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Lot of FA 50 1.4 auctioned at shopgoodwill.com
Posted By: aseno, 01-10-2013, 01:15 PM

There are lots (3 lots of 3) FA 50 1.4 being auctioned at shopgoodwill.com. One lot is going to close 1/11, now at ~620. Whatever the closing price is, I am glad it went to Goodwill. Kudos to the person who donated these!

For the unfamiliar, goodwill has their own auction site, and sometimes has very interesting Pentax stuff. This possibly a hidden secret few people here know. The closing price usually end up at marketplace price, as the bidders are pretty fierce and competitive. I may going to be frowned upon for telling this secret

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QuoteOriginally posted by aseno Quote
For the unfamiliar, goodwill has their own auction site, and sometimes has very interesting Pentax stuff. This possibly a hidden secret few people here know. The closing price usually end up at marketplace price, as the bidders are pretty fierce and competitive. I may going to be frowned upon for telling this secret

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It's pretty well known. I stopped bidding a while ago when I started losing everything I bid on to snipers.

My last purchase was a broken PZ-1 with a working FA 28-105 (Power Zoom). Paid less than $60. The listing had the wrong pictures (PZ-10 w/ 28-80).
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All three are at that price now. There is also a Takumar 500mm f4 SMC up that is currently at $366.
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Stopped bidding there as the prices are even higher than fleabay and the quality is often really suspect.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Stopped bidding there as the prices are even higher than fleabay and the quality is often really suspect.
That's what I don't understand -- you're gambling but prices are often higher than ebay, even on items with a well-established price range. Makes no sense.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vonBaloney Quote
you're gambling but prices are often higher than ebay, even on items with a well-established price range. Makes no sense.
I'm thinking it is a different clientele? Maybe people bidding there just don't know what going price is. But I got fed up after losing too many auctions and seeing things go for more than BIN on fleabay. And the few things I did win I was never happy with, at least on fleabay people try to describe correctly and clean things up. I got some real junk there and I don't need the hassle.
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I have been tempted a few times, but the prices seem high for dirty and untested equipment. The FA50 1.4 are at least NIB.
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I have stopped bidding there too for the same reasons. I've thrown a lot of gear away. I got some great deals 18-24 months ago there on some gear that was in good shape but since then its all been pretty beat up or so over priced that it was strange.

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My favorite seller has to be Goodwill of the Fingerlakes, out of Rochester, NY. They list absolute junk and put a reserve price on it. The BIN is always several times what it is worth.
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I agree and will add one more issue I've seen too often:

QuoteOriginally posted by Checking...jono Quote
I have been tempted a few times, but the prices seem high for dirty and untested and mislabeled (text description and photo don't match) equipment. The FA50 1.4 are at least NIB.
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I am not bidding savvy, but I had my share of losing a bid on it. I was lucky to get stuff that was clean and as exactly described. I had better luck hitting their B&M outlets. I remember I found a K28mm/2.0 for only $5 because a it had a dented filter. Bought and took it to a local camera store to get the filter off. The store offered me $$$ for it. Happily declined.
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The FA50 1.4 are at least NIB.
The listing says NIB but if so then why is there a Cokin filter on the one in the picture?
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I noticed the Cokin filter, too, but assumed NIB really meant that. Silly me!
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Also, I am not 100% sure they have 3 sets of 3. I strongly suspect it is one set of three, over 3 separate auctions, and some winning bidders are going to be very disappointed. Could be wrong, but wouldn't bid over the cost of one.
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Also, I am not 100% sure they have 3 sets of 3. I strongly suspect it is one set of three, over 3 separate auctions, and some winning bidders are going to be very disappointed. Could be wrong, but wouldn't bid over the cost of one.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The text is ambiguous and it would not be the first time I've seen them mess up a listing. And considering the list price is $359.95 for new with warranty...........
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