A factory "rebuild" question

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Larry, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. Larry

    Larry Guest

    Many years ago I read about factory re-built small home appliances as being
    a real bargain as they were tested much more thoroughly than regular
    production models. This has saved me a lot of money on vacuum cleaners,
    carpet cleaners, power washers, etc. over the years. They have all worked
    fine and lasted for years.

    Does it hold true for digital cameras? Anyone have a success story here to
    share? I see a lot of re-builds now being offered on eBay and other sites at
    bargain prices and with full factory warranties.

    Larry, Nov 14, 2005
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  2. Generally, no, they are not "rebuilt" in any sense of the word. At best the
    cameras have been tested by a technician and pronounced to be functional.
    The warranty is the only thing that matters. Also, be warned that several
    folks have posted that their rebuilt packages were missing items.
    Charles Schuler, Nov 14, 2005
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  3. Larry

    Jeremy Guest

    Consumer Reports magazine commented on this about a year ago. They
    recommended against buying "factory rebuilt" electronics, especially

    Some of these "rebuilt" cameras were actually returns from customers, and
    they were simply repacked with little or no inspection.

    Even the cameras that were actually inspected may have had a shoddy job done
    in terms of being "rebuilt."

    The warranties on rebuilt cameras are typically much shorter than the ones
    offered on factory-fresh cameras, and often the warranty is issued by the
    company that did the rebuild, not by the manufacturer. When a camera is
    returned to them for repair, they typically just ship out another "rebuilt"
    unit--and there is no assurance that the replacement is any better than the
    item that you returned for repair. And there is virtually no chance to
    return the replacement and get another one, because the warranty will have
    run out by the time you get the first replacement. Some of those warranties
    run only 30-60 days from the date of the initial purchase.

    Most importantly, Consumer Reports stated that the prices for these
    "rebuilt" cameras were no real bargain, relative to the prices of fresh, new
    merchandise. They may exhibit scratches, fine cracks in the plastic
    housings, and the buyer gets a short warranty period. Only the buyer can
    determine if the risk of getting stuck with compromised merchandise is worth
    the savings.

    I can only comment that every time I have tried to save a buck by buying
    compromised goods, I ended up paying double in the end, not counting my time
    and aggravation. I usually stick to legitimate sales and I steer clear of
    gray market, odd-lot jobbers, and any retailer that offers prices that seem
    too good to be true. That's just my take on this--others may have an
    entirely different viewpoint. I happen to be one of those people that will
    regret getting second-rate merchandise more than I will regret the extra
    cost of buying new, with warranty. The price is soon forgotten; the quality
    is long remembered. I paid full retail price for my Spotmatic and ES
    bodies, and all of my prime lenses, and they are all still working
    splendidly after 30+ years. I received much more than my money's worth on
    that equipment and I assure you that I don't remember (or care) about the
    fact that it cost me a little more.
    Jeremy, Nov 14, 2005
  4. Larry

    JohnR66 Guest

    Larry, thanks for asking that question. I wanted to know as well. Looks like
    you have got some good responces.

    If you do buy from ebay, check the sellers feedback history. Below 98%
    starts to look questionable to me. Also watch for a lot of neutrals and
    recent negatives.
    JohnR66, Nov 15, 2005
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