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Would you buy a refurbished camera??
Just wondering if anyone here would ever consider purchasing a refurbished camera? I've been searching online for an xti & I came across some great deals but I'm a little leary. The vendor says "it has been twice tested and resealed by the manufacturer and meets the specifications of new product. It is also covered by the listed manufacturer warranty". Has anyone bought a refurb & if so do you have any comments? Should I just spend the extra $$ and buy brand new?Thanks,Marie..

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I've had good luck with refurbished cameras (F20 & FZ30). Your results may vary, but if the warranty is good, it isn't a big risk..

Dave..

Comment #1

Marie17 wrote:.

Just wondering if anyone here would ever consider purchasing arefurbished camera? I've been searching online for an xti & I cameacross some great deals but I'm a little leary. The vendor says "ithas been twice tested and resealed by the manufacturer and meets thespecifications of new product. It is also covered by the listedmanufacturer warranty". Has anyone bought a refurb & if so do youhave any comments? Should I just spend the extra $$ and buy brand new?Thanks,Marie.

I bought a refurbed Nikon D50 6 months back. It had a shutter count from memory of just 17. I have had zero problems. "Twice tested" means once when originally sold and then again when returned. Reasons for return? You never know. It may be someone just does not understand the camera and thinks there is something wrong when there is not..

If it is a manufacturere's refurb you have little to fear..

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Comment #2

I haven't bought a refurb camera, but my last 5 Macs have all been factory refurbs. They're basically new items that were returned either for repair or through lack of need for the item. A factory refurb should come with the same warranty as a new model and when buying from a reputable dealer, it's a great way to save some money..

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Comment #3

I'll go along with what's been said and add that it won't have just been put in a box off of the production line but will have been tested individually by an engineer/technician and tweaked or whatever to get it 100% right. there's great bargains out there, especially after a big show when all the ex-demo stuff is unloaded. And you get a guarantee..

Regards, David..

Comment #4

I would, and did, but only from a reputable dealer. I bought my 1DIIN refurb..

I'm in Canada and Canon Canada gives a full year warranty as if it were new so that definitely helps...

Comment #5

Chris Elliott wrote:.

If it is a manufacturere's refurb you have little to fear..

Concur with manufacturer's refurb. Both my Kodaks were from Kodak's US refurb page (they give a new warranty) and both have/are performing perfectly...

Comment #6

I have a follow-up question......

Any opinions on whether it's safer to get a refurb via the manufacturer or someplace like Cameta?..

Comment #7

I bought a refurb lens from Cameta and I feel the lens was as good as new. If you do a search on Cameta either in beginners forum or in the particular brand forum your looking at you may see as I did very good opinions about purchasing from them...

Comment #8

Jonezart wrote:.

Any opinions on whether it's safer to get a refurb via themanufacturer or someplace like Cameta?.

Cameta seems to handle Nikon refurbs. You can get some great deals if you watch their auctions on eBay. I've bought a Nikon refurb camera from them with no problems. The only thing to be mindful of (assuming they still work this way) is they like to complete the deal over the phone. It's not a problem, but at the time all the negatives against them were from people who couldn't figure out that you actually need to call them for them to take payment and ship it out..

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Comment #9

What the price is, and how good the warranty is..

From a manufacturer? Probably yes, esp if there is a warranty. From "Joes camera shop"? Probably notSTOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

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Comment #10

I've only bough a refurb camera once (a Canon A200) and had no problem what so ever. There really are only two points to look out for IMHO:* get a factory refurb with full manufacturers warranty;* buy from an authorized (re)seller.There's no problem so big that you can't run away from it!..

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