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03-12-2015, 02:59 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
However, nearly all transactions are good. Ebay has a sophisticated 'feedback' system and good sellers will do almost anything to avoid bad feedback. So when you look at an item the first thing you should consider is what feedback a seller has. 100% with 5,000 sales? Just as safe as Amazon. 80% with 10 sales? Run away.
I was going to say this. I've had good experiences with ebay using my own judgment system. I rarely buy from a seller with less than 95% on their feedback or even higher if they don't have much feedback. I do actually take more confidence in sellers coming from Japan or Hong Kong, but I still follow my 95% rule. I also browse sellers to see what kind of stuff they are selling in addition to browsing feedback.

In other words, its healthy to be cautious.

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Buying from Japan should be like buying from any other first-world industrial nation, with (as someone has already noted) the Japanese thing for honour and integrity thrown in. As far as ebay in general is concerned, look towards sellers who have large numbers of sales with close to perfect feedback, and preferably those who have online STORES within E-bay which specialise or at least have a strength in the thing you are buying (e.g. I've seen quite a few camera stores which boast of brick-and-mortar histories going back at least a decade). A lot of it depends on intuition - does the seller know what they're talking about, or are they just selling off a whole heap of stuff they scavenged at garage sales (or worse). Of course sometimes a camera noob will be left with the honest but heartrending task of selling off stuff from their shutterbug great-uncle's (or whatever's) estate with honestly no idea of what they are doing, but that sort of seller will usually admit their limitations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by emalvick Quote
In other words, its healthy to be cautious.
Agree. It's not the wild, wild west but then it isn't the same as walking into your local megamart either. A good sense of caution and awareness of when something is not or cannot be right will serve you well. Stay away from deals that are too good to be true and sellers with poor feedback and you will be fine.

That said, I do not find the ebay prices on lenses to be any better (and sometimes worse) than KEH, although in the past you could get really good pricing. Back when Pentax was doomed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Agree. It's not the wild, wild west but then it isn't the same as walking into your local megamart either. A good sense of caution and awareness of when something is not or cannot be right will serve you well. Stay away from deals that are too good to be true and sellers with poor feedback and you will be fine.

That said, I do not find the ebay prices on lenses to be any better (and sometimes worse) than KEH, although in the past you could get really good pricing. Back when Pentax was doomed.
That's all quite true. I wasn't even thinking of prices. I think I only ever purchased a lens once on Ebay precisely because KEH is usually a pretty good deal (or the marketplace here). I most purchase other accessories (Tripod, ballhead, etc) from ebay. That being said the one lens I bought was one of the FA limiteds (the 77 I think), which came from Tokyo.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Agree. It's not the wild, wild west but then it isn't the same as walking into your local megamart either. A good sense of caution and awareness of when something is not or cannot be right will serve you well. Stay away from deals that are too good to be true and sellers with poor feedback and you will be fine.

That said, I do not find the ebay prices on lenses to be any better (and sometimes worse) than KEH, although in the past you could get really good pricing. Back when Pentax was doomed.
I agree as a rare eBay buyer. I found very nice lenses at bargain prices twice from Sellers who earn their living as antique dealers. Lenses are weird for Estate sellers. As a seller myself, I struggle with buyers who fail to pay. This is not for camera gear, BTW, just stuff. Mostly Mrs. waterfall's fashion shoes! Three hundred pair, now reduced to 100 pair!
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I have never been jammed up by an ebay seller. This one time I bid and won a 645 with 3 lenses from a seller in Ohio for a very low price. He must have forgot to enable the reserve function. I got a email from ebay saying the seller had backed out. I protested LOUDLY. The did not force the sale, but he was booted off ebay. I haven't seen anything listed by him since.
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I have never been jammed up by an ebay seller. This one time I bid and won a 645 with 3 lenses from a seller in Ohio for a very low price. He must have forgot to enable the reserve function. I got a email from ebay saying the seller had backed out. I protested LOUDLY. The did not force the sale, but he was booted off ebay. I haven't seen anything listed by him since.
I have only had good experiences with camera gear sellers. Fashionista teeny boppers wanting mrs. Waterfall's designer shoes . . . Well enuf said.
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I purchased 2 limited lenses from Japan and never had any problems. The trick is to buy from a reputable dealer that has a storefront and also has an eBay page.That way you can trace the transaction easier if something goes wrong. I don't think I would take the chance of purchasing from an individual seller though...


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I can confirm what others say - buying from Japan dealers on ebay is very safe (and generally ebay if you use little common sense). They take their business very seriously - you can tell that even by just looking at how carefully everything is packaged.

However, always read very carefully the description and inspect the pictures. I've noticed recently some sellers from Japan to put misleading titles like "Excelent++" but if you read the description - it says, there is some little fungus , or something is broken, etc.
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