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Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

Old 05-05-2008, 08:14 PM
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Default Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

With so many people moving to new transmitters it seems like a lot of slightly used transmitters are on sale.
I wonder how mony people buy used Tx's to save money?
In my case I have always bought used transmitters and sale my old ones when I upgrade.
I just always buy new receivers.
Old 05-05-2008, 08:42 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I got a great buy on ebay for a 6ch.futaba well worth the price less than 90$ for the whole set,transmitter,reciever, and servos.
Old 05-05-2008, 08:48 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I bought a used futaba 9c and sold a 6exas. It was the best thing I ever did. I bought the radio from runryder and sold the radio here on rcu.
Old 05-05-2008, 08:59 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I got a sweet deal on a Futaba 9cap in perfect condition.
Old 05-05-2008, 09:26 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I just got a great deal on a Futaba 8U for under 100.00. Received it on Friday and it works great.
Old 05-05-2008, 09:34 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I have bought used transmitters, most recently a JR 8103 and a JR 9303 both for $200. I bought them from a guy I raced with he decided to get out of flying (lost interest) during divorce, I told him Iwould sell them back for the same price if he changes his mind later. I don't think I would buy used radios from someone I didn't know, too much riding on it.
Old 05-05-2008, 09:36 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

My first radio was used. I had a 5 channel Kraft.
Old 05-05-2008, 09:53 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I picked up a NIB JR 6102 transmitter, with battery, crystal, charger and paperwork for $77.00 on feebay, Futaba Sky Sport 6A which I still fly in my Sky Raider, and a steal on a Spektrum DX6 parkie radio. There are good deals, just take your time to look for them.

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Old 05-05-2008, 10:00 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I got a Futaba 9C here on RCU and I just love it. No problems at all. Good Luck, Dave
Old 05-05-2008, 10:43 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I just bought a 6 channel TX, 3 rcvrs, 7 servos, OS-70 4S, OS-40, all field box equipment imaginable, and a GP Super Sporster plane.......$150! The guy needed money I guess b/c he took my low-ball offer.

Buying used is a great way to get the extra gear for your hobby I think.
Old 05-06-2008, 06:59 AM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

My first radios were new, as they came packaged with RTF airplanes on 27 MHz or 72 MHz. They worked fine.

My first computer radio was purchased used, a Hitec Prism 7X. I got an OK deal but I really did not know what I was buying. I was caught up in a new hobby and made the buy. It did fine by me, but now that I know more I advise our new members a little differently.

Entry level computer radios, in packages, are so cheap and so capable that it does not make sense to buy a used entry level radio on the open market. It is like buying a used computer. The new ones are so cheap that buying a used one may not make sense. You have to look at what comes with it.

However buying a used transmitter from a friend or club member that you trust is different. Here part of the value is in that person being open to helping you learn to use it. The value is in the package more than the used radio itself.

If newer members are interested in by passing the entry level systsm and want to invest in a higher level transmitter, like a Futaba 9C, JR 9303, Multiplex EVO, then a lightly used can give you an entry into these higher level radios at an affordable price. But again, you have to look at the package. And don't forget that a new system comes with a warranty where a used one does not.

There is no question that there are people who are selling radios because they are broken, but more often a used sale is the result of an upgrade. Radios just don't break that often unless they have been abused. Overall they are pretty reliable.

It becomes a matter of value vs. price. That can be hard to evaluate when you are new and don't know what you need and don't know what to look for. And when you buy used equipment, it is like buying a used car, let the buyer beware.
Old 05-06-2008, 11:21 AM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

I've picked up great deals on used 72Mhz units here at RCU's marketplace.

I've paid a few hundred on gear that would have cost me thousands.

e.g. 3 x JR XP8103DT AIR's, 2 x 7203's, 1 - S10's, etc.

All of these were sent to JR for a check up, to make sure that there were no problems with them. JR's service turned them all around in a couple of weeks. JR charged me all of 9.00 for a new faceplate and bezel on one.

These are far better TX's than "entry level" models, and I paid less for them than say a typical SX600.

Thus far the sellers I've deal with have been reputable and honest.



Old 05-06-2008, 03:30 PM
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Default RE: Have you ever purchased a used trasnmitter to save money?

As I look back I have purchased 4 used transmitters.
And sold 1 new Airtronics and 2 used Futaba's
My latest purchase was a 9cap which I am waiting for as I type this.

Being able to sell a used TX is a good way to finance a new purchases.

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