I thought someone should start a topic on Ebay bad deals since there is an Ebay good deals topic. Never thought it'd be me ;D >
I purchased a bunch of 3.5mm stereo audio jacks from a seller at a very low price, trusting the seller on "quality imports aero space quality" catch phrases. The end results are here:http://picasaweb.google.com/101109833558680146619/Knock_offs?feat=directlink
Most are not as that bad but here's my message to the seller:
These are cheap knock-off items, no way are they quality imports or aero-space quality items. Maybe the Challenger used one of them. Most of them need a shave on leftover plastic to sit flat on a PCB and positioning pins vary in height from side to side for some of them. Someone pirated an original item with a cheap mold. The plastic is brittle and three of them are very distorted. The casing of one of these three easily breaks off at my finger press. The rest of them mostly have a slight dove tail instead of square shape. I'm afraid the contacts will fly out after some usage because the casing is neither strong nor exact in size. Sorry pal. Either your eyes cheated you or else. I'm not leaving a feedback now since I can't do a neutral of negative on a power seller like you within 7 days. I'm open for solutions, except for sending everything back for another $5 and lose original shipping.
Take a look at the worst three:http://picasaweb.google.com/101109833558680146619/Knock_offs#