Ebay?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Jullee, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. Jullee

    Jullee TPF Noob!

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    I've never used an SLR camera before but I'm at the point where I'm very much ready to move beyond using a point and shoot camera... so, I'd like to purchase my first digital SLR... probably the Canon Digital Rebel.

    Now, I'm lost as to where to start when considering where to buy the camera... a few friends have recommended Ebay, and frankly, the deals are quite good, but I'm a bit apprehensive...

    Some of the auctions have nifty packages ranging from 1200$ Canadian to 1500$ (and when you include everything in there, it's much cheaper than buying each piece individually... camera, memory card, card reader, camera bag, etc).

    Has anyone purchased a bundle from Ebay and if so, do you recommend a specific seller or group (I've noticed many of the sellers are actual auction stores)??

    If this isn't recommended, what's the best place to buy equipment in Canada? (I'm located in northern ontario, so I'd probably be best to order from somewhere as there's not much locally).

    Thanks!
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'd stay away from anything that looks too good to be true. There are a lot of those on E-bay.

    You may be able to find a deal on E-bay but I personally like buying from a reputable dealer when making a purchase this big. Lots of stores do sell on E-bay...prices are probably not much different from their regular prices on most items.

    Some Canadian Retailers...

    http://www.henrys.com they are in Ontario

    http://www.mcbaincamera.com here in Edmonton, they have free shipping in Canada and a lowest price guarantee...see details though

    http://www.cameracanada.com/ this is an on-line outlet so the prices are pretty good. In Ontario as well I think.

    Canon currently has a rebate program...if you buy the D Rebel they will send you $100.
     
  3. Canon Fan

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    I still highly recommend www.buydig.com thats where I bouhgt my 10D from and had great service and super fast shipping. Good prices too.
     
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    Mike,

    I've been doing business on ebay for years... Here are the secrets to staying safe on ebay IMHO, I hope it helps:

    1) NEVER buy from out of the country - EVER! The only times I've gotten burned have always been out of the usa
    2) NEVER buy from a buyer who is new
    3) Always check the "total" price - many people try and 'slip in" high shipping costs and lower the selling price
    4) Always wait until the very last minute to bid. Why get in a bidding war and create a high selling price? That only helps the seller. I don't use those "sniper" programs but have considered it on one item I kept losing on and had a hard time finding. Oddly, Ebay is fine with people using those things.
    5) Prefer the "Power sellers" and, in general, the more feedback a peson has the better. Trust me, feedback is ultra important to people. I had a guy one time who I bought a disk drive from. He said it failed just before mailing it. He went out and BOUGHT a brand new one (the one I was buying was used) and cited feedback as the reason - he got great feedback from me of course.

    More on feedback... If someone has negative feedback, don't just decide not to do business iwth them though; check out "why." OFten times some guy was a jerk and just got pissed. Check the reasons for the negatives. What to look for obviously is "I never got my item, he ripped me off!" But ignore negatives like "He hurt my feelings :("

    But, if someone has less than 95% feedback, I tend to shy away. And if someone has less than like 50 entries, I shy away also unless it's a pretty inexpensive item.

    In short regarding feedback... The more feedback the better. The higher price of item you're buying, the more cautious you need to be. Favor the "Power Seller"

    Regarding buying new vs. buying used

    I personally favor buying used equipment, and here's why. When you buy new, esp. electronics, you take a hit right away. If you buy used, often you can get out of it roughly what you bought it for. Case in point, just sold my 300d. I bought it for about $650 about 8 months ago. I sold it for $575. That's awesome. If I had bought it for the $1000 it was going for 8 months ago, I"d have taken a huge hit. Unfortunately, I had to buy a 20d new since there aren't many of those running around used yet.

    Cheers
     
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    Most of the time the "bundle" kits are targeted at newbies who don't know exactly what they're looking for, and when you start looking at the details of what's in the "package" it is sub-par items.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    All very good tips.

    I have nothing against buying on E-bay. I have purchased quite a few things over the last couple of years. With high demand, high ticket items like the Digital Rebel and other DSLR cameras...it's best to use caution because these are the items that shady sellers use to take advantage of naive consumers. There are plenty of good deals but if it looks too good to be true...it probably is.

    Plus, being in Canada. There are more complicated shipping issues to deal with. Tax, duty & hidden fees from the currier can jack the price up really quickly.
     
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    OH yeah, another note, when I said don't buy out of the country, I didn't include Canada in that statement; I've bought and sold to there. It's like another state, only better because it has socialized medicine 8)
     
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    I disagree

    I agree

    :twisted: :lol: :lol: :roll:
     
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    LOL
     
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    No offense, but the only time I've gotten burned was from the US.
     
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    That's odd, it's never once happened to me. I suspect some of the other rules of thumb mentioned above were violated; did you check the feedback?

    Bid away; I know I'll never buy out of the US again. Take care
     
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    what i do, there are many sites online that sell new equpiment cheaper then what you will find on ebay.

    www.nextag.com

    a few years ago when i bought my first digicam:
    camera price: $400
    going price on ebay: $320
    stores near me: $350
    i ended up paying $270 AFTER S&H from an online store.


    abesofmaine (i got my N80 from them, NO problem!) has the digital rebel body for 693.99 AFTER rebate.
     

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