A Leica story

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Guy walks into a downtown camera store and says, "I like to trade my
    film camera for a credit against a new digital."
    Pulls out a Leica R3 in near mint condition, a Summicron 50mm f2 made
    in the Midland, Ontario plant, almost mint and a 28mm f2.8 Elmarit,
    similar condition.
    Sales guy asks what he wants for it.
    $200.00. Sales guy's eyes light up, he pulls out his own wallet and
    hands the guy $200.00.
    I guess it's a perk of the job that you get to take advantage of
    things like this personally.
    I don't know what digital the guy ended up getting.
     
    RichA, Jun 30, 2007
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    gerrit Guest

    Unlikely to be true.

    No one, but no one carries that much cash around with them these days.

    Gerrit
     
    gerrit, Jun 30, 2007
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  3. RichA

    DoN. Nichols Guest

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    Then I must be "no one". :)

    I certainly *do* carry that much when going to hamfests (where
    credit card purchases are not really an option), and I sometimes have
    that much cash as other times. I really don't like to use credit cards
    for everything.

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Jun 30, 2007
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  4. Yes, I am among the No Ones, too. Plus, consider this: I am checking out
    of a fancy place, and while my credit card is being processed, a
    "gentleman" wearing a white silk tie at the next counter is
    non-chalantly paying a $4,000 bill in cash. Certain "trades" deal mostly
    in cash.

    Besides, what's $200 these days??
     
    John McWilliams, Jun 30, 2007
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  5. RichA

    Joe Makowiec Guest

    Dinner and a movie?
     
    Joe Makowiec, Jun 30, 2007
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  6. RichA

    G.T. Guest

    A movie, soda, and popcorn around here.

    Greg
     
    G.T., Jun 30, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    Holy Crap Batman, glad I don't live where you do!!
     
    Pete D, Jun 30, 2007
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    Jan Böhme Guest

    Well, then, how'bout "Salesman takes two hundred dollar bills out of
    the cashier thingammy, then passes an ATM machine on his lunch break
    and replaces them whan back?

    Jan Böhme
     
    Jan Böhme, Jun 30, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    That is a saleman that I hope I never buy from, I bet he sells cars on the
    side.
     
    Pete D, Jun 30, 2007
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    ryadia Guest

    It's an amazing trait of yours Gerrit, to judge others by your own
    behaviour.
    This statement is but one example of that.

    Douglas
     
    ryadia, Jun 30, 2007
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  11. RichA

    ryadia Guest

    Of course that would require you to actually have some money to spend, would
    it not?
     
    ryadia, Jun 30, 2007
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  12. RichA

    Guest Guest

    I had a customer buy a Nikon D200, 18~70, MB-D200 and other accessories
    for a total of cad $2800, he paid in coins.

    He had quit smoking, and what he did was toss his cigarette money into a
    jar every day. When he had a year's worth of cigarettes not bought, he
    rolled the coins and bought his camera.
     
    Guest, Jun 30, 2007
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    King Sardon Guest

    I heard a similar story, almost certainly true, about a salesman who
    bought a Hasselblad with three lenses (50, 80 and 150mm) from a lady
    for $1000 of his own money. The gear was from her husband who had
    passed away a few years earlier. I heard the story from the salesman
    himself, who was bragging about it.

    Unlikely he had $1000 in cash on him, but there are lots of ways to
    pay.

    Afterwards, he was very happy, and so was the lady.

    KS
     
    King Sardon, Jun 30, 2007
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  14. RichA

    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : >
    : >: >> Guy walks into a downtown camera store and says, "I like to trade my
    : >> film camera for a credit against a new digital."
    : >> Pulls out a Leica R3 in near mint condition, a Summicron 50mm f2 made
    : >> in the Midland, Ontario plant, almost mint and a 28mm f2.8 Elmarit,
    : >> similar condition.
    : >> Sales guy asks what he wants for it.
    : >> $200.00. Sales guy's eyes light up, he pulls out his own wallet and
    : >> hands the guy $200.00.
    : >> I guess it's a perk of the job that you get to take advantage of
    : >> things like this personally.
    : >> I don't know what digital the guy ended up getting.
    : >>
    : >
    : >Unlikely to be true.
    : >
    : >No one, but no one carries that much cash around with them these days.
    :
    : I heard a similar story, almost certainly true, about a salesman who
    : bought a Hasselblad with three lenses (50, 80 and 150mm) from a lady
    : for $1000 of his own money. The gear was from her husband who had
    : passed away a few years earlier. I heard the story from the salesman
    : himself, who was bragging about it.
    :
    : Unlikely he had $1000 in cash on him, but there are lots of ways to
    : pay.
    :
    : Afterwards, he was very happy, and so was the lady.

    An urban legend if I ever heard one. The very similarity of the two stories
    proves the point. (As does the phrase "almost certainly true".) ;^)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 30, 2007
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    JoeT Guest

    Not to mention that taking advantage of little old ladies is a singularly
    unimpressive activity. ;)
     
    JoeT, Jun 30, 2007
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  16. RichA

    Robert Coe Guest

    : >
    : > : >
    : > > Guy walks into a downtown camera store and says, "I like to trade my
    : > > film camera for a credit against a new digital."
    : > > Pulls out a Leica R3 in near mint condition, a Summicron 50mm f2 made
    : > > in the Midland, Ontario plant, almost mint and a 28mm f2.8 Elmarit,
    : > > similar condition.
    : > > Sales guy asks what he wants for it.
    : > > $200.00. Sales guy's eyes light up, he pulls out his own wallet and
    : > > hands the guy $200.00.
    :
    : > Unlikely to be true.
    : >
    : > No one, but no one carries that much cash around with them these days.
    :
    : Well, then, how'bout "Salesman takes two hundred dollar bills out of
    : the cashier thingammy, then passes an ATM machine on his lunch break
    : and replaces them whan back?

    In the meantime, the company auditor shows up and counts the money in the
    till. So when the salesman gets back from lunch, he's arrested and led away in
    handcuffs.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 30, 2007
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  17. Not to mention that he acted contrary to the interests of his employer and
    his explicit work assignment while being on duty. A good reason to fire him
    on the spot.

    jue
     
    Jürgen Exner, Jun 30, 2007
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  18. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Could be, but those jobs don't pay terribly well and as I said, being
    able to get first crack at such a deal may be a job perk. I've seen
    this in other companies that deal with luxury items. There is a large
    logistics company in Canada that did a study that showed it was
    cheaper to let their be a certain level of employee theft than to give
    raises to make their workers happy. The study they did showed that
    they got more satisfaction out of the thefts than a raise and were
    happier because of it.
     
    RichA, Jun 30, 2007
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    Jan Böhme Guest

    Does this really happen IRL? How can such raids be justified from a
    purely economical standpoint? What does the company stand to gain
    financially by spending money on flying auditing squads that can't be
    accomplished by the standard "verify the till at the closing of every
    day" procedure, which has to be done anyway?

    I mean, I know that the American corporate attitude versus the
    employees isn't characterized by an overly amount of trust, but I
    actually did believe that they were not to keen on spending money on
    idle schemes.

    Jan Böhme
     
    Jan Böhme, Jun 30, 2007
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  20. RichA

    Jan Böhme Guest

    Well, of course. But the employer acted equally contrary to the
    interests of his employer in RichA:s version. I made no moral
    judgment. I just gave a scenario that was practically consistent with
    the (in itself a bit dubious) assertion that nobody carries around
    $299 in his wallet anymore.

    Jan Böhme
     
    Jan Böhme, Jun 30, 2007
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