solara wrote in post #11825904
Of course. But if EVERY buyer is smart about and asked for it, then sellers would have no choice but to provide it. That's the beauty of supply and demand, and an informed buying public.
Let's put it this way, if someone were to buy a used camera, what reason would a person NOT want to know the actuation number????? I can't think of a single reason why a person would NOT want to know how many times a camera has had it's shutter actuated.
And what guarantee does the seller have that the buyer won't try to screw with them via Paypal? ("Oh, someone hacked into my account, I didn't make such a purchase,") and run away with the loot?
As noted... whenever you're dealing with the used market (unless you're buying used from brick-n-mortar establishments), you're taking a pretty big risk both as a seller, and as a buyer. That's why there's a feedback thread here in the forums. That's why you do the necessary research regarding equipments (i.e., 1d3 fix or 5d2 mirror fix), etc...
What you don't seem to see/accept is that if something is priced right (and that threshold varies from one buyer to another), someone's going to pick it up. If there was a 7D being listed used for $1000 on the for sale forum, I would bet that within 30-60minutes, payment would have been sent and the thread locked because item sold. If you even had the chance, you would be the only one "demanding" a shutter count on the camera. While (assuming this camera is in working order), someone will soon get their working 7D and put on another 30-40k actuations before selling it used again for likely the same price.
Perhaps that's how you approach life/things. Perhaps before you ever go out with a girl you might be interested, you also demand that she run to the lab and get a blood drawn and get tested for HIV/Hep/STD. It's the safe thing to do. It's for your own protection. And if enough people raised their dating standards, then this can become the norm.
In other words... be happy that you possess the technical know-how to check. Be proud that you can provide such information to buyers should you ever sell your 7D. (But to be honest, someone could also "claim" they ran the program and fabricate a number.) As a buyer, you take that risk on whether the seller is being completely honest with you or not. And once you get it in hand, and check the numbers yourself, if doesn't match... what are you going to do?
There are a lot of bright hackers/programmers out there. It'll just take time, and have the right programmer/hacker to want to bother with this to produce something simple to share with the general public.