Refurbished Cameras? Good deal or junk?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Cynthia P, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. Cynthia P

    Cynthia P Guest

    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 P, Nov 15, 2004
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  2. 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 was just bought by someone who changed their mind. I buy
    refurbished whenever I problems so far.
    Gene Palmiter, Nov 15, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest


    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 Weitzel, Nov 15, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Cynthia...

    You got it wrong :)

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

    Fair is fair! :)

    Ken Weitzel, Nov 15, 2004
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    Lisa Horton Guest

    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 Horton, Nov 15, 2004
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    Aerticus Guest

    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, Nov 15, 2004
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    Kevin Sinn Guest

    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

    Kevin Sinn, Nov 15, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest

    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 P, Nov 16, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest

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

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

    Cynthia P, Nov 16, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest

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

    Cynthia P, Nov 16, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest

    Well, now you see why I'm here asking. <G> Yes, considering the
    auctions I was looking at were direct from Olympus, you'd think they
    could do better than a 90 day warranty.

    Cynthia P, Nov 16, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest

    Good to know, thanks!

    Cynthia P, Nov 16, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest

    I wish! One should be sufficient! If I can manage that!

    I just like the sound of this camera, the 1.8 fast lens, I think it
    does RAW format and has a custom white balance... it could do me for a
    long time to come!

    And I'd have all the needed accessories, since it looks like most of
    the stuff I got for the C-3030 would work on it. (CLA-1, step up ring,
    polarizer, etc...)

    I'm still debating what to do with my old Olympus OM-2N... boy that's
    been a good camera for me, but I'm almost never shooting film these

    Cynthia P, Nov 16, 2004
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    Jeremy Guest

    Consumer Reports Magazine recently addressed this. They said that the price
    of refurbished equipment often was not a good-enough deal to justify the
    purchase. Also, the refurbished gear often came with a much reduced
    warranty (90 days as opposed to one year).

    There is simply no way of knowing if the gear was really repaired or was
    given just a cursory examination and then repackaged.

    I have always found that, whenever I tried to save a buck, it ended up
    costing me more in the long run.

    Especially on items with a fairly long expected service life, when you
    amortize the savings over several years, it often becomes insignificant.

    Bottom line: you must judge whether the cost savings is sufficient to
    justify the degree of additional risk. I personally would pass those deals
    by, but there is really no correct answer to this question.
    Jeremy, Nov 16, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest

    One reason I am considering it is that Olympus offers an extended
    warranty for a reasonable price...

    Cynthia P, Nov 22, 2004
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