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Posted By: tvdtvdtvd, 04-18-2016, 11:48 AM

shopgoodwill.com - #29115977 - Lot of 5 Various Camera Lenses -Canon, Pentax+ - 4/19/2016 11:34:47 AM

Surprised no one has linked this yet. Perhaps everyone was hoping no one else would notice.....
I placed my token bid 4 hours after the auction listed, but the price has already gone far beyond
what I would gamble on an AS-IS, effectively no return auction.
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04-20-2016, 06:31 PM   #16
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I haven't.. but I've gotten an 'UG' (ugly) condition kit lens last year from KEH that arrived in what I'd consider 'LN' (like new) -- no scratches, no dust, no wear, no nothing.. looked literally brand new.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
Anybody ever hear of b&H, Adorama, or KEH slipping up on a used rare and precious Pentax lens and selling it for a ridiculously low price?

I've heard of KEH rating a photography item as "Ugly" or "as is" and the person who got it finding it arrive in great working condition and only minor superficial condition issues that didn't affect performance. So I guess that could happen, but if it arrives as really ugly and not working, who can complain when it was labeled as it was? How lucky do you feel?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
Anybody ever hear of b&H, Adorama, or KEH slipping up on a used rare and precious Pentax lens and selling it for a ridiculously low price?
Sometimes I will spot a lens at one of those sites (usually KEH) at what seems like an incredible bargain, but usually it turns out I have not been paying close attention to the market and prices have come down. A month or two ago they had a FA 50/2.8 macro for under $200, which seemed like such a good deal I almost bought it despite already having one. Then I checked around and sure enough, that was the going rate.

I have rarely seen a crazy bargain, back when i was searching obsessively, but they tend to disappear fast. Not sure if a store correcting an error or just getting bought up immediately. :-)
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The Pentax K50/1.2 and K85/1.8 lenses alone, if not fungused, are clearing 25% higher (together) than the closing price.

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I think you've got the best chances in getting a bargain by asking in camera stores if they have any old glass knocking about. Got my SuperTakumars (28/35 and 150/4) for 15$ each in excellent condition and recently in a store that had closed but was selling off all it's warehouse stock a boxed WEP Weiton [same as Panagor) 35/2 for 30$ & a Flektogon 20/4 for 140$, though the latter might be pushing the boundaries of 'bargain', though it's still way under the average asking price.

You just have to go and ask I guess.
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shopgoodwill.com - #29114020 - Lot of 31 Various Untested Camera Lenses - 4/21/2016 6:40:00 PM
It would probably be fun buying a lot like this one. Kinda like buying lottery tickets.
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I'm actually pretty surprised that that particular lot went for as much as it did.

Looking closely, it appears to be mostly no-name telephotos and TCs. Of the recognizable brand lenses I can identify, I see a Canon FD 50mm f/1.8, a Pentax-M 50mm f/2 or f/1.7, An X-Fujinon 50mm f/1.6, a cheapo Minolta maxxum 35-70mm, and and a Pentax FA PZ 28-80mm. That might be an Oly 135mm f/3.5 in there as well, but it's tough to get a good view of the side. There's also a Sigma zoom from when they were really crappy and a Tamron Teleconverter that might be AF which if so would be worth a few bucks. None of these exactly set the world on fire, and with the risk of fungus/scratches/other problems that are often found in Goodwill items, particularly in the bulk lots, $200 seems like a lot to pay for a lot with no obvious standouts in.

QuoteOriginally posted by gatorguy Quote
shopgoodwill.com - #29114020 - Lot of 31 Various Untested Camera Lenses - 4/21/2016 6:40:00 PM
It would probably be fun buying a lot like this one. Kinda like buying lottery tickets.
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I have seen ebay items with ridiculously low BIN for what they are, but the shipping is heavily padded and that makes it no better than a high priced item with cheaper shipping. Haven't touched the other sites with a bargepole.

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Another strategy worked for me recently - when they advertise something like a HOYA 55mm lens, check the photos to see what that filter is attached to sometimes a nice surprise, though not too often.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
The Pentax K50/1.2 and K85/1.8 lenses alone, >SNIP<, are clearing 25% higher (together) than the closing price.
No argument there.

QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
if not fungused

That's the shopgoodwill gamble. IMO, 75% of the going rate is too high for AS-IS, no return, especially with the poor photos & descriptions
that are typical of shopgoodwill. You might win on one and get burned on the next, negating any bargain gained on the occasional winner.
As such, I cap my maximum value/risk assessment of shopgoodwill auctions at less than 50% going rate. That's absolute max; usually
it's even less.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tvdtvdtvd Quote
No argument there.




That's the shopgoodwill gamble. IMO, 75% of the going rate is too high for AS-IS, no return, especially with the poor photos & descriptions
that are typical of shopgoodwill. You might win on one and get burned on the next, negating any bargain gained on the occasional winner.
As such, I cap my maximum value/risk assessment of shopgoodwill auctions at less than 50% going rate. That's absolute max; usually
it's even less.
I agree with most of all that has been said,here, about shopgoodwill.I must add this- they,possibly, could be the most horrendous and cheapo packagers. Anyway, that's been my experience, with them. Nothing like winning the auction, for a very good price, paying high shipping ( and MIS-handling) and receive goods damaged, due to simply foregoing common sense practices. At least at casino, one gets 49% chance, of success! loydp
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I agree with most of all that has been said,here, about shopgoodwill.I must add this- they,possibly, could be the most horrendous and cheapo packagers. Anyway, that's been my experience, with them. Nothing like winning the auction, for a very good price, paying high shipping ( and MIS-handling) and receive goods damaged, due to simply foregoing common sense practices. At least at casino, one gets 49% chance, of success! loydp
Very sorry to hear that. I must admit that my experience has shown that most goodwill locations over pack and ship well, but occasionally
there is a particular branch that does not.
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