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Mar 29, 2011 21:59 |  #1

I can't help but chuckle at times on craigslist at the sheer number of postings selling camera gear with no pictures of the object for sale. Am I the only one who finds this funny?




  
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Mar 29, 2011 22:28 |  #2
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So ? I sold quite a few things on the craigslist with no pictures ? I take pictures as art not as a guide to a freaking sale !




  
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Mar 30, 2011 00:37 |  #3

Some people don't like raising their odds of a sale.


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Mar 30, 2011 01:48 |  #4

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So ? I sold quite a few things on the craigslist with no pictures ?

Ditto.

I'm too lazy to take images of gear.


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Mar 30, 2011 05:33 |  #5

rjx wrote in post #12122267 (external link)
Ditto.

I'm too lazy to take images of gear.

That is a great comment, because it is the exact message that is being communicated to potential buyers in most cases. It is easy to extrapolate that to: "I'm too lazy to take grear care of my gear" and "I'm too lazy to worry about the details of the transaction". Those things may not be true, but they are easy to imagine, especially if someone on a photography forum can't bother to take pics.


  
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Mar 30, 2011 05:39 |  #6

Is this such a big deal? My local paper has a classified ads section that lists hundreds of items each week...never any photos for any of those so why would it necessarily be any different for online ads?


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Mar 30, 2011 07:18 |  #7

I have to agree with the OP. It is much like the FOR SALE section on POTN. If the seller is too lazy to take a photo of the item for sale then that indicates to me that they will be equally lazy in shipping the item, etc.


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Mar 30, 2011 08:33 |  #8

Addicted2EOS wrote in post #12123150 (external link)
I have to agree with the OP. It is much like the FOR SALE section on POTN. If the seller is too lazy to take a photo of the item for sale then that indicates to me that they will be equally lazy in shipping the item, etc.

That is exactly my thinking, especially if they state that they are too lazy to post pictures.


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Mar 30, 2011 08:36 |  #9

I agree with the OP and others. It's free so there's no reason not to include photos. It not only helps legitimize the sale, but helps me know whether I might be wasting my time inquiring about an item. If it's something I might spend several hundred dollars for, I won't consider it unless a photo is provided or the seller provides them upon request.

Likewise, I provide photos when I sell stuff on CL. I've found that most CL buyers don't read the listing closely so having a photo also helps answer questions.




  
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Mar 30, 2011 08:37 |  #10
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There is no point to taking a picture of equipment that does not exist.
It's called Scam without a Cam.


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Mar 30, 2011 08:44 |  #11

There are also small details that can be picked up from a photo.
For example, does the seller throw the lens on a kitchen tabe next to some food or it nicely placed in a photo cube with the box, manual etc.
The care taken in the photo can imply how the lens was treated.


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Mar 30, 2011 08:44 |  #12

EL_PIC wrote in post #12123494 (external link)
There is no point to taking a picture of equipment that does not exist.
It's called Scam without a Cam.

Scammers just borrow a photo to make their ad seem legitimate.




  
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Mar 30, 2011 08:49 |  #13

On CL, I only deal in person. So picture of the gear is not a big deal for me. I will be testing at the actual item. On POTN, it's mostly paying without inspection. Pictures is critical unless it's brand new. For CL, I don't think it's such a big deal to write a short email and ask for information. I think 1/3 of the time I don't get a response regardless what a CL ad looks like.


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Mar 30, 2011 08:51 |  #14

liupublic wrote in post #12123554 (external link)
On CL, I only deal in person. So picture of the gear is not a big deal for me. I will be testing at the actual item. On POTN, it's mostly paying without inspection. Pictures is critical unless it's brand new. For CL, I don't think it's such a big deal to write a short email and ask for information. I think 1/3 of the time I don't get a response regardless what a CL ad looks like.

Have you ever met a CL seller and it turned out to be a waste of time?
Would a photo have saved you the trip (to the meeting place)?


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Mar 30, 2011 10:02 as a reply to  @ Addicted2EOS's post |  #15

When I sell stuff, whether it's a old lawnmower or a camera lens, I aways try to take as good of a photo of it as I can.

I'm always baffled when people on POTN sell hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of equipment without even bad photos.


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