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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-07-2008, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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E-bay question.

I noticed a seller on e-bay selling the exact same camera, case, battery, & memory card that was stolen from my hotel room a few weeks back.

Is there a smart way to get the serial number from either the seller, or through e-bay? It is possible this is just a coincidence so I don't want to cause problems for the seller if this is not my camera.

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Edit: I also notice the seller did not include the items that would come with this camera if purchased new like the box, manual, software, battery charger, cables, etc.

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ebay doesn't handle this, but if you're curious (and you have the serial number ON HAND), see if you can get the seller on the phone..... then, blithely ask him if the serial number falls into a certain range... tell him there was a recall on serial numbers up to XXXXX (this number being about 20 off from YOURS) and see what their response is.

most people would say 'ah no, its XXXYYY' or whatever.

At least that way, you'll know his phone number, and his name along with the seller ID/email.

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but I agree with CRSH's idea!

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Hotel was Knoxville, seller is in Kansas City, MO. I thought about that too, making it somewhat less likely this is my camera.

Not sure how much this matters...
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just find the box that ur cam came in, it has the serial number on it. if u dont have it you are SOL and give up.


edit, unless you processed some sort of warranty info, or the VERY unlikely chance the seller takes the serial number on the receipt at point of sale.

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Oh, I've got the serial #. My question is about how to proceed...
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ebay doesn't handle this, but if you're curious (and you have the serial number ON HAND), see if you can get the seller on the phone..... then, blithely ask him if the serial number falls into a certain range... tell him there was a recall on serial numbers up to XXXXX (this number being about 20 off from YOURS) and see what their response is.

most people would say 'ah no, its XXXYYY' or whatever.

At least that way, you'll know his phone number, and his name along with the seller ID/email.

good luck.



Say in the email you are not that good at writing so if they can call you you would appreciate it so you can ask a couple of questions and then proceed with method above.

because if its just thru email its a bit harder because then anyone can say, Oh, someone stole my email and posted that.

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Tell him you need the serial number to see if it is compatable with the program your running on your laptop. If he is selling it, there is a he doesn't know how to use them and doesn't know that any program will work. Make it seem like it needs a specific one.




Edit>>Oh, I see you got it already?
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Legally I dont think there is anything you can do even if it matches. Correct me if Im wrong but as far as the police know, you sold it to him already and are now claiming that he stole it from you. Just playing devil's advocate...
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Oh, I've got the serial #. My question is about how to proceed...
I live in Kansas City. If you wanted me to get in touch with him I could meet him somewhere to actually look at the camera and the serial #.
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I live in Kansas City. If you wanted me to get in touch with him I could meet him somewhere to actually look at the camera and the serial #.
Sounds like a good idea.. Troy, you should FedEx him a nice T-Ball bat.. Those are wonderful for up close negotiations with a thief.
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Sounds like a good idea.. Troy, you should FedEx him a nice T-Ball bat.. Those are wonderful for up close negotiations with a thief.
My ass. If he wants to pay for the lawyer when I get charged with assault, then I might contemplate it. I hope you get your stuff back. If there is one thing I can stand if people who have no morals.
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My ass. If he wants to pay for the lawyer when I get charged with assault, then I might contemplate it. I hope you get your stuff back. If there is one thing I can stand if people who have no morals.
That's why you use a fake name

Him "So your name is really John Doe? I didn't know anyone actually had that name for real"
You "oh yeah.. You'd be surprised how many of us there are.... So mind if I take a look at the camera?"
Him "Sure... oh hey.. What's up with the short baseball bat anyway?"
You "Nothing... Gimme A sec.. need to check out one more thing.. Yep.. That's it.. This is the one"

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Hahahaha.
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Is this it?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-PowerShot-...QQcmdZViewItem

BTW the KC location could be phony also and may be trying to scam people

Did yours have th scuffs on teh front also?

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Hey Troy, if the numbers match up then I'd call the cops. If the guy claims you sold it to him (which I doubt he would) then you could just have the cops call the hotel where you made the claim about it being stolen in the first place.

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I'd think that if he actually stole it he's not going to fall for some lame 'serial number' request. Best you can do is probably buy it and see if it's the same or not. Then track him down if the SN matches.

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Yes. I did not notice any scratches on mine & wasn't sure if the pictures are revealing a scratch or an odd reflection.

What's the best way to get a phone number from the seller? By asking questions on the auction??
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questions asked on auction: looking for battery life, how old, dimensions, serial weight
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On some auctions I see questions & responses included in the listing but on others I don't.

Is there a link in the listing that will take me to any questions that have been asked?

Again, my e-bay skills are fairly limited...
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On some auctions I see questions & responses included in the listing but on others I don't.

Is there a link in the listing that will take me to any questions that have been asked?

Again, my e-bay skills are fairly limited...
The seller can choose to make the questions public or not. If you don't see them the seller has decided to keep them private.

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I spend more time on ebay than I probably should, pretty comfortable with the workings of buying as well as selling. Ill let you know as soon as I get a reply
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The suspense...........
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I'm just curious, how was the camera stolen? Did they break into your hotel room? Did you leave it on the table, went out and when you came back the camera was gone?
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My serial ends in 6430 so that's not my camera. Thanks for doing some legwork! Next time we're at a ride or social gathering together, come grab me. I'll grab you lunch or a few brews


The camera was stolen out of my duffel bag in a hotel room in Knoxville while Eva was in the hospital. Usually I know better than to leave anything in a room but my priorities were a little out of whack when I checked in.
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