Sunday, May 20, 2012

Craigslist Red Flags

Today I impulsively clicked on an Craigslist ad for a lens that I don't really need right now, but which would be nice to have. What got my attention was that the advertised price was about $80-$100 below the current going market price of $400 CDN. I'm not quite ready to call this one a scam, but there are were three really big red flags:
  • The unfortunate use of the ;) emoticon in the posting title
  • The fact that the price was at least $30 less than the next lowest posting seen in the past two years
  • When asked about where the lens was purchased, the seller mangled the name of the store.
Of course, it could be that the seller just wanted to get rid of the lens quick and was a little bit ESL, but why take the chance? If you wait long enough, another item will come up; it's important to never let your guard down to dangers on Craigslist. I've said it before, you have to know what your minimum price is for Craigslist goods...this one was so low it made me uncomfortable. Sellers, if you legitimately do want to sell below the going rate, make everything as clear as possible so that the buyer knows you are legitimate. This guy didn't.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Book Review - Fred Herzog: Photographs and a Musing On Instagram

We love our local heros here in Vancouver. One of mine (not hockey related) is Fred Herzog, who was born in Germany and settled in Vancouver in the 1950's. His work has captured a lot of the town as it was, and is a reminder of how much things have changed. Vancouver didn't see the sea change of offshore money until the mid-80's, so even though the body of his work was from the 50's and 60's,  the streets that he captured are faintly evocative of the town as I new it in as a (very) young child in the 80's. Parts of the Strathcona neighborhood still look the same as in Herzog's photos, especially the neighborhood corner stores which have all but disappeared from the rest of the city. Equinox Gallery - Fred Herzog