Need Help - Is Adorama being fair?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by projectone, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. projectone macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2008
    They bought my canon elan 7ne camera for $70 dollars. The rep told me that it was marketed for only 100 and he will pay 70%. So i accepted it. But today when I searched for it on their website it is listed for $274 and rated as like new, which it should be because i never used it. So If it is $274 wouldn't i receive (274*.7) $191? Can someone explain this.
    And here is the listing.
  2. projectone thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2008
    Oh and i forgot. the $70 i got was for an EF 28-105mm f4/5.6 lense.
  3. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    I see several of those on the Adorama site, how you do know that particular one is yours? Not all of them are being sold at the $274.

    If you sold your camera outright to them, then they can do what they want. They may get more than the $70 they paid you, but they may also get less (and hence lose money on the deal.) The risk is entirely theirs.

    If you had a consignment arrangement with them, then you should get a percentage of whatever price they sell it for. Perhaps you would get less $70, perhaps you would get more. Both you and Adorama would be sharing the risk.

    Is it fair, I don't know... But you made the deal.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    So you are saying "never mind, got my facts mixed up"?

    The definition of "fair price" is what a willing buyer pays a willing seller. So if you both agreed to the price it is fair.
  5. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Ever sell an old DVD or videogame at the trade-in store?

    I sold a DVD TV show set for $6 cash, they in turn sell it for $17.99. At the videogame store, I sell a game for $4, they in turn sell it for $11.99.

    I sold some lenses to a different place for cash an I got $25 each for it. They in turn sold them for $100.

    They have to charge extra for cleaning, inspection, adjustments, and a warranty for the next buyer.

    It's more like .25 so 274 x .25 = 68.50, so $70 seems right.
  6. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Confused here

    Is it just the body or body with a lens?

    Though in the end any sale of a used item requires research on your part. Working in the photo retail side of things I can tell you that one man's mint is another man's bargain basement deal.

    Not sure what the "real" condition of the item(s) were; but does sound like you might have been low balled. There are sources out there you should have checked; Craig's List, KEH, and even eBay. Not sure if you have any used camera dealers in your area; but did you check them out?

    Sadly in the end it is much like selling your 2006 Civic for just $3000 to a local dealer. And them selling it for $10K. They won and you lost.
  7. projectone thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2008

    i have to say, "buying" from them is a really great experience. Items are of superior quality and shipping is pretty decent but not as fast as businesses (newegg) but i cannot complain since it shipped from NY to Las Vegas.

    I'll give them credit for that. Maybe it was just a bad rep i was dealing with. :)
  8. flakes8 macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2009
    New England

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