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    leica m3 on ebay?

    hey there! this is my first post at apug - i hope no one minds me jumping right in with a favor to ask of you. until recently i have been primarily digital...but i'm slowly being lured back to film by the film gods. i'm an on-location children's photographer and work primarily with natural light so leicas are right up my alley, tho not in my price range.

    yesterday, on a whim, i bid on an m3 on ebay and lost the auction with 4 seconds left. apparently, the transaction fell thru and the seller has offered to sell me the item at my highest bid ($1050). while i'd like to think fate has played a role here i'm here looking for an outside opinion. right now there is a huge list of reasons to buy... i just need to be 100% sure i'm not missing something huge. i'd love to hear any opinions on this outfit. if you have a sec, check out this auction link and either talk me down from this ledge or push me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amber lowe
    hey there! this is my first post at apug - i hope no one minds me jumping right in with a favor to ask of you. until recently i have been primarily digital...but i'm slowly being lured back to film by the film gods. i'm an on-location children's photographer and work primarily with natural light so leicas are right up my alley, tho not in my price range.

    yesterday, on a whim, i bid on an m3 on ebay and lost the auction with 4 seconds left. apparently, the transaction fell thru and the seller has offered to sell me the item at my highest bid ($1050). while i'd like to think fate has played a role here i'm here looking for an outside opinion. right now there is a huge list of reasons to buy... i just need to be 100% sure i'm not missing something huge. i'd love to hear any opinions on this outfit. if you have a sec, check out this auction link and either talk me down from this ledge or push me off.
    It sure is purdy...

    I don't keep up on prices for Leica gear, but keep in mind it will probably need a CLA and that is going to cost a few bucks as well. This is NOT a camera you'll just drop off at the Mom & Pop camera shop to have them send off to who-knows-where camera repair, you'll want a Leica specialist to look it over.

    Having said that, it sure is purdy!
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    Welcome to the site. I would never buy an ebay item outside of the ebay realm, this is a HUGE scam tactic. The seller claims the sale fell through, then via email gets you and 10 other people to believe it fell through and it can be "yours".. payment is made and the seller vanishes, then there is nothing you can do about it. If you do buy it make sure it is all done within ebay so you can get buyer protection..

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    I don't know much about Leica models and prices but I am happy to tempt you back to the "dark side". Film rules!

    There are plenty of Leica folks here as well as some very accomplished photographers of children. Hopefully they will chime in to answer your specific questions.

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    There is only ONE WAY for this to be legitimate. The seller can send you a "Second Chance" offer, which will take you to an official eBay link where you can purchase the item thru eBay as normal. I sold some golf clubs and the original buyer didn't go thru with the purchase. I went down the line of other bidders sending them a "Second Chance" offer from eBay, they went to the link and paid for it there. So, there is a legitimate way to do this.

    I have received MANY scam offers from people representing themselves as the sellers and offering to sell me the item off-ebay, all I have to do is PayPal the money to them or whatever. This is a scam, period. Never respond to these people, instead go on to eBay and report that they contacted you. I'm quire cetain that you'll never see the camera if you buy it unless it's a legit "Second Chance" offer from eBay.

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    Contact the seller directly through ebay and ask him if in fact he sent you a second chance offer. I sold a 3.5 item for some one recently and was bombarded with emails from people who wanted details on the 2nd chance offer I sent them -- I sent no 2nd chance offers.

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    I would not go for it. I checked his feedback and although he has 100% positive feedback, all of it is on small ticket items. This is a common tactic scammers have, they create an identity, they bid buy and sell low ticket items and then they hit ebay with the big ticket item. OTOH this guy has been a member since 2003, I doubt he is dishonest, but somehow it just does not feel right.....better listen to your intuition. If you are asking here it is because you feel something is not right...go with your gut feeling.

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    ack, i should have clarified that i have been notified by ebay and this is legit. i can't make much of the lens description so i'm a bit hesitant. any help would be appreciated.

    thanks for the warm welcome.

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    Sean and Mike make a good point. At a time when you may feel overwhelmed by emotional urges remember that no matter how pretty it is, there are a lot of other Leicas out there. Err on the side of caution. Fate can be fickle.
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    k.... you guys have talked me off that ledge. thanks for helping me sort this one out. you're right...there are many fish in the sea.

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