Collectible Camera Store?

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  1. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I am toying with the idea of selling highly desirable and collectible cameras on E-bay. :) For now I am researching all the sales for such cameras as the Leicas (SM and M), their japanese copiers (like Canon, Nikon, Nicca), the Zeiss RF, all lenses and accessories. It's a scary thought but I have a pretty good knowledge of their values and hopefully I can make some profits from buying them somewhere else, giving them a CLA and then selling them.

    Anyone had any experience in this field?


    Anyone interested in visiting such store? :mrgreen: :wink:


    Anyway, your input here will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    Sounds like a great idea, if you can get the inventory at a good price. Of course I would visit it! Can promise that I'd be able to buy anything :wink: (darn university taking all my money) but I'd definitely give you some traffic :)

    Zach :D
     
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    I'd visit you. :D

    Sounds like your main challenge will be to get the stuff in good repair at a reasonable cost to yourself, so you wouldn't have to count on really high bids to break even.
     
  4. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sounds good. Right now I'm studying the sales of hi end 35mm RF on E-bay, put them in a data base for access later. This should perhaps take me a few good months, until I get the feel for prices.

    Your advice about finding the deals is appreciated, I always look for a good deal. Of course, not all of them will be as good as a particular one but tey will be nevertheles good. Meanwhile I am starting to amass some hi end 35mm RF cameras, two Leicas, a few lenses, two Canons and a few lenses, accessories and so on. Plus I will definitely look to find the rarer cameras.

    Zach and Terri, thanks for your vote of confidence! :mrgreen:
     
  5. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

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    Well...you may have a customer cause im thinking of getting some stuff like that...Id like some old cameras...although im not made of money :(
     
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    oriecat work in progress

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    Don't do it, Mitica! I don't think my bank acct could take having an ebay seller out that that I would know I could trust, has good merch and won't shaft me! It's much too dangerous for me for you to do this! :wink::mrgreen:
     
  7. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    You are doing the CLA? If that is the case the key is in developing a good reputation. When I'm looking through my camera porn (EBAY) I'm looking for something cheap ;) If it's a user I assume I'm going to have to get it CLAed sooner or later ($150 or more). I do peruse the sites of Certo6 and that guy in Hawaii though. I haven't bought from them, but I do consider their prices a deal considering their reputations. But I wouldn't pay that much from someone I didn't consider an expert.
     
  8. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good point! I guess I'll have to work at my reputation... :mrgreen:
     
  9. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    Keep in mind that you have us to try you out and give you feedback on your work.

    Also how would one go about learning how to do this kind of work? Hands on experience or just digging through repair manuals??

    Zach :D
     
  10. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I sure will, once I am capable (trusting myself) after digging through the repair manuals.

    Part of the experience I have at this point comes from 'hands-on' and part from the few manuals that I have. But I have a long way to go, I s'ppose... :wink:

    I have had cameras that I took apart and fixed. Some 15 years ago I had two broken Voigtlander Vitomatics II and managed to combine them into one working camera. I had to calibrate the RF, which is the hardest part, as well as clean the shutter mechanism. I also had a Contax If (made for China, of 1933 or 34 vintage) with a jammed shutter. I was able to take it partially apart and clean the shutter mechanism. It started purring right away.

    These cameras were made to be taken apart, very logical in their design. However I would not encourage anyone to do so without the proper tools and patience. I mean one can try on a broken camera (from a local thrift store) and see how it works, but dealing with working cameras is a different story.
     
  11. Artemis

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    Welll...im looking for some nice makes of old cameras...perhaps a MF, or just a nice old camera....and if you wanna get in contact with me please do! :)
     
  12. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Cool! I might think about parting with a 6x7 MF RF, the Koni Omega. I'll definitely let you know if that's the case.
     

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