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I bought a little piece of "electronics" from xxxxx and I'm pleased to say it came not from the red commies in what they call China, but from Taipei Taiwan, from real Americans.
Unfortunately it won't work. It's a 2.5mm TRS x 2 to TRRS adapter and the two holes are too close to plug in both plugs. I could probably trim the plugs but I don't want to trim a $22 Koss headset just to make a $1.29 adapter work. Yes, it's cheap, but I think with the search terms I could think of, it was actually the only one I found for sale, on ebay or Amazon. Other than not fitting, it came on time and looks nice. I guess I could have measured the plug and jack on the photo and calculated the spacing, but I didnt' think to do that. And it's only $1.29. https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5mm-Stereo-Splitter-Audio-Male-to-Earphon-Microphone-Adapter-PC-Laptop-NEW89/172247591343?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
This is interesting: It has 5 ratings, a 5, 3, 2, two 4's but no 1's and every rating says the ports are too close together. The 5 and one 4 were able to use it anyhow. Seems to me I should give it a 1, but these other people make me hesitate. Right now its average is 3.6 which seems to high for something 4 of us can't use.
Are the ratings so hiigh because ebay averages Description, Shipping Cost and Shipping Time? and then round? I think they do. If not, how to they get 1,2,3,4,5 when they have Negative, Positive, and Neutral? and up to 5 stars for those 3 things, Seller Communication, and other things in certain circumstances. I would have given 5 stars for cost and time, and 1 for description, but that makes my average 3.6. Why does it matter how quickly it comes if it can't work
How is it that I can review it on the for-sale page and also review it after I buy it? Do I really get to review it twice?
Ebay has two others for sale, also too small.
The 2.5mm TRS x 2 to USB adapter I bought earlier has the holes 50% farther apart and works fine. Bought it to use speech to text (which required a better headset (microphone), but the Koss CS-100 was good enough) which BTW, only works for 10 words at a time with Notepad++ but works for much longer periods (maybe continuous) with the OpenOfffice or maybe it was the LibreOffice word processor.
I bought a CD on ebay and I got it 4 days later, but "For cardboard, he cut up a box from USPS Priority Mail, basically stole the box " I rated him 5 stars on the items with stars, but neutral in total, because it's not the first time someone has used stolen Priority Mail boxes instead of getting old liquor boxes or anything else.
This is very interesting. It came only 18 days ago and I can't remember what they are talking about, but I think I will eventually. Oh, yeah. Delivered on Aug 17, 2018 Tracking number 9400111899223183705755 We had to remove this listing from the site and you're not required to complete the transaction. If you've already sent payment, the sale should process as normal and you don't have anything to worry about. If you have any questions about delivery, please check tracking or contact your seller. If you run into any trouble along the way eBay is here to help. Please visit the Resolution Center to help resolve any problems you may encounter. This item has been shipped.
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On Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 3:41:06 PM UTC-4, micky wrote:

Just tell the seller what's wrong with it and they will typically refund your money and not want the $1 item back.

If it won't work for what it's intended to be used for and you have no reason to think the plugs you have are bigger than what a plug should be, then I'd rate it the lowest. Too bad you didn't read the reviews first.

I think the star system is for the rating of the product, not the vendor. So, IDK what they take do or do not take into account. Also it looks to me like the product rating is across multiple vendors. Which could be OK if it's an Apple iPhone X or something similarly specific. But when it's an adapter or similar, there could be different varieties, different manufacturers and I suspect the rating is across all of them.

IDK that I've even actually reviewed the product itself, but I do see those ratings.

How do you know it was a stolen Priority Mail box and not one that he received something in and then used that box for cardboard packing material? Would seem most people have all kinds of junk cardboard sitting around that they can use for packing, without need to resort to unused Priority Mail boxes.

So, with that one Ebay must have booted the seller or the listing for violations. I got that kind of message once too. One thing on Ebay, it's heavily weighted in the buyer's favor. I read stories of sellers getting screwed all the time by buyers and Ebay sides with the buyers forcing them to do a refund. A clear example of the Ebay bias is that years ago Ebay changed it so that a seller can't leave neutral or negative feedback for a buyer, only positive feedback. That means buyers can do as they please and there is no way it will ever show up on their feedback rating. If someone is requesting a refund because they claim it's damaged, won't work, as a seller you have no way of knowing if they pull this on every fourth thing they buy or if they have never done it before. But as a buyer you can leave negative or neutral feedback. And FYI, if you leave neutral feedback, in terms of their feedback rating, it's calculated in the same as a negative.
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