Originally Posted by nikonhswebmaster
I have never used eBay to sell really valuable collector cameras, since there is a very limiting ceiling on prices, I do much better though collecting groups, and places like the RFF.
The risk on eBay vs. the reward, for high ticket items (over $5000), has ALWAYS been too great on eBay.
But for less valuable items, there is nothing better than eBay, for buying and selling. eBay is unbeaten for things like Dinky Toys and the like, terrible place to buy an M8.
as recently as 2007 i was selling off various high ticket items to fund our recent house.
i can remember sending a $7k Gretsch to Sweden, Beatles records that were in the high hundreds all over the world, cameras from $100 up to a couple grand, i even sold a couple of motorcycles. and all of them went smoothly until i sent a canonet(i think) to spain. the buyer claimed he never got it and ebay/paypal offered no assistance whatsoever. i lost about $45, but it really made me wonder what could have happened with that Gretsch that i shipped as a gift.
regarding craigslist, i just did a trade through a CL ad for an m8 that was pretty stressful. the guy was supposed to meet up with me a couple times but something always came up. when i finally got him to meet at a coffee shop, he called from the parking garage saying he didn't have any quarters for the meter and could i meet him in the garage. i was pretty sure i was about to get jacked for my camera, but i went anyway. sure enough, he was in a parking garage that has meters and when i handed him $2 in quarters, we went back to the coffee shop and did our trade. it was a LOT more work than using ebay, but i think it was worth it.