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JerryLoSardo Gold Member Charter MemberTue 15-Jan-13 01:34 AM
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"Would like your opinion"


Frederick, US
          

Greetings All!

I'd like some input on the following:

I have a rather expensive lens posted on the "I Want To Sell" forum. In response to my posting I was contacted via PM by an individual who is requesting that I provide him the serial number of the lens. No offer, no declaration of interest, nothing else, just a request for the serial number. According to the Nikonians directory, this individual has zero posting history.

I don't intend to reply to this request because it doesn't pass the smell test with me. Why on earth would someone want to know the serial number of my lens? Perhaps trying to establish if it's a US version? Maybe it's a method of his to search for his stolen lens? Or is it some sort of...what? I'm truly at a loss here. Any ideas? Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

Jerry LoSardo
Frederick, Maryland

  

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Pouncer Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Tue 15-Jan-13 01:47 AM
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Memphis, US
          

I'd reply and ask why. Eliminating the possibility of the lens being gray market is one possibility, but why not mention that? I can't imagine searching for a stolen lens online by asking every private seller to provide a serial number.

For older lenses where there are several different versions, I will cross reference serial numbers to
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html just to double check things before purchasing. But I wouldn't ask that for a current model AF-S lens (I assume this is in reference to the 24-70 f/2.8).

Garrett

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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005Tue 15-Jan-13 01:49 AM
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Nope.

An undeniable paradox: To think that there is any such thing as an absolute rule is at worst naïve, and at best, shortsighted. There is no such thing as an always-true, all context- or situation-salient, absolute rule that always holds true…including this one!

  

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Tue 15-Jan-13 01:52 AM
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Lowden, US
          

I see no legitimate reason for you to provide the serial number.

I would probably respond, via PM, and ask why he wants the serial number and what his concerns may be.

If he is trying to determine if it is a USA lens just tell him it is and that the warranty card and original sales receipt will be included when the lens is sold.

Of course since he has not given you any indication that he may buy from you then maybe ignoring the PM would be best.

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Captain Rich Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Sat 19-Jan-13 08:40 PM
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Savannah, US
          

And if you determine he's legit, I would still only give the first few digits of the serial number, omitting the last 3. that should give him enough information to determine what he's looking for (US or not, year produced, etc.). If he buys it, he'll get the lens and all the digits. I see no valid reason to provide a full serial number to someone asking out of the blue. Smells like a scam to me.

Rich

  

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PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009Sat 19-Jan-13 09:18 PM
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Kingston, CA
          

There is a web site that logs Nikon lens serial numbers and makes an attempt at calculating from this how many have been made. (I don't think it is reliable but interesting nonetheless). I think this is it:

http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

Perhaps this potential buyer is trying to asses whether the lens is from a particular batch, thinking this will provide info on the quality of the lens (early manufacturing, recent manufacturing, place of manufacture, etc.). Just a guess.

Peter

  

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#6. "RE: Would like your opinion"
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Richmond, US
          

But then the buyer does not need every single digit... I don't see any good reason to provide all of the digits; all but the last four should be good enough.

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JerryLoSardo Gold Member Charter MemberSun 20-Jan-13 08:34 PM
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#7. "RE: Would like your opinion"
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Frederick, US
          

Thanks everyone for your advice and opinions. I chose to ignore the poster's request.

Jerry LoSardo
Frederick, Maryland

  

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BR Registered since 17th Nov 2006Wed 23-Jan-13 04:38 PM
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Glen Mills, US
          

Even if his intentions in this instance are not diabolical, I think the conclusion of your smell test is appropriate. What kind of a buyer will he be if he is not communicative even about this?

On another note - some unsolicited advice. For an expensive item like this, when using PayPal you should ship it with signature confirmation in order to get PayPal's seller protection, for whatever that's worth.

Barry

  

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JerryLoSardo Gold Member Charter MemberThu 24-Jan-13 09:43 AM
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Frederick, US
          

That's good advice, Barry, thanks.

Jerry LoSardo
Frederick, Maryland

  

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