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FA 77 Ltd Silver on ShopGoodwill
Posted By: boriscleto, 10-04-2015, 05:06 AM

shopgoodwill.com - #24696209 - Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Silver Lens w/Pouch - 10/9/2015 6:45:00 PM
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10-04-2015, 11:40 AM   #2
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Goodwill is hard to find bargains anymore as everyone seems to have discovered it recently.
Good luck bidding on this one!

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10-04-2015, 12:30 PM   #3
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I want to see the serial number.
10-04-2015, 12:46 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I want to see the serial number.
Shouldn't it be on the barrel with the filter size? Funny there are 3 closeup pictures of the top section of the barrel, none of which show either the filter size or the serial number and a closeup of the mount, which doesn't show a serial number either.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RGlasel Quote
Shouldn't it be on the barrel with the filter size? Funny there are 3 closeup pictures of the top section of the barrel, none of which show either the filter size or the serial number and a closeup of the mount, which doesn't show a serial number either.
IIRC they're to the left of the 'MADE IN JAPAN' on that version. No mention or image of caps either. That kind of sloppiness is par for shopgoodwill.com.

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10-04-2015, 02:31 PM   #6
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Somebody is about to get a great deal on a S-M-C Tak 135/2.5 unless there are some last minute bids...

Hood and case. Looks like new.

Sitting at less than $50 with 30 minutes left.
10-04-2015, 04:29 PM   #7
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A sniper took the 135 for $118 with 2 seconds left in the auction.
10-04-2015, 05:43 PM   #8
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I've bough a lens from goodwill that looked good in pictures but when it came, it was unusable due to sticky dust. I couldn't remove the sticky dust from the barrel. The lens itself had a small amount of fungus which should be okay but the main problem is the sticky dust. I paid $50 which isn't bad but the lens went in the trash. Just be aware that all sales are final and that you're actually gambling since they know nothing about lenses. It you know how to apart and fix the lens and you have time for that, it might be worth it.

10-04-2015, 08:55 PM   #9
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Columbia Williamette is one of the better Goodwills to buy from. Oddly enough, the nearby Goodwill of the Columbia is the absolute worst one to buy from. In my experience, they lie about the condition of every piece of photo gear they sell and use their no returns policy to get away with it. Seattle is another good one.
10-04-2015, 09:53 PM   #10
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
Columbia Williamette is one of the better Goodwill stores to buy from. Oddly enough, the nearby Goodwill of the Columbia is the absolute worst one to buy from. In my experience, they lie about the condition of every piece of photo gear they sell and use their no returns policy to get away with it. Seattle is another good one.
I think I've gotten more from the Columbia Williamette that any other Goodwill store, and I don't think any were listed wrong. I've bought one item that I'm sure was deliberately listed wrong, but I don't remember which store it came from. After the fact it's easy to tell honest mistakes or ignorance from deception.
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Yeah, just to be clear, Columbia Williamette (Hillsboro, Oregon) is good, and Goodwill of the Columbia (Pasco, WA) is bad. Goodwill of Seattle is also great, but Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier (in Nearby Tacoma) is both dishonest and painfully slow to ship (usually at least 2 weeks after your order). It's bizarre how some of the best and worst locations are all clustered in the same region.

On the whole, Goodwill is a really sleazy outfit - They abuse disability classifications in order to pay their workers well below minimum wage (sometimes as little as 22 cents an hour) under the guise of it being a "training program" while their local and national CEOs are raking in huge salaries. A few years ago, the CEO of MERS/Missouri Goodwill was sentenced to 5 years in prison for a million dollar plus embezzlement and racketeering operation he was running out of that location.

While I'm sure some locations are better than others, I've stopped buying from them, since the whole auction thing really seems to be just another instance of them trying to wring as much money as possible out of what are nominally donations for the poor. I must admit, some of their deals do tempt me on occasion, though.



QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
I think I've gotten more from the Columbia Williamette that any other Goodwill store, and I don't think any were listed wrong. I've bought one item that I'm sure was deliberately listed wrong, but I don't remember which store it came from. After the fact it's easy to tell honest mistakes or ignorance from deception.
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I've tried Seattle and Hillsboro as well and both were very good. Goodwill Industries of SW Florida was good too in my experience. They've sent me a full refund when I showed them that the lens is bended unlike what their photos showed. I know that they should do a better job with their description and photos, but at least they were very polite and understanding.

Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona on the other hand, are professional thieves. They've replied to my support ticket in a rude way telling me to read their terms again and reminded me that I bought the lens as is. They've ended it by "Thank you for supporting our mission" and closed the ticket. I'm not sure what mission they've meant in this case! Anyway, they were right about the as is part. I've agreed to their terms before buying the lens.

My advice to anyone who buys anything used is to record a video while unboxing it and pay with PayPal whenever possible to get PayPal's buyer protection.

For me, I'm not buying from Goodwill anymore. It is better to buy from members here. They know their stuff better.
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The odds of disappointment and frustration are pretty high with this one. The lack of caps and lack of any detailed shots of the front element should be enough for anybody to pass on it.
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Yeah, I've taken flyers on some small stuff from ShopGoodwill, and have only been let down a few times. Still, I would never spend big money on a lens from them, you may end up with junk and no recourse. Some of the sellers are better than others, but it is hard to know in advance. If I am going to cough up serious money, I'll buy here or KEH. Even eBay is safer than shopgoodwill.
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