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August 25, 2011 12:49 PM Subscribe
Name that scam: NYC high-def camera lens edition.
posted by Iteki to shopping (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
While visiting NYC recently, the mrs wandered off with a salesman in a store and started getting the uncomfortably hard sell put on her. The store was near Times Square and was having a going-out-of-business sale, at least allegedly. They were selling awful old dusty computer tat for weirdly expensive prices (those old angled pc-microphones for like ten dollars and so on).
Anyhow, to cut a longish story short, the guy showed the mrs a third party lens, high definition, wide angle blahblah. He did some demos with it showing how it let in more light, could take pics in lower light etc. This was using our own camera. He then offered us a special reduced price of like 800 dollars and I laughed my ass off. He then tried to sweeten the deal by, iirc, throwing in a relatively long Canon lens. So, the deal would have been a purportedly 1500 dollar lens and a 500 dollar Canon lens I think he said, for the 800 dollars.
Giving the guy the benefit of the doubt, it's a hundred buck wide-angle add-on lens and an older model Canon lens I am guessing?
So, to the tl;dr: What was the "high-definition, low light, wide angle lens" he was offering for a mere 800 smackeroos, as the results were pretty impressive and I could imagine paying 50 bucks for something that worked like that. Also is the "we have to be out of the building by friday" store a scam.