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    Re: How to Value LF Equipment

    Poor coverage, data from auction houses catering to rich collectors, ... Not a good guide.

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    Re: How to Value LF Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Poor coverage, data from auction houses catering to rich collectors, ... Not a good guide.
    That is interesting, I would have thought that valuations based on open auctions was a pretty decent way judging value, and I think they use eBay as well. Anybody else have opinions on it?

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    Re: How to Value LF Equipment

    I've looked at that site over the years. Their prices always seem fairly high, but sometimes correct. That's their problem, they're all over the map. Uncommon lenses that only sell once every couple years may be that one lens that a collector want's, and pays $2,000 for a Lancaster Rapid Rectilinear. Or a Struss slips by because of a poor listing, for $300. If that's all the data they have, that becomes their "average price."

    Look at the prices for the common and unloved Dallmeyer 3D: http://collectiblend.com/Lenses/Dall...-5cm-dia).html

    Average $1000-1100
    Very good $1400-1500
    Mint $2400-2600

    Yet the extremely desirable and most sought after Dallmeyer 3B is listed at:

    Average $800-900
    Very good $1200-1300
    Mint $2000-2200

    Would you want someone offering you $800 for a decent condition 3B, with patina and a bent focus knob?! Would you want to try to buy a 3D from a seller that say's it's "mint" and wants $2600?!

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    Re: How to Value LF Equipment

    The word 'mint' should be banned from auctions, and 'minty' grounds for hanging.

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    Re: How to Value LF Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    The word 'mint' should be banned from auctions, and 'minty' grounds for hanging.


    I have sold a few mint condition items on Ebay. I skipped the "mint" word and just said that with my eyes I can't find anything wrong cosmetically with the item.

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    Re: How to Value LF Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post


    I have sold a few mint condition items on Ebay. I skipped the "mint" word and just said that with my eyes I can't find anything wrong cosmetically with the item.
    "Mint" should only be used to describe coins. Or maybe mints. But I would describe camera gear as either "New" or "Like New".
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    Re: How to Value LF Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by unixrevolution View Post
    "Mint" should only be used to describe coins. Or maybe mints. But I would describe camera gear as either "New" or "Like New".
    Funny!



    I did sell a camera once that was NOS ("New Old Stock"). It had been lost in a camera store stockroom and found many years later. I did ok on it. I don't think people believed me. Maybe I would have gotten more if I had listed it as "Mint".

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