FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on Film Cameras and Typewriters on Pino Shah Antiques

Why are your prices higher than what I can buy on eBay or Craigslist?

  1. When was the last time you were able to speak to someone on the phone for your purchase from eBay or Craigslist? We believe in building a non-transactional relationship with our Customers. We offer full-service. Meaning that you can text us for a call-back, DM us, text us or, stop by in person with an appointment for any questions you may have or for expert advice on any photography topic. Once you are our Customer, you have the peace of mind of being able to reach us Monday - Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm, CT at (956) 492-7140.

  2. Every film camera we acquire, we test it beyond just putting a battery in it. We film-test it. This enables us to identify the things that need to be fixed. Typically, that is the replacement of mirror-foams and, light-seals. For our Canon A-series and Pentax K1000 cameras, we send them to a trained and experienced (now retired) repair person who does a clean, lubricate and, adjustment (CLA) that is $140 value (inclusive of shipping both ways). We do the same for Rolleiflex & Rolleicord cameras ($400 value) for Hasselblad cameras ($800 value) and for Leica cameras ($500 value). Lenses are also sent for an overhaul, if necessary ($300-500 value). If necessary, we film-test the camera a second time. Our listings show you the actual photographs taken with the camera listed for sale.

  3. For our Customers in the LRGV, we include a 30-day warranty with service provided in McAllen.

  4. If we sell a lens to you, at the minimum, it includes the front cap and a clear lens filter. Stand-alone lenses come with a rear cap also.

So, as you can see, it is not simply making an online purchase. You have the service and support to backup your purchase by having someone you can call to ask questions about your purchase, how to use it, how to care for it, how to store it, how to travel with it, how to make the optimal use of it for a certain genre of photography. All of these full-service or value-added services are seldom available to you when you buy from most other online channels. Yes, on many online channels, you can return your items if you are unhappy with them but, seldom do you have someone knowledgeable you can connect with in-person or via DM, or on the phone. You can reach us Mo-Sa, 11-7p, CT by texting us for a call back (it helps us reduce spam calls) (956) 492-7140.

We sell 35mm, 120 Medium Format, and Large Format 4x5 Film Cameras That Work. Canon, Nikon, Mamiya, Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, Pentax, Olympus, Yashica and, more. 25+ Varieties of Films Available.

Is shipping free? How do you ship? Can I upgrade the shipping?

Yes, the shipping is free for all items on the site. Items are shipped fully insured and via the most economical carrier. If you would like to upgrade your shipping, TEXT (956) 492-7140 for a callback and quote on faster shipping.

Do all items work?

Yes, unless it is mentioned in the description that it is for display only.

Where are you located?

McAllen, Texas, 78501, on the US-Mexico border, deep South Texas.

Do you accept returns? Who pays for the returns?

If the item is not as described, yes. Otherwise, no. All sales are final.

Do you buy vintage and antique items?

Yes, mostly film cameras and non-electric or manual typewriters. TEXT pictures and pricing to (956) 492-7140 along with any history or background of the item. Do your homework on what price you would like for the item. Most dealers don't have the time to entertain sellers wanting to know what is the best price we can give them. If you want an evaluation of the item, an estimated price, see next question.

Do you appraise items?

Yes, within my scope of experience and knowledge. You can find the value of most items by looking at complete sales on eBay. Keep in mind that the condition of the item will ultimately determine the value of the item. As dealers, we buy at wholesale prices, clean up items, service them, complete them, refurbish them, repair them and add our profit margin to it. Meaning that we will not pay retail for an item unless we are buying it for our personal collection. To appraise the value of your item, I charge an appraisal fee of $25+ depending on the item. I provide the retail price you can expect to get from sale to a private party, the price you can get by listing it online and, the price a dealer would be willing to pay you.