View single post by Steve Stephens
 Posted: Tue Apr 24th, 2012 11:33 pm
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Steve Stephens

Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: San Anselmo, California USA
I have probably bought over 100 fans on ebay in the past 12 years and have had almost no damage and no broken or cracked cast iron parts.

When buying on ebay you HAVE to communicate to the sellers about the fragility of cast iron and make sure they pack the fans as they need to be. That doesn't always work but it can't be just luck that has gotten me all those fans with very little damage- blade and cage damage when seller could not remove the blade and/or cage. Only one blade was not fixable but the cages were.

I always prefer to buy fans at meets or elsewhere in person but many good fans do not appear at meets that I can make and do appear on ebay. Ebay is a great place to buy but the buyer and seller have added responsibilities to make sure the fan gets to the owner intact. Ebay is also a good option for we who do not live where the old fan selection is as good as in other parts of the country.