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PSA: Beware of Focus Camera

Discussion in 'Hot Deals - Find a Great Deal? Share It Here.' started by ScottinPollock, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    To be fair he accepted the lower price after being told that the camera's resale value was now much lower. But then later saw his camera being sold used on their site for the ORIGINAL resale price he was quoted. So yes, he accepted the offer only to find out it was based on an outright lie to get him to take the lower price. I imagine if he saw the camera being sold at a lower resale price backing up what he was told, he wouldn't have been pissed off. It would appear we was swindled.

    So take your victim blaming somewhere else if this thread bothers you. You don't have to follow what is going on since this is a stand along thread (you don't need to come back to keep up with other discussions in it).
     
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  2. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    Nothing else after this should matter. This is not a case of beware of Focus Camera - but a case of knowing what is being negotiated, what is acceptable, and what the terms are. If $375 was not acceptable, you should never had accepted it.

    I think you're lucky that Focus Camera is concerned enough about their reputation that they saw a post, responded, and provided more value than their initial estimate.
     
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  3. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Sure, if Focus camera was negotiating in good faith you might have a point. But they weren't. So yes it is exactly a case of beware of Focus Camera.


    You mean once Focus Camera double crossed someone who how to raise a public stink and wasn't going to just let it go like past victims about their practices, they were concerned that everyone else would be on to them as well and they would be out of the fleecing business?
     
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  4. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    If he was not knowledgeable about what the camera might sell for, well... I think trust but verify works here.
    He was neither fleeced nor double crossed - he received what he agreed to.

    It's called the art of negotiation - and even then the OP poster didn't seem to bothered until what he saw he believed be his former camera for sale at a higher price than he apparently thought. A simple check of eBay shows the camera going for $500-$720, all he had to do was negotiate for more or have them return the camera.
     
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  5. Tool Crazy

    Tool Crazy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 5, 2018
    In all fairness, the original "quote" is not a quote at all, it is an ESTIMATE. In fact, it's a range based on the description of the product that you provide.

    The actual quote is after they receive the camera, inspect and evaluate. That is the first quote.

    Anyone that has ever received quotes from them could verify this.
     
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  6. Tool Crazy

    Tool Crazy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 5, 2018
    This is from my emails with focus camera regarding the same camera, also a g85 or in my case a g80:

    "Thank you for reaching out to us in regards to selling your used equipment.



    The value of your equipment is in the range of up to $650 pending the condition and accessories included.



    We usually pay up to 70% of the value. If its pristine condition we pay more."

    As you can see, the initial number is not an actual quote. Noticed the words, "up to" and "pending" the condition.

    The words "up to" does not imply that is what you are guaranteed to receive. You also have to take into consideration the 70% of whatever they value the camera at.
     
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