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Kwould

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#21 11 years ago

When ever I sell something on eBay, I always run it for 7 days and start it off with a $24.99 bid. That way the selling fees stay low. Don't worry about that price, people will bid on a package like that. As an example, I sold an old graphics card that I hadn't used in a couple of years on eBay recently - an AIW X800XT. I started the bidding at $24.99 and ended up getting over $160! That was more than what they could have bought it for new/retail.




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#22 11 years ago

But my gamecube....I'm guesstimating here but I think the overall value of it is roughly $200 US. Should I start the bidding at like 80 dollars?




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#23 11 years ago

If you want to, but the selling fees will be much higher and you will get fewer initial bids which may hurt your end selling price. The point to starting low is to create a bidding war enviornment. A bidding war will likely happen on a huge package like that if you start the bidding low. Here is an example The seller started the bidding at $25 and as of 7:35 PM Pacific time, it was going for $91. And this particular seller has 1 less controller, half the games and no memory cards. The key to selling your package is to put the focus on the games and accesories not on the system itself. Also, make sure to list it under both systems and games. Another example The seller started bidding on 32 games at $29.99, and as of 3:52 PM PDT, they were going for $341.33! See what I mean?




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#24 11 years ago

Ok.....so. This would be my first time using e-bay but, how long do bids last? Can you set it up yourself? Now, I'm already thinking about how to word the offer....lol....and I'm probably gonna start the bidding price at 25 dollars but fill me in on some more info. Lol. You've been a great help. :)




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#25 11 years ago

IIRC, the stardard number of days is 3, 5, 7 or 10. 10 days will cost extra, but 7 days should do you just fine. Listing it under more than one category will also cost extra, but in your case I think it would be imperative. You will also need a paypal account (If someone pays with a credit/debit card they will force you to upgrade to a Premiere account. This just means they can charge you a fee for accepting CC/DC payments). Most people who shop on ebay use paypal. If you do not accept paypal, many users will just pass right by you listing. I suggest taking a look at eBay's selling tutorials and reading as much as possible before you try to sell.




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Sorry for the late response, I saw you had some follow up questions and figured I could suggest some things.

GateCrusher420;4271626 I found a site that sells it at 369 but I don't know what comes with it so I'll probably stick with newegg. There is the D40X system which if I remember correctly is a 10.1MP unit that is available with or without a lens. I'll stick with the D40 for the time being. 6.1MP is pretty good...right? [/quote] I found that NewEgg has the cheapest price out there for the camera itself, anything lower is probably from some shady site (yes, even RitzCamera.com) and I know from GF that NewEgg is a good, trusty site.

I had some good advice when it came to megapixels, unless you are planning on printing massive 20x30 prints, having a 10 megapixel camera isn't really worth it. The thing about the base D40 is that its sensor is better than the D40x and that makes up for the difference in MP's with just a better raw image.

I doubt I will be doing that from the start...maybe later. My dad has an OLD (1970s era) SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera that has LOADS of lenses (5,000 dollar package back in the day....about 1,000 now....IT USES FILM....WTF is that?) which I know dSLRs can't use (made by Cannon by the way) but I'm curious about the flash he has. He camera has the, what is called....the Hot Boot, Hot Shoe....something like that and he has a add on flash for the camera. I wonder if I can use it. Any knowledge on that sort of stuff?

Now that's an interesting point. I hate to sway your decision, but if your Dad has a ton of Canon lenses, maybe going with a Digital Rebel XT might be a good idea. You'd have to learn how to use the manual focus on the lenses, but man...good glass is expensive and one helluva hand-me-down. Check to see if they are compatible with the Rebel XT, since I'm a Nikon guy now and am completely unreceptive to anything that starts with a "C" and ends with an "anon." ;)

I have GIMP which I use for graphics and such. I doubt I'll do much editing to my photo from the get-go. I'll wait until I'm really into the hobby of photography before I'll invest in photoshop. By the way, I bout a book called Photography for Dipshits....no wait.....The Joy of Digital Photography. Covers EVERYTHING about digital cameras, techniques, etc.

If you can get GimpShop, do it, it has such a better interface than regular GIMP.

Not sure if I'm before your time, but I used to use Photoshop a lot on here, and got quite good with it. Going from PS on my home computer to now Gimp on my laptop is painful. You spend a lot of money, but oh, how it is worth it. Still, there are people who can work Gimp like PS and I admire their steadfast dedication to learning Gimp.

Hmmm.....interesting. A few more things: 1) I'm probably going to have to invest in some filters, any recommendations (links if possible)? 2) I like to take photos of planes, cars, etc. I usually snap it when they are at the gate, parked, taxiing, taking off, climbing out, on approach, and landing. The distance I am away from the plane can be between 30 feet (my local airport....I almost got hit by a Learjet....lol) or I could be 400+ feet away from it (Raleigh Durham Intl). Any recommendations for lenses? 3) Lens hoods, I heard that they pretty good but yet I can't find any for the Nikon lenses. Any places where I can find one/some? 4) I don't want to break the bank.....so for right now....I'm sticking with the 1 lens that comes with it, the mem. card I get, and any filters. I can probably provoke my dad enough to get the memory card and the filters while I pay for the camera and the lens. My total budget for this buy is about 450 dollars TOTAL!!!! 5) Should I decide to take this "hobby" furthure, are classes worth it? 6) Tripods and monopods. I own a old, but sturdy tripod. Its not the best but it'll do. Its one of the older Pan/Tilt models. If I can find my current camera, I'll take a photo of it. What I'm getting at is, will the D40 stay put once I get it in place or will I need a WHOLE new tripod? Its the kind that you place the camera or something of the like on the top and you screw a "screw" into the bottom of the camera. All the cameras I have owned have a little whole on the bottom that's threaded that allows this. Is the D40 one of these? 7) MEMORY!!!! I'm planning on investing in a 4GB SDHC compliant SD memory card. Is it worth the buy? Its about 15 dollars so its cheap but its ok. Should I get it? 8) Batteries and chargers. I know that the camera comes with a charger and a Li-ion battery in the box but spare batteries that I have seen are REALLY expensive for this camera. Are there any places where I could get a backup battery(ies) for a lowish price? 9) Should I get a camera cleaning kit to clean off the inside (the CCD or something)? Should I get LCD protectors? 10) On the old SLRs, when you looked through the viewfinder, it looked out through the lens. Is that true with dSLRs? Thats about it for now. You guys have been loads of help. Keep it up. +rep for all of yall.

1) UV filter (any circuit city has it, I think...)

2) There is a Nikkor 75-300mm floating around somewhere, I know that. I haven't seen it advertised, but the school's newspaper that I am staff with has a D80 with that lens...takes good photos, that's for sure.

Problem is, with lenses (especially big zoom ones) a lot of them give you weird distortions at full zoom, so do your Homework on them.

3) Lens hoods come with most Nikkor lenses, but not with the 18-55mm kit lens, which for some reason doesn't have a slot to slide one on. Quite irritating, I must say.

4) The 18-55mm lens is a kit lens, meaning it comes with it, no matter what. If you find a place that says the 18-55mm is seperate, avoid! Nikon stocks it with a base lens, unlike Canon.

Also, there aren't any $50 lenses out there. Sure, there are a few, but they are not worth it. As I said, good glass is an investment that pays off in the long run.

5) Classes are worth it if you have the money. If you're like me, I rather just learn it on my own for a good number of years, and take a class later on to refine my skills. You learn a lot through trial and error, believe me.

6) Yes it is, I bought a tripod and it does that exact same thing. Very glad I bought it as well, it coincides with my love for long-exposure photography.

7) 4 GB? Well, I think you should be fine. I have a 2 GB and it works nicely, but I know professionals who use 4 GB cards. The old rule of memory cards in regards to game consoles still lingers with me, the bigger the storage, the more memory it might lose. Not sure if it applies to camera memory or not.

8) I have taken my camera to a race at Sebring for 9 hours on two days back-to-back (e.g. 18 hours) and didn't need a spare battery. I think the back-up battery can wait a little while. They're good to have, but not really necessary right now.

9) Get a cleaning kit, yes. Right now, both my lenses have spots on them, and I am quite obsessive about keeping them clean. They get dirty, plain and simple, and you can't clean them with a rag and water.

10) Yes, I'm pretty sure.

GateCrusher420;4272542I'm looking for a Yes or No answer. My question is should I get it. Here we go: Polarizer Skylight filter Add-on Flash Diffuser Cleaning Kit Thats it. My dad who used to be a photographer says that all I need to do is get the camera and lens and maybe a Skylight 1B filter as it doesn't really do anything and it protects the lens.

Skylight filter = UV filter, right?

I'll give you two lists:

1. Must have's:

Cleaning Kit

2. Could have's:

UV filter, add-on flash

[quote=GateCrusher420;4273805]Would GIMP work?

It works, but it is a pain to use if you know Photoshop. However, if you don't know Photoshop, you might have better luck than me.




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#27 11 years ago

Change of plans. I'm most likely going to get a D40X with a 18-200mm lens and a 4GB memory card. With that being said......any final recommendations? So here we go: Newegg.com - Nikon D40x Black 10.2 MP Digital Camera (Body only) - Camera Nikon Cameras - Telephoto Zoom G VR Nikkor Lens - 2159 - lens My dad are planning on purchasing this camera "set". I'm gonna buy the camera and my dad'll get the lens. I wish I could convince him to get me the 7,000 dollar 14.1 MP camera and the 4,000 800mm lens. Lol. This is planned bor the end of april. So if you have anything to say...say it now or forever hold your peace.....lol. Any idea of what the tripod mount for this camera is? I own one right now.




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#28 11 years ago

Is the 18-200mm the Sigma lens? If so, I've heard it is a pretty good one.

The above choice is certainly a bigger step than the aforementioned D40 with a kit lens, but if you have the money, feel free...but remember, the investments are the lenses, not the camera.

Tripod mount is just the typical screw in the bottom -- And leave the single digit camera models for later on. ;)




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#29 11 years ago

Do what for single digit cameras? lol. Yeah. A friend of my dad and the mother of one of me teammates (soccer team) is a "professional" photographer. She owns 2 dSLRs. My dad talked to her and she said the the regular D40 would be a piss poor investment. She told him to go with the D40X as it is a step up and a much better camera (in pic quality) and to go with the lens listed above.