How I just sold a pair of vintage loudspeakers. And wonder what's "playing in the background."

@TheHorse (157390)
Walnut Creek, California
June 26, 2022 12:29am CST
I just sold a pair of vintage loudspeakers. They are called Acoustic Research AR2axs. They came to me for free because a friend of a friend had passed away. I restored the walnut cabinets, tested them, and declared them working except of the potentiometers (treble and tweeter controls) that are often dead on early 1970s Acoustic Research speakers. I listed them at an inflated price of $425 on Craigslist. My goal was to get about $250 for them. Tonight, a young Vietnamese man came by and picked them up. He spoke very little English, but enough to ascertain that all of the drivers were working. He drove a very nice pick-up truck. The price: $250. My Filipino audio geek (fellow audio geek) friend has taught me that the Vietnamese buyers like to buy vintage American audio gear cheap, and ship it to Vietnam, where it can be "fixed" for next to nothing. There is burgeoning middle class in Vietnam and they love vintage American stereo gear. I suppose that's what I was caught up in this evening. I just hope that the shiny bills he gave me are good, and that I made $250 for some very basic restoration work.
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@DaddyEvil (87119)
• United States
26 Jun
Raise the bills, one at a time, to a light. In a hundred dollar bill, you'll see the plastic strip in it on the left hand side when looking at the face of the bill. With a fifty dollar bill, you'll see that strip on the right hand side of the bill just past the face of it. Very nice sale, pony.
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• Redlands, California
26 Jun
@DaddyEvil Or just get a black light, black light is much simpler. They said I did not learn anything in bar school.
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@DaddyEvil (87119)
• United States
26 Jun
@crossbones27 How often do people have a black light handy?
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• Redlands, California
26 Jun
@DaddyEvil Bartenders bar around corner and plus we talking about the Horsey, he shoots shots in between every song he plays.
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@jstory07 (122561)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Jun
Good job on selling the loudspeakers.
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@TheHorse (157390)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Jun
A little more space in my house.
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@luisga814 (4630)
• Quezon City, Philippines
26 Jun
Is that still working? That's cool to have that vintage speaker.
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@TheHorse (157390)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Jun
They are working except for the potentiometers.
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@luisga814 (4630)
• Quezon City, Philippines
26 Jun
@TheHorse Cool.
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@SonjaRae (10810)
• United States
26 Jun
I have the counterfeit detection pens. If you do a lot of selling like that and need one, I can send you one.
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@DaddyEvil (87119)
• United States
26 Jun
I explained the cheap way to detect counterfeit bills.
@SonjaRae (10810)
• United States
26 Jun
@DaddyEvil Okay??? And I have a box of the pens. Your point? I'm sure Horse also knows to make sure Mickey Mouse isn't the face on the Twenty!
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@DaddyEvil (87119)
• United States
26 Jun
@SonjaRae Do you think I should have mentioned that?
• Philippines
26 Jun
That is Interesting, Nice
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@DaddyEvil (87119)
• United States
27 Jun
Yup! Here you are!
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• Philippines
27 Jun
@DaddyEvil yes Im here it was my response when I just landed on myLot
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@DaddyEvil (87119)
• United States
27 Jun
@DevMrSamEleazar I understand. Let me send you that pm now.
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@TheSojourner (51499)
• United States
26 Jun
Congrats on making that great sale.
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@TheHorse (157390)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Jun
Thanks.I just talked to my Filipino stereo geek buddy Ric. He told me that the Vietnamese buyers wind up putting speakers like the ones I just sold in huge crates. They are shipped to Vietnam for a good price. So they won't wond up in a "loving American home." But they will wind up being enjoyed by a Vietnamese middle-class audiophile months down the road.
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• United States
26 Jun
@TheHorse As long as they will be loved and enjoyed is the most important thing, imho.
@Ufvbru (24)
26 Jun
Sales wonderful
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@FourWalls (45615)
• United States
26 Jun
How about myLot helping you make $250.25!!!! If you’re ever in the neighborhood bring your stuff and work on my cedar chest. I’ll give you a cot to sleep on and all the Mexican food you can eat at Chuy’s!
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@wolfgirl569 (58131)
• Marion, Ohio
26 Jun
Hope the bills are good. Shipping is costly anymore so he still has to put money in them.
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@BarBaraPrz (37545)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
26 Jun
So, what is playing in the background?
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@LindaOHio (99276)
• United States
26 Jun
Congrats on the sale. Have a good Sunday.
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@allen0187 (56488)
• Philippines
26 Jun
Grats on the sale! Hope there are more to come for you my friend.
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@LadyDuck (400204)
• Switzerland
26 Jun
Buy a counterfeit detection pen if you often get cash, it is cheap and at least you know you are not scammed.
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@Beestring (3023)
• Hong Kong
26 Jun
This is a fair deal for both the customer and you. Agree?
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@crossbones27 (44278)
• Redlands, California
26 Jun
Contrary to popular belief Asians just love American things for some reason. I do not know about China but imagine its the same once you get past the noise of their dictators.
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@Nakitakona (50802)
• Philippines
5 Jul
Vintage items are sold in a high price for they're antique
@xander6464 (35383)
• Wapello, Iowa
30 Jun
Not bad. You should open a shop in Saigon.
@JudyEv (282822)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun
That's good that you were able to sell them.
@Kouponkaren (4188)
• United States
27 Jun
Excellent deal for you. Hooray and congrats on your sale. I love it when I have sales but I don't sell on Craigslist, just eBay.
@GardenGerty (146326)
• United States
27 Jun
Well reading through this I learned a bit about Vietnamese culture, and how to check for counterfeit bills. Your $250 profit profited me in different ways.