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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2005

    Not Digital, But Watch Yourself on Craigslist

    I've been looking for a Hasselblad 501CM or 503CW and found 503CW kit w/ a CFE lens on Craigslist locally for $1500(US) which is a great price. I replied to the Craigslist ad and got back a sketchy way to contact the seller. The ad gave serial numbers of the body and lens and for whatever reason I did a Google search of the body serial number. I had 3 hits, one being the Craigslist ad, another was a very reputable ebay seller, and the last seemed to be a search engine of some kind to locate specific cameras. This raised my suspicions enough to contact the legit ebay seller, who I recieved an email back from stating it was absolutely a scam and the kit on Craigslist was a copy of his ebay ad and the camera was in his warehouse.
    Not sure how prevalent this sort of scam is, but I thought I'd give a headsup as a caution to all.

    This is the Craigslist ad (Southeast Massachusetts)....

    Legit ebay sellers ad.... note the descriptions are identical....

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Formerly South Wales. Now South Carolina.
    Lol. The real givaway: I had a Hassleblad as a gift but I already have one... Umm... new that was a $5,000 camera!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    I'd go on eBay. With eBay you have seller ratings, as well as recourse should the sale go south. But even on eBay you can get taken for a ride. Just remember the old addage - "Let the buyer beware."

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