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Dealers hiking up prices?


filmforever 7 695
3 Feb 2011 8:50PM
Looking at secondhand camera prices recently, (particularly film models) both online and in AP, I've noticed a tendency for some dealers to hike up their prices from one month to the next. For instance one dealer advertising a Yashica 124G in near mint condition one week for 245, wanted 275 the following week.
Recently I purchased a s/h Nikon FM2n described as ExcXX for 199, from Ffordes (a dealer who's prices always seem reasonable). Yet some dealers are advertising the same model in worse condition for nearly 100 more!!

Is there a campaign afoot, I wonder, to artificially convert some cameras into "classics", in order to attract collectors rather than photographers?

We've all seen this happen to Leica "M" prices; anything in decent condition seems to merit close to a four figure sum. And Rolleiflex prices (when you can find them in decent condition) have rocketed.

Obviously to a certain extent, as cameras become discontinued and harder to find in good condition, then prices go up, but you can't help the feeling that some dealers are accelerating the process.

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
3 Feb 2011 8:57PM

Quote:Obviously to a certain extent, as cameras become discontinued and harder to find in good condition, then prices go up, but you can't help the feeling that some dealers are accelerating the process


It happens, and the often exaggerated prices on EBay don`t help Sad
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
3 Feb 2011 9:01PM

Quote:Is there a campaign afoot, I wonder, to artificially convert some cameras into "classics", in order to attract collectors rather than photographers?


How? What are the lines of communication 'twixt these nefarious scoundrels?

Sure - camera dealers talk to each other. Fact. I have friends in the photographic industry but, there is no 'plot afoot' to hike prices.

At the end of the day it's simple market forces - 'Supply - and... Demand'

Oh! (I nearly forgot Grin))

There a 'Recession' going on.

Wink
Snapper 9 3.8k 3 United States Outlying Islands
3 Feb 2011 9:01PM
I think there is a growing trend for those brought up on digital to want to try film just to see what it is like. When they ask around on a Forum they'll generally be told of a handful of cameras that are worth getting, including the FM2, and they'll start bidding and buying on the auction site. If the prices start to shift upwards on there, the dealers won't be far behind.

The other thing is that film shooters themselves are tending to go for a repairable manual camera like the ones you've mentioned to use in the long term, but they'll also have an electronic one which they use until it goes belly up and then they'll just bin it.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
3 Feb 2011 9:05PM

Quote:If the prices start to shift upwards on there, the dealers won't be far behind.


Oh! YUS!! (It's called 'Business')
filmforever 7 695
3 Feb 2011 9:40PM
There's one dealer in Camden Town who has a regular page ad. in AP, his prices for s/h gear are so way over the top, I don't know how he survives.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
3 Feb 2011 10:07PM

Quote:I don't know how he survives.


But....

He is!

Wink

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