I have done well with untested cameras but only from buyers who have zero history selling cameras and equipment. If the stuff they are selling is all over the place, it is most likely an estate sale.

That being said there is no excuse for a person who understands cameras not to open up the back, check the film advance and shutter.

Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie
I quickly found out that a camera described as not being tested with film means that it doesn't work! Also I haven't checked the meter as I don't have a battery- yes you guessed it! I must say though that I have had a lot of very positive experiences on Ebay and even made some good friends.