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    a glossary of eBay terms...."RARE", etc...

    Ebay sellers seem to have redefined a few of the more common words in the English language (probably other languages too).

    Here's an example that has me baffled....

    "Rare" now, I know what it means for something to be rare but...it is obvious to me that the usual definition of Rare is not what is meant when something is described as "Rare" on eBay....

    Can somebody please help me understand what it means when the seller describes a 1950's era, mass produced (on the order of several hundred thousand produced) camera as "Rare"...????


    Other examples of words that have apparently been redefined also welcome.

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    "Good" condition used as in "Good condition considering how old it is."
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    "untested" means that the seller has tested the item, knows it doesn't work, but is pretending otherwise. Similarly, "do not have a battery to test" means that it has been tested with a battery and doesn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzillman View Post
    "untested" means that the seller has tested the item, knows it doesn't work, but is pretending otherwise. Similarly, "do not have a battery to test" means that it has been tested with a battery and doesn't work.
    Similarly "I can't use cameras, but my uncle photographer gave it to me" means the camera does not work at all.

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    "Rare" means you do not have one of these and I want to send you into a bidding panic right now DAMN IT!
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    The sheer volume of crap given to sellers by "uncle," "father," "friend," "grandfather," is staggering and then the ubiquitous "I am not a photographer" tells all we need to know, when the truth, "I found it in my neighbors trash after it didn't sell at his garage sale" would not have looked as good on the page.
    * 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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    "minty" means it Looks good in the picture but in reality its a worn out piece of junk
    Real men use Speed Graphics and flashbulbs.

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    I think that "rare" often means the seller just doesn't know enough about the product and is trying to get interest and shift the damn thing. i like the rare listings alongside 152 exactly identical items!

    Sim2
    perhaps *one of a kind*

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    Minty being used as a condition descriptor, instead of how it tastes/smells. The only thing that's minty is my iced tea or my julep, not a camera. Although I could be wrong - I've never bothered to lick my RB 67 to find out if it tastes like a common garden herb.

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    RARE: One of quite a few.

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