BLF Lantern Purchase/Followup Information - Group Buy list is Closed!!!!

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I have an issue. I’ve already posted my question back to Sofirn using the PM they originally sent my code to. But, I’ve been waiting for an answer and I’m getting just a little bit impatient, so I’ll post it here as well. Crazy

I received an Amazon discount code for ordering one LT1 lantern. I’m expecting to get my other two codes later. Since I have a balance in my PayPal account that I’d like to spend, I decided to try using eBay to purchase a lantern instead. As some of you will remember, Sofirn made some lanterns available at the Amazon store, some at eBay, and some at AliExpress. I used the official instruction, which was to use the eBay “Make an Offer” link to request the GB price, and leave a comment with my BLF user ID. After that, Sofirn was supposed to agree to the price and proceed with the sale. I checked back on my eBay account a short while later, and my offer was rejected. The seller had noted that I was given an Amazon code by PM and I should use that to purchase my LT1. I don’t really have a lot of extra money to spend right now. I was really expecting to be able to use PayPal, where I have a balance available which is enough to purchase my lanterns. Is there any possibility of buying through Amazon and still paying with PayPal? Amazon doesn’t have PayPal as a payment option, do they?

Try contacting Barry0892 by PM. He’s coordinating everything from the Sofirn side. According to him you should be able to buy from any of the 3 sites.

Well, I got a response from the Sofirn account that sent the codes. The response:
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Hello, of course, your can use the code on amazon and pay it via paypal.
Well, I guess that’s not very helpful, since Amazon not only doesn’t accept PayPal as a payment method, but won’t even acknowledge the term “PayPal” in their help menu at all. I seriously could find no mention of it when trying to find an answer. I responded to the PM and advised Sofirn that since Amazon helpfully sent the order through before giving me a chance to check the payment type, I might need to cancel the order and get a refund if they charge my debit card.

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Is it not possible to transfer the PayPal balance to the bank account/card associated with your PayPal? I have done this in the past with no additional fees, but it has a been a while so the process may have changed.

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I was sent a code for a lantern without batteries. I replied stating I would like batteries and was sent another code. I couldn’t find an option for the LT1 with batteries on Amazon.us but I did find it on Amazon.de. BUT the code didn’t work.

I found the listing on eBay and submitted an offer for £62.99 including a message with my username but the offer expired this morning without any reply from Sofirn.

Anyone else struggling?

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theoldbill wrote:
I was sent a code for a lantern without batteries. I replied stating I would like batteries and was sent another code. I couldn’t find an option for the LT1 with batteries on Amazon.us but I did find it on Amazon.de. BUT the code didn’t work.

I found the listing on eBay and submitted an offer for £62.99 including a message with my username but the offer expired this morning without any reply from Sofirn.

Anyone else struggling?


Took them three attempts to get a working code for one with batteries to me, but got there in the end. On amazon.de, free delivery to UK. Just keep asking!

Sometimes worth trying a different browser too. And ensure that you haven’t bought another, or that one is sitting in a basket in another window, as it may then assume you have your allocation of one. And don’t have one with, one without in your basket either….

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theoldbill wrote:
I found the listing on eBay and submitted an offer for £62.99 including a message with my username but the offer expired this morning without any reply from Sofirn.

Anyone else struggling?


I had the exact same issue.
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When making an offer on EBay on the weekend — Change the default time the offer is open from 1 day to 2 days to take into account the weekend. This way the offer won’t expire before they return to work.

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theoldbill wrote:
I was sent a code for a lantern without batteries. I replied stating I would like batteries and was sent another code. I couldn’t find an option for the LT1 with batteries on Amazon.us but I did find it on Amazon.de. BUT the code didn’t work.

I found the listing on eBay and submitted an offer for £62.99 including a message with my username but the offer expired this morning without any reply from Sofirn.

Anyone else struggling?

Usually on weekends they don’t respond, try sending again on Monday or during the week.

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My code didn’t work because of the letter ‘x’, I deleted it, wrote it again and it worked, the version sent seemed to have a multiplication symbol rather than a real letter.

Might help someone?

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Beats me why they don’t make the same code work for either listing (lantern alone or in package with batts). They’d eliminate a ton of fuss and bother on both ends.

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Amazon’s code generator might not work that way, though, especially if you’re using one-shot codes instead of multi-use codes.

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My code didn’t work because of the letter ‘x’, I deleted it, wrote it again and it worked, the version sent seemed to have a multiplication symbol rather than a real letter.

Might help someone?

I noticed this before and when I asked Sofirn they said that they are just copying and pasting the codes as they get them from Amazon. Either Amazon is sending weird codes (unlikely would be my guess) or it has something to do with how they are copying and pasting what they are getting.

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Making an offer Friday and it was accepted saturday , worked here. Gave them my user ID here in the message section.

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I think my situation might be cleared up now. I’ve been told to re-submit the ‘offer’ on eBay and it should be accepted this time. So, I just did that and waiting for them to get it. Party

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Recieved my code and placed my order. Jammin

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I think I saw one person (Mtn Don) who purchased on amazon got a shipping notice. I bought mine on Thursday evening PDT on ebay, still no shipping notice. Hoping by morning.

Has anyone seen one shipped from ebay?

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“Amazon order”

Ordered Saturday, October 12
Shipped today 10/13

Arriving November 7 – December 2

Tracking info provided by Sofirn
Shipped with China Post

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thx chinooker. A few other folks have mentioned in another LT1 thread that theirs have shipped from amazon purchases. Maybe they have a priority for some reason. I’ve waited a couple years, I can wait a few more weeks. But I am really looking forward to it.

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Got a china post tracking number on mine. Nov 7 or later

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The tricky question arises, is the group buy price $49.99 or $50.00 ?

P.S. … i guess $49.99 …

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WooHoo! I just checked eBay and the LT1 was ready for me to purchase at GB price, so I paid up. Now to wait. The eBay estimated delivery schedule is Nov 7 – Nov 19. It would be great to get it a little sooner. We’ll see.

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Jinx wrote:
My code didn’t work because of the letter ‘x’, I deleted it, wrote it again and it worked, the version sent seemed to have a multiplication symbol rather than a real letter.

That is caused by the way BLF formats messages in its “simple post editor”. If x is in the middle of a number, it’s replaced by a multiplication symbol. This can be avoided by wrapping the text in something to tell it not to do any markup, but people don’t know to do that until after tripping over it a few times.

So, for example:

  • 1×123 has a multiplication symbol
  • 1x123 has a real “x”

The difference? I put a double-equal sign around the second one to turn off formatting.

  • 1x123 becomes 1×123
  • ==1x123== becomes 1x123

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My first LT1 ordered via Ebay was shipped today and I received a tracking number.

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My eBay one got moved to shipped Estimated delivery Wed, Nov 06 – Mon, Nov 18. Can’t wait.

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atobe wrote:
My eBay one got moved to shipped Estimated delivery Wed, Nov 06 – Mon, Nov 18. Can’t wait.

Ok, I’m in the US and bought on ebay, so maybe mine will ship soon too . . . .

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ToyKeeper wrote:
Jinx wrote:
My code didn’t work because of the letter ‘x’, I deleted it, wrote it again and it worked, the version sent seemed to have a multiplication symbol rather than a real letter.

That is caused by the way BLF formats messages in its “simple post editor”. If x is in the middle of a number, it’s replaced by a multiplication symbol. This can be avoided by wrapping the text in something to tell it not to do any markup, but people don’t know to do that until after tripping over it a few times.

So, for example:

  • 1×123 has a multiplication symbol
  • 1x123 has a real “x”

The difference? I put a double-equal sign around the second one to turn off formatting.

  • 1x123 becomes 1×123
  • ==1x123== becomes 1x123

This happened to me, works now. Thank you!

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Jinx wrote:
My code didn’t work because of the letter ‘x’, I deleted it, wrote it again and it worked, the version sent seemed to have a multiplication symbol rather than a real letter.

Might help someone?

Great tip. Thanks Jinx.

ToyKeeper wrote:

That is caused by the way BLF formats messages in its “simple post editor”. If x is in the middle of a number, it’s replaced by a multiplication symbol. This can be avoided by wrapping the text in something to tell it not to do any markup, but people don’t know to do that until after tripping over it a few times.

So, for example:

  • 1×123 has a multiplication symbol
  • 1x123 has a real “x”

The difference? I put a double-equal sign around the second one to turn off formatting.

  • 1x123 becomes 1×123
  • ==1x123== becomes 1x123

And thank you TK for the explanation.

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Ordered LT1 no batteries from ebay on 10/10, shipped 10/15. Thumbs Up

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I got a tracking number from eBay, some time this morning, or maybe overnight. Now, it shows actually shipped! Party

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Give me a code already and take my money!

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