- Mar 23, 2015
- Andrew Lossing
At 68, I guess I am one of the old guys, but I'm planning on making it through this. If It gets me I want my cameras given to photographers and family in Laos. There's one kid there with a good eye who likes the Canon D80 I got him, but loved my Leica X 113. I do too. But people stuck at home without work might end up selling things, including cameras, just to get by. I find that sadand the idea that the used marketplace might benefit from that suffering even sadder.I personally have a lot of anxiety about the COVID-19 virus. It's an existential worry. Most people are concerned about survival and not camera collecting.
I used to be a pretty avid eBay buyer and seller, but due to eBay's insane anti-seller policies, and now my worries about just surviving, camera collecting is not a major concern with me right now. I have suspended all my eBay activities.
Having said that, I try to keep my mind off the virus by sometimes scanning eBay and other venues.
So far, I have not seen much lowering of prices on the collector's market, even with COVID and the stock market disaster.
Do you think the market for rare and desirable photography items is going to tank?
Will a lot of the older guys who collect and love old cameras get killed off, depressing the market even more? Will families of deceased collectors start to dump rare and valuable cameras on the market?
What do you think?
PS: The vintage watch market has not been affected too much yet either. Maybe rare or gold Rolexes will be seen as barter? Unhappy times we live in.
That's interesting. In the past week I've had two unsolicited offers for gear that I've declined, and I don't even have a watch list. That's the first time I've received unsolicited offers since I joined eBay in its early days. The cynical side of me just chalked them up to opportunists trying to take advantage of the virus scare.I will say this: I've had a couple of lenses on my eBay watch list and I have received two unsolicited, direct offers from sellers, offering the lenses at lower prices. But I haven't seen any changes in the official listings of items.
Now that’s what an old photo should look like. Scratches, grain, and a ton of really interesting subject elements. The cat with a cast is sad but a really neat part of the photo. A nice range of tones.Here I am in the mid 1970's in one of my first NYC apartments and my cat. I'm holding a Nikon EL with an AW-1 winder. Still have both. I named my son after this cat. This was my favorite cat. The cat broke his leg and had a cast.
(Note the Kalimar 120 film camera on the window ledge)
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