If Life worked on auto mode then manual mode for photography would have never existed.” ― Deeksha Mittal
A reminder... there is a rise of folks selling equipment they rented...
Actually cheap does not always mean stolen. When I spring clean, I have let stuff go at very low prices at a 2nd hand shop. The better stuff were gone in a jiffy.
Having said that, I helped check a used camera for a friend that he bought at a good price. I noticed that the serial number was carefully (very neatly) scratched away. No bona fide owner in his right mind would purposely scratch away the serial number. Warned him that it may be a stolen good and the removal of serial number was to prevent visual physical check.
He went back to the place he bought it from and the shop keeper told him a tall story. The shop keeper said sometimes cameras are sent back to the manufacturer to recondition; and that after reconditioning, the manufacturer removes the original serial number.
Hmm... sounds fishy. Up to him to believe.
I got the serial number from a photo taken by the camera. It is in the EXIF. Easy to check.
Warned my friend that if he uploads any photo taken with that camera on the Internet with the full EXIF intact, and it was previously reported stolen, then it can be traced back to him. He did not feel comfortable using it. He went to China with 2 cameras and used the suspicious one for only 1 or 2 shots.
Last edited by ricohflex; 11th November 2013 at 09:00 PM.
in hindsight there were plenty of other red flags which I should have taken note of
1) unable or unwilling to quote serial number of L lens it even lens code
2) no pics
3) flip flop on item ( initially with 24-105 then 17-40 )
4) flip flop on timing
only one thing I hope is to either get my gear or my money , if really cannot then hope the bailiff seizes some of his stuff which hopefully includes a nice body. maybe a 70d perchance?
loss wise I am used to some capital risk do just take it in stride. angry also no use sad also no use frus also not use. all the negativity only get in the way of enjoying what other good stuff I have got going on in my life
Last edited by Sion; 12th November 2013 at 10:33 AM.
How did the police discover that you bought the set? Was the seller arrested?
Sorry to hear about your case, TS. Anyhow, to make it more difficult for such people to be less anonymous when dealing with buy/sell, ask them to PM you instead of contacting via mobile.
People who want to deal with you have to register an account here.
This makes it easier for them to be tracked down with the help of admin and mods, rather than having to track down someone who could be using a prepaid line.
You will get to see the person's track record, if any. Members with "quality" posts (i.e. those who don't just rack up post counts by bumping their own sale threads) are likely to be more trustable.
It makes it easier for you to Google your potential buyer/seller first to see if they could be trouble. If you can't find any info about them at all, you should be on your guard as well.
Hope this helps! Cheers.
Last edited by TheoDR; 12th November 2013 at 10:39 PM.
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