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    You could leave your contact info, so after they realize they'll never get the asking price they can still reach you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Someonenameddavid View Post
    I walked away from a garage sale that had a Bessa II with the 105 Heliar f2.8 which they were asking $600 for "because they go for $800 on €&@¥". I tried to explain that what people were asking for and what they sold for were wildly different.... No move.

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    Even if that is what they really are going for on eBay, I don't think that garage/boot/estate sales should really reflect eBay completed auction prices, or soon, there will be no more stuff to sell on eBay.

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    eBay is pretty much market value, why wouldn't garage sale prices reflect market value? If anything I expect garage sale prices to be lower, because I have to drive over there

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    Quote Originally Posted by altim View Post
    eBay is pretty much market value ...
    Yeah, but ebay asking price or ebay selling price? Many yard sellers don't seem to know the difference. They find the most outrageously high asking prices and think that's the value of the item. Some even display eBay printouts next to the items they're selling to "prove that's the value." They also try to sell broken or beatup cameras for the price of mint, working examples. Any amount of reasoning with them will only get them mad at you because they think you're trying to rip them off. No point in arguing with ignorance.

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    Selling price of course, but you are right that some people don't want to hear it. I've used the ebay app on my phone during negotiations and it only makes them angrier

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    Quote Originally Posted by altim View Post
    eBay is pretty much market value, why wouldn't garage sale prices reflect market value? If anything I expect garage sale prices to be lower, because I have to drive over there
    Who goes to garage sales with the intent of paying market value for anything? Ebay targets specific markets and the bidding among buyers within that specific market determines the auction value for merchandise that was often bought at bargain prices at garage sales. Garage sales are a crap shoot for bargain hunters, they are a matter of convenience for both the buyer and the seller. If you want eBay prices for something, then take the time to sell it on eBay to someone who is looking for that particular item. If you are more interested in making fast money via the garage sale route, then you should price your stuff in a range which makes it attractive enough for quick purchase by impulse buyers or bargain hunters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcabezagrande View Post
    Who goes to garage sales with the intent of paying market value for anything? Ebay targets specific markets and the bidding among buyers within that specific market determines the auction value for merchandise that was often bought at bargain prices at garage sales. Garage sales are a crap shoot for bargain hunters, they are a matter of convenience for both the buyer and the seller. If you want eBay prices for something, then take the time to sell it on eBay to someone who is looking for that particular item. If you are more interested in making fast money via the garage sale route, then you should price your stuff in a range which makes it attractive enough for quick purchase by impulse buyers or bargain hunters.
    Yes! Unfortunately, this fails to account for the vast majority of people that are illogical, obtuse, or both.

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    An "ancient" (early 1960s?) C.M. Marchioni #4602 Tiltall tripod (silver) for $15.00. Said tripod was found in fair shape, needing only a new piece of felt cut for the base. I will take it out for a "spin" this weekend when I head over to the Island to do some off-season shooting at Butchart's Gardens? (first time I will have ever shot there in the winter - I don't really know what to expect).

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    An Agfa Isomat Rapid !

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    Ebay prices are high because of overseas buyers. Nobody here in the US has any money.

    On a happier note, i just picked up a Canon QL17. My second one actually, but this one is not as clean. Good price, not great. However what motivated me to get it is that I was able to test the shutter. It works perfectly!

    Many of the ones for sale online dont work well. And the QL17 is a real pain to fix.

    Also I picked up my first russian camera. A strange SLR with a 39mm? screw mount. It it labeled "Zehum 3m" or something in script. Looks exactly like a Zenit 3m. Weird, the shutter speed selector spins when you fire the shutter. But hey it works. And for $3 why not?
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.



 

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