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Gumtree Bargains
« on: November 02, 2012, 05:13:20 PM »
Is it me or are these all ridiculous prices? I was browsing gumtree.com.au this morning, and the most recent ads were amazing
If I had a bit of spare cash, and I was local to inspect them, I'd be there in a flash. Maybe at these prices they're stolen? But they're all spread out, not from one guy, so probably not:

D3S, alleged 1600 shutter, $950 (on ebay about $3k) Melbourne
Nikkor 500mm f/4, $850 Perth
5D3, alleged <2k shutter, $950 (even if that's wrong and it's a 5D2 that's still a good price) Sydney
EF 200 f/1.8 $850 (that's gotta be a collectors item by now worth 5k and up) Glen Iris wherever that is
1Ds mk2, $950 (they're still $1200 on ebay), Ringwood wherever that is
85mm f/1.2 II $850 (i've seen them go on ebay for this price for smashed elements even, this one looks good) Melbourne
5D mk2, alleged new in box (box shows 24-105, not sure if included), $950 Sydney.

Is it me or is that like $20k of equpment being sold for less than 5k? Good luck if anyone more local to these buys them. Still, from Adelaide some of these are worth a plane fare over to inspect, but they'd be gone before I got there.
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« on: November 02, 2012, 05:13:20 PM »

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Re: Gumtree Bargains
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2012, 05:26:46 PM »
Most of them are scams so just becareful when it sounds too good to be true.
You respond then they'll say something like "okay email me at ..." and then probably sell your email to phishing scammers.

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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 05:31:33 PM »
Yeah, it's weird that they were all Landline numbers too.
But still, they were spread out in time and place, and appeared to have all original photos and such (I can spot a fake ebay ad a mile away, maybe these gumtree ones work differently).

I've emailed them all anyway, even if they are genuine if I can't get a bargain (i'm not posting money) then i'm going to ruin it for everyone else by letting them know how much they're really worth.

And if they do just sell my email address onwards, who cares, I've got a foolproof anti-spam system. I give a unique address to everyone, if they spam it, I just turn it off in the MX records...
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Re: Gumtree Bargains
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 05:37:13 PM »
Lol yeah the Gumtree scammers are much sneakier, but who knows, you might actually get lucky and find a genuinely cheap product, like once I found a 24-70 f2.8 version one (before the version two was out) with box and everything for $650, with the smallest ever cosmetic dent on it, that was the reason why he was selling it for cheap. But $650 was a bargain!

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012, 05:50:05 PM »
Yeah, i've heard about bargains like that, that's why I started browsing (problem is, there's just not much around in adelaide).
Mostly the prices are ridiculously high though. Like in adelaide there's a 7D body going for $1200, a 70-200 f/2.8 non-IS for $1500. They're not cheap, I could probably get new ones from Hong Kong for the same price. Even a canonet with 45/1.9 lens for $50, that's the most they go for on fleabay (sometimes as low as $20).

Still, I have to keep checking, one day there's going to be an ad for "scruffy old camera, $5" that turns out to be an Ur-Leica or something worth a few $mil...
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Re: Gumtree Bargains
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2012, 08:28:51 PM »
I just picked up a brand spanking new BG-E6 for my 5D2 for $150  :D so sometimes you do come across legit bargains

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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2012, 04:22:46 AM »
Yep the bargains do happen. I got a near perfect 24-70 f/2.8 MkI for $600 a few months ago. Just got lucky. Saw the advert when it had been up for just a few minutes and they were in the next suburb. But most times Canon L glass asking prices are more than you can get new grey-market lenses for. Personally I'd prefer new grey to second hand....

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Re: Gumtree Bargains
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2012, 04:22:46 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2013, 05:45:14 AM »
Buying on gumtree is like buying on craigslist: face to face transactions only and you're safe.

Anything else, buyer/seller beware...

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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2013, 06:38:34 AM »
I did a number look up and it said it was from India, even though it looked like a local mobile number.  they get the photos from other real ads, they just take the text & photos then change the price and post it.  that way the text looks legit and aren't full of speeelingg mistakes like most scam ads.

Yeah, it's weird that they were all Landline numbers too.
But still, they were spread out in time and place, and appeared to have all original photos and such (I can spot a fake ebay ad a mile away, maybe these gumtree ones work differently).

I've emailed them all anyway, even if they are genuine if I can't get a bargain (i'm not posting money) then i'm going to ruin it for everyone else by letting them know how much they're really worth.

And if they do just sell my email address onwards, who cares, I've got a foolproof anti-spam system. I give a unique address to everyone, if they spam it, I just turn it off in the MX records...

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Re: Gumtree Bargains
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2013, 11:51:55 PM »
here a scam going on right now:  5Diii with lens $1500  total BS! asking for offers to a email address.
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/netherby/digital-cameras/brand-new-canon-eos-5d-mark-three-digital-slr-camera-kit-w-e/1017192666#

for fun I used google to look up the image and found the real item on ebay in Japan for $3400
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=251254526902&item=251254526902&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

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Re: Gumtree Bargains
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2013, 11:51:55 PM »