Saturday, November 6, 2010

Anatomy of a Craigslist Ripoff (Part 4)

 What is it about the D700 that prompts such crazy posts? I thought I wouldn't be revisiting this topic for a while, but this showed up in the wee hours of the morning today -

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Like new Nikon D700 package for sale - $3600 (burnaby)


Date: 2010-11-06, 12:07AM PDT
I have a very new Nikon D700 package for sale. I am going to list the things in the package and their regular price i spend. 

Nikon D700 Body (With original box and receipt. Bought from Broadway camera in Sept 11 2010. Regular price: $2349+TAX ) 

Zeiss 50 f1.4 zf II (With original box and receipt. Bought from Leo's camera shop in Sept 15 2010.Regular price: $859.99+TAX) 

B+W UV filter for the zeiss 50 lence (With original box and receipt. Bought from Leo's camera shop in Sept 15 2010.Regular price: $59.99+TAX) 

Nikon Remote Trigger Release MC-30(With original box and receipt. Bought from Broadway camera in Sept 13 2010.Regular price:$89.99+TAX) 

Two CF memory cards. One is Lexar 8GB, another one is SanDisk 4GB, they are all high speed cards(Bought from futureshop in Sept 11 2010. Regular price around $200+TAX) 

Dynex All-In-One Card Reader (Bought from futureshop in Sept 11 2010. Regular price:$32.99+TAX)
Lowepro Classified 160 AW camera bag (With receipt. Bought from Broadway camera in Sept 11 2010. Regular price: $139.99+TAX ) 

Manfrotto 207302YB M-Y Tripod with Ball Head QR ( Bought from Broadway camera in Sept 17 2010. Regular price: $149.99+TAX ) 

Optex Deluxe Blower ( Bought from Broadway camera in Sept 17 2010. Regular price: $12.99+TAX )
LensPen ( Bought from Broadway camera in Sept 17 2010. Regular price: $12.99+TAX )

So all the stuff's price is going to be $3907+TAX=$4376.87

All the stuff are personal use because of hobby. So all the stuff are perfectly protect and in perfect condition. 

But right now i am selling this package for some personal reason( you can ask me if you like), and i am selling it for $3600. 

All the stuff in this package is like brand new, you can do the math how great it is.
If anyone interested in this package, please email me to XXXX@hotmail.com or call XXX-XXXX. Thank you very much. 

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And now for the red flags. I`m not even going to try to compare and see if you would be getting good value if you bought all of this. This posting defies all logic. Never mind why all of this stuff is being sold just two months after he bought it, anybody with a knowledge of of the Greater Vancouver area will know that this is just a crazy way of buying camera equipment. Just to reorganize the dates -

  • September 11 - Broadway Camera (Richmond or Vancouver)
  • September 11 - Future Shop (Various locations.)
  • September 13 - Broadway Camera (Richmond or Vancouver)
  • September 15 - Leo`s Camera (Downtown)
  • September 17 - Broadway Camera (Richmond or Vancouver)
Just to spare you the details, but these store are spread over two suburbs and the busy downtown core of Vancouver. All within one week. The question is.... if you can afford all of this stuff, shouldn't  you be working instead of criss-crossing town buying stuff?

Also a red flag.... Leo's camera does not carry Nikon products. You might be able to get a Nikon mount lens from them, but it's not their thing.

They key thing about this post is not the prices. It's the dates and the receipts. I have no doubt that the receipts are real and that the dates are real as well, but that's the biggest cause for alarm. This looks an awful lot like the spoils of somebody who was hitting up stores in a credit card fraud binge. Lots of expensive equipment in a short amount of time at various locations...all to maximize the culprit's time with the card before it gets shut down.

But what if it's not, and it's just some poor rich kid who made a mistake getting into photography? The point of the matter is to train yourself not to entertain questions like that when you are reading Craigslist ads. You want to maximize your chances of conducting a safe and fair transaction, and should automatically gloss over any suspect posting no matter what. The bad guys are out there.

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