By the way: I have sold many cameras and projectors on eBay in the past and until a year ago, I ALWAYS sent the cameras I received to Mr. Schacherl to get them fully serviced and checked, before I listed them on eBay. This checkup and service did cost me about US$ 100 to US$ 150 for each camera, depending if there was something defective or not. These costs had to be added to the price I wanted to receive for the camera on eBay and I had to sell a fully serviced and checked BAUER S 715 XL for US$ 400 and more.
As I can tell you from my past dealings, nobody wants to pay this price nowadays, even for a fully serviced camera. Thus today I check the cameras myself and sell them for lower prices. If I find any faults during this checkup, I state them in my description on eBay or send the camera to Mr. Schacherl and get it fixed. If everything is working flawlessly, I list the camera on eBay, without giving any warranty. How can I give a warranty if a camera is not fully serviced - these cameras are over 25 years old.
Further most of my customers are not even willing to pay for AIRMAIL shipment and then they are bothering me if it takes 4 weeks for a packet to arrive. This shows that most people (especially foreign buyers) do not want to spend a reasonable price but rather get their items CHEAP.
Consider this an editorial by yours truly.
I am mortified to think that U.S. cheapness is causing super-8 cameras to be sent from Germany without the proper servicing. NOBODY in the U.S. who buys a super-8 film camera that they paid a measley 200 bucks for has the right to call anyone else a thief if they themselves refuse to pay for a proper servicing of a Super-8 camera that is being sold on Ebay.
To that end, I would respectfully ask Mr. Schnachner to reinstate his practice of having every Super-8 camera serviced before it is sold on ebay. Anybody who simply wants a Super-8 camera at the cheapest price possible is merely an opportunist with no real appreciation of the Super-8 format or the 25 year old cameras that keep the format going strong. Germany has a strong Super-8 community and the German shooters of super-8 keep the super-8 technicians in business.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the super-8 system in Germany that allows for certain brands of Super-8 cameras to be serviced at all! Unless a person in America is completely unbeholden to anyone else, meaning they only shoot scenics with no people in them and they load, process and transfer their own film to video, we should be grafteful to receive a Super-8 camera that has actually been recently serviced.
How can someone dare to call other people to help them on a super-8 shoot, be it actors or P.A.'s, when the camera they are using hasn't even been recently serviced??? And even if the camera is for personal use only, how much time does a super-8 user who is unwilling to purchase a serviced camera waste of the people who actually provide professional services for Super-8? If something goes wrong with their footage, the actual condition of the camera is the last thing to be blamed. What a colossial waste of everyone's time when the camera hasn't even recently serviced.
The Super-8 camera motors need to be periodically lubed. Just because a Super-8 camera still sort of works doesn't mean you aren't ruining it by using it if the lubrication has been depleted or dryed out.
I have made two suggestions that I think will help the situation. The Super-8 repair technician makes a DVD of the actual servicing of the super-8 camera that is being sold on ebay, complete with a time and date stamp superimposed over the picture. This DVD would include zooming into the actual serial number on the camera during the servicing and NO stopping or starting of the video camera during the acutal servicing. This DVD gets shipped with the camera after it is sold on eBay. In case the technician does not want his techniques copied, the camera can be kept as an overhead wide shot. (except for the zooming into the serial number), and it would be wise for the technician to actually announce the serial number as well as just showing it.
As for shipping costs, most Super-8 cameras can be shipped for under 2.5 pounds, if the packaging is done properly, perhaps even under 2 pounds. Here is a shipping idea to consider.
Hopefully this idea makes it affordable for the Super-8 camera to be shipped first class or priority.