cost of postage, to which I was able to repair it to running condition.

This post explains how I was able to obtain M7.0x1 metric nuts to prop an Enya .35-III TV E-Bay buy. Local Fastenal store in my rural town came to my rescue:

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t16219-prop-rod-engine-screws-and-restoration#210113

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This is the deceptive photo by seller. He used an ANSI nut loosely placed over the shaft but did not fit the screw threads, making for a good photo.
eBay listing descriptions - "Turns over, Good compression" - really? Enya3512

Now I understand why I was the only bidder and fortunately got the engine for a very reasonable price. That is the key, I just made sure I didn't invest a lot of money in my bids. More often than not, I came out ahead, Very Happy but I did have a few sour apples along the way. Doh!

Yet, I did come out a winner with a brand new without box K&B .45 Sportster R/C engine:

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t16607-i-found-something-cool-i-think-need-a-kb-expert#214792

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In another case, I got a good, used Cox .049 Medallion mislabeled by seller as a Tee Dee, which steered sellers away, for less than $30 US shipping included.

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t11964-will-td-049-carb-body-fit-medallion-049-crankcase#152837
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There are some good sellers out there, of course our Cox International and Ex Model Engines, gatafish, Bob Brooks, a gentleman from Las Cruces, NM, etc. With those, I was always satisfied with my buys.

But like Bob says, "Buyer Beware". Fully examine photos, descriptions, seller feedback, etc. If there are discrepancies, step away. Life isn't over if you thought you missed out on the deal of the century. Use Peter Parkers Spidery Sense. Laughing
At least for me, where I got a bad deal that could not be fixed, I didn't spend a lot of money to begin with. Stereo
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Post  944_Jim Mon Oct 24, 2022 12:59 pm

I've been burned the same way too many times lately. Several duds showing up after reading "good compression/smooth turn over" and "pops like it should."

I bid short, or offered to buy short. I figured it could only be a short loss, or a good win! Too many short losses later, and I've changed my habits. Now I'm willing to spend more money if the engine was proven running recently...as in, show me a benchtest video. I know that just about doubled the increased labor for the seller, but I'll be assured my dollars and going for potential junk...and so I'll pay for the "pre-purchase" check out. It will also keep me from collecting shelf trophies.

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Post  sosam117 Mon Oct 24, 2022 1:06 pm

Yep,
Besides *bay, R/C Group is not as good as it used to be either.
The Classified sections are getting more and more scammers and the like.

Last year I purchased from the Engine Classified section a very "Rare" CS Boddo Mills .75.
It was posted as "New In Box" (NIB) ran on test stand a couple of times and was listed for $130.00

The seller had many good "trader feedbacks" and has been a member for about 3 years with a few postings elsewhere.
So, I thought it was safe to purchase from him?

I was able to contact him by PM and paid the $130.00 plus shipping (about $150.00 total)

Well, I go the engine and it looked great! The engine looked like the photos except one minor problem.

There is a crack running from the prop drive washer to the main journal on the crankcase.

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I pointed it out to the seller and asked him how this crack could have happened and asked to ship the engine back at his cost and for me to get a refund as this engine was not in good condition with a crack crankshaft housing.
He didn't reply ---- no answer ---- nada?
So, I gave him a bad review. Then I noticed he had many other bad reviews (oops. -- missed that step on the sellers background)
Then, he blasts me on the discussion section of R/C group for being a bad buyer for not knowing that the sale was "as is"
Now there were then "trolls" that backed up the bad seller with all of their troll replies and I was just a pathetic bitter buyer.

I shipped the engine to one of my Aussie friends (Allan) for him to keep.
Allan knew the two Aussie engine guys well (may both of them r.i.p.) and I figured he might be able to get a new crankshaft case for The Boddo CS .75 Mills?
As what Allan told me Boddo's son might have some parts available in his dad's shop?

So, *bay and R/C groups I stay away from. I'll look but then think otherwise about purchasing it.
The Japanese auction site is much better but I'm more selective there because of the shipping costs from Japan to the USA .

https://buyee.jp/item/search/query/Cox/category/25464?translationType=1

If you do any bidding on the Japan's auction site, be aware of the Japan's Aviation restriction law with anything to do with the word "engine". Model or otherwise.

SEE EXAMPLE:
From: Buyee Customer Support
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2022 9:32 PM
To: sosam117
Subject: [164436091-1]<> Regarding your package [A2210230010]

Dear sosam117,

This is the Buyee Customer Support.
Thank you for using our service.
We are writing about your package【A2210230010】, which is registered to your [My Page].
Upon confirmation of the package contents, in accordance to the Aviation Law and International Postal Regulations, the following item included in the package is prohibited from being shipped internationally using any couriers including Japan Post and UPS.

Package information:
-----------------------------------------
Auction ID:【R22102101735】
Prohibited Item:
【Engine】
-----------------------------------------
Please choose one of the following options on how you would like to proceed with your package:
OPTIONS:
Ⅰ. Ship your item to a domestic (Japanese) address.
Ⅱ. Discard your item.

*Please note*
* Buyee is unable to cancel the transaction and return the item to the seller.
* If you choose option Ⅱ. and would like to discard your item, please note that we will require a payment for all the fees (such as domestic shipping fee, consumption tax, etc.) that were generated during the shipment to our warehouse.

In addition, we are unable to refund the item's purchasing cost if you choose to discard your item.
Please let us know your preferred option at your earliest convenience, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Seki
Buyee Customer Support
━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━
Buyee Customer Service Office Hours: Weekdays, 10:00~17:00
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So, what is my restricted package 【A2210230010】?

eBay listing descriptions - "Turns over, Good compression" - really? Enya_179

I won the auction and the engine cost me $82.15 (USD) then the shipping cost from seller to Buyee's warehouse ($6.31)
Then Buyee's auction fees of about $9.00 for a total of about $97.46 (USD) and since it is restricted, I'll have to pay for the shipping to my "dear" friend's domestic address in Tokyo Japan to where then he will ship it to me.

How do I have a good friend in Japan? He asks me for some parts for American engines that he can't get in Japan.
So, If the Yen goes up, it costs me less (as it has been for the last 4 months).

Nice looking engine? It has the original box, tools, glow plug and instructions (though the instructions are in Japanese language)

If it is restricted, then you'll have to either forfeit the item (even though you paid for it) or ship it to a "friend" in Japan for him to send it to you as "toy parts -- motor."
One other thing. You have to have a proxy buyer (I have Buyee as my proxy buyer) to bid on the items for you on the Japan's auction site.

One thing I like on the Japan's auction site is, if a bid is placed in the last 5 minutes the auction is extended another ten minutes.
So, what happens is you don't get this last second guy getting the last bid over yours and you lose out.
It's more like how much are you going to pay for it before you drop out? (too high of a price for you?)


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Post  balogh Mon Oct 24, 2022 1:39 pm

Sorry for your disappointing experience, CEF mates.

As far as I am concerned, with more than 70 COX engines purchased on ebay so far, I have not burnt my fingers yet with an over-stated engine quality by the seller (knock on wood!!!) . I try to figure out by the photos attached if the used engine shows a shiny piston in the exhaust port, or, the photo shows a greyish, scratchy, obviously fairly or extensively used piston. The general condition of the engine - burrs on the exhaust port where wrench may have been stuck in, goo collected on the fins, etc. - may also disclose that the engine is either past its retirement age or, was just simply abused.

I avoid using my cellphone in such judgement situations, but rely on the much larger and sharper screen of my laptop. I know it is still not a 100% guarantee that what you buy remotely will really prove when delivered  to be what you were hoping for, but so far it has worked out well.
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Post  cstatman Mon Oct 24, 2022 2:24 pm

i think the nail on the head was some discussion about - maybe got description from friend, or copied

I try to look at the seller, and understand if they are selling airplane stuff, or just any sort of antique junk
is it possible they bought the motors in a lot at garage sale, and have NO IDEA what it is?
or is this a "known" cox seller, who knows what they are talking about

then I look at photos.
THEN - I figure out how much, exactly, I am willing to COMPLETELY LOSE on the deal
thats as much as I will bid. My price is my price, and I think "if I tore up all these dollars, threw them in the street, and lit them on fire, would I be okay?"

Sure, I WANT one of the .010s looks new in box. but I am not willing to lose $100+. once the bidding passes my top price? I mark the auction to watch, and see what it went for, but I don't get caught in bidding.

sorry to hear about the folks who got raw deals. I've had a few. it made me sad.
but I've also had some great deals, that offsets the bummers.

good luck, and feel free to ship me all your TDs you don't want anymore... Smile
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Post  balogh Mon Oct 24, 2022 2:43 pm

Maybe one more recipe of finding engines with better compression: I avoid buying later production engines with the smooth/even piston top, see the photo below..pistons with the dimple on the top indicate earlier production with genuinely tighter fit...meaning these latter pistons will better seal after the same running hours than the loosely fit smooth top piston...at least in my experience. The smooth types in my NIB engines in carton boxes are falling through the cylinder due to the loose fit.

So if the seller offers a photo into the cylinder with the glow head removed, you have a chance to " look into the horse's mouth"


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I am not sure why older pistons came with that circular dimple on the top, (maybe the balljoint cap was swaged into the older pistons from the top??, and machined by lathe into later ones from the parent material???) but I find those with the dimple much better fitting than newer ones.

Of course the fit has nothing to do with the dimple itself (which is just an age indicator), but with the production year, whereas the production tolerance mandate in earlier COX engines was given up in younger engines as one of the cost cutting efforts.
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Post  dragnse7en Mon Oct 24, 2022 3:01 pm

Thank you kindly guys!

After reading all these replies, I realize that we've all experienced pretty much the same, albeit some extremes. You're all a great help.

All this info has made me see the bigger picture. One thing for sure - in the future, as tempting as it is for me, I will be definitely avoid any listings for auction or sale ANYWHERE from an estate seller or one of those storage wars owner/seller people - no matter how tempting the photos may look of the engine. If it's not new, then no thanks. I just got to practice my sarcastic "aww! how pretty!" to myself any time I see this sort of thing down the road.

Wow - it seems that Japan decided to use Cox's name to make weird funko pop looking VW beetle toy cars - "Awww! Aren't they butt ugly?!?" hahaa

thanks again - keep the advice and input coming!
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Post  GallopingGhostler Mon Oct 24, 2022 4:26 pm

balogh wrote:eBay listing descriptions - "Turns over, Good compression" - really? 16666410

I am not sure why older pistons came with that circular dimple on the top, (maybe the balljoint cap was swaged into the older pistons from the top??, and machined by lathe into later ones from the parent material???) but I find those with the dimple much better fitting than newer ones.

Of course the fit has nothing to do with the dimple itself (which is just an age indicator), but with the production year, whereas the production tolerance mandate  in earlier COX engines was given up in younger engines as one of the cost cutting efforts.
András, perhaps the dimpled piston crown was a tell-tale sign that the cylinder was the more preferred tapered one with better compression and life? Smile

sosam117 wrote:Yep, Besides *bay, R/C Group is not as good as it used to be either. The Classified sections are getting more and more scammers and the like. Last year I purchased from the Engine Classified section a very "Rare" CS Boddo Mills .75. It was posted as "New In Box" (NIB) ran on test stand a couple of times and was listed for $130.00 [...] Well, I go the engine and it looked great! The engine looked like the photos except one minor problem.

There is a crack running from the prop drive washer to the main journal on the crankcase.
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[...] Then I noticed he had many other bad reviews (oops. -- missed that step on the sellers background) Then, he blasts me on the discussion section of R/C group for being a bad buyer for not knowing that the sale was "as is". Now there were then "trolls" that backed up the bad seller with all of their troll replies and I was just a pathetic bitter buyer. [...] So, *bay and R/C groups I stay away from. I'll look but then think otherwise about purchasing it.
Sorry to hear that you got stiffed by an RCG seller, @sosam117. That is not an as-is case. The crack omission is a gross, dishonest misrepresentation by the seller. I suppose one could drill a hole at the end of the crack, if not in a critical area and plug it to prevent further crack propagation. Then machine a collar 0.001" undersize and press it on the prop end of the crankcase to hold it together. But, that would be for someone with the tools, short of a replacement crankcase, and change its historic looks, although might salvage it as a runner. (But then, any engine could be used as a runner.)

dragnse7en wrote:thanks again - keep the advice and input coming!
Perhaps a safer bet may be the seller's forum in Stunt Hangar. It is a smaller more tightly knit group. Not saying that you will not have a bad deal, but may be a bit safer than the 'Bay or other major model plane forums, social media, etc. There is also our for sales area here in CEF worth keeping an eye on.
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Post  sosam117 Tue Oct 25, 2022 6:12 am

dragnse7en wrote:Thank you kindly guys!

After reading all these replies, I realize that we've all experienced pretty much the same, albeit some extremes.  You're all a great help.

All this info has made me see the bigger picture.  One thing for sure - in the future, as tempting as it is for me, I will be definitely avoid any listings for auction or sale ANYWHERE from an estate seller or one of those storage wars owner/seller people - no matter how tempting the photos may look of the engine.  If it's not new, then no thanks.  I just got to practice my sarcastic "aww! how pretty!" to myself any time I see this sort of thing down the road.

Wow - it seems that Japan decided to use Cox's name to make weird funko pop looking VW beetle toy cars - "Awww! Aren't they butt ugly?!?"  hahaa

thanks again - keep the advice and input coming!


Cox teamed up with Sanwa in Japan in the later years.
And Sanwa was/is a large manufacture of many things. Even today in Japan.
I have a Sanwa analog and digital volt meters. They are still making R/C radio gear (which use to be Airtronics radios).
If you don't diversify your product line and sell only one thing, you won't be around for long?

I was fortunate enough to be stationed in Japan for a while in the US Airforce.
Things were really cheap in the mid 1970's when I was there. (USD to the Yen -- about $1.00 = ¥350)
A new in box Enya .09-III could be had for less than $16.00 (wish I could get one now for that price?)
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Post  getback Tue Oct 25, 2022 6:54 am

I myself look for the engine having the right parts , mounting lugs wear , even locked up engine shows i was running and yes the description matters, this seller i have bought from also and he is short on words most time and that is an indicator right off if trying to sell (push) the engine or whatever . And when you sell on the Bay sometimes get the option of using someone else's pics./phrases to sell your item .. for me that didn't iron to well as said , i don't use that option . eBay policy is pretty much if you don't like your purchase you can get a refund , even if the seller will not !!!! I Love This Forum! sunny
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Post  dragnse7en Tue Oct 25, 2022 7:33 am

getback wrote:I myself look for the engine having the right parts , mounting lugs wear , even locked up engine shows i was running and yes the description matters, this seller i have bought from also and he is short on words most time and that is an indicator right off if trying to sell (push) the engine or whatever . And when you sell on the Bay sometimes get the option of using someone else's pics./phrases to sell your item .. for me that didn't iron to well as said , i don't use that option . eBay policy is pretty much if you don't like your purchase you can get a refund , even if the seller will not !!!! I Love This Forum! sunny

That last part rang out to me. A couple of years ago, in 2018, I had to get tough with an HK 'Bay seller after I bought one of the 1st Tamiya TA07MSX kits, and paid an extra 90 for expedited shipping. The car kit wasn't available in the USA at that time, and I was eager to get it. I contacted him over and over again regarding shipping it out, which he took forever to do. After 4 months of getting nowhere with the seller, I asked 'bay to step in, and they gave me back a full refund on the seller's behalf, and would turn to him to settle it.

By that time the car was finally available in the USA, and I used my refund and snatched one up from one of the major hobby distributors in Champaign, IL for about 30-40 bucks more.

Four more months go by. A mailman knocked on my door, handed me a big box literally covered with stamps - every square inch of it was covered with Chinese postage - looked like Andy Warhol pooped colors on it the stamps were bland colored and ugly. It was the 1st kit I ordered.

Long short, I got a second $789 kit for free, because the seller tried to use the regular snail mail by boat, adding more stamps and thinking it would get delivered faster.
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Post  latole Fri Jun 09, 2023 10:42 am

I buy a lot of planes on E-Bay. Sometimes I have the same problem with engines as you do dragnse7en.

As planes are harder to find at reasonable prices, I buy a lot of cheap engines to rebuild them and have planes in perfect condition.
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Post  gkamysz Fri Jun 09, 2023 1:49 pm

I recently bought an engine, granted it was dirt cheap, "turns over with compression".

Didn't even have piston rod or sleeve in it.
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Post  andrew Fri Jun 09, 2023 2:26 pm

gkamysz wrote:..............
Didn't even have piston rod or sleeve in it.

LOL!

And I thought I was I was the only one getting duped. I did the same. There was even a still pic of the engine mounted and the prop apparently spinning. No piston or rod so a fan was enough to do the job.
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Post  latole Fri Jun 09, 2023 2:40 pm

I bought and still buy very often on E-Bay.
On the few occasions when what I received didn't match the description or was damaged in the trnasport, I immediately wrote to the seller demanding a certain amount of money in compensation.
Each time I got what I wanted.

As sellers are rated on E-Bay, a seller wouldn't want to lose his reputation for a few dollars.

Did you do that Andrew and dragnse7en. ?


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Post  andrew Fri Jun 09, 2023 5:16 pm

latole wrote:...............
As sellers are rated on E-Bay, a seller wouldn't want to lose his reputation for a few dollars.

Did you do that Andrew  and dragnse7en.  ?

I did not take that approach with that particular engine, but have done so a number of times. It's not so much the money involved as me being aggravated with the vendor pulling a fast one.  

One notable purchase was for a "New Old Stock" Dell motherboard.  I always check these electronics for tell tale signs of prior use or repair.  This board showed some indication of being a "pull", but I wasn't sure until it was installed.  I recovered the DELL service tag from the BIOS and ran a history check on the DELL service site -- it had shipped with a DELL box some years before.  I confronted the vendor with the evidence and threatened a fraud report to the selling site, giving a bad review, yada, yada, yada......  They responded with "So sorry, so sorry, mistake made by warehouse employee...."  and I could send the board back or accept a refund for half the price. Since I already had some time invested in the installation and configuration, I took the refund -- and it continues to run as I type.

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Post  GallopingGhostler Fri Jun 09, 2023 9:24 pm

You all know about the problem engine I bought several years ago, that I was able to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. It was a post 1970's K&B .35 Stallion C/L engine misrepresented as a good engine of the 1950's.

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t12115-kb-35-stallion-acquisition

Also, there was another case several years ago, that I had purchased a replacement needle and cup assembly for a Keurig II cup machine. It was reasonably priced, to replace my broke one. (Keurig on their II machine decided to cheapen it by using a plastic pipe assembly stand-off to hold the needle instead of metal or designed with better support.) After 4 years use, it failed.

Problem is, the seller instead of properly packaging it, just put the raw part in a non-padded plastic shipping bag. When it arrived, sure enough, the replacement plastic cup was shattered. I immediately took a photo of it and went through the auction site claims process.

They immediately refunded my money, tax, shipping and all.

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I attempted to find the same part from another vendor without much luck, they wanted too much for the part, at least half the cost of a new machine. A week later, I was studying the broken pieces. The one part not broken was the one I needed, the plastic pipe assembly with needle. I carefully removed it from the broken inner cup and replaced the broken one on my used cup assembly, reassembled the machine.

That restored my Keurig II for a year and a half, until the same part broke again (faulty design). Nearing 6 years old, it went to the dumpster. I bought a brand new one from Walmart on their special weekday sale for only $34 a year prior, as a Christmas present that I never gave out. Now I am using it. It is like the first Keurig machine with a more solid needle mount, without the annoying cup copy protection scheme of the Keurig II.

In another instance, about 6 months ago, I bought 2 USB wifi adapters. Shipping was less than $2, so I ordered it. When it came in, a note was attached that the USPS needed an additional payment of $4.30 or about that. I paid the postman the next day when he dropped off my mail.

I took a photo of the package with the sticky note left by the post office through the auction dispute process. Since the cost plus shipping was about that of the extra postage, they immediately refunded my order cost. Seller had failed to pay the proper postage cost, shipping the two adapters by first class letter rate.
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Post  Ken Cook Sat Jun 10, 2023 9:30 am

Demanding a refund or compensation without the assistance of EBAY is no guarantee of any satisfaction. EBAY documents all e-mails between both buyer and seller. ANY type of threatening language, masked vulgarity, threats etc. will terminate a case instantly if one took the proper refund steps to do so. I'm not suggesting that is or was the case in this post, I'm just stating that regardless of one opening a case against a buyer or seller, your e-mails are currently and constantly monitored through EBAY. I made a purchase and received what should of worked as described and it didn't. I made 3 attempts to resolve the issue prior to EBAY becoming involved. This was a major seller on EBAY who had no idea of the rules and regulations of EBAY. For instance, you will see many times, NO REFUNDS, NO RETURNS. Those words mean absolutely nothing to a buyer. This is because the buyer is protected through EBAY and Paypal.

If you the buyer aren't satisfied and you took the proper steps to resolve the issue. EBAY steps in, pulls up the said e-mails and weighs in with their decision. They don't point blame or say who is right or wrong, they refund the money to the buyer. You will be offered a option, the first recourse of EBAY is to refund the money. The second is a replacement if the seller offers one.  If you made a purchase and the items is NOT AS DESCRIBED or doesn't fit such as a auto part and the ad says it does, the SELLER pays for the item's return shipping no matter how much they argue. This is why it's critical to notify EBAY to open a case. They will not release the money to the seller until they provided a shipping label to the buyer and insure that the seller pays for it. Many times sellers will argue that they're not responsible for return shipping. THEY the seller have to pay for the return shipping not the buyer if the items you received is not as described. If you made a purchase and you don't like the items due to cosmetic damage. You will still be compensated to a return but you the BUYER pays for return shipping. The buyer has a limited time to return the item and they must provide a tracking number to the seller.
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Post  akjgardner Sat Jun 10, 2023 10:03 am

dragnse7en wrote:Hello everyone out there who buys used Cox engines on eBay,

I have run into some bad experience with a few purchases I made on eBay, and want some advice to avoid getting burned again.

Some eBay sellers list their used Cox engines with the term "turns over smoothly with good compression" or a phrase very close to that.  Well, the reality is that their definition of that is WAY OFF. So far, two engines arrived in my mailbox practically begging to be boned apart for spare parts because a fart with lumps would have more compression.

What more could I do to avoid this dilemma?  I'm sure that some of the sellers think in their minds that the motor they're selling is okay, and I am not placing blame for that.  I know I can ask the seller for more details, but if they're not savvy in this hobby then what is one to do?

I don't want to risk another crap shoot on a future purchase, but something tells me that some sellers that aren't familiar with the hobby are just copying and pasting other sellers' descriptions, which I see now can be puzzling and somewhat frustrating.

Any specific advice?
A fart with a lump has more compression…. Now that’s funny
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Post  balogh Sat Jun 10, 2023 11:39 am

It is hard to determine by the photo alone if the seller's statement on compression is true. However, if the engine looks fairly used, but well kept i.e not covered in thick go, nor abused on its fins with plyers, chances are the engine is well usable with nice compression.. Sometimes the seller's description itself reveals that he/she is familiar with COX engines and that in itself is reassuring that what is stated about the engine is close to reality. I bought many pre-owned COX engines off of ebay and have not been hit by bitter surprise...remember that a properly used COX engine can perform  hundreds (!)  of useful running hours with good compression, and especially those old stock engines  salvaged from COX  CL planes or cars seldom ran for so many hours, but ended up in their prime in boxes of salvaged components.
Later produced engines especially from the ESTES era (slit cylinder, hex prop drive plate, i.e Surestart or similar) were genuinely looser fit than old stock and may not feature full compression if used already.
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Post  coxaddict Sat Jun 10, 2023 12:31 pm

I've seen listings where the seller claims "turns over with good compression" and the engine has no glow plug or glow head. Huh... lol!
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Post  balogh Sat Jun 10, 2023 12:45 pm

coxaddict wrote:I've seen listings where the seller claims "turns over with good compression" and the engine has no glow plug or glow head. Huh... lol!

Sure there is no blow-by between the piston and cylinder when cranked... Very Happy
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Post  coxaddict Sat Jun 10, 2023 9:39 pm

Ah yes, nice pop from the intake cycle could be mistaken for compression Laughing
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