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Apr 16, 2014 17:37 |  #1

There's a EOS 5D Mk III "Empty Box Only" for sale on an auction on a internet web site that has currently reached $255.00! Huh?
Did they only make a few of these boxes originally, or did they glue them together with gold leaf, or what am I missing here? (And I always thought ads asking $25.-$30. for an empty Canon cam box were greedy). :mad:


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Apr 16, 2014 17:54 |  #2

Sounds like some people cannot read the description...they will likely be very disappointed.


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Apr 16, 2014 18:10 |  #3

I wonder what I can get for my 300D box? It should be a collectors item by now.




  
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Apr 16, 2014 18:27 |  #4

Not missing anything. People buy empty boxes all the time. I have no idea why, seems kinda dumb.


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Apr 16, 2014 18:35 as a reply to  @ lovemyram4x4's post |  #5

His auction title is quite misleading. It says:
"Empty Box for Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Body) Digital SLR Camera (Box Only)",


which is VERY confusing! But in his description he clearly says: "Empty box for Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Body) Digital SLR Camera. All cardboard packaging inserts are included."
All of the bidders are newbies (possibly shill bidders?) so indeed, the winner is probably going to cause trouble for the seller once he receives only an empty box. :rolleyes:


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Apr 16, 2014 18:38 |  #6

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Not missing anything. People buy empty boxes all the time. I have no idea why, seems kinda dumb.

True - I see them bring $25.-$35. - but $255.00 and climbing? I have to be overlooking something.


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Apr 16, 2014 18:49 |  #7

lovemyram4x4 wrote in post #16839316 (external link)
I wonder what I can get for my 300D box? It should be a collectors item by now.

Start it out at $400.00 and see how high it will go.
You might make almost enough to buy a new 1DX! :shock:


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Apr 16, 2014 19:03 as a reply to  @ N/A's post |  #8

What site is this? I just bought a 5D3 and would love to sell the box for that price.:D


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Apr 16, 2014 19:09 as a reply to  @ N/A's post |  #9

Yeah, the title states empty box and the pictures are all of a box only. The description DOES state "empty box only" in a single line after his store logo header, but before that the "Item specifics" section is filled out stating that the item is a "DSLR", "22.3mp", "5D mkIII", with a screen size of 3.2" etc., etc. Clearly the item specifics should read that it is a box, it is quite clearly NOT a DSLR etc. The Item specifics also states, under "condition", that the item for sale is "New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging". Clearly the item (the box) cannot be described as "unopened" I would also say it is hardly "unused" either, as the primary purpose of the box has been carried out and it is now in a state where many people would consider its job done and throw it in the bin.

Then there is the main bulk of the description which is the "detailed item info" section, again filled out for a 5D mkIII, and NOT a box. The detailed item info gives all the specfications of a 5DIII, none of which apply to what is actually being sold.

In addition there is a video review of the "item", which is of course a video about the 5DIII. Why link a video of the 5DIII under "product Highlights video", when it would be a video review of an empty box that should be shown.

So there is certainly some misrepresentation going on. It is true that anybody with half a brain can see that it is an empty box if they read the listing properly, but sadly many people do not seem to HAVE half a brain.

I have seen cases where somebody has bid on an item stating, for instance, "Playstation box" (a memorable example) with just a picture of the closed box. They complained to ebay that they had just received an empty box and not the Playstation they wanted, and ebay looked at the listing and said they got what was described in the listing, so they could do nothing. The fact that they had paid top dollar for a, then latest model, playstation and just got a box was down to them not clarifying what was on offer before bidding. Ebay agreed the listing was ambiguous, but said that it was up to bidders to ask questions if unsure what was included.

In this case though, I think a buyer would have more come back due to the "item specifics" and "detailed item info" all describing the item for sale as a 5DmkIII, they could file a SNAD claim and probably get a refund without quibble.




  
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Apr 16, 2014 19:12 |  #10

Calicajun wrote in post #16839439 (external link)
What site is this? I just bought a 5D3 and would love to sell the box for that price.:D

Ebay of course :lol:




  
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Apr 16, 2014 20:17 |  #11

Where is the show me your Boxes Thread there are some great collections out there .


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Apr 16, 2014 20:19 |  #12

Ah there it is .


https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=114854


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Apr 17, 2014 05:45 |  #13

I think it costs to re-list to the seller bumps up the price drastically to avoid further bids and then drops it again so it looks like a new listing.

I may be wrong though but I see this with woodworking tools.


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Apr 17, 2014 06:07 |  #14

The title and pictures are not misleading. What is misleading is the inclusion of the 5D MkIII specs and info, including a video of the camera. It is also being advertised as 'new' which I somehow doubt...
It did start at 52dollars so I think the seller is trying it on though.

nearly all the bids are from new bidders so I guess they are false bids anyway.


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Apr 17, 2014 19:57 |  #15

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True - I see them bring $25.-$35. - but $255.00 and climbing? I have to be overlooking something.

People do this a lot with all sorts of electronics, some guy bought a PS4 or Xbox One box for twice the cost of the consoles back when they came out last year.

What people do is post the box for sale, then they bid on it themselves via other accounts to get the activity up, that brings it up as a hot item when people search for it, plus with the price being higher than $10 or whatever with numerous bids people think it's the real deal (people are dumb) and place a bid, then it's easy money for the d-bag seller.

The crazy thing is, they're not really doing anything illegal. Immoral for sure, but he does clearly state what the item is.


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