Quote Originally Posted by David Lyga View Post
... Honestly, I have been going to camera shows for decades and really and I truly do not care what the dealer says about his item being considered for my purchase, other than it is not stolen. I know 'what I buy' so intimately that my personal inspection suffices for my needs. I am rarely wrong, but I stay away from stuff that I do not know, as my ignorance does terrify me. (In numismatics my ignorance terrifies me more because of the money involved.)

I guess I tended to project this thinking onto the population at large. ...
Buying at a camera show (or shop) and buying "mailorder" (sight unseen) is apples and oranges. One cannot project the buyers approach or sense of confidence between the two. To do so is a grave error of logic.