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Ned,... He realized it wasn't an original and returned it to you. ...
Got a refurbished M2 from Skueh, still open to any other BP M.
Er, no - this isn't FleaBay it's GetDPI - where I expect to be treated as well as I treat others - 'tough luck' has no place here. The goods should have been returned in the identical cosmetic and functional condition in which they were sent. Period. That's my return policy, and the policy of many others as well, I'm sure.I see two errors here:
-You sent the guy an unoriginal Black paint Leica.
-You cherish and value too much an unoriginal BP Leica. If it's not original, there's no point in freaking out on the fihish as much as you do.
The way I understand it, the buyer was willing to use his "original BP" camera as he saw fit. He realized it wasn't an original and returned it to you. I don't see why he should be responsible for the marks. He was using it in good faith.
I guess this is the price to pay for being misinformed and misinform others on the way.
The sad part of this affair is that these in no way disqualify a camera as being an original BP. Leica produced many build combinations. Some original BP Leicas have chrome strap lugs, some have black painted ones, for example.A week later, the buyer e-mailed me that he was told the camera was not an original Leica BP M2 because it has a chrome film advance lever cover (screw) and a short fat film advance lever.
Just for reference, there are no customs fees in Canada for equipment originating from the US. For Photo equipment, there is no duty from anywhere as far as I know.Seller: gear64 (Actually does not appear on the members list)
Phony Name: "Tom Mastroberardino" [email protected]
PayPal: [email protected]
Problem: Total Scammer!
On July 7th I got an email via the forum system in response to a WTB ad I had placed some time ago. To be honest, I didn't take the time to vet him, but just responded to his email indicating interest. He sent pics of the item, and we agreed on a price. I paid via PayPal, and then NOTHING happened.
I contacted him several times on email address [email protected] ("Tom Mastroberardino", which appears to be a fake name, although there is a person by that name, and almost the same email in Italy.) asking about shipment. He then responded that there would be "Customs" of $400.00 on the item (for which was paying $385.00), claimed it was a "new law in Canada", and asked me to send the $400.00. When I refused and asked for a refund, he said he no longer had the $$$ in his PayPal account, but that someone was going to send him money, and he asked me to receive it, keep my refund amount, and then Western Union him the difference. I also refused this scam.
I contacted him a number of times asking for a refund, but he stopped responding. Fortunately, I had paid through PayPal with a credit card, and was able to get my bank to request a refund, which I have now received.
Item: Alpa Phase one Grip
Problem: payment made but the seller had gone radio silent
Member FSOT told me that he does not accept paypal so I sent him a personal check. It was cleared on 8/14. The seller had since gone radio silent and I could not get a response from him since.
I will refrain from labeling the transaction a scam because I've seen many listings by this member on this forum and there might be a legitimate reason why he hasn't logged on for two weeks. I will wait another week then disclose his real name and address in the U.S. to which I sent the check. If there are other members here who have done business with FSOT could you please share your experience?
Seller has gotten in touch with me and has shipped the item. It is currently in transit. Will request for removal once I receive and confirm it.
I know this was a long time ago, but for anyone who happens upon this, I can confirm that I had to pay some small duties (in addition to the usual taxes) on photo equipment originating from Sweden. Since I was clearing the item in person with the customs agent, I was sure to get the category and the country of origin right.... the equipment was from Hasselblad, of course. I suspect most don't have to pay the duties (just taxes) for this stuff as the standard declaration forms for USPS/Canada Post, etc don't offer any place for the sender to put in brand name or country of origin... unless the customs officer opens up the item, they won't actually know the country of manufacture.Just for reference, there are no customs fees in Canada for equipment originating from the US. For Photo equipment, there is no duty from anywhere as far as I know.
...and certainly NOT when shipping out of Canada!