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07-09-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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Goodwill Online?

I was wondering if anyone else had been shopping on Goodwill's online auction site.

Anyone bought anything? I've just been cruising, since right now I'm really trying to cut down the clutter.

07-09-2011, 11:05 AM   #2
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I've used Goodwill's online site before. Sometimes a bargin will come your way. This is a site for a charity and thus shipping and handling charges can be seen as an extra donation. Also, just like ebay watch out for last second bids
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I've spent over $800 there in the last year, not including shipping.

The best deal was an Auto Sears MC 50/1.7 for $5, the worst was a Zenit-E with a S-M-C Takumar 50/1.4 for $41. The Tak has a dented filter ring, stiff focus ring, and a large flaw in the rear element. I rolled the dice and lost

Other good deals: Super Program with A28/2.8, A50/1.7, & A135/2.8 plus accessories for $168, SF1 with F35-70 & F70-210 for $125, Super Program with A50/1.4 for $90, KX with M50/1.7 for $25, and Honeywell Spotmatic with 8-element Super Takumar 50/1.4 for $88.

Learn to identify lens mounts, because the people who do the listings know nothing about cameras. There are also a few listers who have no idea what they are selling is worth and put overly high reserve prices on the items (Goodwill of Rochester, NY for example).
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Learn to identify lens mounts, because the people who do the listings know nothing about cameras. There are also a few listers who have no idea what they are selling is worth and put overly high reserve prices on the items (Goodwill of Rochester, NY for example).
Last night I found a listing for a Pentax Ed. Yes, the super rare Pentax Ed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TiJean Quote
Last night I found a listing for a Pentax Ed. Yes, the super rare Pentax Ed.
Ah yes, good old Ed, older cousin of my friend NEd.

I did a double take when I saw that the auction is up over $100.
Then I looked closer and saw that SMC Pentax-F 50/1.7 AF lens attached.
Apparently knowledgeable folks are watching Goodwill auctions, too...


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07-09-2011, 12:50 PM   #6
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A late black SV:

shopgoodwill.com - #8200239 - ASAHI PENTAX CAMERA - 7/14/2011 1:40:31 PM
07-09-2011, 05:59 PM   #7
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Must resist the dark side...


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Must resist the dark side...


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I have will power made of stainless steel. Of course I already have a black SV. That helps to.

07-09-2011, 10:56 PM   #9
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I forget what my one purchase was, but I was not impressed. Your mileage may vary.
07-10-2011, 03:40 AM   #10
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I bought a few things there but have given up on it. Most common scenario: open the box, throw half the items in the trash, tweak on what's left for a little while to try to get it to work, then throw that in the trash too.

As-is usually means hopelessly broken, which is why somebody "donated" the item in the first place. I hate to be cynical, but that's my experience.
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I look at the auctions for my location and if there is anything interesting, I can go and take a look before I bid. However, pickings here are pretty slim and I haven't found anything worth the drive to look at.

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I've picked up a few very good deals, and a few less so. I bought a K1000 that looked unused; I kept the lens and later swapped the body to keh.com in another deal for far more than I spent. I also have re-donated a few lenses bought there, at least those made them a bit more money. Among the lenses were a couple of great Rikenons and a talented but too-heavy Sakar 28-200.
Overall I'd say I have come out ahead.
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So it works just like eBay? Gotta try it out.
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That site has become silly in the last couple years. People are paying ebay prices and beyond for untested items described by people who (generally) aren't into photography.

Imagine every ebay auction was no returns/as-is, described as "I don't know much about cameras...", with blurry, small pictures, and just a cursory glance to make sure the item isn't in pieces.

That is what SGW.com is like. You may get a deal. You may get a broken item with no recourse. You may get into a bidding war on an untested K1000 with M50/2 lens and end up paying $50 for a water damaged camera and lens...aka....your new 18oz paperweight.

Caveat emptor
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Here is a strange one I saw a while ago, can anyone spot the problem?
shopgoodwill.com - #8171527 - Super-Takumar 50mm Lens w/ M42 Mount, Caps & Case - 7/8/2011 12:00:00 PM
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