ludi wrote:What are the pitfalls to look out for? I suppose the obvious one is to take your own camera body to the sale location and run a few frames to be sure you like the results (and to be certain the glass is clear and the focusing is working), but what else?
mattsteg wrote:The main thing is to look out for anything that looks stolen and inspect the glass.
ludi wrote:mattsteg wrote:The main thing is to look out for anything that looks stolen and inspect the glass.
Yeah, that's one of the perenniel worries with Craigslist in general. Other than something really obvious (say, a flawless L-series lens for one-third of retail out the back of a white van), what else might indicate stolen photography gear?
phez wrote:Not to sound like a douche but who cares? I mean, there's nothing much you can do if it was stolen merchandise - there's no way for you to know. If you have that mindset, you might as well not purchase anything off of cg.
ludi wrote:Also, tough luck to you if the original ownership is somehow traced, it goes back to the rightful owner and the guy who sold it to you is too busy serving his five to be concerned with offering refunds.
bobboobles wrote:Just to show how easy it is to find your stuff if you're smart and the criminal is dumb(often the case).
I'm positive this isn't the usual case, but a woman on a photography forum I'm a member of had about $9000 worth of equipment stolen from her car and posted the news on the forum. 10 minutes later someone had found her stuff listed on Craigslist, and after reporting it to the cops, she had her stuff back a day or two later. Of course, this all happened before the crook could sell any of it so I'm not sure how it would have turned out if that weren't the case.
bobboobles wrote:Sure, but what lenses are you going to be buying for $50?
Welch wrote:Although on a side note, I recently saw a list of 10 things NEVER to buy used...... and I still don't understand why Digital Cameras were on the list. I think this is assuming that your a complete idiot as a consumer and are buying a point and shoot, who knows.
http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Sa ... yUsed.aspx
Then again, how much stock can you honestly put in the "Experts" over at MSN
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