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Posted By: blackbirdoor, 10-07-2010, 04:27 PM

hi guys, went perusing through fleabay, and found this treasure! cuz this is reallllly a treasure to have , the seller posted it at this price $1248.19USD!! oh my my...Pentax SMC 35mm f2 FA Lens - eBay (item 220680018640 end time Nov-06-10 13:08:52 PDT)

i believe common sense and reasonable prices have left pentaxs window a long time ago, or this seller's lookin' to haul in some big bucks by an unwary buyer..
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10-09-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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Over at mflenses.com is a discussion about a CZJ Tessar 50/2.8 that listed AND SOLD for US$275. Not bad for a $25 lens, eh? That seller's glass was all similarly inflated. He had some hundreds of old photo items listed. His sales total for the past year? Five (5) sales. So he's been trolling for suckers but not catching many. I don't see how anyone following that practice can comfortably afford the insertion fees.

But that's besides the point. The MFL discussion touches on the ethics (if not the sanity) of such overpricing. It's not like emergency- or war-time profiteering or similar price-gouging. Nobody holds a gun to the buyer's head or says, BUY THIS LENS OR I WILL KILL YOUR DOG! If some sucker thinks the lens is worth that price, far out! We must all practice due diligence to protect ourselves. Search eBay for similar items; google for info, or ask questions on forums. Failure to do so is merely self-destructive.

Overpricing may be stupidity, or it may be strategy. If I post a Kodak Brownie with a starting bid of US$1 million, I'm sure to attract some notice and notoriety. Hmmm, maybe I'll try that. But first I'll check on the insertion fees...
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