Check out this ad on Kingston, ON Kijiji: https://www.kijiji.c...sale/1530105630
They are asking $400.00 for a pair of "Carl Wetzlar" 10x50s, admittedly of the higher spec range from that brand. I quote: "RARE TO FIND. PRICE RIGHT FOR A PERSON WHO KNOWS THIS BRAND".
I am resisting the urge to reply to the ad, something like "Wow, yes, I do know that brand, and I own a pair of their 10x50s. Carl Wetzlar was the house brand of optics sold by Eaton's through their catalogues, and were average anonymous Japanese-made binoculars and telescopes, branded to create a mental association with "Carl Zeiss" and "Wetzlar, Germany". The "right" price for someone who knows them would be 1/8 of what you are asking".
Must be something in the water down Kingston way. I had a series of messages earlier this year with a person in Gananoque, about 25 km wast of Kingston who was selling a similar pair, but 20x80. She insisted, despite all of the evidence I sent her that they were top quality German binoculars, and $200 was the selling price. Someone who didn't know better eventually bought them.
Someone being delusional about what they are selling doesn't constitute deliberate fraud, so I can't really report the seller in cases like this.
Edited by Senex Bibax, 17 October 2020 - 07:11 AM.