Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.


A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Add Images & Files
    Re: A Good Sextant Buy
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2004 Mar 25, 17:34 -0500

    If you go to our website www.landandseacollection.com, and look at used
    sextants you will find a resume of prices by manufacture of actual sextant
    sales. If  that Freiberger is  really as nice as it appears in the picture,
    we would expect it to bring around $425.00 plus S&H. Only you can judge
    whether buying from someone like us, who offers return privileges, and takes
    extra care in prepping an instrument for sale, and actually testing it,
    writing a detailed description, warts and all, is worth the extra money.
    Saying we have never had a sextant damaged is like a boater saying he has
    never run aground. Somewhere along the line it is almost inevitable. I flew
    planes for 21 years before I crashed, and got injured. We have had models
    damaged in shipment, and now double box some of them. Out of 230 shipments
    since last SEP,  4 models were damaged.  With a damaged shipment, we take
    control immediately and make the claim and do everything possible to recoup.
    We do not expect the customer to do any of this. We immediately ship a
    replacement at no cost to the customer. Once, we had to order a replacement.
    If you dig into our Feedbacks and look carefully you will find those whose
    misfortune it was to receive a damaged model.
    In the case of a sextant, you have three levels of protection in the way
    they we pack them. I can't say never, but the likelihood is less. I have a
    great series of pictures of a sextant that was improperly packed by someone
    else which if you want I'll send you.
    I hope this answers your questions. Renee,
    Joel Jacobs
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Renee Mattie" 
    Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 3:22 PM
    Subject: Re: A GOOD SEXTANT BUY
    > I scrolled through some of the negative feedback on this guy.
    > It would seem that he does not understand the products he sells,
    > that he is not careful in the words he uses to describe them
    >   (vintage = repro? calibrated = he can set IC to 0 at 0degrees?)
    > that he is not careful when he photographs things,
    > that he sometimes reuses photos of similar items,
    > that he doesn't pack carefully,
    > that he is rude to customers when they call to complain,
    > and that he has a poor command of the English language.
    > His emails are often rejected by customers' servers
    > (perhaps his ISP is on one or more spam
    > blocking lists?)
    > 97.5% of the time, things work out OK.
    > I am considering buying a sextant, but
    > I am not sure I would want to take the
    > 2.5% risk of disaster by dealing with
    > this seller.  Even at a discount.
    > I guess other potential buyers have
    > declined to bid once they have read
    > about his poor business practices.
    > Which might explain the discount.
    > Joel,
    > I read your comments about packing costs.
    > What percentage of your shipments are damaged
    > in transit?  Do you call your customers
    > names when they call to report it?
    > If you and he were offering essentially
    > identical items, would I be better off
    > paying more to get it from you?  I'm
    > no actuary, but it sounds like an actuarial
    > question to me.
    > Renee

    Browse Files

    Drop Files


    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site