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 Post subject: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 4:48 pm 
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-FLUKE-17B- ... 2749.l2649

I bought one anyway I just could not resist.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 5:03 pm 
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Something fishy, as there’s a seller right below selling for $129 that uses the identical picture???

If it looks too good to be true, ...

Good luck though.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 5:06 pm 
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This quote from the ad might answer your question:
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2.This meter is made by FLUKE manufacturer in China. Now China Fluke manufactures don't provide printed English user manual. The meter comes with an English user manual printed by us.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 5:13 pm 
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Just yesterday I wrote Fluke asking about counterfeits and they wrote back saying to avoid anything sold on ebay. Here's a link to their certified sellers https://www.fluke.com/en-us/where-to-buy
On a related note original Fluke's have an excellent warranty. I just sent in my Fluke 87V for repair and had it returned in a week (new PCA board and full calibration). They even paid for the return shipping. Their customer service is amazing.
Keith


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 5:18 pm 
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Yes it is, but it's made for the Chinese market. The back labels are all in Chinese. It's not supposed to be exported, but is anyway. That's why it doesn't come with an English manual. You also won't get a warranty with that version.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 5:26 pm 
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When and if I receive it I will compare it to my other Fluke meters. For $13.00 I do not think I am taking a big risk.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 5:30 pm 
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Real Fluke made for the Chinese market. Good meter but don't expect any warranty support from Fluke USA. Manuals only in Chinese. As mentioned above, Fluke has outstanding support for their meters. I sent in my 289 for an issue with the Lo Ohms mode on my meter, they replaced my main board, updated the unit with the latest firmware and included full calibration without any cost to me except for shipping charges to them.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 5:42 pm 
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I just pulled the trigger on this as well. I am more curious to see if it is real or not. And you can never have too many meters.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 5:49 pm 
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For 14 bucks, I can forgo the warranty.
I ordered one more out of curiosity than anything else.
I will probably do a little minor disassembly just to inspect the overall build quality. Might be worth it just for the leads. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 6:08 pm 
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I'm going to buy the Beach Wear Swim Trunks Boxer Shorts at $166 USD (1295 HKD).

The seller feedback ratings looks to be a little suspicious to me... I hope you get your meter. The price is extremely low for that model. Good luck!

https://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI. ... ckAsSeller


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 7:36 pm 
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scam,, you will never get it, the account may have been hacked


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 7:49 pm 
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This is a scam. They also have welders for $25 with free shipping from China :roll: Don't waste you time and money.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 8:12 pm 
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For that price I hope you didn't get scammed. My 15B+ shares the same manual as the 17B+,18B+,but the manual doesn't tell you much,mostly safety type warnings. The box it came in actually has more information about the meter ranges,etc. I bought mine from Amazon.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 8:21 pm 
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The same seller has a welder at a ridiculous price, $23 instead of the $599 list price. I sent an email asking how come such a price. We shall see if I get an answer. For $23 I would certainly buy a 200 A welder complete with accessories and free shipping.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 8:27 pm 
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Hijacked account, no doubt. Report it to eBay. If it is fraud, you will get your money back from eBay's buyer protection plan. He is selling that meter for less than what the HV fuses would cost to replace.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 8:47 pm 
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One the other hand weird deals can be found, Davy Jones from eev blog found a process meter calibrator for just $9.00. He tore it apart and it was full of pricey parts. https://www.eevblog.com/2019/09/29/eevblog-1248-insane-a-0-02-process-meter-for-9-wtf/


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 8:54 pm 
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keith49vj3 wrote:
One the other hand weird deals can be found, Davy Jones from eev blog found a process meter calibrator for just $9.00. He tore it apart and it was full of pricey parts. https://www.eevblog.com/2019/09/29/eevblog-1248-insane-a-0-02-process-meter-for-9-wtf/


True... I missed out on that great deal but that and others can be found.

In the case of the Fluke for 13.99, it seems like the seller built up the account for scamming since it has feedback of items at ridiculous prices. Typical hijacked accounts show a different type of behavior on purchases and selling.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 11:03 pm 
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I have to call bull. Even if they used free slave labor they could not make a meter of Fluke quality anywhere in the world and sell it for that. Like someone selling a 2019 Cadillac for 2000$, if it looks so obviously too good to be true.......

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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sat 28, 2019 11:20 pm 
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In spite of all the naysayers out there, ebay will refund the money if the merchandise isn't on time or as advertised. So it's their problem.

I ran into that with a Canadian who was selling cookware at a low price. Ebay stepped in and gave me my money back. Also in many cases where I was dissatisfied with what I got, they also refunded. So it appears that we as buyers have little to lose with these scammers, if indeed that's what they are. In fact, it seems that ebay won't even bother to investigate if the amount involved is small.

If and when I get a reply to my email I will decide about ordering the welder.

They have some Fluke items but not high end, and therefore no interest. I have too many similar meters as it is.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this a real fluke?
PostPosted: Dec Sun 29, 2019 12:43 am 
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I ordered one and will tear it down when it arrives and post the results. Really curious, but I suspect this is 100% fake.

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