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Old Jul 2, 2006, 10:22 PM   #1
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I love to browse eBay for lens bargains and occasionally follow links from one seller to the next and find myself on different eBay sites.

eBay Australia is different to eBay UK and eBay USA and I can garauntee eBay sites in other countries have different set ups as well.

I decided to do a basic search on two sites eBay Australia and eBay UK. Criteria were:
"worldwide search" under "All catergories" for Pentax and Lens. See the results below.

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Old Jul 2, 2006, 10:43 PM   #2
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Thats a difference of 360 items. I continued on with my search and increased the criteria to include only 50mm lenses and then sorted into highest price first.

On the eBay UK website you don't even see this item
"PENTAX SMC P-FA 50mm F1.4 Lens **BR. NEW IN BOX+WARNT** "

I noticed this a few months ago when I was searching for a Vivitar 120-600mm lens. I had found one and I was watching it on my "Watch this" list, but when I did a search for Vivitar lenses in the search window it never came up, yet I could click on my "Watching this" link and find it.

This item
Asahi Pentax 50mm Makro Takumar f/4 Lens
appears on both USA and UK eBay but doesn't even appear on eBay Australia with a search of this with a direct copy and paste.


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Old Jul 2, 2006, 10:49 PM   #3
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Lastly, do a world wide search on 300mm pentax lens in all catergories, Results:
eBay Australia 221
eBay US 26
eBay UK 26

eBay Australia shows english listing for Vivitar Multi-Coated f4.2-5.8/70~300mm Pentax KA Mount ebay Item 290002619145. This doesn't come up under eBay UK search.

eBay Australia also shows Asutralian listing for SIGMA 100-300mm AF Zoom lens eBay item 280002822955. This item doesn't appear on either UK or US eBay list when the search is done.

What I am saying is be prepared to open different eBay websites from different countries when you are hunting out that next Lens bargain to address your LBA.

Enjoy your hunting on

UK http://www.ebay.co.uk/
US http://www.ebay.com/
Australia http://www.ebay.com.au/
Italy http://www.ebay.it/
France http://www.ebay.fr/
Germany http://www.ebay.de/
Canada http://www.ebay.ca/
China http://www.ebay.com.cn/
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 3:36 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips Crashman.

It seems though, from what I have found, only older manual focus non-digital lenses are readily available, not higher end DG lenses from Sigma which I swear on.

Sigma 70-200 APO DG is almost impossible to find on Ebay Australia :sad:
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 5:12 AM   #5
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There's also Belgium and the Netherlands: www.ebay.be www.ebay.nl

Did you check where the seller ships in the cases you didn't find the matches?

I was under the impression the criterium "worldwide" searches for auctions that will ship to your country.

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Old Jul 3, 2006, 5:23 AM   #6
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i only speak english.. of course that's natural as i live in the states.
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Also, try fatfingers.com to start your search. Does not only your search, but every possible typo of your entered search...you know, the ones that no one but you will get to see...

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i just bought 2 zooms that need a little work on for a song. if what i think is wrong with them it's a real easy fix and they will be available soon.
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Brasher, I have found heaps of Simga lenses, but they are all New on eBay. There are some older Sigmas out there though. Just got to keep hunting.

TDN, I only listed the ones I knew about, I didn't even consider that there others.

Worldwide...hmmm

I went to the chinese eBay, most of the words wouldn't display on my browser due to different fonts, but the items did display, so as a shot i the dark I searched for Pentax lenses and got stuff all, then I did Nikon D200 and located a heap all going for under $500 Aus. I copied the item number and then went back to my english eBay Australia browser and pasted the item number in and got the whole listing in english.

The ad says worldwide, but the payment says that there are no payment options for my country and I cannot bid, they even had Nikon DX1 or D1X or what ever they are for under $500 Aus, now thats scary, those things are worth $4000 AUS.

ROBAR Said "i only speak english.. of course that's natural as i live in the states."

Robar, you have no idea how wrong that statement could have been. I saw a documentary on the history of the USA. Apparently there was a referendum to decide the official language of America a long time ago and English was voted as the Official language. It beat the next voted language by only 4%, that language was German.

Now that would have made for an interesting couple of world wars!!

If you read my post to TDN you will see that you can search the other sites and copy across the item number to get th english translation and local price. Never let language get in the way of a good bargain.
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http://cgi.ebay.com.cn/ws/eBayISAPI....D%26saprchi%3D



Looks like someone is selling something a bit early...
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