Hey all. I just bought a D300 on ebay. I was going through the sellers ebay and I was making jokes that it looks like its all stolen (due to the randomness and number of the items) Later I went to check out the serial number on the bottom of the camera to see if it was a US model or not, but the serial number sticker was taken off completely.
What do you think I should do about this? Also, are there any hidden serial numbers for the camera on the D300?
Edit: Quick follow up, Did some reasearch and found the serial number in the exif data. its 600xxxx which means it's a gray market Aussie camera. Do you think that could be the reason the serial number was taken off?
Removing the sticker sounds really shady. It's tough to explain that any other way. It does not just fall off. I think it requires the seller to confirm ownership.
The fact that it's gray market is not worth removing the serial number. Nikon Authorized service would probably handle the item even as a gray market - but might not as a stolen item. There are some parts that are only available from Nikon and that might not be available for gray market - but that's not a big issue as the repair would be uneconomical. To me, the only reason for removing a serial number is the item was stolen.
I would return the item and file a complaint on ebay. You don't want to knowingly have something that is stolen.
You could contact Nikon USA and they might have a suggestion on the serial number.
Hi all, I forgot to update. I did contact the seller and he apologized up and down. He sells items on consignment and agreed to trade me for another one with the serial number on it. He has alot of cameras for sale and many of which show the serial sticker in the images. So I'm ok there and I guess he is too, although there will probably be an issue with the guy he got it on consignment from. Oh and it's a US market cam too so all is well here. Thanks all, I was going to let it slide but you convinced me otherwise.