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📷 Jerome offers useful tips for not getting burned when buying old cameras on eBay. Read The Rules of Acquisition (eBay Edition)

📷 Mike Eckman has been finding obscure cameras lately for his review series. The latest is a German camera from Braun, the Paxette IIM. Pro tip: Germans pronounce “Braun” like “brown,” not “brawn.” Read Braun Paxette IIM (1953)

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14 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Cynthia Avatar

    I would say the German pronounciation is between the two, but closer to ‘brawn’. The vowel sound is shorter, the ‘w’ twang not present.

    1. Marc Beebe Avatar

      Yes, a bit like ‘bron’. Although as with all languages there are regional and individual accents!

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      In German, “au” is prononuced like “ow” minus, as you say, the w twang. Augen (eyes) is ow-gen, traurig (sad) is trow-rig. Here’s a German Braun commercial for your listening pleasure!

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Very interesting site on eBay buying, Jerome has certainly done a long hard think on buying on his site. I offer one more caveat after years of buying camera equipment: I no longer buy camera equipment from any non professional camera seller located east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason/Dixon line. I consider this to be the high humidity, fungus growing south, and avoid camera sellers like the plague. I’ve been sent lenses so full of fungus, described as clean and clear, that you couldn’t take a picture through them. No lens or camera survives sitting in anyone’s basement or garage for 15 years in Georgia, the Carolinas, or anywhere else in the Deep South east. The flip side of this, is much like rustless vintage cars, Arizona and New Mexico is unlikely to be the source of high fungus used lenses.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You live, you learn, for sure!

    2. Kodachromeguy Avatar

      You are right about the fungus problem. When I looked for a Soviet Jupiter-8 a few years ago, I found one from a seller in Arizona. That increased the chance of it being clean, and sure enough, the coating was almost perfect.

  3. Marc Beebe Avatar

    egoBay solved the scam-sale problem for me – by locking me out without explanation. Honestly they could not do a worse job running their site even if Elon Musk owned it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I read the other day about a guy who created his first eBay account, placed an item for sale, and found his account to be immediately locked. He contacted support and they could only tell him that the decision was final. WTH?

  4. Kodachromeguy Avatar

    “I-don’t-know-anything-about-cameras.” This absolutely baffles me. Why would a seller write this even if it is true?

    Don’t bother me. I’m too lazy to spend 5 minutes on Google and figure out what I am trying to sell.
    Oh please, please, have mercy and don’t ask me difficult questions.
    I’m a scumbag and figure I can get away with the sale if I claim to not know anything about cameras. And I hope that you will be too frustrated to go to the trouble of trying to return it.
    Other sellers wrote the same lame comment, and I figured I may as well do the same because I don’t have enough imagination to think it through.
    If I don’t say this, then I may have to spend a few extra calories on the sale such as checking if a AA battery fits or if there is fungus in the lens.

    I usually steer clear of dim light bulb sellers like this.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I don’t get it either. But I’ve gotten some gems from those sellers when the price was low enough. I also have been burned, but again, when the price was low and it didn’t matter so much.

  5. Jerome Avatar

    Jim, thanks for the mention! I spend too much time on eBay tracking down obscure Minolta gear. Finally, I decided to write the Rules of Acquisition because a definite set of patterns emerged. The IDKMAC group is particularly irritating.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I used to buy from that crowd when the price was right; I knew I was taking a risk but it paid off more often than it didn’t. Now I want cameras in much better condition and so I steer clear.

    2. Kodachromeguy Avatar

      I forgot one other possibility for that crowd:

      ” If I write about the article and take decent well-lit pictures, I might get XX dollars for the sale. But if I claim I know nothing and just post the thing, I might get 0.5 XX. I’m such a lazy turd, I’ll take the 0.5 XX.”

      1. Jerome Avatar

        Yep. Two images is not enough for my consideration.

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