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Dave Cragg
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From: Merseyside, Great Britain
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 - posted September 14, 2009 12:46 PM      Profile for Dave Cragg   Email Dave Cragg   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello all,
have listed a few bits for sale.
I had a documentary "Skydiving" which I had bought last year and was going to list on Ebay. I had never watched this film and had briefly considered selling without viewing as it was supposed to be black & white so therefore no issues of turning or fade.
However I decided to view it to make sure it went through my projector ok and also thought that I might as well watch it before I sold it.
Just as well I did; turned out to be a 1970's hardcore porn film!!!
Needless to say it didn't find it's way onto Ebay!

Have other members had similar experiences of buying films that turned out to be something else entirely?

Dave

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Mark Williams
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 - posted September 14, 2009 01:03 PM      Profile for Mark Williams   Email Mark Williams   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
lol!!..you might have made a few bob if you flogged it on ebay mate!!

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Jim Schrader
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 - posted September 14, 2009 01:07 PM      Profile for Jim Schrader   Author's Homepage   Email Jim Schrader   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
yep bought a 3-d film years ago never watched it turned out the film was processed wrong when i watched the film the frame was smackdab right in the middle and no matter how you adjusted the framer the top or bottom was cut off [Mad]

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Mark Mander
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 - posted September 14, 2009 02:40 PM      Profile for Mark Mander   Email Mark Mander   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I was selling a Marx Bros Love Happy film and thought i'd better watch it,All was well until the last reel where someone had recorded a radio station over the soundtrack,still got the film!!! Mark.

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Dan Lail
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 - posted September 14, 2009 09:26 PM      Profile for Dan Lail   Author's Homepage   Email Dan Lail   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have an educational film entitled "Skydive" . It's a real crowd pleaser. It shows people jumping out of small planes with close photography and many stunts. All in LPP color.

P.S. No one jumps out in the nude. [Big Grin]

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Christopher P Quinn
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 - posted September 15, 2009 08:11 AM      Profile for Christopher P Quinn   Email Christopher P Quinn   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Dave,
Are sure about the film being hard porn, it maybe worth checking it out several times before you draw on any conclusions. [Big Grin]
Chris.

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Martin Jones
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 - posted September 15, 2009 08:55 AM      Profile for Martin Jones   Email Martin Jones   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
If you don't fancy checking it yourself,Dave, I'm sure there are lots of Forum members ready to volunteer.
Martin

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John Skujins
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 - posted September 15, 2009 10:12 AM      Profile for John Skujins   Email John Skujins   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A few weeks ago someone actually listed some old super 8 porn films on ebay for auction, but they were removed before the auctions ended. The boxes even had topless photos on them.

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Dave Cragg
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 - posted September 15, 2009 01:00 PM      Profile for Dave Cragg   Email Dave Cragg   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello again,
I've actually got 3 male friends coming around on Saturday for our bi-monthly film night; they might help me recheck the contents!

Dave

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Mark Williams
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 - posted September 15, 2009 03:34 PM      Profile for Mark Williams   Email Mark Williams   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
More life Muffdiving lol!!!

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Bart Smith
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 - posted September 15, 2009 03:43 PM      Profile for Bart Smith   Author's Homepage   Email Bart Smith   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Many moons ago when I used to work in a shop buying and selling Super 8 gear...

A man sold us a load of titles cheap enough that we didn't bother checking them at all.

A colleague of mine took home some cartoons to show his kids, 1st one he laced up was a 400ft Bugs Bunny compilation.

10 mins or so later his 8 year old son came in saying "Daddy, the man is eating the lady's bottom"!

Needless to say that although she was a woman, she was certainly NOT a lady...

True story.

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David Kilderry
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 - posted September 16, 2009 12:02 AM      Profile for David Kilderry   Author's Homepage   Email David Kilderry   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I bought a copy of what I thought was the old Blackhawk title "From Horse car to Subway in New York City" on ebay. Nice box, beautiful colour print................of a family on holiday in Pisa, Italy!

It was described as no guarantees given, don't know how to check films etc etc.

Anyway, when I do get the film I have a nice original box for it!

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Bill Phelps
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 - posted September 16, 2009 06:39 PM      Profile for Bill Phelps     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
At various times I have accuired many lots of "home movies" with weddings /birthdays/family stuff. I don't always have time to look at them all right away.

Well, I was searching for a nice 400' reel to use for another film I had and was just pulling out the leaders on some of the "home movies" and saw some writing...

Turns out it was a Marx Bros silent. I am not that famililar with them so I'm not sure about the title but it takes place in a department store with escalators.

So that was a cool surprise!

Bill

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David Kilderry
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 - posted September 16, 2009 10:20 PM      Profile for David Kilderry   Author's Homepage   Email David Kilderry   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Probably The Big Store Bill.

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Gian Luca Mario Loncrini
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 - posted September 17, 2009 06:06 PM      Profile for Gian Luca Mario Loncrini   Author's Homepage   Email Gian Luca Mario Loncrini   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
[Cool]
It happened twice, to me. The movies I was expecting to receive were a couple of Disney's 'shorts' eh eh eh.
I was not supposed a hard core section at the studios existed! No animals at all, at least (you know, something like dalmatians, ducks or mices).

Well, the films were REEEEEEEEALLY pink! A huge quantity of pink, and not so short ah ah ah [Big Grin] !

True story mine too. The sellers finally told me they did not know anything about super 8 and they were not in a position to check what they had sold; they both took the movies back and I was totally refounded. They were two good occasions to learn an important lesson. I now ALWAYS ask for some shots before buying from Ebay (sometimes also from members of the Forum), if I don't know who I'm dealing with. No pictures, no business.

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Damien Taylor
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 - posted September 17, 2009 07:17 PM      Profile for Damien Taylor   Email Damien Taylor   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Two "unknown reels" turned out to be reels 2 and 3 of this, which is a lot more explicit than it sounds.

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Bill Phelps
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 - posted September 18, 2009 08:03 PM      Profile for Bill Phelps     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks David! I do believe that's the title ... The Big Store.

It's pretty funny. I am going to have to watch it again.

Bill

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