Entry level plastic DSLRs can lose value faster than pro models

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. RichA

    John Smith Guest

    I don't have a dog in this race, but all thousands of cameras on EBay proves
    is that a lot of folks not interested in photography originally bought them
    for reasons whatever, and that as PT Barnum said, "there's a sucker born
    every minute" in terms of people willing to buy this gear for outrageous

    It's very unlikely however, that many of these folks originally bought the
    unit with an eye toward resale value.
    John Smith, Apr 29, 2007
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    Tom Ross Guest

    Have you taken the time to compare prices? And can you present any
    evidence to support your statement? Or, as usual, are you just making
    it up?

    I did spot-check prices of several brands and models of DSLRs, and the
    used cameras were selling for about 60% of the price when they were
    new. High end and low end, didn't much amtter.
    Yeah, but can you FIND one? And for how much longer? Comparing the
    price of a readily available product with one that isn't available is
    raises your level of disingenuousness to a new low.
    B&H is selling a used 20D for $719.00 - that's roughly half your $1500
    price. I consider them to be a much better judge than you on the
    resale value of a camera.


    Tom Ross, Apr 29, 2007
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    Guest Guest

    you mean like the $4000 canon 1d that now goes for about $600-800 on


    or the $8000 1ds, now just $1700


    yep. those sure held their value alright.
    Guest, Apr 29, 2007
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    RichA Guest

    Because of the "prorating" of pricing relative to technological
    advances, and the fast turnaround on the release of entry level
    cameras compared to pro cameras, you have to take all that into
    account. A P&S (Olympus C-3040) that cost $900 in 2001 can be had for
    about $80.00 on Ebay.
    The auction for the 1Ds was suspicious. No paypal, no description at
    all of the camera's condition. Both would have severely depressed the
    price, especially for a pro camera.
    RichA, Apr 29, 2007
  5. RichA

    Tom Ross Guest

    Another thing to take into account? I thought you said there were only
    TWO reasons for entry level cameras losing value and "pro" cameras
    holding value, and the primary reason you offered is plastic.

    Actually, this was one of the items I price shopped. IIRC the Buy It
    Now price was $2895 ... or about 60% less than a brand new 1Ds. The
    same seller offers a 1D IIN at a Buy It Now price of $3450 ... or
    about 60% less than a brand new 1D IIN. And the 300D Digital Rebel is
    selling for around $450 on ebay ... or about 60% less than a brand new

    As for the suspicious 1Ds, the same seller is offering a Nikon D2Xs
    under pretty much the same conditions. The current bid is $1875.

    For comparison, B&H offers the same camera for $4245 new and $3750
    used. The condition of used model is "preowned equipment, but appears
    as new."

    And so to your point: A higher quality camera holds its value better
    than entry level. The evidence does not seem to support it. However,
    you may have a point ... but if you wear a hat or part your hair just
    right it won't show.

    Tom Ross, Apr 29, 2007
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    Charlie Self Guest

    It is to RichA. He thinks a 70 buck P&S should depreciate at the same
    rate as a MF digital set up.
    Charlie Self, Apr 29, 2007
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    spigmu Guest

    Um, I wouldn't use the point making reference. As far as points made
    it's RichA zero, everyone else at least one a piece.
    spigmu, Apr 30, 2007
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