by Hello Harold
Posted on July 10th , 2019 at 10:00 AM
Ah, the world of online secondhand markets. It’s a wonderful place full of everyone’s favorite goods at reduced prices; everything and anything is on there. It’s even better than Disneyland! The only downside to the whole thing is the constant worry about vbeing scammed. Online, you can make anything seem better than it really is; Kylie Jenner’s Snapchat is proof of that. As you delve into the wonders of the secondhand market you can become easily taken aback by the products they have to offer on there, until a defect, sooner or later, pops up and completely ruins the little joy you received from this product. Not to be a complete downer, there are so many great things on the online market, but one can never be too sure. Unlucky for most of us, we might not realize we’re being scammed until after we’ve bought and received our product. After several incidents of the like, I’ve learned to stay wary of my purchases, but I’ve had my fair share of horrible shopping experiences.
The time someone sold me a discontinued camera brand
My deep love for cameras and photography had reached new heights when I decided to buy a vintage film camera, and reached new lows when I realized how stupid I had been. I asked my friends if they had any idea where I could buy a cam of the sort and I was redirected to a group where people bought and sold vintage objects. I found a camera that looked pretty cool, so I contacted the seller concerning price and conditions. We set up a skype meeting where he sampled the camera in front of the screen and told me about its age, conditions, and so on. It looked really good: No scratches, no damages, everything seemed to be working just right.
It was around $30, which is pretty good for the camera of the like, so I thought why not. Even though the whole thing was done online, we met up so I could take the camera and exchange him in cash. When I was there, I examined the camera and gave it a good look. It was still in great condition, so out of excitement I paid him on the spot. When I got home, I sent a picture to my friend exclaiming how happy I was that I finally found a film cam and that it looked really cool. He congratulated me, but then soon said the only words that could have killed my mood that day: “You should know that you won’t be able to use it though.” My friend, expert in film cams and collector of them all, burdened me with the news that this camera was discontinued only a year after its release as a result of a lawsuit from a competing company that preached trademark. What this meant was that not only was the camera a rarity, the film was nearly impossible to find. I searched all over Amazon hoping to find just one pack of film, only to find comments repeating the same thing my friend said. All the film I found was either expired, or used.
I was an idiot. Yes, I’m knowledgeable when it comes to photography, and yes, I know my way around DSLR cameras, but I have not one spec of knowledge concerning film cameras. I had not done my research, nor had I even thought to ask around. I acted impulsively by buying something just because it looked well and was sold well. Now, said camera hangs on my shelf in an everlasting state of despair, never to be used again. The moral in the story? Do your research kids. Never buy something so impulsively again.
The time my aunt bought a doll’s dress
My aunt was doing some online shopping on one of the big retail websites, and spotted a dress she could not stop thinking about. For the next few days, she went back and forth debating whether she should get buy it or if it’s too risky to buy clothing online. She kept asking “What if it doesn’t fit? What if the size is too small? What if the quality is not so good?” She thought about it for a few days before finally latching on to her credit card and making the purchase. A month later (no thanks to the slow Lebanese postal service), the dress arrived and you could almost see how relieved she was that she wasn’t scammed. She said that if it had arrived, nothing could go wrong. That is, until she opened it and realized the dress was much shorter than expected, and much smaller. It became clear to her that she couldn’t even it get on to try it because of how abnormally small it was on her. The dress was actually a doll’s dress. Although the pictures perfectly showed a model sporting the dress, the description made no indication that the dress was not made for a person. She never bought anything online ever again.