The other evening I put my old DSLR on Gumtree to sell. The following morning I received a phone call asking if he could buy it from me as soon as possible. I agreed.
Next thing my phone went wild with text messages and phone calls with people wanting to know more about my camera.
I received the following WhatsApp message – the same person had tried to call me two seconds earlier, but I was in a meeting and couldn’t take the call – and found it bizarrely humorous.
(Please note: I have not amended Unknown’s grammar deliberately.)
Unknown number: Howsit, is your camera still available?
Nicola: Hi, I have a potential buyer looking at it tomorrow.
Unknown number: Oh ok….what’s wrong with the lens?
Unknown number: Can you send a pic? Also how bad are they?
Nicola: I will send pics tomorrow, depending on sale – otherwise, I’m giving them away to buyer. They are rather bad…
Unknown number: Ok cool, well let me know. I would be interested in swapping.
Nicola: Swapping what? I have upgraded my camera and that is why I am selling…
Unknown number: I have a CO2 Hand gas gun, it’s a CZ 75 D compact. Awesome gun
Nicola: Please tell me; what on Earth am I going to do with a gun?
Unknown number: It’s a gas gun…. *sends image of a gun* Looks and feels real but shoots steel bb’s… Well if you are interested. They are worth the same. So up to you mate. I bought the gun for R1500. So up to you?
Nicola: Sorry, but I want cash. Thanks anyway.
Unknown number: Selling as I am going overseas on holiday and don’t have a camera to take pictures with…that’s the main reason else I would keep it. Last time I went, I had to use my phone. If you change your mind please let me know. Thanks.
In the end, I met him the potential buyer the next day, handed over the body and three 3 lenses, and accepted cash in hand, which I’ll be putting towards the wide angle, lens fund already started, I could lie my body over smouldering coals for.