Is this a scam?

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  1. my*

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    There is an add on the local web site for the following equipment:
    Canon 20D
    100 - 400 mm Image stabilizer, Canon zoom lens
    75 - 300 mm Image stabilizer, Canon zoom lens
    28 - 135 mm Image stabilizer, Canon zoom lens and wide angle
    18 - 55 mm Image stabilizer, Canon zoom lens
    Quantary 2x AF Teleconverter for Canon
    Lens hood EW-78B II
    Has a Canon Speed Light EX
    Comes with Quantaray Pro Complete Backpack
    All lens covers and caps included
    All owners manuals still in original packaging
    Have all original boxes
    Has instructional DVD included
    Everything for $1200 "everything is in great condition with no marks"

    Now I find out the guy is in the UK. He used to live in my area but moved for a job change. He says he would send all the equipment with TNT Delivery Service. I would pay the delivery company upon arrival. I am super skeptical but don't want to give up this deal if it is legit. I have been in contact with him via email.
    Do you have any suggestions on whether or not I should be considering this deal? Or and suggestions on questions I should ask.
     
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    I would say the fact that you're suspicious enough to post about it probably tells you that it's not worth pursuing. If you'd only be out 1 or 2 hundos I'd say go for it on the chance that it might be legit but for 12 hundos.... no thanks.
     
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    Thanks for the input. I agree 1200 bones is a lot of dough. Some time I don't know if I am over skeptical due to my job or if I am hitting the nail on the head. That is why I am asking for opinions. I don't want to miss out on this if it is legit.
     
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    Haha hey give it a shot if you're that tempted. I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

    Maybe do a quick inventory on Ebay to see what this type of used equipment would actually cost. Then email they seller and ask why it's so cheap.
     
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    If you're still in the country and close by, suggest a meeting to review the equipment. Tell him you'll have a cashiers check for the $1200.
     
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    I have been watching the 100-400 lens on ebay and they are going for about $1200-$1300
    The 70-300 goes for $450-$500
    I would emagine the 18-55 would go for $700-$800
    The 28-135 I would think would go for $250-$300
    The 20D camera would be about $650

    So we are looking at $3250 ish for just this stuff.
    I will email him and ask why it is so cheap. Anyone have any other questions I should ask?
     
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    He is in Manchester, UK and I am in Arizona. Maybe I could bluff him and tell him I may beable to get a friend of a friend to meet with him and look it over. If he says no then no deal. If he says yes then.....?
     
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    Or you might have a camera shop over there handle the transaction for a fee......one that you pick.
     
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    That is a good idea!! Anyone from the UK reading this know of any shops that would do this?
     
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    Let me throw this out to anyone who may know.....
    Why doesn't this guy sell in the UK? What sort of market is there for used camera equipment in the UK. Is there any reason he would have a hard time selling this package for $1200 over there?
     
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    escrow service possibly?
     
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    Can't answer that.....you have a valid point if the equipment is in the stated condition.

    "If it's too good to be true, it usually isn't"
     

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