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06-13-2017, 08:51 AM   #1
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Eastern European eBay equipment

I've recently noticed, on UK eBay, many items of Pentax equipment, all with a starting price of 1 and 20 postage, from Lithuania. Does anyone feel (without any libellous comments, please) that this may be hooky gear, sold by the Lithuanian equivalent of Del Boy ?

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I can't speak to the Pentax equipment. I have some experience of buying Soviet lenses from Lithuanian sellers, though. It seems their prices are cheaper because they're not yet such a well-known quantity as their Russian or Ukrainian eBay counterparts. As a result, many people in the West are wary of spending much on items from Lithuania as they assume they'll be diddled My experience has been generally good with lenses, though the condition can be somewhat exaggerated. "Good" seems to mean "Functioning", "Excellent" means "Fair to Good" and "New" means "Definitely Not New, but Very Good"

EDIT: I should say, my very generalised comments re condition grading are in no way a criticism of Lithuanian eBay sellers. It's merely that different people have different interpretations of condition, and my guess is that, here in the UK, we are fussier about condition (especially cosmetic) than some countries who have been less fortunate in availability and affordability of equipment in recent decades. In that respect, the fault is really with us, since the lenses I've had from Lithuanian sellers have all - at the very least - been fully operational

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I've had a lens from Lithuania with no problems. But obviously there are just as many dodgy sellers in Lithuania as any other country. But buy it through eBay and pay by Paypal, and if it doesn't turn up or is not as described, you'll get your money back - so you're not taking any risk anyway.
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I recently purchased a Praktica camera case and a bunch of filters from a dealer in Lithuania.
They were exactly as described and shipping was very reasonable. Will buy again from him.

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Thank you, gentlemen - I was more concerned with the operational quality than the aesthetics, I must admit, and as VictorMeldrew says, eBay and Paypal take care of other issues.
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Thank you, gentlemen - I was more concerned with the operational quality than the aesthetics, I must admit, and as VictorMeldrew says, eBay and Paypal take care of other issues.
I have lived in Canada now for 30years and Del Boy took me back a bit, forgot about Only Fools and Horses.
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Bought heaps of crap from Central Europe. Have had happy time. Would again. Send your capitalist dollars with confidence.
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Send your capitalist dollars with confidence
In England, we eschew the dollar, preferring to rely on Pounds, whose ancestry can be traced back to Roman times.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 35mmfilmfan Quote
In England, we eschew the dollar, preferring to rely on Pounds, whose ancestry can be traced back to Roman times.
For those of you not in our wonderful United Kingdom, bottle tops are similar in size to our one pound coin, and currently worth about the same in international terms
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bottle tops are similar in size to our one pound coin, and currently worth about the same in international terms
At Last - the rate of exchange is in our favour !!
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