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Cynthia P
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      11-15-2004, 06:37 AM

I've been shopping for a camera for my husband for Christmas... and
it's got me feeling like I wouldn't mind an upgrade to my own camera,
which I could then resell and pay for some of the new camera's price.

What I'm thinking I might like and can possibly afford, is an Olympus
C-5050. Does anyone know if it uses the same size CLA tube and 43-46
step up ring that the C-3030 does?

I've noticed that Olympus is selling refurbished cameras on eBay with
a 90 day warranty.

So, what are the pitfalls of a refurbished camera? Would I be buying a
can of worms or possibly get a nice camera?

Is a 90 day warranty long enough for any major problems to surface?

Please feel free to share any experiences you have about refurbished
digital cameras, especially from Olympus.

Cynthia
 
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Gene Palmiter
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      11-15-2004, 06:49 AM
When a person is hired to build digital cameras they get a bit of training
in doing one part of the process. If all these trained monkeys do it right
you get a good camera. When one messes up you get one that doesn't work.
It's then sent to be repaired by the best technicians in the shop and
everything is tested. Only after being individually repaired and tested by a
real tech does it get marked as refurbished and sold for less than one that
has not been tested. In many cases there was nothing wrong with it at
all...it was just bought by someone who changed their mind. I buy
refurbished whenever I can....no problems so far.

"Cynthia P" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>
> I've been shopping for a camera for my husband for Christmas... and
> it's got me feeling like I wouldn't mind an upgrade to my own camera,
> which I could then resell and pay for some of the new camera's price.
>
> What I'm thinking I might like and can possibly afford, is an Olympus
> C-5050. Does anyone know if it uses the same size CLA tube and 43-46
> step up ring that the C-3030 does?
>
> I've noticed that Olympus is selling refurbished cameras on eBay with
> a 90 day warranty.
>
> So, what are the pitfalls of a refurbished camera? Would I be buying a
> can of worms or possibly get a nice camera?
>
> Is a 90 day warranty long enough for any major problems to surface?
>
> Please feel free to share any experiences you have about refurbished
> digital cameras, especially from Olympus.
>
> Cynthia



 
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Ken Weitzel
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      11-15-2004, 07:02 AM


Gene Palmiter wrote:

> When a person is hired to build digital cameras they get a bit of training
> in doing one part of the process. If all these trained monkeys do it right
> you get a good camera. When one messes up you get one that doesn't work.
> It's then sent to be repaired by the best technicians in the shop and
> everything is tested. Only after being individually repaired and tested by a
> real tech does it get marked as refurbished and sold for less than one that
> has not been tested. In many cases there was nothing wrong with it at
> all...it was just bought by someone who changed their mind. I buy
> refurbished whenever I can....no problems so far.



Hi...

The only possible downside is that you won't get
any 3rd party software that was included in the
package originally - like elements, for instance.

Ken

 
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Ken Weitzel
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      11-15-2004, 07:04 AM


Cynthia P wrote:

> I've been shopping for a camera for my husband for Christmas... and
> it's got me feeling like I wouldn't mind an upgrade to my own camera,
> which I could then resell and pay for some of the new camera's price.
>
> What I'm thinking I might like and can possibly afford, is an Olympus
> C-5050. Does anyone know if it uses the same size CLA tube and 43-46
> step up ring that the C-3030 does?
>
> I've noticed that Olympus is selling refurbished cameras on eBay with
> a 90 day warranty.
>
> So, what are the pitfalls of a refurbished camera? Would I be buying a
> can of worms or possibly get a nice camera?
>
> Is a 90 day warranty long enough for any major problems to surface?
>
> Please feel free to share any experiences you have about refurbished
> digital cameras, especially from Olympus.
>
> Cynthia


Hi Cynthia...

You got it wrong

HE's supposed to buy YOU a new camera for Christmas

Fair is fair!

Ken

 
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Lisa Horton
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      11-15-2004, 08:30 AM
Note the phrase "individually repaired and TESTED" (emphasis mine). In
the main production run, they don't test every camera. Which do you
think is going to have next to zero chance of a DOA product, the one
that was individually tested, or the one that probably wasn't?

Refurbs do sometimes have cosmetic blemishes though, but when present,
which isn't often, they're still small.

Lisa

Gene Palmiter wrote:
>
> When a person is hired to build digital cameras they get a bit of training
> in doing one part of the process. If all these trained monkeys do it right
> you get a good camera. When one messes up you get one that doesn't work.
> It's then sent to be repaired by the best technicians in the shop and
> everything is tested. Only after being individually repaired and tested by a
> real tech does it get marked as refurbished and sold for less than one that
> has not been tested. In many cases there was nothing wrong with it at
> all...it was just bought by someone who changed their mind. I buy
> refurbished whenever I can....no problems so far.
>
> "Cynthia P" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> >
> > I've been shopping for a camera for my husband for Christmas... and
> > it's got me feeling like I wouldn't mind an upgrade to my own camera,
> > which I could then resell and pay for some of the new camera's price.
> >
> > What I'm thinking I might like and can possibly afford, is an Olympus
> > C-5050. Does anyone know if it uses the same size CLA tube and 43-46
> > step up ring that the C-3030 does?
> >
> > I've noticed that Olympus is selling refurbished cameras on eBay with
> > a 90 day warranty.
> >
> > So, what are the pitfalls of a refurbished camera? Would I be buying a
> > can of worms or possibly get a nice camera?
> >
> > Is a 90 day warranty long enough for any major problems to surface?
> >
> > Please feel free to share any experiences you have about refurbished
> > digital cameras, especially from Olympus.
> >
> > Cynthia

 
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Aerticus
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      11-15-2004, 03:52 PM
A 90-day warranty on a refurb = body swerve territory

It really inspires confidence FWIW Fujifilm do (or at least did) refurbs
with a full year warranty

Aerticus

"Cynthia P" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>
> I've been shopping for a camera for my husband for Christmas... and
> it's got me feeling like I wouldn't mind an upgrade to my own camera,
> which I could then resell and pay for some of the new camera's price.
>
> What I'm thinking I might like and can possibly afford, is an Olympus
> C-5050. Does anyone know if it uses the same size CLA tube and 43-46
> step up ring that the C-3030 does?
>
> I've noticed that Olympus is selling refurbished cameras on eBay with
> a 90 day warranty.
>
> So, what are the pitfalls of a refurbished camera? Would I be buying a
> can of worms or possibly get a nice camera?
>
> Is a 90 day warranty long enough for any major problems to surface?
>
> Please feel free to share any experiences you have about refurbished
> digital cameras, especially from Olympus.
>
> Cynthia



 
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Kevin Sinn
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      11-15-2004, 04:03 PM
I purchased my Oly C4000 on EBay from the Olympus Emporium. Sure, it's
"factory refurbished", but it also looks like a brand new camera. Not a
scratch, smudge or blemish of any kind. The camera is flawless. You can
purchase refurbished Oly's directly from the Olympus Emporium website or
through EBay, which will save you about $80 (at least in my case). You can
also purchase a 2 year extended warranty for $50 as long as it's within the
original 90 day period. So in my case, for $250 I got the Oly C4000 with a
2 year warranty. A great deal in my book!

Check out the Olympus Emporium feedback on EBay - alot of satisfied
customers.

Cheers!
Kevin

"Cynthia P" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>
> I've been shopping for a camera for my husband for Christmas... and
> it's got me feeling like I wouldn't mind an upgrade to my own camera,
> which I could then resell and pay for some of the new camera's price.
>
> What I'm thinking I might like and can possibly afford, is an Olympus
> C-5050. Does anyone know if it uses the same size CLA tube and 43-46
> step up ring that the C-3030 does?
>
> I've noticed that Olympus is selling refurbished cameras on eBay with
> a 90 day warranty.
>
> So, what are the pitfalls of a refurbished camera? Would I be buying a
> can of worms or possibly get a nice camera?
>
> Is a 90 day warranty long enough for any major problems to surface?
>
> Please feel free to share any experiences you have about refurbished
> digital cameras, especially from Olympus.
>
> Cynthia



 
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Cynthia P
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      11-16-2004, 01:07 AM
On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 07:02:40 GMT, Ken Weitzel <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>
>
>Gene Palmiter wrote:
>
>> When a person is hired to build digital cameras they get a bit of training
>> in doing one part of the process. If all these trained monkeys do it right
>> you get a good camera. When one messes up you get one that doesn't work.
>> It's then sent to be repaired by the best technicians in the shop and
>> everything is tested. Only after being individually repaired and tested by a
>> real tech does it get marked as refurbished and sold for less than one that
>> has not been tested. In many cases there was nothing wrong with it at
>> all...it was just bought by someone who changed their mind. I buy
>> refurbished whenever I can....no problems so far.

>
>
>Hi...
>
>The only possible downside is that you won't get
>any 3rd party software that was included in the
>package originally - like elements, for instance.
>


Considering I have Elements 3.0... not a huge downside. <G> Hell, I
don't even care if they don't include the Olympus Camedia Master
software... I have never used it yet.

Cynthia
 
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Cynthia P
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      11-16-2004, 01:08 AM
On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 07:04:12 GMT, Ken Weitzel <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>
>
>Cynthia P wrote:
>
>> I've been shopping for a camera for my husband for Christmas... and
>> it's got me feeling like I wouldn't mind an upgrade to my own camera,
>> which I could then resell and pay for some of the new camera's price.
>>
>> What I'm thinking I might like and can possibly afford, is an Olympus
>> C-5050. Does anyone know if it uses the same size CLA tube and 43-46
>> step up ring that the C-3030 does?
>>
>> I've noticed that Olympus is selling refurbished cameras on eBay with
>> a 90 day warranty.
>>
>> So, what are the pitfalls of a refurbished camera? Would I be buying a
>> can of worms or possibly get a nice camera?
>>
>> Is a 90 day warranty long enough for any major problems to surface?
>>
>> Please feel free to share any experiences you have about refurbished
>> digital cameras, especially from Olympus.
>>
>> Cynthia

>
>Hi Cynthia...
>
>You got it wrong
>
>HE's supposed to buy YOU a new camera for Christmas
>
>Fair is fair!
>


He'll be buying me other stuff... <G>

Besides, I may wait and do this after Christmas. We'll see.

Cynthia
 
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Cynthia P
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      11-16-2004, 01:10 AM
On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 06:49:49 GMT, "Gene Palmiter"
<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>When a person is hired to build digital cameras they get a bit of training
>in doing one part of the process. If all these trained monkeys do it right
>you get a good camera. When one messes up you get one that doesn't work.
>It's then sent to be repaired by the best technicians in the shop and
>everything is tested. Only after being individually repaired and tested by a
>real tech does it get marked as refurbished and sold for less than one that
>has not been tested. In many cases there was nothing wrong with it at
>all...it was just bought by someone who changed their mind. I buy
>refurbished whenever I can....no problems so far.
>


That's what I was thinking, but I wanted to find out if anyone had had
problems before I delve.


Cynthia
 
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