Upload & Sell: On
I am wondering what I can do about an irresponsible seller on the FM.
Recently I bought a Leica summicron 35mm ASPH from Dang Le (lnhd_113). The original listing is http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1244517/0#11887449.
This is the most expensive piece of glass I ever bought, and the one that I had longed for a long time. With trust I always had in FM members, I transacted through paypal gift. I was so excited about this purchase, and I even bought the matching leica hood for it.
However, this purchase turned out to be a mistake.
A few days later, the lens arrived in a bubble envelope, without any wrapping protection. I found the lens has more brassing than his photos show. But more problematic is that the lens wiggles so much on my new mm machine that I cannot lock the focus.
I wrote to Dang Le immediately to inquire, he asked me to just tighten the screw on the mount. I did, but when I tighten the screw on the mount, the focus ring cannot move. Then I have to loosen the screw, then it wiggles again. There is no way to figure out the balance. None of my other leica lenses has the same problem. I showed this lens to my friend Levin who is quite expert on leica glasses. He has not encountered anything like that. But it does look like that the problem should have existed before the shipping. So far, my life with this lens has been a constant battle between tightening or loosening the screws on the mount.
Then I wrote to Dang Le to ask for solution. I offered different options: I can either return it to him for a full refund, or send the lens for a CLA and share the cost. However, since then I have never heard back from Dang Le. I have written to him a few times, but he has never even bother to reply my messages. It has been a month now, not a single word from him.
In the past, I had bought a nikon 70-200 zoom lens from ebay, but I suspected the mechanics was a little stiff. The seller Dan not only offered full refund, but also sent the lens for a Nikon service at his own cost. After that, he even offered me to purchase it again at a discounted price, which I turned down. But I became friends with him and exchange photo techniques with him. I thought every responsible seller should behave like that.
I take this as a big lesson. I wished I had bought it through paypal regular, and now I have no protection whatsoever. I will also warn anyone who is attempted to do business with Dang Le. Take my lesson.
But I am wondering what I can do about it at this point?