He's not far off the mark.....
Easy to jump on these folks, but he does have a commodity that sells for a lot more on eBay.
Now of course, knowledgable folks like yourself probably wouldn't step up to the "Black" surcharge, but many do. Granted, it's no different in operation than the chrome/silver models, but it's unique. There were certainly not as many black models, but they were made in limited numbers from Olympus, Canon (the black GIII), Petri (The black Petri 35), and others.
They are beautiful camera's to some people and in the period of time they were made, black models were usually only found in Professional Grade cameras, such as Canon F1, Nikon, and others.
I follow these cameras closely. The last black 35SP I saw a couple of years ago sold for $450. I've seen black Canon QL17 GIII's sell for up to $600. I sold one a few years ago for $350.
I sold a black Petri 35 Color for $300. I sold a non-working black Yashica Electro 35 about 6 months ago for $75, as a parts camera. Working, these are $25 cameras day in and day out, IN SILVER.
For most of the people on these camera forums, it's about the camera's. For the people on eBay, it's about the money.
As far as the weight... Well, if I put that camera in a 12x12x12 box, pad it and fill it with peanuts, it's going to weigh out at the post office at least 3 pounds, and that's the description on how it said it would be shipped. Also, the postage won't be significantly different for 2 pounds or 5 pound within the country. It will be more governed by box size and distance sent.
Frankly this person looks like someone who knows what he's got, who puts up a good ad and is informative. He looks like he'll do well on eBay.
The word Rare is used loosely on eBay, but the one that makes me shudder is the eBay coined term... Minty. Drives me up a wall.
I teach eBay classes and except for the RARE term, I would have given this person a "pass" on this listing, assuming it's all as he says.
Last edited by kuzano : 04-08-2010 at 14:48.