Undersized speaker wire can damage an amplifier. I also don't like getting
cheated, and that's what this was. Open and outright fraud with 14GA marked
clearly on cable that's nowhere near it. The differences in the wire's
usefulness are detailed here:
2 ohms 4 ohms 8 ohms
18 Gauge 8 Feet 16 Feet 32 Feet
16 Gauge 12 Feet 24 Feet 48 Feet
14 Gauge 20 Feet 40 Feet 80 Feet*
IIRC, Amazon didn't list the country of manufacture. My feeling is one way
to keep jobs in the US is to have Customs seize all the wire in this
seller's inventory as counterfeit. Then HE will have to look for a better
product. Marking a product to make it look like another product of higher
quality is counterfeiting. If the vendors of this Chinese junk took a hit
in the wallet, maybe they'd think twice about selling it. Same it true if
Amazon takes a hit for selling counterfeit and fraudlent junk that could
damage someone's stereo system. Maybe if this vendor had to pay for anyone
who blew out their stereo, they'd choose better suppliers.
I've had pretty good luck with Amazon, up until now and I am sure that they
will make things right for *me* but I am concerned that they won't demand
the seller stop selling the counterfeit items. That bothers me because the
seller's response seems to indicate the knew about this issue and continued
to list the item as 14GA because their supplier "demanded" it.
I've gotten seconds in the book department, FWIW. A book with miscut and
folded over pages in the middle. My point is that if no one complains,
nothing will get any better. That's why I want to make this an open and
shut case that even a non-electrically inclined person can see is a cheat
from the evidence I'm going to provide. Just having to take my time to
create evidentiary photos puts me in the hole in terms of money and time
expended vs. value, but I think it's important to stop idiots like this from
selling 18GA wire as 14GA.
I don't deal with Ebay anymore because of the rampant fraud - batteries
labeled at three times their actual capacity, items labeled as working that
are DOA, etc. However, I got some awesome deals from Ebay like a powerchair
for my dad that was 1/10 the cost of a new one and a van with a
self-deploying wheelchair ramp. Ebay was also great for buying up multiples
of things I depend on (used Nikon 950's and Panasonic voice recorders that
have a control interface that surpasses anything else I've seen on the
market). No one can beat Ebay for cheap flashlights of all kinds
(flashlight junkie!), PCMCIA cards for older laptops, etc. It's when they
decided to become a marketplace for ultra-cheap crap that they became
unusable for me. Ebay showed not a whit of concern when I repeatedly
pointed out their vendors were selling counterfeits. Their position was "if
you got *your* money back, then what's the problem?"
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