Monday, October 18, 2010

Anatomy of a Yet Another Craigslist Scam

This posting showed up today on our local Craigslist. I give you the full posting for scrutiny.


F.S. Nikon D700 Pro Lens Kit ( LNIB ) - $4300

Date: 2010-10-18, 5:36PM PDT

1. LNIB D700 with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 ED .

This was purchased as a Pro Kit and paid $5300.00 in Jan 2010. Never had chance to use it as planned. Complete with all boxes and software. Has less than 300 clicks and is as NEW. It has a Warranty that is transferable , and covers loss , damage, theft etc; worldwide floater .
The price is $4300.00 no tax. Still $500.00 less than the store and a Warranty. Please do not haggle over price or show up with less cash than asking, this is a waste of your time and mine. Let's respect each other.


Nikon MB D10 Grip for D700 Sells for 350.00 incl. tax. Buy New never used $300.00 no tax. Firm Boxed.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4 D lens in perfect/mint shape in box. $295.00 firm

Tamron AF70-300mm f/4.5.6 LD Macro 1:2

Nikon Mount Incredibly sharp Lens. $100.00 firm in Box 4 years left on Tamron Warranty.

Manfrotto 190QCB Tripod with Manfrotto 352RC ball Head. Looks nice $95.00

Photoflex Gold/zebra and white panel fabric w homemade 39x72 frame $50.00

Photoflex LightDisc Holder as New Sells for 125.00 alone, i will include a 7 foot Lightstand and a 5x7 collapsable diffuser panel for $150.00

Great for knocking down High Noon Shadows. Fabric is Transparent.

Here is some links for Nikon D700 and 24-70mm 2.8 ED Lens

Here is what the D700 looks like with the MB D10 grip Photo courtesy of someone other.

Serious Buyers Please

Initial contact via this post.
If i Agree to show the Equipment further contact info will be provided . Thank You.


First, to understand why this is an insidious post, you have to understand what the poster did right -
  • The retail purchase price is right. A Nikon D700 with a 24-70 would have cost over $5000 after taxes at the beginning of the year. (Yes, it's that expensive here...)
  • The asking prices for the misc equipment are about right, though nobody in their sane mind would call the that particular Tamron 70-300 "sharp"
  • Though I didn't include it , the suburb is "right". The posting lists a suburb that is known for being an upper-middle class 'bed-room' community.
And now the red flags...lots of them.
  • The illness story. If you've followed the previous Craigslist guides, you'll remember that a legitimate posting never needs a SOB story to sell it. And to be quite honest, if you where going through troubling illness, would you put it all over the internet?
  • Nikon warranties are never transferable. That is an outright lie. 
  • He quotes Ken Rockwell... people who shoot D700's don't need to learn about the camera from Mr. Rockwell. In fact, it's a dead give away that the ad is targeted at least sophisticated shooters who rely on KR for their web reading, not realize that there are many, many better choices....
  • "Please do not haggle over price..." Even if this was a legitimate post, words to this effect are the surest sign that you are dealing with a jerk.
  • No picture of the actual camera  in the ad. They copied in a promo picture, but what's the point? Every experienced shooter knows what a D700 looks like...
  • And the biggest clue...... he's asking way to much. The asking price for D700's is about $2300, and for the 24-70 it's about $1400. That's right, combined, you should be paying no more than $3700
If you remember the last D700 scam breakdown...
... you may be asking why there are so many illegitimate D700's floating around our locale. There aren't. It's the work of a few... maybe even a single person working the ad space. And in case you are wondering, the current price of the body + lens retail is $4589 after taxes... with a real warranty.

1 comment:

  1. I came across your blog and now know that I am one of the least sophisticated shooters since I read Ken Rockwell :-) Seriously though it got me thinking all of the good "lesser known" blogs/spots that I could be reading.. would you mind doing a post on some of your personal favorite spots to get your fill of photography news/discussions/insights? Thanks!