1650$ for A7r. Does it make sense ?

Started Mar 30, 2014 | Questions thread
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Re: 1650$ for A7r. Does it make sense ?
In reply to mkandil, Mar 30, 2014

I agree with others.  Questions about authenticity and credibility of the seller need to be answered BEFORE a bid is placed.

But to answer the OP:  It's a legitimate concern, and due diligence is definitely indicated.  There are no guarantees, and any fraud protection from eBay or PayPal is limited and/or requires expensive insurance.

Your best bet is to look closely at seller feedback.  -Any- negative feedback needs to be examined.  Also, look at the seller's other auctions that are closed or still open.  What sort of stuff is he/she selling?  Other photo gear?  Other high priced items?  Are the winners of the auction varied in terms of geographic location?  How long has the buyer been in business?

If he/she is new, that's a red flag.  If the previous auctions are all recent and low priced, that's a MAJOR concern.  Unscrupulous sellers can game the eBay feedback system by creating a bunch of fake auctions just to bump up the rating.

Of course, you could always contact the seller and ask why he/she is selling at such a low price.  But that should have been done BEFORE the auction closes.

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