Ebay, Italy and the Power Translator

So I'm trying to sell my iPAQ on Ebay this week. It had a short but sweet life span while in my possession. A dear brother at work gave it to me - GAVE it to me (that's a whole 'nuther story). It was nice - the HP h5555 - complete with mp3 player, fingerprint recognizer, voice recorder, vibrate alarm, wifi, bluetooth, etc. Oh! How I loved her.

Then I dropped her.

I was playing around on it doing some work on it while serving in the nursery at our church one night. One of the babies took a tumble or something, and I jumped up to the rescue, sending my iPAQ to the cold, hard tile floor. She was gone (the iPAQ, not the baby). I can't remember who's kid that was I saved...sure hope they were worth it. :o)

Any who...I'm selling it for parts on Ebay and a few hours before the auction ends, I start getting emails from a "potential buyer" in Italy. Seems he's using "Power Translator", a program that boasts to "Translate anything easily and quickly ... ". Yeah, just not accurately.

I have included below, the entire email transaction without any editing on my part - I think you'll find it amusing.

Subject: Re: Question for item #120083446195 - HP iPAQ h5555 SCREEN & Parts

Feb 11, 2007 3:17 PM - Mario
Hi I am Mario and I am me in Italy I translate with Power Traslator Would I like to know if the motherboard is broken or the connector of feeding is only broken to understand the motherboard it is damaged? Can you tell me how much it costs me for the consignment in Italy?

I thank you a regard Mario

Feb 11, 2007 3:?? PM - Me
Thank you for looking. Shipping cost to Italy will be $25 US Dollars The motherboard is broken. The screen worked just fine before the motherboard quit working.

Feb 11, 2007 3:38 PM - Mario
is the motherboard broken as? is it broken only where the connector is settled? or the card is shattered, broken, I wanted to know if it is recoverable. the cover is broken you can answer better me Thanks Mario

Feb 11, 2007 3:50 PM - Me
I don't have enough information to answer your question, I'm sorry. The card isn't shattered, but two different computer techs told me it was irrepairable. If you win the auction, I'll be sending the whole unit, so you might be able to repair it yourself.

Feb 11, 2007 4:03 PM- Mario
I thank you but I have abdicated the auction the consignment it costs too much me, you/they have sent me material from U.S in Italy to very around $7 I thank you equally if you see the price of the consignment again I can think there


Feb 11, 2007 4:14 PM - Me
I double checked the cost via US Postal - here is the site:

They have an option for $7.50, but I thought it was for a letter only, and not a package. If I can use that option, I certainly will. I will guarantee you the lowest shipping costs that I can get, but I always am cautious not to over quote someone.
Hope this helps, thanks for the communication.


Feb 11, 2007 4:18 PM- Mario
can you send me some photos of the broken parts? do I attach you the card you can point out me on the photo what it is broken if cannot send me the photos?



Feb 11, 2007 4:40 PM - Me
Mario - here are several pictures - I just took them while also trying to take care of my 8 month old baby! :o) I do not know what parts are broken. I sent the unit to
www.pdasmart.com and they diagnosed the boards to be bad - they didn't give me details. Another tech suggested the same after looking at it. I'm afraid that is all I know. I hope the pictures will help. Thanks for your patience.


I will be leaving home for church soon, so I may not be available for questions.

Feb 11, 2007 5:21 PM- Mario
thank you for your patience I will now see the photos however you do me if I win then the auction a more economic consignment we hear again there.

Good function Aaron


Feb 11, 2007 5:33 PM- Mario
Aaron a question, has the box with all the accessories? can you close the auction before the time? do I pay you the figure where the auction has arrived, because here in Italy they are the hours 00,30 and to follow the auction I should be I wake up the whole night, can you do him/it? 39$+spedizione more economic, ok and do I pay you with paypal?

now answer me


Feb 11, 2007 5:50 PM - Me
Hi Mario-

I cannot end the auction. That is against Ebay policy.
there is no box and no accessories - only what is in the picture (battery IS included).

Thank you-

Feb 11, 2007 5:52 PM- Mario
thanks Aaron



David said...

Humorous that was to read by me.

Phil Johnson said...

You posted a day after I wrote this. One day earlier, and your post would have made a perfect link.

"Now answer me."


Aaron said...

Nicely done. Very nice.

Welcome. I'm honored. This is better than being blogspotted.

What's funny is that I fully intended to link your Chinglish post, b/c I read it before finishing my post - but I forgot. I was going to go back and add a link today, but you've saved me the trouble. Thanks!

BTW Phil - My son has attempted a sketch of the Pyro decal. I'll be posting it on his blog soon...

Good function to you both.

tnfpb said...

is are post this not real? am you are not serious. the power translator must be a pirated copy or something, yes?

Aaron, you have officially arrived on the blog scene.

Phoebe said...

Good grief. I don't know how you even understood enough to reply to him. Haha.

Very funny. Thanks for sharing.