Experience with Olympus refurbs (and other questions)

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Doug Kanter, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. Doug Kanter

    Doug Kanter Guest

    On we go with the saga of PERHAPS buying a digital camera. I'm trying to
    break the thinking into more digestible chunks:

    Note to self: Stop thinking in terms of duplicating the capabilities of my
    Nikon FM2. Buy a compact digital for those times when quality's a bit less
    important and convenience or portability takes precedence. Fishing, for

    With that in mind, I'm noticing some attractive pricing on eBay for a couple
    of Olympus compact models. They're factory refurbished units direct from
    Toshiba. Now, there are many theories about refurbished merchandise. The
    three that come to mind:

    1) The units were cursed to begin with. Avoid them like the plague.

    2) Any unit is equally liable to have a problem. The refurbished ones are
    better because they've looked over in detail. Maybe.

    3) Buyers are fickle and will return merchandise because they forgot to do
    their research. Or, they didn't like the way the camera smelled. And, some
    dealers will return product for no reason at all. Some refurbs may've had
    nothing but a little cosmetic doll-up, but had no mechanical problems.

    Anyone care to offer reliable odds on any of these three theories? :)
    Doug Kanter, Jul 26, 2004
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    Justin Thyme Guest

    Cameras (like most modern electronic parts), are made up of a number of
    modules, the modules being made up of discrete parts. If something breaks
    down, they replace whichever module is at fault - ie, main circuit board,
    sensor board, lens assy, etc. As a result the number of modules is
    relatively small, so it is fairly easy to pinpoint which module is at fault
    if a camera breaks down. If the camera is being refurbished because it is
    faulty they will replace the offending module, and so it is very likely the
    camera will then be 100%. It is very unlikely a unit will have multiple
    simultaneous faults.
    Your first point is valid, the second point is not really applicable. Once
    it has been refurbished, and tested working, then it is just as equally
    liable to develop a fault as any other camera. That fault may occur next
    week or in 10 years with equal probabibility.
    This is one of the most likely scenarios. Customer buys camera from
    mass-merchant who doesn't have a clue. Customer gets camera home and finds
    (because it only has digital zoom) that when they zoom in the picture
    quality is shite. Customer returns camera to merchant who doesn't understand
    it enough to know what is happening so refunds customer and returns it to
    manufacturer saying it has poor image quality. or... Customer can't get
    camera to work on computer, decides camera must be faulty, returns camera to
    merchant who doesn't know enough about them, takes customers word that it is
    faulty and returns it to supplier.
    Justin Thyme, Jul 26, 2004
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  3. Yup
    4 - ebay is a great way to move stock that has no other value or been
    written off by the accountants?

    Are two dee too?, Jul 26, 2004
  4. Doug Kanter

    Doug Kanter Guest

    Jeez...I typed Toshiba, didn't I? It's Olympus refurbishing Olympus items.
    And, the ads say "Buy direct from Olympus". The shipping point is Melville
    NY, same as their headquarters.
    Doug Kanter, Jul 27, 2004
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    JunkMonkey Guest

    All the prior posts are quite correct about the hazards of refurbished
    equipment. On the other hand, I have had a great deal of success in
    buying refurbished computer equipment from Dell and Compaq's
    Closeout/refurbished pages.

    So I am favorably inclined towards considering refurbished equipment. If
    it is a third party company I don't have any information on, I'd be VERY
    wary and it would have to be an extremely good price for me to risk
    buying from them. But I wouldn't hesitate to buy directly from the Mfg
    if the price was at a significant discount.

    But on the OTHER other hand, I have NEVER been happy with anything I
    have bought on eBay. I would be much more comfortable with some other
    distribution channel.
    JunkMonkey, Jul 28, 2004
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