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Clive Forder
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20.Jul.13 15:32

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Reply  |  You aren't logged in. (Guest)   1 I have been I member of this big internet auction site for over three months. It covers all the countries of Latin America. I have been searching mostly for old radios . My only purchase to date was an Omega watch from a private seller in Brazil, a pleasantly smooth transaction paid via Paypal. As far as collectable radios are concerned, by far the biggest sources on this site are Brazil and Argentina, searches to-day scoring 7,176 and 2,310 - plenty of scope for browsing. For restorers, large numbers of valves/tubes are also for sale - count for to-day being approximately 1500 (BR) and 2,000 (ARG). The site closely follows the usual layout, including both "auction" and "buy-it-now" formats, the latter by far the commonest. There is also an excellent Android version, with English sign-up and basic instructions. Otherwise the main site is in Spanish for all countries except Brazil (Portuguese.) Valve sets predominate but with fair numbers of transistor sets also.Mostly world-wide brands but with some very interesting local production . Knowledge of Spanish is, of course, very useful. ( I found that Spanish could also be used conversing by email with Brazilian sellers.) I never tried English but inevitably the international (generally trade) sellers should be proficient. To help, here are the preferred, and most effective in terms of hits, search terms to use. For VINTAGE RADIO = rádio antiga (Portuguese), radio antiguo (Spanish). For VALVES/TUBES = válvula de rádio (Portuguese), válvula electrónica (Spanish.) On all sites just searching on the word "transistor" can produce lots of intetesting hits or just makers' names e.g. "Sony, Grundig" etc..
  
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