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Diapositivo
02-15-2013, 07:31 AM
http://www.repubblica.it/persone/2013/02/15/foto/fotografia_maxi_collezione_di_macchine_vintage_in_ saldo_su_ebay-52711099/1/?ref=HRESS-4#1

A lot of around 1000 vintage cameras is on sale on eBay.
The base price is not really contained, some $30 - 40 per piece, but might be interesting.

If somebody is a repairer there's a life of work here refurbishing the cameras and re-selling them on auction sites with a nice profit.

batwister
02-15-2013, 09:52 AM
:laugh: at image #5 - as if we're entering a tomb! Is he stood between two cabinets?

Where's the eBay link?

kbrede
02-15-2013, 11:04 AM
Here it is:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/190796013023?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

abeku
02-15-2013, 11:12 AM
Oops! I touched the "Buy it now" button! :-)

jgwetworth
02-15-2013, 11:16 AM
Holy crap! Just about all I can say about those pictures.

summicron1
02-15-2013, 11:24 AM
i saw that -- saw one rollei tlr, if he had more cameras worth bothering with you can bet he'd show them.

Look closely, most of that stuff is the sort of thing you can buy for $10 at a thrift store -- repairing and reselling at a profit is not going to work with this stuff. This guy obviously was a hoarder -- he bought everything, no matter what. I guess it's not as messy as hoarding cats, not as flammable as hoarding newspapers.

the per-camera price at bid works out to $35 each -- far too high for most of those.

Jim17x
02-15-2013, 12:04 PM
At the most.. $5k with shipping..

Marc B.
02-15-2013, 01:27 PM
And, so far, (2 1/2 hours until auction close), only one (1) bidder - with zero (0) feedback!
I know everybody using *Bay started with zero feedback, but on a sale like this,
I would be very suspicious as a seller to someone with zero feedback.
I bet we'll probably see this sale re-posted in the coming weeks.

Too pessimistic?

Marc

batwister
02-15-2013, 01:39 PM
'Selling to fund divorce.'

nicholai
02-15-2013, 01:44 PM
I saw a speed graphic and some rollei and mamiya tlrs, and five (!!!) polaroid pathfinders. thats the only things visible to me, that is really worth something.

Diapositivo
02-15-2013, 06:06 PM
An auction like this should be prepared better and probably sold through Sotheby's or Christie's or somebody of the same experience.
I wouldn't make an offer without a proper inspection de visu of the material.
The lack of a proper list of items is certainly not very inspiring.

If the cameras really were as the seller says (Many cameras are in working condition. Most of them have a great cosmetic condition) there would certainly be margin for profit.

Jim17x
02-15-2013, 07:20 PM
Its already relisted.. After 2 hours! Maybe the one bid came from him trying to give the impression that there is interest in the auction.. He also raised the shipping from $1k to $2k..

Two23
02-15-2013, 07:50 PM
I didn't see anything in the pile that looked at all interesting. Looked like a bunch of Argus and other cheaper cameras. Didn't see any Leicas, and only one or two Rolleis. No thanks. My taste is for gear much older than that relatively modern stuff. I'd rather have one $34,000 Gireaux sliding box camera with a Chevalier lens than all that 1960s junk. Or, 1 clean 1920s Leica Model 1.


Kent in SD

Barry S
02-15-2013, 08:07 PM
It looks like a random accumulation of cameras. I went to a local sale of a similar "collector"--it was a little scary. There's a certain pathology at work and it's unsettling. Like this seller, there was a ton of random junk and a very small number of desirable cameras. No one will buy this collection at anything near the asking price and no major auction house will have any interest. It will end up with the estate sale folks--sooner or later.

Marc B.
02-16-2013, 01:11 AM
...Its already re-listed...He also raised the shipping from $1k to $2k...

Plus, now he has added a $50,000 BIN, (buy-it-now) option.
I thought 35k was a stretch...50k is tad delusional.

He does advise 'on-site inspection' prior to purchase, and 'local pick-up' instead of shipping.


...Self Pickup is most preferable way to finish up the transaction...
It is strongly recommended for eye inspection before purchase...

This seems to be about the only aspect of this deal that's making any sense.

Marc

AgX
02-16-2013, 04:03 AM
I don't like the term "junk" for this collection. It denounces all what I have. And, more important, it gives a better oversight over what really had been used in the history of photography than any elite camera only known to some collecting experts.

Mustafa Umut Sarac
02-16-2013, 05:03 AM
I don't like the term "junk" for this collection. It denounces all what I have. And, more important, it gives a better oversight over what really had been used in the history of photography than any elite camera only known to some collecting experts.

For me , I have to be expert to know that japanese garbage than know rollei and leica.

summicron1
02-16-2013, 02:36 PM
local news article has more pictures---one heck of a lot of cameras:

http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/14/massive-1000-piece-camera-collection-being-auctioned-on-ebay/

batwister
02-16-2013, 02:41 PM
Did someone just mention Sotheby's? :blink: He'd have to auction them as Cartier-Bresson's cameras for that I think.

wblynch
02-16-2013, 03:26 PM
For me , I have to be expert to know that japanese garbage than know rollei and leica.

Considering the contribution the Japanese have made to the history of photography, that is a pretty small minded statement.