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    Rant: ebay auctions for "As-Is" items at premium prices

    Has anyone noticed some Ebay auctions for broken or not working items have starting/buyitnow prices comparable to working examples?

    I cant help thinking that these sellers are wasting their money, but I also hope no one gets duped into buying these.
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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    Yeah, It really pays to know what you a bidding on. It is up to the consumer to do their research.

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    That's nothing, if you take a look at craigslist some used items are offered higher than new.
    Rip off & entitlement culture is in the making.

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    craigslist is insane - at least in los angeles. I guess the culture of entitlement helps. People selling their used crap for MORE than recommended list pricing... man!!

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    Yes, it makes me cross....Ive seen expired film being sold for *more* than I can buy it new. Im sure they must catch a few people who don't know better which is why they keep running the ads'. Ive nearly contacted the sellers' a few times to say I could buy a new item for less...</end rant>

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    I especially dislike the folks that have a no return policy and wont answer emails with questions about specifics of their item. not to mention "vintage" or "antique" Polaroid super shooters (and other cameras)and P&S cams that are listed with outragously high start prices.
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    Lori, you're correct. It really is incumbent for all of us who love older (and newer) cameras to be cautious before we bid or buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    I especially dislike the folks that have a no return policy and wont answer emails with questions about specifics of their item. not to mention "vintage" or "antique" Polaroid super shooters (and other cameras)and P&S cams that are listed with outragously high start prices.
    I agree....I just won't bid on a "no return" item, or with a seller who ignores emails, unless the item is of very low value, or something simple like a filter which is obviously OK. Expired film is also largely a waste-of-time (unless it's ancient enough to be a collectors' item ), since (despite recent manufacturers price rises), fresh film is available competitively by direct mail order. And safer to use, when you take into account the time, travel costs, etc., of picture-taking.

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    I always ask a seller a question before buying, no matter what, and judge him by his response. If I don't like him before the sale, I'm sure not gonna like him after the sale... Cheers, Richard

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    I've stopped using Ebay for buying as I've found that most items cost more on that site than they do from specialist camera / photographic dealers.

    Having read the above comments though, I do have some sympathy with those selling items who list them "as is" or with a "no return" policy. When I sold photographic gear and high end watches, I had no end of problems with people who either did not know how to use them properly or wanted to "try" them out for a weekend (or in some cases use them for a professional job) before trying to return them to me. I should also add that all items I sold were fully serviced (in most cases by the very top people) prior to listing.

    One guy I sold a Rolex watch to took a pair of pliers to the crown because he didn't realise it had a screw-down crown!

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