Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/04/20

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Subject: The ethics of reselling
From: "Jeff Segawa" <>
Date: 20 Apr 97 14:06:52 -0700

For those who are into such things, how do YOU describe gear that you are
selling, sight unseen, to others? Put another way, how much info do you
feel you need to disclose, and is it possible to go too far? I'm having a
tough time reselling gear in the same upbeat, optimistic way that it was
sold to me. Most annoying have been sellers who are tight-lipped about
specifics, unless asked, and who then give only the exact info needed, no
more. Others are evasive, simply sidestepping the issues. Both types seem
to rely on some sort of refund policy, but regardless, it'd still leave me
in the hole $60+ due to shipping costs, so I've tended to be very annoyed
at these folks, but haven't returned much-maybe I should've?

Common catchphrases, and their usual meanings:

Common Saying                                    Common Meaning
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Seems to be working                             It's broken
Seller told me it worked                       It's broken
I haven't tested it                                   It's broken
It was working last time I tried it 1966!
It's really gorgeous                                 It's really broken
In original box                                         The box is original
Never used                                              Never worked
Tiny ding                                                  One of many
I am a collector                                        How can you tell if
it's broken?
Just serviced                                             ...Again!
They're all like that                                It's broken, and I
already spent your money
This is no BS                                            This is BS
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To those who strive for accuracy, thank you!