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.


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

Date: 2010-10-18, 5:36PM PDT
ILLNESS FORCES SALE: PLEASE NO VULTURES .

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.

OTHER ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR SALE SEPARATELY ARE AS FOLLOWS;

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


http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/24-70mm.htm


http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d700.htm


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.

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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...
http://1000wordpics.blogspot.com/2010/09/anatom-of-another-potential-craigslist.html
... 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!

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