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May 6, 2022 15:02:00   #
graybeard
 
I refer to these many items that one sees on Facebook, such as "we are overstocked/going out of business/feeling generous" ads offering a new CANON or NIKON camera with 3 lenses, 2 batteries, 2 memory cards, tripod, bag etc for $99 !!! Is there anything to this ?? or is it some kind of come on, and how does it work?

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May 6, 2022 15:06:51   #
rmorrison1116 Loc: Near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
 
They are scams. Think about it, where can you buy a new camera with 3 lenses, 2 batteries, and all the other stuff mentioned for $99.

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May 6, 2022 15:14:59   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
rmorrison1116 wrote:
They are scams. Think about it, where can you buy a new camera with 3 lenses, 2 batteries, and all the other stuff mentioned for $99.




$99 -
For an extra $200 they'll throw in a Buick.

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May 6, 2022 15:17:12   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
graybeard wrote:
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... or is it some kind of come on, and how does it work?

You send them money, they take it.
Simple.

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May 6, 2022 15:29:21   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
A photographer and their money are easily parted.

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May 6, 2022 15:38:58   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
A photographer and their money are easily parted.

(Works for boat owners also... )

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May 6, 2022 16:54:38   #
BebuLamar
 
They are scam. Ask them if you can do the transaction in person.

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May 6, 2022 16:58:09   #
graybeard
 
rmorrison1116 wrote:
They are scams. Think about it, where can you buy a new camera with 3 lenses, 2 batteries, and all the other stuff mentioned for $99.


Yes, that is why I labeled this "too good to be true". What I was curious about is what happens if you bite?? I am thinking they come back with a "we are all sold out on that item, but we can give you the same stuff for $3,000, enter credit card number here" sort of response. Anybody ever risk it??

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May 6, 2022 17:03:53   #
graybeard
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
A photographer and their money are easily parted.


I know. When I got my first digital DSLR, a Canon T3, I bought a bundle that included a "tripod, wide angle lens, and telephoto lens" for some cheap price. The tripod was tiny and on loosey goosey legs, the lenses were screw on attachments to your kit lens. The wide angle actually worked a little, but the TP was a farce. I only posted this because these ads are more common than a cockroach in harlem, and I have tried to filter them out but it doesn't work.

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May 6, 2022 17:08:52   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
graybeard wrote:
I refer to these many items that one sees on Facebook, such as "we are overstocked/going out of business/feeling generous" ads offering a new CANON or NIKON camera with 3 lenses, 2 batteries, 2 memory cards, tripod, bag etc for $99 !!! Is there anything to this ?? or is it some kind of come on, and how does it work?


Do you have an extra $99 to spend to find the answers to your questions?

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May 6, 2022 23:07:08   #
mwsilvers Loc: Central New Jersey
 
graybeard wrote:
I refer to these many items that one sees on Facebook, such as "we are overstocked/going out of business/feeling generous" ads offering a new CANON or NIKON camera with 3 lenses, 2 batteries, 2 memory cards, tripod, bag etc for $99 !!! Is there anything to this ?? or is it some kind of come on, and how does it work?


They are aimed at potentially gullible people who are willing to even entertain the idea that an obvious scam might be legitimate.

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May 7, 2022 00:46:54   #
alexol
 
These sort of things exist because there are people out there dumb enough, or perhaps simply so poorly educated, or somewhere between both, that they will bite.

These same people, once swindled, don't know enough to be capable of finding a solution or recourse.

In short, these scams exist because they work.

Most assuredly, someone, somewhere, has bought that extended warranty for their car from the telemarketing organisation that must have, by now, called everyone in the country multiple times.

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May 7, 2022 00:51:42   #
graybeard
 
alexol wrote:
These sort of things exist because there are people out there dumb enough, or perhaps simply so poorly educated, or somewhere between both, that they will bite.

These same people, once swindled, don't know enough to be capable of finding a solution or recourse.

In short, these scams exist because they work.

Most assuredly, someone, somewhere, has bought that extended warranty for their car from the telemarketing organisation that must have, by now, called everyone in the country multiple times.
These sort of things exist because there are peopl... (show quote)


You mean the extended warranty I took out on my extended warranty is a scam? Hoodah thunkit ?

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May 7, 2022 05:54:14   #
l-fox
 
graybeard wrote:
You mean the extended warranty I took out on my extended warranty is a scam? Hoodah thunkit ?


Hoodah Thunkit, wasn't she an actress in the 1920's?

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May 7, 2022 06:41:10   #
LFingar Loc: Claverack, NY
 
Longshadow wrote:



$99 -
For an extra $200 they'll throw in a Buick.
img src="https://static.uglyhedgehog.com/images/s... (show quote)


No! You heard wrong! It's a brand new Desoto. Fresh from the dealer showroom!

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