I noticed a string of Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 lenses popping up on e-Bay lately. I've seen at least five of them in the past two months. They were all listed by different sellers with 0 feedback. All had VERY similar and very short descriptions (lens was used 5-10 times, no issues etc.). All were originating from Canada but specifying that the lenses were US-versions. Pictures were all very poor and done over wrinkled bedding or something alike. Prices were bid up from $2,650 to $4,500. I found them very suspicious. Anyone else noticed those?
Probably bogus, and now the listing has been removed...
I remember once, out of sheer boredom, checking availability and price of 200-400VR on the Bay. I had found one or two that looked serious, but also various associated items that were clearly posted by people who were either stupid or dishonest. The most amusing one was a rubber band to stop lenscrawl, advertised as compatible with the 200-400
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A friend of mine recently sent me a couple of links to 500/4 AFS ebay listings (he wants one, apparently seriously). Two different sellers, both with good and extensive feedback. The two listings had the following in common:
1. Both for too good to be true Buy It Now prices (maybe $1000 or so) 2. Both had the same identical images, but "home made" images, not Nikon marketing images 3. Both had instructions, including email contact information, embedded in JPG images (to thwart eBay police looking for rules violations, in this case request for direct contact) 4. Both had instructions to contact the seller first.
Maybe other similarities. The email addresses in the JPGs were different. I explained the scam to my friend, and guessed that the seller accounts were hacked, explaining the good and extensicve feedback (the one anomaly in those otherwise typical scam listings). The real (scam) seller did not need an eBay account since he was looking specifically for direct contact to conclude the transaction outside eBay.
Just for grins my friend contacted one seller, who immediately responded that his account was hacked and they were NOT his listings. The listings disappeared shortly after.
Edit: I'm sure a quick search of prior 500/4 images would turn up a legit listing with the same images. I just didn't take the time since I knew that was likely the case. Very common tactic with high end telescopes and i'm sure other expensive items. It pays to search similar prior listings to see if the image in question is legit or just downloaded from some other listings.
Aside from the zero seller rating those listings actually don't have the other typical markers, such as Too Good To Be True buy it now prices, attempts to settle outside ebay via jpg embedded text, and in particular demands for payment outside paypal.
I know. But I am convinced they are all coming from the same source (listed as Ontario, Canada). This dirty wrinkled bed sheet was pictured in other/previous listings of this kind. Are they stolen? Fake? What??? Blows my mind...