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    Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    Whoa! I thought I got top dollar for my Pentax Digital Spotmeter last month when it bought $430.00 on eBay. This one just sold (no case, IB, or holster) on eBay for $605.00. Both of them were not Zone VI modified, but had the zone dial affixed to them. What in the world is going on? Was there a recent thread singing it's praises perhaps?

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    Re: Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    Quote Originally Posted by David G. Gagnon
    Whoa! I thought I got top dollar for my Pentax Digital Spotmeter last month when it bought $430.00 on eBay. This one just sold (no case, IB, or holster) on eBay for $605.00. Both of them were not Zone VI modified, but had the zone dial affixed to them. What in the world is going on? Was there a recent thread singing it's praises perhaps?

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    David,

    It's called the "marketplace" and buyers who are willing to pay whatever it takes to get the item they want.

    The next one could possible go for $100........ or $1,000!

    That's just the way the auction ball bounces!

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    Re: Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    Certainly prices can bounce around but the weird thing about this one is that the winning bid was about $130 or roughly 30% over the new price. 30% is a lot even for ebay. You'd think someone sufficiently sophisticated to be buying a spot meter would know how to find out what they sell for new. I wonder if the winning bidder maybe thought that the Zone VI sticker meant that it had been modified by Zone VI.
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    Re: Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    The other jaw dropper I saw was a Fujinon 250mm f/6.7 lens that sold for $810, at least $200 over market price. 6 hours later, another Fuji 250mm f/6.7 didn't even sell at $280 (reserve not met). I guess all it takes is two determined people who really want to win an auction.

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    Re: Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Ellis
    Certainly prices can bounce around but the weird thing about this one is that the winning bid was about $130 or roughly 30% over the new price. 30% is a lot even for ebay. You'd think someone sufficiently sophisticated to be buying a spot meter would know how to find out what they sell for new. I wonder if the winning bidder maybe thought that the Zone VI sticker meant that it had been modified by Zone VI.
    Brian,

    LOL... You're absolutely correct... these meters go (BNIB) for $449.00 at Badger and Midwest!

    Again, for some reason, people think that these kinds of items will NEVER show up again and they bid like crazy! The funny thing is... if only they would do a bit of due diligence and check prices before they hit the "enter" key! It's always worth a chuckle!

    Kind of makes you wonder about the auction mentality, doesn't it?

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    Re: Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    Heck I can get them new in Tokyo for about $375.00. I think the auction mentality sometimes, gets to people and they feel that the MUST have something.

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    The new prices for this meter vary a lot around the world. In Germany, Calumet and Monochrome are selling this meter for around $1,000! You get it for less than half in other parts of the world.

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    Re: Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    Like the used Toyo Loupe that I sold for $85 when mpex has them for $40. I felt so bad I shipped it for free. And seriously condsidered ordering a case of loupes...

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    Re: Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    If the used gear market seems crazy now, consider what would happen if used photo equipment were added to the "futures" market. Or, worse yet, if the major sellers of used photo equipment formed a consortium - UPEC (Used Photo Equipment Consortium), to regulate availability.

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    Re: Pentax Digital Spotmeter prices

    The second meter that was posted on the bay for ending this morning didn't make the $400 mark. So, the sellers' reserve price wasn't reached. It, too, was in mint condition.

    Hmmmm.... I wonder if people noticed this thread?

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