When you visit a book fair, take batteries

@shelagh77 (3643)
April 25, 2007 11:05am CST
If you buy battery operated items, take some new batteries with you, then if an item is offered for sale, allegedly "perfect" you can ask to pop the batteries in and see the item working for yourself. Unfortunately, a refusal usually means that the item doesn't work, but at least you don't have to spend money to find out.
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@Darkwing (21588)
26 Apr 07
Great idea, my friend. I would never have thought to take batteries to a boot fair with me. I will next time though, even if just to see the look on their faces. lol. Brightest Blessings.
@shelagh77 (3643)
27 Apr 07
Don't forget the cam corder so you can show us Myloters how impressed the stall people were lol.
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@Darkwing (21588)
27 Apr 07
Lol... no, I won't.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
26 Apr 07
Well I have to be honest here I would never have thought of that so I am happy to take this advise as in the past I have bought things and they did not work when I got home with them Thanks for this
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@shelagh77 (3643)
27 Apr 07
Despite being blonde you are an excellent shopper so I am quite chuffed that I thought of that before you did.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 07
Hahahaha thank you dear
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
26 Apr 07
thats true also if it plugs in plug it in to see if it works . I do for people in my yard sales
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@shelagh77 (3643)
27 Apr 07
They don't usually have any electricity supply on boot fair stalls over here, and there are pretty strict rules on the resale of electrical goods too, so there are not so many at the fairs, but it really is a case of not buying unless you know the seller. Not really fair on the newbies, but you never know at these places.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 May 07
thats for sure
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
25 Apr 07
Yes well this is a great point that you have here which you can save your money and not buy basttery operated items, that will not work. But at least in Australia they have to give us back our money otherwise we can report them to fair trading so that you will get your money returned.
@shelagh77 (3643)
25 Apr 07
In theory you could get your money back from a boot fair merchant, but in practice since the item will have been bought cheaply it is often not worth the bother. That is if you can find the trader, the dodgy ones never give their names and addresses. Thankfully most of the traders are 100%honest. Also an item which worked perfectly can still go wrong if it is dropped, so the trader might not actually be selling a defective item intentionally. Anyhows, I have not got money to waste so that was my way round it lol.
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@1983tyler (508)
• United States
25 Apr 07
That is such a great idea. I would never have thought of that. Thanks.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
25 Apr 07
Yes, well guess who bought a lot of dud items before the little light went on in her brain and she thought of that one . . . The look on a seller's face is always a picture, as they really do prefer to deal with newbies lol.
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• United States
27 Apr 07
great idea. i never thought of that
@shelagh77 (3643)
29 Apr 07
Do you have any special tips that you could share to avoid becing caught by rogue traders?
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