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    This is not limited to cameras and photographic stuff. Lots of people with old books assume that just because they are old, they are valuable. They don't understand that their third printing of a common title makes it worth only slightly more than the value of the paper.
    I see it a lot in antique tools as well, people equate their rusted hulk of an old Stanley plane with a pristine, in-its-original-box example seen in some catalog for hundreds of dollars, and figure they have a treasure.

    Shows like "Antiques Roadshow" just make it worse.

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    good lord--- I would be happy to part with my RB67--- tell ya what, I will take $4000 and I will toss in a bag too.
    * Just because your eyes are closed, doesn't mean the lights in the darkroom are off. *
    * When the film you put in the camera is worth more than the camera you put the film in... *
    * When I started using 8x10, it amazed me how many shots were close to the car. *

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    I've been watching Craigslist for a while now. I've never seen anything you couldn't get cheaper on eBay or even from KEH. Craigslist is free, so it doens't matter if it takes 2 years to find someone dumb enough to pay their ridiculous asking prices. I suspect there's a lot of haggling on Craigslist too, so sellers are bound to open with high asking prices. At any rate, I don't think there are too many bargains on there, except maybe for enlargers or something that people just want to get rid of. As a used camera buyer for a retail camera store, I can tell you that most people have a crazily over-inflated idea of what there stuff is worth anyway. That's not just limited to cameras, BTW.

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    For film dev and darkroom stuff, Craigslist has been the bees' knees for me. I've picked up some outstanding kit for practically giveaway prices. As for cameras, I've also seen lots of unreasonable offers, some reasonable offers,... and just a few that were actually quite good.

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    You always see that on ebay. Some people put up cameras for many times their value. I don't know why, maybe they're just praying some idiot will come along the line. It doesn't help that every once and a while somebody does buy one for one reason or another. Everyone is convinced their camera is worth that much too, even if their bellows have gaping holes in it and the other one was pristine.

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    I got an Olympus OM-system 85mm f2 lens in NICE condition for $50 on Craigslist in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a couple years ago. I agree though that most people want a fortune for old 35mm slrs that are worth little. You almost never see any of the very few 35mm SLRs that ARE worth a lot of money on CL, just dead common ones like AE-1 and Minolta XG-7, cameras that sell for $40 on ebay, and they want $300 for it. I see a lot of them sold with a bunch of no-name lenses claiming it is a good deal because there are "lots of lenses!" Yeah, whatever. LOL
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    The no name lenses are another great one. Especially how they title the auction "Nikon Nikkor Nikon lens Sigma 28-80"

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    Quote Originally Posted by John W View Post
    For film dev and darkroom stuff, Craigslist has been the bees' knees for me.
    Same here. In fact, it seems there's always good stuff going begging. There seems to be two entirely different markets for cameras and darkroom stuff. There's still a fair number of people who want good old film cameras, but the home darkroom seems to be not so much in demand.

    It's true about camera pricing though--seems completely random, and disconnected from the general run of things on ebay/keh/etc.

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    I have lots of people come into the camera store where I work and are looking to place items on the consignment shelf. I have tried to explain that 35mm gear has dropped in price and will continue to drop while medium-format has stabilized after some big falls and large-format is about the same due to the limited number of people who were ever into it. Most of the time I say they should look for 10-20% of the price they paid for 35mm gear unless it is unique and in excellent shape; people act offended and most often leave with their gear (I see it shortly after on Craigs List or something similar where it sits with no offers). What is more funny is people who come in with digital stuff (which we won't consign for the most part) and don't understand why the 2.0 megapixel point-and-shoot they paid $800 for in 2003 is now worth $25. "But it is a Canon Powershot" they say; my retort always is "I paid $3000 for my Pentium 2 computer in 1997, what will you give me for it now?"

    I did see a box brownie at a garage sale this summer, $50. Went next door and paid $15 for the AE-1 with 2 lens and a bag.
    Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.

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