cdifoto wrote in post #15992306
It's actually criminal theft. Has it ever occurred to you that things are rented all the time? Lenses, cameras, lighting, computers....vehicles. People rarely rent with the intent to steal because their name is all over it. Well that and most
people are actually honest. How often do petty thieves provide their name, home address, and intentional view of their face to the owner of the items(s) they're stealing?
Not that I'd actually rent mine out anyway. I kinda sorta need it.
They do it all the time on eBay. I agree that the majority of people are honest, but it only takes one dishonest prick to screw up your day. He pays you $50, you send him the rented item, he claims all he got was a box with a piece of wood inside, and demands his money back. On eBay, he'd probably get it, too, as they typically side with the buyer (which is why I am hesitant to sell really expensive items there). Even the PayPal will likely let him withdraw the funds. So now you're out of money and the item. And don't expect the police to help you much, other than may be sending an officer over to get his version of the story. (If they bother at all, since there's no evidence and it's now his word against yours). Heck, he may even file first, accusing you of mail fraud or whatever this falls under.
I am sure Lensrentals get screwed every now and then, too. However, being an established rental business with thousands of successful transactions, they should at least have better luck establishing their credibility in case of a lawsuit. Between two individuals, one's word is no better than the other's.
Not saying the world is full of crooks, I do believe there's still the majority of honest people out there. But, it pays to be careful.