Post by yashica1943 on Jul 6, 2019 10:12:02 GMT -5
Funny thing was, I was told by a camera specialist auction house that it should be worth £100- £150. I put it on ebay at £70 and it didn't sell, I went right down to £30 or offers and it didn't raise any interest. I removed it, waited a few days and listed it again at £75. I took an offer of £50......!
Post by yashica1943 on Jul 31, 2019 6:06:46 GMT -5
After an interesting set of conversations with the buyer, they decided to send the camera back. The complaint was that the shutter did not work. There is a separate dial for shutter speeds, 1/2, 1/10, 1/50 and 1/00 and the selector lever was broken off, the buyer expected the speeds to work. They stated that they were going to use the camera. Doubtful because the drop plate mechanism was corroded (mentioned).
So they sent the camera back. I have now taken the front panel of the camera off. I found that the shutter consists of two spring steel sliding plates, one with a square hole. The (brass) levers were in good condition, but I think that the speeds were controlled by a pair of small friction plates pushed together by a firm spring. NOT clockwork. (Anyone know otherwise?)
These, quite understandably after 125 years do not make any difference, but the camera has one useable speed of about 1/50 and B. I have lightly lubricated the shutter and pivots. The camera is now back on ebay and I hope that the next buyer realises that a 125 year museum piece is bought for its history and rarity, not so that they can find some glass plates, load them into their holders in the dark and chance that the whole grim corroded mechanism does work.
I hate it when buyers want to return something when they discover a fault that was clearly mentioned in the listing. I now make sure that all faults are in bold and mention it at the start of the listing. One took up a case but (for once) ebay sided with me as the fault was highlighted in photos and mentioned in bold. Some just don't read the listing, or are reading it in a language not theirs. Or simply trying it on.
I sold a 1940's Contax to a guy who complained that the self timer wasn't original. I had mentioned in the listing that the lever was from a Kiev - and almost identical, but he demanded 25% of his money back.
I told him no, I would rather have it collected and give him a full refund. He never got back. Knob head.