Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/08/05

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To: owner-leica-users <>
Subject: RE: Sandy Ritz's dubious advertising
From: Thomas Pindelski <>
Date: Mon, 05 Aug 96 07:43:00 PDT
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I've been in his store several times; he strikes me as an honest person, 
with a full line camera store which has been in AZ for many years. You may 
wish to read others' ads, which adopt the same numbering system, before 
jumping to conclusions.

Here, for example, is an extraxt of the Internet ad from Stan Tamarkin:

Leica M5 Blk 2-lug #1291xxx , Ex++ $1995 $1795
Leica M5 Blk 2-lug #1290xxx , Ex++ $2395 $2195
Leica M5 Blk 3-lug #1299xxx , Ex+ $2450 $2250
Leica M5 Blk 2-lug #1348xxx , M- $2495 $2295

Notice anything similar?

From: owner-leica-users
To: leica-users
Subject: Sandy Ritz's dubious advertising
Date: Saturday, August 03, 1996 3:11PM

Thomas Pindelski <> wrote:
> By the way, here is Sandy Ritz's current list from:
> M2 w/ 50mm f2.8 Elmar as close to mint as I have ever seen! #942xxx
[many other items described in the same way]

Is this guy a fence?

Why would anybody want to blank out part of the serial number like that,
unless to prevent the owners of stolen property from identifying it?

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