For sale rig verification

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From time to time there are posts here and on other venues from persons selling Flex Radio equipment. 

Is there, or could there be, a system at FRS that can verify via serial number, name, call, or email address, etc. whether or not said piece of equipment offered for sale is legit?

i.e. could someone call and check "does JoeHamXYZ@fraudulentequipment.org  really own a Flex-6700, and does it have a clean bill of health as far as FRS is concerned?"  (has the owner called in with a fried rig and declined service...was it reported stolen...etc?)

Even a simple cross-reference of the database to confirm that a person really DOES own the rig (Or DID own it) would be extremely helpful.

Thoughts?

Ken - NM9P
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Ken - NM9P, Employee

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KF4HR

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I would imagine FRS could provide initial ownership information, although from a privacy standpoint, I doubt FRS would want to distribute such information.  Also with Flex equipment constantly changing hands I can't see how FRS could keep track of who owns what. 
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It would be ideal but with the privacy laws these days I doubt Flex should get involved unless the owner signed a release etc. I am not an lawyer but i did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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..."I am not an lawyer but i did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night..."

LOL!  Best line of the morning!
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W8QB

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Trust is important for both parties to a purchase transaction.  In my case, I am considering selling my one month old no issues/pristine condition 6400M, but probably would do so only within the context of a Dallas-area face to face meeting with payment in the form of a cashier's check drawn on a major U.S. bank.  If anyone is interested, offers can be sent to w8qb@arrl.net .  I will consider serious offers only, and will need to speak with prospective buyers beforehand by phone before considering a personal meeting, and there will be no replies to low-ball offers.  
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I didn't realize this was a for sale board :-)
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W8QB

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On this board, do a search on the term “for sale””.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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It isn't a for sale board, but from time to time a long-time flex user will share sale information with others in the group as they upgrade, etc.
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Wayne

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There would be a fee for that and the buyer would have to provide ALL the details the callsign, the owners name, the serial number since privacy would prevent flex from releasing that info but they could confirm the info the caller provided is correct.

Now what happens when a person sells a flex to a private party and as so many do ignore updating Flex Radio since the warranty has already expired there is no need to and no requirement to do so.

Now the buyer calls in pays the fee and Flex says I'm sorry that information does not match what we have on record, so the seller is legit, the buyer is legit, but now the buyer tells the seller he is not legit.

What a bag of worms.

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Official Response
In order to protect our customer's privacy, we will not confirm ownership of any radio that was purchased from us.
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Exactly!