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    What is it with people who...

    ...give broken cameras to thrift stores to give away???

    I picked up a couple of cameras the other day from one store, one camera just needs new light seals, but the other one had some sort of internal electrical short - I purchased a new battery for it at vast expense, and when I plugged the battery and screwed the cover on I noticed there was nothing on the display. Hmmm.. Quick, take the battery out! Oops, almost too late, battery too hot to touch! Quick, wrap it in something to contain the explosion :-)

    No explosion but you get the idea.

    The other one that annoyed me was yesterday when I went to another store, they had a Oly Trip 35 on display. Oooh, I said and grabbed it. Hmm, first I notice the aperture ring is loose, then I notice the whole lens is loose, then I notice one lonely blade of the (shutter?) hanging in the breeze behind the lens. "This one's broken" I say, to incredulous looks.. "We thought it was a good one" they say...

    So what is it about people who give non-functional cameras to thrift stores? Isn't that a pretty nasty thing to do to people??

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    if they know it is functioning it is terrible. Many times people give these away when cleaning out homes from a "lost member" of the family and are clueless. It would be nice if someone at the thrift store knew something about cameras, but since in these times there are camera stores that have people working for them that know very little about film cameras if any ; it is unlikely.
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    Maybe they think someone shopping at a thrift store would pay to have it repaired? Which, I have to admit, doesn't really make much sense, given why people shop at thrift stores and the kinds of things you're likely to find there.

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    I figure on clueless personally

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    My local thrift store is the Salvation Army.When I purchase a camera from them I have 24 hrs. to return it for refund if it's D.O.A. I figure it's a roll of the dice.Sometimes I get a nice shooter and other times a dud,BUT,I don't return them.Figure the few dollars I'm out (5-10) are my way to give to the community.
    The Sally Ann does some fine work with folks who are down on their luck or are in need of a hand up to start over.

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    I'm still getting to grips with people that stand two abreast blocking the way on an escalator going down...
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    I have more important things to be concerned about in my life.
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    I don't know, I sort of assume anything in a thrift store is suspect, sold as-is, and what you see is what you get, especially if it's a camera body for $5. I've considered giving away some of my non-functional stuff with the belief that someone might want it for parts, or know how to repair it, or want a 'camera' for a prop in a play, or whatever. So I don't think you're necessarily dealing with people being 'nasty'. Now if they're passing it off (and pricing it) as if it works that's a whole other story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsdunek View Post
    I have more important things to be concerned about in my life.
    Good to know.
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    I figure anything in a thrift store may or may not work. At least I can personally examine it and come to sort of conclusion if it's worth the chance. I would feel a lot more confident doing that than buying something on the famous on-line auction site where you read things like "It worked fine the last time I used it" or the famous "I don't know much about cameras, but ..."

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