ebay think a crystal is a transmitter

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I need a laff now and again, and the dickheads at ebay did it again:

It has come to our attention that your account has been in violation of
our Electronics Equipment policies on more than one occasion.

Rather than suspend your eBay account, I wanted to take the time to give
you a formal warning. Any future violations of this policy may result in
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Did you suggest they go feck 'emselves and explain why ?

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: Did you suggest they go feck 'emselves and explain why ?

i wasn't nice to them, but i respect their tolerance for abusive
messages, they must get a lot

Message: I refer to listing ---- Crystals 27MHz ------------------------
which you removed
I even put in extra information in the listing for you dudes but it
seems no-one read it (sigh)
I have read your policy, the CRYSTALS listed are no problem.
Your policy reasons for removing the listing do not pertain to my
listing. I would like you to tell me what part of the listing was the
problem asap. please return the listing and inform my buyer(s)

There is a serious problem with your system that needs to be FIXED UP as
these listing removals are pissing me off.

and their response

Hello ----
Thank you for writing to eBay regarding the removal of your item.
Since eBay does not directly handle the merchandise that is offered for
sale, we rely on information contained in the listing to make many
determinations if an item is in violation.

In regards to your listing, and after discussion with my peers, there
was confusion and an oversight on our part when the listing was reviewed
as it pertained on a frequency level.

Having said that, we apologize for the inconvenience and you are welcome
to relist the item.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
eBay Customer Support
but later they did it again, so you get pissed off with the lack of

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I gather from the above header that the sale of transmitters on e-bay is

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ebay hit me 'cause they said any mention of freqs out of bounds of the
standard cb freqs is bad, like  27.095, 29.195 or 27.880Mhz xtals.

non too smart -methinks

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I understand ebay scan ads. using software so just write
them accordingly:

Crystal for sale - Twenty seven.095 Meg. cyc.

or whatever.

Mike Harding

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this is their automated reason:

We regret to inform you that your eBay auction:

Crystals 27MHz ----------------

has been removed from the site by eBay Customer Support. All fees
associated with this auction have been credited to your account.

The item you have listed does not appear to be consistent with eBay

Equipment designed or primarily considered for use in the 10 metre
Amateur Radio band will not be allowed on eBay if it is considered at
eBay's discretion, that the listing is targeting the 11 metre or CB
radio band. Federal legislation provides that the usage of or possession
of equipment capable of transmitting on the Amateur Radio band is
limited to licenced operators only and sellers should take all care to
provide this information in their listings.

Users may not list a high frequency transceiver that is designed to
operate on frequencies outside of the ARS bands, if it has not been
issued a grant of equipment authorization for the radio service(s) in
which the transmitter is capable of operating.

The Citizens Band radios must only be operated on designated channels in
two distinct frequency bands:

HF - 26.965 MHz to 27.405 MHz (inclusive); and
UHF - 476.425 MHz to 477.400 MHz (inclusive).

Sellers can determine if their equipment complies with the relevant
standard by referring to a label that is attached to the back of the
radio. If there is no label on the radio, there may be doubt about
whether the device complies with the required operating standard, in
this situation we encourage you to contact the ACA for more information
and review the Radiocommunications (Citizen Band Radio Stations) Class

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Future auctions listed that fail to meet our listing guidelines will be
ended early and repeated violations may jeopardize your account status.
We value you as a member of our community and wish to continue our
relationship, so we respectfully ask you to refrain from any violations
of the Listing Policies or User Agreement in the future.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Customer Support (Trust and Safety Department)
eBay Inc

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"Ed ()"
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**  27.095  MHz is a model control frequency (et alia) - such crystals are
sold at hobby shops.

29.195 MHz is allocated to Amateur Radio license holders -  maybe you meant
27.195 another model frequency ??

27.880  MHz  is a marine CB frequency.

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**   Quite asinine  -  tell them the frequencies are ones that are on open
retail sale.

..............   Phil

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Ebay use their own methods and respond to the complaints of others. They are
frightened by such terms as "re programming" , "police" etc being used in
ads. Legally I can see their point...sort of. Their policy is to withdraw
any ads that look sus, and then let the vendor argue that they aren't.
(Labour saving ) My experience is that they will usually suggest re wording
or deleting any reference to the offending bit.
They don't really want to lose money. When I pointed out that technically
any radio is capable of being changed to do illegal things they said
perhaps, but you can't advertise the fact.
I am just waiting for a disgruntled vendor advertising that "this radio is
suitable for the budding terrorist" :))) But I suppose asio would be at
their door quicksmart. Its probably the same as making a silly joke at
airports. No one has a sense of humour anymore, we're all paranoid.
What a world !

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On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 08:45:14 +1000, "Jim"

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with airports and jokes, its not just now

I can remember being at the Brisbane airport in 1979-80 and the public
phone boxes had notices reminding of the serious penalties for
telephone bomb threats (hoax or not) involving aircraft.

Also from around that time was a sign near either the baggage drop off
or boarding area saying "please - no jokes - all statements made to
staff are taken seriously"

Actually there were quite a few hijackings, bombings and so on then
too around the world.  Seems that there is nothing new in the world,
just the names of the terrorists change, but their enemy pretty much
still seems to be the USA and its interests.

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Thats really interesting, as I went o/s in 77 and don't remember any
warnings at Sydney , London etc. Plenty of skittish guards in various
airports, landing in Bahrain (sp?) and having to draw  the blinds (I peeked
I do remember being a little worried about the IRA in the UK but thats about
it. Maybe I was too zonked out by work and flying to see it.

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