Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/23

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Subject: [Leica] eBay
From: Bruce Feist <>
Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 14:13:27 -0400

Hi, Nathan and other Luggers;

I've bought a number of things over eBay, and haven't experienced outright fraud.  Usually everything goes very well; their policy of publishing satisfaction ratings for buyers and sellers
tends to keep people honest.  A couple of times I've had problems, which I attribute to ignorance or carelessness on the part of the seller; the only time it was bad enough for me to react (a
small scratch in a lens of a Minolta 110 Zoom camera), I was able to get it resolved quickly.  The other times I've had problems I haven't seen fit to pursue them.  I just bought a VERY
inexpensive Polaroid and it turned out to have a broken strap, and I recently bought an Olympus Pen which was advertised as a rangefinder and actually was a model with scale focusing... but
it was also inexpensive.

I'm comfortable enough with them to continue buying equipment (one of my most recent purchases was a Contax IIa in beautiful shape!), but I'd certainly rather be able to look at something
before I buy it.


> From: Nathan Wajsman <>
> Subject: [Leica] [Fwd: eBay Auction Ended - Item 14474820: LEICA  LENS COUPLER M MOUNT]

> And this brings me to a more general question: how are people's experiences
> with the eBay community in general? Has anyone lost money to a fraudalent
> seller or been disappointed in some other way?