I really blew it. I can't believe I am even sharing this with you guys...I feel like such a moron.
On Friday, B+H Photo got the new Canon 5DIII in stock after being on back-order for a week (which seemed like an eternity, lol!) If you have been living under a rock for the past few months, the new 5D Mark III is THE BEST camera ever made! It has ISO 102,400(!), 61-point AF, and 6FPS! It's the camera I NEED and the one I have been waiting for since I bought my 5D Mark II almost three years ago. Since it's the best camera out right now, I couldn't keep shooting on my 5DII which had become obsolete. On my last shoot a few weeks ago, I almost painted on another "I" next to the "Mark II" on my camera so the model would know that I was only shooting with the newest and best. Could you imagine if she realized that I was shooting her with an inferior camera and basically wasting her time?
So anyway, B+H got the 5DIII in stock again, but the kit only, which is the body + the 24-105 mm lens (which I already have). I wanted to just buy the body and keep some of my lenses, but the body-only is still on back-order! So I had a great idea: I could just sell my old 5DII to someone who is OK with shooting with outdated gear (or too stupid to realize) and also sell the 24-105 mm lens, and then get a 5DIII kit with a NEW 24-105 mm lens included!
I put an ad on Craigslist on Friday, and by that evening I already had 3 people that said they'd buy immediately with cash! Sweet! The best offer was $2500 for my 5DII+grip and lens, which is not anywhere near enough for the new 5DIII kit (I needed $4300 before tax), so I also ended up selling my 35 mm f/2, 50 mm f/1.4, 85 mm f/1.8, and 135 mm f/2L lenses, 2 speedlights, an AlienBees B800, and my light meter to bring up the total to $4600. Sweet.
I met the guy in Queens on Friday night and he was a really nice guy. He seemed really happy to be paying $4600 for my old gear (I guess he doesn't realize that the 5DIII was out and could be bought for the same price! hahahaha!) Anyway, he said he didn't feel safe with walking around with cash, so he gave me an envelope with a bank check in it for $4600. It looked legit, so I shook his hand and was out the door before he could realize what a mistake he'd made and he was now the proud owner of a camera that was made in like 2008, LOL!
Here is the part where the story really turns into a tragedy. I truthfully didn't even want to post this here, but I know that eventually people are going to be like "what happened to GWC? I haven't seen any updates for a while!" So I'd rather just tell everyone what happened. You're probably all thinking it was a fake check, but you're wrong.
Here it goes...I accidentally dropped the check for $4600 in the mailbox instead of my rent check. I feel like the biggest idiot. I did this yesterday morning, on the way to B+H, and I didn't even realize it until hours later. I went to the Chase bank around the block from B+H to cash the check (because I didn't want to ride the subway with all that cash on me) and when I got to the front of the line and pulled the envelope out of my pocket it was actually the envelope addressed to my landlord! At first I didn't believe it, so I opened the envelope and inside was in fact the rent check for this month. I realized that I must have dropped the bank check for $4600 into a random mailbox on the upper east side instead of my rent check!!! I sat on the ground in front of the bank and cried for about 20 minutes because I felt like such a failure. I finally stopped crying, and figured I would at least go to B+H and see if I could put the camera on hold so I could come back later if I could get the check back from the mailbox. Of course, I totally forgot that B+H is closed on Saturday, so I felt like a double-failure, and just fell on the sidewalk crying in front of B+H for at least another 20 minutes, until a cop walked by and told me to "grow up." Can you believe this is what we are paying our taxes for?
I finally came to my senses and got a cab back to the upper east side and back to the mailbox. I found the mailbox, and the pickup time was listed as 10AM. My heart sank...it was now already 1130AM, so I went to the nearby post office, and they told me that it was not possible to go through "all the mail from the upper east side, Sir" and look for one unlabeled envelope and that besides, it was a federal crime to tamper with the mail. They also told me that no one could cash a check made out to me anyway so "don't worry." Idiots.
I even contacted the guy I sold the gear to and told him to cancel the check because I lost it, and I asked him to get me another one asap. He just laughed at me and hung up the phone. He's not answering emails either. I don't know what to do!
So as you have probably guessed, I am no longer a guy with camera. I don't have my camera anymore, or my lenses and this blog will obviously not be updated anymore. If anyone finds a bank check made out to "cash" for $4600, please send me an email. I still have hope that I will find it soon and get the 5D Mark III. Thanks.