Stringpot--easy way to measure distance (linear distance transducer)

I have a "stringpot" for sale on Ebay. In case you are not familiar with one of these, they are an easy way to measure distance accurately.
It is also formally called a linear distance transducer. It is a very rugged unit, has never been used and sold for $540. If you need to measure dynamic changes in distances of up to 30 inches, this is one of the easiest ways to do it. See it here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item870244423&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT
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