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Gaingrip.com psoyvj.com ntfdvd.com household mini excavator $179 SCAM

Ogaingrip.com psoyjv household mini excavator komatsu PC01 scamh Dear. Was browsing facebook, and a an ad for pretty attractive deal for a $179 “household excavator”  popped up.

Advertiser was “gaingrip.com” and it listed some suspicious looking site called psoyjv.com as the online store.. hmmm. is this legit? My suspicions were already aroused.

Wow. What a cheap deal…. bust be for a very cool electric and plastic kids toy at that price though, right?

It would make a great gift.. but something seemed slightly strange about it… not to mention a lot of the negative and derisive comments that had been posted on the ad. There was a lot of attention though- 800+ shares, and thousands of comments.

Couldn’t be any harm in looking anyway, right?

Of course, I was curious, so I clicked on it…  took me to a fairy dodgy and poorly designed shopify “online store” called ntfdvd.com (see screenshot below for what I mean)

Looking more closely at the “Household Excavator” that was allegedly for sale, It became pretty clear that it was no toy, and showed pictures and videos of a very expensive Komatsu PC-01 Excavator.

Komatsu’s are very high quality, and very pricey pieces of professional construction equipment.

Not a chance in a million years one could be sold for a supposed RRP of $899, let alone the insane price of $179.00 USD, or AUD.

Most likely a massive SCAM. there were other products such as DeWalt lithium tool packs that are thousands in retail stores… also selling for, you guessed it; the magical price of $179.00

Checking on Alibaba, a Komatsu PC-01 mini excavator / shovel digger sells for a whopping$5,000 – $17,000.

https://www.alibaba.com/showroom/komatsu-pc01-excavator.html

And on Alibaba, the quality and creditworthiness other sellers may be questionable in the first place, so even those prices are probably cheap in comparison.

Absolutely no chance that this was some kind of Chinese import dumping or clearance. just too cheap.

The final nail in the coffin for this being a clear scam site was the FREE SHIPPING to Australia. Yep, casual free shipping for a 3 cubic meter excavator, weighing over 700Kg at a minimum.

That alone was worth thousands. SCAM SCAM SCAMMY SCAM.

Amazingly, people were falling for it. As I watched the site for a couple minutes, the inventory dropped 10 units as the site made sales to some poor hapless people.

I added the product to cart, and went though a checkout page, putting in garbage details- all seemed legit, with credit card payment channels, so I’m thinking that buyers were just optimistic that it was real, and prepared to  launch a credit card chargeback if the seller failed to deliver… but we are most likely dealing with CRIMINALS here- so it’s a dangerous game thinking you can outsmart them at their own game.

The scam is probably not stealing $179 off you for buying a cheap fake excavator that never gets delivered, but most likely credit card detail theft, and identity theft, which is infinitely more scary and serious.

Long story short, be honest people, if its too good to be true, it just probably is a scam that will cost you time, money and stress. Don’t take the chance, and be safe online.

Hopefully this post finds a few people and saves them some major anxiety!

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Ballarat Car Boot & Farmers Market dates list 2018

Car boot and farmers markets in Ballarat and surrounds are a great morning our with family and & friends.

You never know what you might find, from fresh fruits, nuts, vegies and home cooked goodies at farmers markets, to furniture, bikes, odds and ends at bargain prices at the car boot sales.

Most have been running for years, if not decades, and are a chance to support not just local producers,Artisans, home crafters & bakers, as well as larrkin wheeler dealer hobbyist second hand merchants, but also the charities and service clubs that run them in some cases.

The markets don’t generally have set dates each month- they work off particular weeks of the month in most cases.

There are also the occasional specialist or occasional market event that is organised, such as the inaugural colossal swap meet at the Mitchell park airport each year, which will offer up a veritable treasure trove of rare and unusual goods, and tasty fare.

Visit Ballarat is a great resource for finding excellent markets in Ballarat and surrounds that might be updated more frequently than this site, so be sure to check out their website

http://www.visitballarat.com.au/events/markets

The blog eat local Ballarat is also not a bad resource; it has not been updated since 2016, but most of the information is still fairly current.

http://eatlocalballarat.com/ballarat-regional-farmers-markets/

Dates of Saturday Farmer’s Markets Ballarat, 3350 Victoria

 1st Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm: Bridgemall Farmers Market

http://bridgemallmarket.com.au

https://www.instagram.com/bridgemallfarmersmarket/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ipw3OzS-OsKEW2e_HRkDA

2nd Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm: Ballarat Farmers Market- Lake Wendouree (Lakeside, opposite the botanical gardens)

3rd Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm Creswick farmers market

http://creswickmarket.com.au/

4th Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm:  Ballarat Farmers Market- Brown Hill Hall- 357 Humffray St Nth, Brown Hill (all weather market!)

https://ballaratmarkets.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/ballaratfarmersmarket/

Dates of Regular Sunday Farmers Markets in Ballarat

3rd Sunday of every Month: Talbot Farmer’s market (Talbot 3371)

This market is a popular and varied market which basically takes over the town of Talbot, with streets closed in the “CBD” for the market.

You can get everything from fruit & veggies, to plants, or even a chook, goat or farm equipment, or clothing.

http://talbotfarmersmarket.org.au/

https://www.instagram.com/talbotfarmersmarket/

https://www.facebook.com/TalbotFarmersMarket#

EVERY Sunday! – Daylesford Sunday market

http://www.dscr.com.au/sunday-market.php

 

Dates of Regular Sunday Car boot Market in Ballarat

EVERY single Sunday, every month at the Ballarat showgrounds Run by the rotary club of Ballarat south.

There is the odd sunday where the market does not run due to a special event, the show or other reason such as extreme weather- check the facebook page to see if there’s an exception or not.

https://www.facebook.com/marketballarat/

http://www.ballaratmarket.com.au/

 

List of Occasional and special interest markets in Ballarat:

Design Exchange Market (At the mining Exchange, Lydiard Street)

Artisan clothing, crafts, sculpture, paintings & ceramics.

http://www.thedesignexchange.com.au/dates/

https://www.facebook.com/thedesignexchangemarket/

https://www.instagram.com/thedesignexchange/

Ballarat Swap Meet- Mitchell Park (airport) (19th Feb, 2019)

Possibly the biggest and most interesting market that you are ever likely to see.

Stall holders come from all around Victoria and the entire country to meet, sell wares and have a yarn.

Thousands of stalls + food and other oddments. $10/day entry fee

http://www.ballaratswapmeet.com.au/

Ballarat Springfest- Lake (November) Wendouree parade, Ballarat.

Big, bright and bashful- this market festival is a mix between agricultural show, car show& shine, and a swap meet / farmers market.

Expect to see stalls ringing the entire lake!

The annual springfest is run by rotary Ballarat.

http://ballaratspringfest.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Ballarat-248166368573606/

https://www.instagram.com/rotaryballarat/

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iinet cable broadband speed test 100Mbps+ download- the fastest internet in Ballarat, Victoria, or even Australia for homes! Better than NBN!

Question- How fast is iiNet cable broadband, delivered over the old neighborhood cable pay tv coaxial cable network in Ballarat, Mildura and Geelong?

Answer: You wouldn’t believe how damn fast and good this service is! We tested it out in Ballarat, and it definitely more than delivers on the marketing hype on TV and the billboard scattered around town! In fact, the “80-100Mbps” marketing claim is absolute RUBBISH. In reality, it’s up to 300% BETTER.

Now, that’s not something that can be said lightly, but the evidence on how good it is is quite compelling.

Not only that, but its CHEAP, especially for what you get. (they currently have a special on, for 12 the first months at $40/month with a free netphone, modem, and $70 installation)

We reviewed the service through conducting independent tests of our own, and iinet cable broadband in Ballarat delivers surprisingly,  rocketfast speeds of up to 330 Mbit downloads and around 5ombit uploads.

iiNet Cable Ballarat Speed test results verdict:

Downloads: 150 Mbps to 330 Mbps

Uploads: 40 Mbps – 50 Mbps

Ping / Latency: 9ms – 49ms

Effective file download capability of a massive 100GB per hour!

In brief, we tested the Victorian cable broadband on a number of independent internet speed testing sites recommended by the famous Australian internet and tech forum whirlpool

iiNet cable broadband consistently blew the expensive NBN service out of the water on every test we tried out.

Eventually the tests got boring. We got the picture. Cable broadband in Ballarat is probably the fastest and best value residential internet in Victoria, perhaps Australia.

For the gamers, though the connection is not absolutely stable, the ping values seen in our tests are excellent, and will deliver a premium gaming experience.

Even at full price, at $80/month…. the quality of the service seems worth it. Why would you want to pay $60-$70 a month for woefully average, unstable and unreliable NBN, when for just a few dollars more, you can have the best?

iiNet Cable internet Ballarat speed test results in detail:

Test Setup: wired CAT-5 Ethernet connection over a 5m cable directly to a Technicolor Cable Gateway Pro Model EPC3940L, which is standard equipment supplied by iiNet.  (Results on a wireless Connection will naturally be much poorer)

First test: Google internet speed test. (just type in “internet speed test” into your browser, and a button will appear in the search results that connects you to the Measurement Lab service

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We did the speed test again, directly through the Mlab site a couple hours later, and the results were fairly comparable.

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Using the independent service https://speedof.me/

This returned an excellent, but less impressive result of 157.25 Mbps download on the first try, but subsequent tests returned in excess of  an eye popping 320 Mbps !

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Next, we tried out good old telstra’s website to test out their competition. Even using a Perth server location, iinet’s Ballarat cable delivered in excess of 300 Mbps download speeds!

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Pitching the speed of cable against the Exetel online speed test engine, our cable again burned away at ridiculous speed to log a 300 Mbps download speed, with 50 Mb/ps uploads.

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Exetel’s speed test also had some more juicy information which told us what the speed measure actually meant in real download performance.

As you can see below, download transfers really moved along the line at 37Mb per second, and uploads at 6.4Mb per second.

meaning, that on iinet’s cable broadband in Ballarat, you cloud theoretically download over 133GB in a single hour, and upload 22Gb of movies to Utube.

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Last of all, we put the connection up against https://testmy.net/

Again, insane internet speed, way better than the crippled, expensive and unreliable NBN could ever hope to deliver.

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The only disturbing result form tessymy.net was that the test we conducted appeared to be a severe outlier for all iinet tests conducted by them to date.

That said, we are not comparing apples with apples here- most of the iinet tests on this site were probably done with NBN or ADSL plans, which would have no hope of competing with the sheer raw excellence that cable can deliver in our town.

It’s great to see that Ballarat has one amazing service that is far superior to what can be obtained in Melbourne!

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I think that’s more than enough speed tests for one day now.

You get the idea. Those ratty old coaxial cables which hang from the power poles around downtown Ballarat are quite a surprising little gem, and we are lucky to have access to them.

Here in Ballarat, we can obtain internet speeds that most people in the Australia can only dream about, (100-350 mbps ) and its only $40 a month at the moment for limitless, unmetered internet.

A piece of advice-

Get onto this discounted deal before iiNet discontinues it.

Its fantastic value :)

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