Post by yashica1943 on Feb 23, 2017 12:32:49 GMT -5
There is a weekly car boot sale within walking distance of my home. I have been going there for about 5 years and have picked up some really good bargains as have noted in the 'ebay section'. There is a hard core of sellers who are there in the same spot every week, even when the weather is very cold. One of them usually has a decent looking old camera on his stall but he always wants far too much money. About two years ago he had a Fujica SLR body for sale, it is missing the top and front plates and the mirror mechanism can be seen. It is a mess and probably worth £0. I then asked him what he wanted for it, he said £10 I said that I only want it for the odd screws on the carcase, his reply 'There's nothing wrong with it!' I said 'Ill give you 50p for it' he was rather rude to me so I never even look at his stall now. A few weeks later he was explaining to a prospective buyer of the 'Fujica' - 'It only needs a lens'.
In the meantime I have bought a working Lordomat for £5, a Leitz Afloo for 50p and a modern 400mm Opteka lens nearly new in a box for £5 plus a £35 Parker fountain pen for £2 and other items.. The 'Fujica' is still on his table.
Post by belgiumreporter on Feb 23, 2017 15:51:02 GMT -5
Some people just ask silly prices and hope some day a sucker will come along who's willing to buy.
At one of the second hand sites wich i visit on a daily basis, somebody is trying to sell some hasselblad and nikon stuff. He's very persistent as for several years now he keeps on advertising the same chrome Ft3 nikkormat body(275€), Distagon 50mmf4 (750€) micro nikkor 105mmf4 (750€) to name just a few of his "bargains".
I often wonder if these people never compare prices on what is actually sold and adjust accordingly, or are these just hoarders who rather take their stuff with them in the grave then selling below the (un-realistic) price they had in mind.
Furthermore what these people are selling is often broken beyond repair, but they claim it's in good condition, has only a small part missing or needs minor repair.
We have quite a few boot sales around here. One stand has an AGFA of some description but the shutter is stuck half open and it has fungus but he still wants a tenner. Also an old m42 body for £30! On the plus side I have had some bargains. An Envoy Wide Angle for 2.50, Canon AE 1 program for a fiver, Polaroid 1000 for 2.00 and a Trip 35 silver button fir a fiver. Can't wait for the new season!
I often wonder if these people ... are just hoarders who rather take their stuff with them in the grave then selling below the (un-realistic) price they had in mind.
I think that assessment is totally spot-on. I see the same cameras listed month after month on eBay. They never get a bid, but the price never drops, and then one day they stop being listed and you wonder if the seller has decided they would rather dispose of the item than offer it at a lower price?
Last Edit: Mar 15, 2017 4:21:30 GMT -5 by johnbear
Post by yashica1943 on Mar 15, 2017 6:04:24 GMT -5
I have just returned from the local car boot sale. I have bought a Lordomat SLE in nice condition, the exposure meter works and everything seems in order. With it was a Leidolf Wetzlar Schacht- Travenar 135 f4 lens in it's leather case. Unfortunately the telephoto has some fungus and dirt internally, I think I will sell that off to somebody who can dismantle it and clean it. Also - on another stall I bought a Kodak Vest Pocket 'Autographic' 'Soldier's' camera in decent condition.