I’ve bought stuff from ebay many times but never thought of buying anything from Craigslist not until I had a conversations about it on Facebook. It started with me asking where to dispose used baby bottles and a friend suggested I put it on Craigslist. A wonderful idea I thought. While I would give the baby bottles away, I could sell Evan’s other stuff there too. I have yet to advertise anything though BUT I ended up buying the silver camera below last Saturday.
I have been looking for a camera to buy for Evan ever since he started asking if he could take pictures using mine. A generous friend gave me the Olympus black camera which I have been using for more than 2 years now but it was too heavy for Evan. I browsed in Target for a cheap or even kiddie camera but I was hesitant shelling out $18 (Vivitar) to $25 (Fisher Price) cameras not knowing what the shots would look like when printed out. Plus Vivitar got bad feedback.
While browsing through Craigslist, I thought, why not used cameras? So I found one. A small, light pocket sized one, old but got good reviews. The price when it came out was $330, the owner was selling for $40 (according to the ad he bought a DSLR and wanted to find this a good home). While I can not bring myself to shell out $200 for a new camera when I have an existing one which still works fine. But $40 I can take. And the nicest feature for me are the close-up shots, as demonstrated below with my peanut butter sandwich and apple photo:
So now Evan has started practicing with it. Here I am posing for him while waiting for our train during a joyride yesterday:
He still needs to find a good position for his left hand since his fingers are still too short to hold the edges of the camera. But it’ll do. Now I have somebody to take a picture of me while I run, my true motive for buying a camera for him hahaha
The most important tip I got when buying something from Craigslist? Always meet the buyer/seller on a public place and/or bring a companion for your own safety.