refurbished 20d

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by vpenoso, May 23, 2005.

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    vpenoso Guest

    Is it risky business to buy refurbished equipment?

    If it is risky, does anyone have an alternative to buying new?
    vpenoso, May 23, 2005
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    carrigman Guest

    If it is risky, does anyone have an alternative to buying new?

    Steal one.

    carrigman, May 23, 2005
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    vpenoso Guest

    thanks for your little input.

    I was asking the group and expecting an reasonable answer to the question, "
    Is it risky to buy a factory refurbished camera?"
    vpenoso, May 23, 2005
  4. Is it risky business to buy refurbished equipment?
    Depends upon the warranty they're willing to give it, and whether the
    refurbishment was done by the original manufacturer (which is usually, but
    not always, the case). I find it difficult to believe people buy
    "refurbished" cameras (or other equipment) with 90 day warranties at prices
    that aren't more than 10% off what you could normally get one for.

    --Mike Jacoubowsky
    Chain Reaction Bicycles
    Redwood City & Los Altos, CA USA
    Mike Jacoubowsky, May 23, 2005
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    vpenoso Guest

    thanks-this one company out of Minneapolis will save me about 15-20% from
    the price at like best buy and offer a 15 month manuf. warranty. hard not to
    at least consider this !
    vpenoso, May 23, 2005
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    Aza Guest

    You also asked if anyone knew of another way of obtaining one.

    If you don't want to be a new one, and are not willing to risk a refurbished
    one, theft appears to be your only recourse.

    In the UK it's becoming an almost respectable way to obtain goods! -
    everyone's at it - from needle marked single mothers supplementing their
    social security payments, to well heeled businessmen who steal for the
    thrill of it.

    Reading your original post, my instinctive reaction was also to say
    'Shoplifting' - so I'm obviously as twisted and depraved as 'carrignman'.
    Aza, May 24, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    But a new Rebel XT?
    RichA, May 24, 2005
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    vpenoso Guest

    Sorry. I forget who might read these posts.

    Of course I wouldn't steal something nor go to bloody UK and have it stolen
    from me.

    I meant, but didn't exactly say, are there other camera outlets that sell
    refurbished stuff or is it a bad idea altogether.

    But, the peanut gallery and the crack head mentality today is a shocking
    testamony of the current state of the %^$#^[email protected]# world.
    vpenoso, May 24, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    Except it's a cheap plastic toy...
    Darrell, May 24, 2005
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    Musty Guest

    Actually, the XT is a decent camera. Sure it doesnt have the best build, but
    for non-pro use, this is ok. Now, if you're trying to save 10-15% off a 20D,
    then I suspect high quality lenses are not on the cards.

    If high quality lenses are not on the cards, there is hardly any worth to go
    with the 20D, and the XT is probably overkill. So I agree:

    go with the Rebel XT and a couple of primes or the 17-85 lens. You have to
    really ask yourself why the 20D is necessary over the XT.
    Musty, May 24, 2005
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    vpenoso Guest

    yeah the rebel is that alright...the 20d is more of what I need. After a few
    months it is as good as used the way I go through gear.
    vpenoso, May 24, 2005
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    vpenoso Guest

    Well. I have learned over the years with large and medium format cameras
    that good glass and an eye for composition is all but important.

    I love Nikon glass. I have convinced my self that I am switching over to
    canon because of everything they have done in D-slr which to me, seems to be
    , today, sorry to say, ahead of Nikon. I wouldn't buy a nice body only to
    but shit glass on it and get snapshot quality exposures? I need high
    resolution for a reproduction project we are working on and it came down to
    a D100 or D20 d-SLR. The former is older, the latter has the
    there ya have it- I digress.

    I am posing a question to the board about buying factory refurbished
    equipment and not having to go through all the generalizations and
    assumptions- I just want to know if there is any big difference besides the
    "new car" smell? I am saying I can save 10-20%.

    I think the guts of the rebel are similar to the 20d, it just doesn't shoot
    as fast. Anyway.....cheers
    vpenoso, May 24, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    Just buying secondhand would work as well, refurbished will have a warranty
    of some sort though.
    Pete D, May 24, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    A saving of 20% is worthwhile.

    If the saving is only 10% - 15%, I would buy new instead.
    Tony Polson, May 24, 2005
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    Gizmo Guest

    Even taking into account the fact that you're a yank ....
    You dont half talk bollocks
    Gizmo, May 24, 2005
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    Aza Guest

    Usenet is a wonderful place - where else could you log in and discover that
    your nationality has been arbitrarily reassigned?

    Right, as I'm now a Yank, that'll be one Cadillac, fifteen Big Mac
    Super-Triple- Whoppers, and an Iraqi oilfield, to go, thanks.....and heavy
    on the Napalm....
    Aza, May 24, 2005
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    Aza Guest

    That's OK - the annexation of Usenet by hordes of mindless amoral criminals
    does take some getting used to, I realise that.

    It's the future, though.

    Oh, stealing from tourists is more of a sport than a crime. It can be
    beneficial for everyone concerned - the 'victim' gets to claim on insurance
    and ends up with newer and better goods than they arrived with, and is also
    spared the effort of lugging heavy cameras and accessories around with

    You're right!, of course - and I blame the politicians myself!, corrupt
    pimps every single one of them!

    Only yesterday there was a newspaper article about a former Government
    minister who, during her career, was responsible for legislation that
    affected British Airways.

    Shortly after leaving her government job she was offered another position,
    paying £35,000 for 15 days work per annum. The generous employer was, of
    course, British airways....

    With examples like that, is it any wonder that I turned out to be a complete
    Aza, May 24, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    Must be terrible for you to have to exist in such an environment?
    Consider going back from wherever you came from.
    RichA, May 24, 2005
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    Aza Guest

    Hoi! - I'm a refugee, and I know my rights!

    (and that's no mean feat because the luvverly UK government gives me new
    rights almost every day of the week. Soon, I'll have more rights than the
    Aza, May 24, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    I buy refurbished stuff all the time. My last point and shoot digital
    camera was refurbished and works fine. A lot of it has to do with the
    warranty and the shape of the camera. My theory is that if something was
    going to go wrong it already did and was fixed. Sometimes "refurbished" can
    be an open box item, or an item that was returned for the reason they just
    didn't like it. Sometimes it can be an item that was run over by a truck,
    still works, and was dusted off and put on the shelf as "refurbished." The
    secret is reputable dealer and viable warranty.
    Sheldon, May 25, 2005
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