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Thoughts on MPB for used gear

 
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Sep 13, 2023 19:22 |  #16

Bought an Olympus 40-150 from them as my previous one stopped working. Was pleased with it as it's a great lens at a fair price. Got my other lens, the pancake one that folds flat kit lens from wex for £20.00, it was almost mint. My Panny G3 came from camera jungle, and was really clean. No peeling of of the LCD coating. That's fine but the supplied battery and a Duracell I bought for it on Amazon Don't hold charge for long. MpB seem good to me.




  
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Sep 15, 2023 08:54 |  #17

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Does anyone here have some dissatisfaction with the search tool on the MPB website?

I am used to using the search tool on B&H and it works awesome. . I don't have to know exactly what I want - I just start typing and it brings up a whole bunch of possibilities to choose from. . So if I want to find out what lenses are out there for the Sony I bought recently, all I have to do is start typing Tamr ..... and it will give me a huge scroll-down list of Tamron lenses.

But on MPB, I would have to already know what lenses Tamron makes, and then enter a search for the specific one that I want to see. . It makes shopping difficult and demands more effort and more typing and more brain power from me.

And then if they don't have something in stock, the search results will usually say, "no results". . Instead, they should have a webpage for the out-of-stock lens, with a description of the lens with all of its specifications, and then have a button you can click on that will generate email alerts for when the item becomes available.

I do really like MPB but I don't like the user interface of their website, especially so when compared to the awesome user interfaces that I am accustomed to using on many other websites.

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Sep 15, 2023 10:23 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #18

Tom, are you just typing in their search bar? Instead, you could select the menu in the upper left corner (3 stacked bars) to access all their filters, which include lens mount options.


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Sep 15, 2023 15:25 |  #19

I recently requested prices for two sets of gear from both MPB and KEH. KEH offered more for both, but the difference was small in one case and very small in the second.


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Sep 15, 2023 20:18 |  #20

PineBomb wrote in post #19560382 (external link)
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Tom, are you just typing in their search bar? Instead, you could select the menu in the upper left corner (3 stacked bars) to access all their filters, which include lens mount options.
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Oh wow - thanks! . I never knew that even existed. . Who would ever think to click on an obscure little thing like those three bars? . I love that this exists, but wonder why they go to such lengths to hide it from those who visit and view the site.

Thanks to you, I think my MPB experiences will take on a whole new depth!

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"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
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Sep 15, 2023 21:44 |  #21

paddler4 wrote in post #19560433 (external link)
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I recently requested prices for two sets of gear from both MPB and KEH. KEH offered more for both, but the difference was small in one case and very small in the second.
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MPB is known for giving you more for your items than they say they will when they first give you an offer, so it very well could be that you would end up getting more from MPB than you would from KEH.


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"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
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Sep 16, 2023 08:28 |  #22

Tom Reichner wrote in post #19560500 (external link)
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MPB is known for giving you more for your items than they say they will when they first give you an offer, so it very well could be that you would end up getting more from MPB than you would from KEH.

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Could well be. I didn't pursue it that far.

I've been careful in using KEH's condition scale in getting the initial quote, and in every case but one, they agreed with me. In one single case, they rated the equipment lower than I thought it should be, so I emailed them, and they re-evaluated it and then agreed with my evaluation. All in all, it's been stressless to deal with them.

In a couple of cases, I compared the price they offered to the average sale price of completed sales on eBay, and after netting out shipping and the eBay fees, they were fairly close. I assume MPB would be too.


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Sep 16, 2023 11:17 |  #23

Tom Reichner wrote in post #19560492 (external link)
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Oh wow - thanks! . I never knew that even existed. . Who would ever think to click on an obscure little thing like those three bars? . I love that this exists, but wonder why they go to such lengths to hide it from those who visit and view the site.

Thanks to you, I think my MPB experiences will take on a whole new depth!

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Those three bars are often called "hamburger bars" or "hamburger button":
https://en.wikipedia.o​rg/wiki/Hamburger_butt​on (external link)

It is fairly common now as a collapsed menu.




  
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Sep 18, 2023 18:23 |  #24

Dear Board,

I deal with all the big three, KEH, Used Photo Pro, and MPB and have never had an issue with an of them. I've bought a thing or two that I didn't think was accurately represented or didn't work properly, and the items were quickly returned and refunded with no problems.

If I am buying with no trade-in, I usually use KEH but have bought outright from all of them. Almost all of my gear, both digital and film has been bought used. I buy film cameras and lenses from Used Photo Pro and KEH simply because they offer them, and I find their condition reports of items for sale to be fair and accurate. MPB is my preferred trading partner though. The first time I tried them it went so well that I just decided to stick with them. I've never even sought bids from the other two I mention when trading. Many times, I get more in trade from MPB than originally quoted, but I have received less than quoted once. They sent a fair and reasonable explanation of the difference, and I just went with the new quote.

I honestly don't think you can wrong buying from any of them.

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