Andrew_WOT wrote in post #12799856
All they need is giving people fair range from the start, this number playing game has nothing to do with the result of evaluation, I know what condition my item was and in fact evaluation didn't find it differ from what was specified but still the offered price dropped significantly anyhow.
I bet if they gave the realistic number to begin with no one would send in anything.
Have you personally sold any equipment to Adorama, was the originally estimated price close to what you finally get, just curious if mine and other posters experience is different from yours?
I have nothing against Adorama as etailer, they still have my business, I'd just never ever turn to them for selling my equipment, that's all.
As we find on our own buy/sell forum, one person's evaluation could be quite a bit off the mark. Nobody in the used market gives you numbers just over the phone or email, cars, houses, etc especially without pics and feedback.
Yes I sent in a 1D3, and I was never given an exact dollar figure before I sent it off. I was given a percentage (70%) of average selling price for whatever condition mine was in. Once they received it, I think the price offered was around $1500-1600 or so. It had a ding in the body at the top, and I didn't have complete contents (AC adapter was missing). I declined and later received around $200 more in a private sale.
Bottom line, this is not bait and switch, it is a hard version of haggling over used equipment by a reseller. This is not that abnormal a practice. Frustrating that they will give you so little, but what would you expect? They assume all risk on the used equipment, and have to cover returns, etc later.
Go trade a car in, and you will be quoted nearly wholesale for the trade, unless you pay sticker for the new car. I am well versed in the used car sales arena, and this felt very similar to what sales staff are taught in the business training center at a dealership. If you want some enjoyment, try to get your hands on the training dvds.... Yikes...
If you want top dollar or cannot handle the haggling side of used sales, simply sell on ebay (and pay the 10-12%), sell on Amazon (and pay even higher fees), or sell on the boards. You will net more.