Hi! I am Luis . I am a Computer Scientist and Network Specialist. I am also the mastermind behind my web sites; VirtualCameraBoutique.com, MultimediaSolutions.us, and SigmaCumLaude.com. My personal interests are all related to the Visual Arts. For example I program Virtual Spaces and Virtual Objects, Graphic User Interfaces and Web Galleries. I use both Dreamweaver and Flash but also some less known ,more advanced applications, like Demicrom Wirefusion 3D and 3D Photo Builder Professional.
I have been involved with Photography and Camera equipment for the last 40 years, mostly in Europe and lately in America. I am not a collector but a practitioner. My focus is on photographic Fine Art , of which fine cameras are an essential part. My equipment has been been put together by me by integrating the best of analog with the best of digital ; a synergetic fusion of Sigma digital cameras and Leica Apochromatic lenses. Nevertheless I continue to use medium size format film on Linhof camera bodies, customized by me ,for Super Wide Angle, Panoramic Photography.
I also write Tutorials and Reviews that can be found in my web sites, on Amazon.com, and some of them, on eBay.
Speaking of eBay. eBay is a Virtual Community that provides a service to Sellers and Buyers,to perform ,among other formats, what is known as an English Auction , a type of auction in which bidders publicly announce their successively higher bids until no higher bid is forthcoming. Like in any auction, the items are offered as they are (As Is) based on images and descriptions alone and no warranties or returns are implied. eBay has no return policy, and they cannot have it, since eBay doesn't sell the items ,the seller does , consequently, the return policy of an auction is up to the person listing it (i.e. - the seller). By definition all Auction Sales are Final , since , like in all demand-driven sales , the final prices are the result of the competition among bidders , based on their interest on the object of the bid, and therefore ,the item cannot be returned, it can only be sold again by its new owner ,if not satisfied, like when buying stock ,for example.
However, some sellers, in order to increase the appeal of their products, will opt to offer a return policy and will specify the terms and conditions that apply for a return, nonetheless, it will still be up to them to accept the return, and they remain free to decline it, if they feel the return is not warranted.
I am a seller that has chosen not to offer a return policy , instead, to increase the appeal of my listings, I carefully purchase selected camera components from listings on eBay, and put together Hard to Find, Unusual Outfits. Therefore all my listings are traceable to their sources and their stated physical condition and serial numbers are easily determinable and accessible on eBay records. I only buy and resell items that are described as to be in good condition ,by their sellers and to my own assessment. However their condition, as in any old used item , is always unknown, as each mechanical part, that makes up a camera ,has a finite number of cycles that it could go trough ,before failure . In a 20 year old camera this factor is undeterminable ,making it impossible for anyone to infer a realistic assessment of functionality, capable of leading to a warranty. EBay’s own Buyer Warranty Services policy, for example, when describing products that are eligible for coverage ,under a purchased eBay Service Plan , states that if the product is used or refurbished, it must be less than 5 years old. I only deal with camera gear that is on average 30 years old and, for that reason, I don’t make any representation as of their condition or appearance, (this being another highly subjective subject), and, as it is my right to do, I refuse to accept any warranties that could be implied. I base my position on the objective, common sense assessment, that any assumptions of that nature are unrealistic and definitely out of place. Whoever is indulging in buying such old collectible apparatus, should know, and accept, the obvious fact, that they are placing themselves in the hands of chance, whose outcome would have nothing to do with, either the seller or the buyer, but rather with serendipity. My Warranty Disclaimer is displayed clearly on eBay’s conspicuous, designated section, for Shipping and Return Policies, on all my listings.
So how can you buy confidently with such a non return policy? By carefully looking at the Feedback given by buyers and sellers, that have detected sufficient knowledge and character in my listings , as to allow them to make informed purchase decisions and whose satisfaction has been high enough to motivate them to willingly express themselves , publicly, leaving positive feedback on their shopping experience, for the benefit of others, like you .
My Non Return Policy is really a protection from unscrupulous, mischievous, people that buy cameras on eBay, only to swap parts on them, before returning them for a refund, therefore improving their personal collection, at the seller’s expense. It should not offend you, unless you are one of them. These people are easily detected on the Feedback forum as they tend to use strong, defamatory, language that stands out in red, clearly dissonant from the general overall tenor of the feedback, as their only intention is to hurt.
In any auction it is up to the bidders to make questions and not to assume anything that is not explicitly in the listing.