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    Well, it has a nicely Shakespearian whiff about it, it reminds me of "to take arms against a sea of troubles". Or Homeric, "a wine dark sea". I'd like to think I'm taking arms against a wine dark sea of daft ebay sellers.

    Or maybe I'm just being silly?

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    In my search to find the manufacturer of my Quarter plate camera I've come across some equally anomalous prices, and had a couple pointed out to me.

    This one takes the biscuit £25,000/$39,500 They aren't that rare, uncommon yes, but nothing outstanding and not that desirable.

    Similarly there was a camera identical to mine on sale in Israel for $2,500, maybe not so bad still a high price but then prices are higher in some markets/countries. Typically a good plate camera will fetch 3 times as much in Istanbul compared to the UK.

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    That settles it, I am going to retire early and make a fortune by selling the junk out of my cupboard to the gullible.

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    "If it's old, it must be valuable."
    The mantra of the greedy and know-nothing seller down through the ages.

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    Ian Grant----While all of us who speak English as a first language pick on each others countrys nuances of pronunciation, re-read his description. That is not English as spoken by someone from any So-called English speaking country I've ever heard of. Could this be that scam artist that has a post box in England, but actually lives in Nigeria? ?Que pasa?

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    I've gotta be honest here... I didn't actually understand what he was saying :0(

    As with all things, market economics comes to bear surely?
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    Quote Originally Posted by premo View Post
    Ian Grant----While all of us who speak English as a first language pick on each others countrys nuances of pronunciation, re-read his description. That is not English as spoken by someone from any So-called English speaking country I've ever heard of. Could this be that scam artist that has a post box in England, but actually lives in Nigeria? ?Que pasa?
    We have a large immigrant population and I know from personal experience that even families who have been here 40+ years often have members with poor or no grasp of English.

    The seller has 100% feedback so it's unlikely it's a scam, in addition some sources say that manufacturer's cameras are rare. By coincidence one of my friends was selling a nicer camera of the same make and asked what I thought it would make, my estimate of £250-300 turned out to be spot on as the camera fetched £269.

    So misguided ideas of value but not a scam

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    Strange - I had very little difficulty with making sense of that long post! I suppose that could be because I'm not a native English speaker, and i am somewhat familiar with Italian too. There is no doubt in my mind that the poster is Italian.

    I wonder - is this the same seller who sells Soviet FKD plate cameras as "antiques"? Or at least TRIES to sell them? If so, their knowledge os cameras is so poor that I would never ever buy anything from them, no matter what the provenance. They may not realise it, but that kind of thing can only harm their reputation.

    I do actually own a lens I bought complete with provenance. But that is a Steinheil prototype, not a Whatsitar used by Whosit to take Thatpic...

    Addendum:
    No, it's not that seller. There is/was another Italy-based antiques dealer who did/tried that about a year ago...
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    When I made the original post I had two thoughts in mind. The first was that the ebay listing would give a few plate camera enthusiasts here a bit of amusement. I think Roberto took exception to that. The second thing, which I didn't explain (but hinted at a little too obliquely in the title) was that plate camera prices seem to be rising. I do like the phrase "cooking in dark waters" though!

    Perhaps I should add, I'd never make fun of a persons efforts in a second language, I have a daily struggle to communicate in the Korean language.

    I've recently seen another plate camera item listed for crazy money, a Rada rollback for several hundred dollars...perhaps a crazy plate camera listing thread, or last plate camera purchase thread would be of interest / amusement to others!

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    Quote Originally Posted by apkujeong View Post
    Perhaps I should add, I'd never make fun of a persons efforts in a second language, I have a daily struggle to communicate in the Korean language.
    Not sure if that was directed at me? I hope not. This is someone who clearly has a good grasp of the English language, I just didn't understand the crux of what he was trying to say. Actually, I reckon that if I heard him say it, then I may well have picked up on it - I just found it hard to read.
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