In a perfect world, with so-called 'perfect knowledge', yes. But fleabay is not a perfect world, sometimes it benefits the buyers (when sellers don't know what they're selling and one canny buyer knows its true value and noone else notices).
Originally Posted by Moopheus
But sometimes it benefits the sellers (especially when the buyers don't do their research).
I present exhibit A, the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4, brand new at B+H, US$450 for either Multi- or Single-Coated versions.
Now let me present exhibit B, the exact same lens brand new, sold for €440 on fleabay (US$580). That's the most expensive one that's actually sold, but there are some listed for US$800 up there.
Again, it's a lens I would like, but I'm not paying more than $300 second-hand. I may eventually give up and buy one new from B+H. Or buy two, and resell one on fleabay for more than I paid at B+H.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
No, you don't want to be THAT guy. ;)
Originally Posted by Dr Croubie
Placing the film holder at a premium price will exclude a lot of the consumers from the film, which in turn will be discontinued by Fujifilm because of (surprise!) low demand. They're killing the medium.
The classic approach of the industry was to offer tools (cameras etc.) at resonable or even low prices to gain by that entry into use and sale of their expendables (films etc.).
Whether this still comes true for Fuji and their packfilm is questionable.
just bought one holder on the famous auction site for 75€ with "buy-it-now" option from a pro and another one for 25€ only from an ad. it took me about a month to find these. be patient and don't pay that fancy prices.
Oops... Fuji DO offer both types of peel-apart-film holders.
Originally Posted by AgX
Hey USA guys, B&H is selling some 4x5 pack film right now, it's expensive compared to the smaller stuff, but not compared to shipping from china, get it while its hot! (I could only afford 2).
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