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What's with India and the Vernier Transit?

Jonathan50
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Was looking at getting a Vernier Transit because I thought it looked interesting with all the knobs and slides. Most of these selling on the *bay are located in India. Most of those sold outside of India are replicas.

What's with India & the Vernier Transit?

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Topic starter Posted : May 10, 2021 4:00 pm
Williwaw
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Most of the replicas are made in India. 

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Posted : May 10, 2021 5:53 pm
thebionicman
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I stalk ebay quite a bit. I hsve yet to see a transit, compass or similar item come out of India that wasn't fake. Some of them look cool but as an investment they are worth scrap brass price.

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Posted : May 10, 2021 8:46 pm

NotSoMuch
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One might say that India is the China of vernier transit artistic reproductions.  😆 

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Posted : May 11, 2021 5:15 am
JPH
 JPH
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ebay is loaded with fake/knock-off items.  Whenever I buy or sell on there it's US locations only.

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Posted : May 21, 2021 5:23 am
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Peter Ehlert
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I have never sold anything on ebay.... I would be too slow with the shipping.

that said I do purchase worldwide regularly, and have had Zero problems.
If it comes from China or Hong Kong it is a bit slow.
other than that I consider it the same as buying anything sight unseen, from a total stranger.

a few weeks ago I bought a 16TB HDD, it was dead on arrival (+/- $350).
I asked for a return, it was handled promptly with a prepaid return FedEx label, and the money (every penny) was back in my PayPal account within 24 hours of them receiving it.

long story short: @jonathan50
if you want a simple open transit, with a compass, in a wooden box, with a 3.5" thread tripod.... mine needs to go.
it's kinda funky, but it cleans up well

Peter

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Posted : May 21, 2021 6:54 am
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Jim Frame
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Posted by: @peter-ehlert

I have never sold anything on ebay

I've sold a couple dozen items on eBay, and can attest that the buyer is heavily favored under eBay rules.  One item I sold as "not working, for parts only" with a no-returns policy.  The buyer decided he didn't want it, and eBay required me to accept the return and pay for return shipping.  Sheesh!

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Posted : May 21, 2021 8:08 am
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thebionicman
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@peter-ehlert

How badly does that transit need to go? I'm a hoarder. Mostly books so technically I'm a bibliophile. As a surveyor I have the typical trinkets in the office, but still lacking a vernier transit....

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Posted : May 21, 2021 12:20 pm
thebionicman
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@jim-frame

I rarely go more than a few weeks without buying something on Ebay. They do treat buyers well. I had one kid try to rip me off and Ebay made sure I got a full refund. A few other misunderstandings but the sellers made it right fast. Point being you are spot on. Ebay is a buyers market..

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Posted : May 21, 2021 12:23 pm

Peter Ehlert
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@thebionicman

I have no idea of the value. It's a Gurley, no idea what the model is. serial number 660258.
kinda rough, oxidation, but could be cleaned up and used.
http://www.surveyhistory.org/how_old_is_my_gurley1.htm says it might be a 1966 vintage.

send me a PM or email, I can grab some photos...

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Posted : May 22, 2021 6:27 am
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