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  1. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    That can be complicated. Most metadata viewers only delete data from default locations. You might be surprised at the things that show up in proprietary locations when you read a graphics file with a text editor.

    If I ever need to take a picture with zero info in it that can be linked to me, it's going to be pretty low-res because I'll be using a very old camera.

    For normal uses and security levels appropriate for everything that happens on this board, that level of paranoia is not justified. Thank goodness.
     


  2. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    BTW, AmandaDeeann, the last few posts are good examples of thread drift. That happens a lot around here.

    It doesn't mean the conversation is lost. Just jump back in with on-topic discussion and we'll shift gears back into helping mode in a heartbeat.
     
  3. Glenn B

    Glenn B Active Member TGT Supporter

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    The Blue Book of Gun Values can be helpful but it is not the end all be all regarding gun values. It often has what amounts to outdated misinformation when it comes to the current values of firearms, take it from someone who buys and sells guns with a fair amount of frequency and who uses numerous sources to check gun values including the Blue Book of Gun Values. If you truly want to know what guns have been selling for recently, a better source (at least one that is more current as to sale prices) is GunBroker.com, under Advanced Search for completed sales of any particular model (you need to be a registered user - registration is free but requires they validate a credit card). Of course, there may not have been a particular firearm that you are looking for, that has sold on GunBroker but chances are, if not a very rare gun, it has sold there within the last year and will come up in an advanced search. GunBroker also offers a search by make and model that shows the prices that all of that particular model have sold for via GunBroker over the past year; there is a fee for that service. So, if a certain gun sold 25 times via GunBroker in the past year, it will show all the prices for which those 25 guns sold on a graph and tell you the low price, the high price and the average selling price. I have had dealers at shows check the value of a gun I am selling by going to GunBroker to see what they actually have sold for instead of going to the Blue Book of Gun Values.

    Then there is also The Standard Catalog Of Firearms. Often considered better than the Blue Book because it is illustrated and I think often has better descriptions of the guns. Sadly (as far as I am aware) it is only available in print and not available in an online format as is the Blue Book of Gun Values.

    The best way to check the values of guns is to use various sources. Use the Blue Book, the Standard Catalog Of Firearms, Gun Broker, personal communications with knowledgeable gun owners, even firearms dealers at shows or in gun stores (just be wary of what they offer) but use them all and somewhere in the balance you will come up with a good starting point at which to try to price them.

    As for actually selling them: If you want to get a better than just wholesale prices for your guns, do not sell them to a dealer because you will not get nearly what they are worth to you from a dealer in most instances. While you may want to sell them quickly, it would be better to do it yourself via a site like GunBroker. They have quite the tutorials on their site for sellers and buyers and they charge a truly nominal commission based on the final sale prices and on any special listing options (a basic listing is still free). Selling them yourself via GunBroker is a lot of work but usually worth it as far as how much you get for them goes. of course, you can also sell them via the for sale forum on a site like this (no commission or listing fees). Selling them via a gun forum may go quicker than GunBroker and be somewhat less work especially if you sell them to a local and shipping is not required. Still, it would not be a bad idea to visit the tutorials at GunBroker and you only do yourself a big favor by checking the gun values with at least a few to several sources.
     
  4. HKShooter65

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    Ben....

    It seems that if I open a phone photo with any program and then hit Command-Shift-4 I can take a screen shot that saves to my downloads folder and contains no metadata other than pixel size.
    It's a huge .png that I convert to .jpg and it still seems devoid of metadata.

    When called upon I have a Nikon d5 that takes brilliantly detained photos but it's not GPS-aware at all.

    I am proudly paranoid and posting photos that could lead the ill-intended straight to my bedroom needs no apology.



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    “Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”

    ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22
    tags: misattributed-kurt-cobain
     

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  5. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    Using that technique, according to some online sources, the initial PNG can contain some information about the computer used, enough to identify it. However, I just used some metadata tools I trust to look at some of my screenshots and found nothing risky.

    That's a good, simple technique available to everybody. Thanks for highlighting it.
    Nikon, however, was one of the first brands to use non-standard placement of the camera ID, including the serial number, in photographs. It didn't show up in standard EXIF readers but law enforcement was able to use it to track down the owners of cameras used to take illegal photographs. Sony did it too.

    This information is from back when it was part of my job to examine digital photos. That was a long time ago. Maybe it's no longer the case. My knowledge has certainly gone way out of date since I retired.

    However, I know that if I were risking my life taking a picture that must never be traced back to me, I wouldn't trust any standards or tools for embedded data.
     
  6. TX OMFS

    TX OMFS Well-Known Forum Sponsor

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    I'm a buyer at $20/lb.
     
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  7. HKShooter65

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    For that?

    An old Nikon Coolpix bought with cash at a pawn shop and later relegated to my backyard fire pit!

    Wondering what the OP is thinking tonight.
    A charming young lady, from her avatar, should not be meeting with strangers in Academy parking lots at dusk to trade guns for cash even if she did connect through this forum's for-sale area.
    Just my 0.02.
     
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  8. AmandaDeeann

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    Thank you very much and I have actually passed down to special guns to the grandkids they were bought for and things similar
     
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  9. AmandaDeeann

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    I would like to sell a couple now because Christmas is coming and I have a young child and a young grandchild but for the most part I could wait until April with no problem
     
  10. AmandaDeeann

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    Thank you so much I appreciate that and I look forward to having you to look to
     


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