May. 10th, 2017

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 Last night I was looking through Gumtree for interesting offers when I found someone a couple of miles away who had an Eos 300D listed (with a link to an eBay listing) at £1.

So I clicked through to eBay and yes, it was advertised as working, with a minimum bid of 99p - and a buy it now price of £1!

So naturally I bought it.

What I expected was that I'd get a "sorry, there was a mistake in the listing" message and a refund. What I've got so far is the name and address for collecting it and a pick-up time this afternoon. This may mean that they haven't noticed that they got it wrong. Or it may be some sort of scam. Or You've Been Framed / Candid Camera / some other reality show thing. Or something like the apocryphal story of the guy whose will said his valuables should be sold and the proceeds given to his mistress, but left his wife in charge of administering the estate... the car version of this has someone getting a Rolls for £50, the camera version is a load of Leica gear for a tenner, and so forth.

Anyway, I'll know in a couple of hours - wish me luck!
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Just back from collecting the camera. And yes, there really was a camera, it wasn't a scam or Candid Camera, and it actually works, although it's a even more worn than the one I have. So far as I can make out, she didn't think it was worth anything and put a silly price on it to get rid of it quickly, rather than waiting for bids or giving it away on Freecycle. I'm going to give it a few days just to make sure that there's no second thoughts etc., then see if any of my family want it - one of my nieces was after an SLR a couple of years ago, not sure she'll want one with this low a specification but it never hurts to ask. I don't currently have any spare Eos lenses but several have come my way recently, I might pick up another.

If she isn't interested it'll be a nice one to list on eBay. They don't go for a huge amount, but I can be pretty sure I'll get my money back!

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