Curious Action On eBay

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I've purchased and sold a number of items on eBay, but some of the recent action on Contax accessories is quite curious. In recent days GK-54 lens shade caps, a L-100 cable release, even a well-worn G2 Owner's Manual have sold for MORE than the prices available at well-known retailers such as B&H or even from the Kyocera/Contax parts department.

In the instances cited, the items sold for as much as 30% more than normal retail prices. I've found the prices of prime components, bodies and lenses, to be quite attractive. But the action on some of the smaller accessories appears ridiculous. I think I'm going to sort thru all the photographic odds and ends I've accumulated and see if I can enjoy the continued largesse of people who obviously don't bother to check what actual retail prices are.
 
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I'm not surprized. People are lazy. They think that if something is on Ebay they're getting a deal. Much like they go to the big "Mart" stores and get ripped off as well.

Last night a guy on TimeZone was bragging about the "vintage Rolex" watch he bought on Ebay for $951.00. Problem was it was a Rolex Tudor, readily available for $150.00 or less.

I went to a camera show last weekend. I bought a New in the box 28mm Biogon for $260.00. I thought that was a good deal.

Jeff in Colorado
 
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> Hello Paul, Just wanted to confirm the "weirdness" of Ebay bidding. It seems like if you have a quality item to sell the bidding just goes nuts. When I sold my last Canon L series lens, I got up to the new price for it at B&H. The bidding was wild in the last hours. I've found that to be true of everything I've sold there that is QUALITY. However, when trying to sell a used Fax machine, forget it. I too think that the bidders didn't bother to search out prices ahead of time - seems strange to me because I'm a fanatic about doing my research before I buy something. One thing to watch though, are the people who win and then decide "hey I overbid!" I had one of those once and found it very irritating. Anyway, just thought I'd let you know you're not alone in your experience with Ebay. If I had sold through my local camera shop, I would have received about $400 less on that lens - but the buyer would have paid the same price (difference going to the reseller). -Lynn
 
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Hi all,
I was looking in Ebay for an original instruction manual for the G1, the ones I saw selling were photocopies of an original and at US$20, I think it is too much, anyway, I emailed the Kyocera UK HQ and bought a new original manual for £5!
 
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I also bought a G2 maual from Kyocera UK. I have thought of buying some more as they regularly sell on Ebay at way above the cost from the manufacturer.
I need a GP-1 ( mine was lost) anyone got one for sale at a sensible price?
 
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