Dirty looks at Cash Converters

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by David in Perth, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. Well on my daily rounds looking for bargains I spotted a nice Sony digital.
    4.1 MP. The same model as the DSC030 but 4.1MP, I am sure someone knows. At
    only $495 in good condition I was thinking about it maybe I could offer
    $400. I liked this model because it has a viewfinder the Sony I have gives
    great pictures but has only the LCD screen.

    Checking the camera, no memory stick. Oh ok, what accessoris DO come with it
    then? Answer, a case and cable. Which turned out to be a USB cable. So
    battery inside camera and that was it. No charger ...... Obviously the guy
    that stole the camera couldn't find the charger ..... oh did I say that out
    loud? *LOL*

    :)
     
    David in Perth, Oct 29, 2003
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  2. David in Perth

    Miro Guest

    I spoke to a guy that worked in a hock shop for 15 years. They would pay
    Granny $15 and sell it for $300. Would KNOWINGLY buy a camera dropped in the
    ocean and sell it for normal price.

    They know exactly what they are buying and what to sell it for. If you get
    stung on the deal they just say it is your fault.
     
    Miro, Oct 29, 2003
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  3. David in Perth

    Ron Guest

    I was told as a rule of thumb, that the buy for 25% of market value and sell
    for 75% of market value but the prices I have been watching are close to
    105% of value (i.e. I can buy for cheaper new elsewhere)
    Ron
     
    Ron, Oct 29, 2003
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  4. David in Perth

    Miro Guest

    They would pay $40 and ask $350 ....... how do you think that they can
    afford 3 staff and hold that much worthless crap in hand.
     
    Miro, Oct 29, 2003
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  5. David in Perth

    PlaneGuy Guest

    A few years ago, I was selling my deceased aunt's camera gear. I didn't know
    anything about the gear at the time, and so went to a few places to sell it
    to them. Ted's offered $300, Michaels offered $1100, and just for fun, I
    went to Cash Converters. They offered $600, fully double the shysters at
    Teds. When a couple of years later, I became interested in photography, I
    went to Ted's who had a special on the gear I wanted, and got them to write
    down a price. I took that price (about a 20% saving) got it price matched
    elsewhere, then returned to the Teds to tell exactly why I bought elsewhere.
    They just ummed and ahhed. I smiled and walked out.

    (BTW knowing what I know now, I think Michael's paid too much for the gear.
    $900 was probably the fair point at that time)
     
    PlaneGuy, Oct 29, 2003
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  6. I know of a guy with some Hasselblad gear. He walked around and the highest
    offer he got was $2000 from the various professional camera stores. He
    approached a friend of mine and was offered $5000. Obviously he took the
    deal.

    One of those SAME camera stores found out my friend had the gear and was
    desperate to buy one of the lenses because they had a customer waiting for
    one and was willing to pay $2500 for it. Greed is a terrible thing.
     
    David in Perth, Oct 29, 2003
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  7. David in Perth

    John Guest

    are you in Melb?
    JJ
     
    John, Oct 29, 2003
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  8. David in Perth

    Miro Guest

    So the point of going back to Teds to talk shit was ?
     
    Miro, Oct 29, 2003
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  9. David in Perth

    PlaneGuy Guest

    Made me feel good!! If someone tries to screw you, its good to tell 'em that
    it has just hurt their bottom line.
     
    PlaneGuy, Oct 29, 2003
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  10. David in Perth

    PlaneGuy Guest

    I was in Melb at the time.
     
    PlaneGuy, Oct 29, 2003
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  11. David in Perth

    j Guest

    Wonder how much they'd told the customer they would have to pay for said lense?
     
    j, Oct 29, 2003
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  12. David in Perth

    Miro Guest

    Why not just live with the fact that you know what is best for you. 3 quotes
    is good business practice. You know nothing about the company or the policy
    of warranty. You know nothing about the rent or the overheads or debt
    levels.

    Telling people shit doesnt do anything to them .......they still have to
    deal with their own policy and their own problems.
     
    Miro, Oct 30, 2003
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  13. David in Perth

    SJM Guest

    And if anyone knows about dealing with his own problems it's Miro........


    |
    | | > Made me feel good!! If someone tries to screw you, its good to tell 'em
    | that
    | > it has just hurt their bottom line.
    |
    | Why not just live with the fact that you know what is best for you. 3
    quotes
    | is good business practice. You know nothing about the company or the
    policy
    | of warranty. You know nothing about the rent or the overheads or debt
    | levels.
    |
    | Telling people shit doesnt do anything to them .......they still have to
    | deal with their own policy and their own problems.
    |
    |
     
    SJM, Oct 30, 2003
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  14. David in Perth

    Miro Guest

    Que ? I subscribe to the DGF policy.
     
    Miro, Nov 1, 2003
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