EBAY?

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  1. JimmyJaceyMom

    JimmyJaceyMom TPF Noob!

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    I was wondering if anyone has ever ordered their camera from one of the camera stores that sell theirs on Ebay? Is it a scam or a ripoff? They sell the camera and three lenses a bag, 2 tripods, 3 filters, a memory card.... all for the price of what the retail shops want for just the camera. I was wondering if you all had some advice for me there! :thumbup:
     
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    Are they a Powerseller? Do they have 100% feedback (or close to it)?

    If the seller meets those criteria, then you should be ok. Otherwise, I'd stay away from the deal.
     
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    You always take a chance.

    Some of those 'deals' aren't that great. You're getting (in some cases) bottom of the line lenses, and nickel and dime accessories that you'll probably wind up not even using.

    I have made a couple of purchases from cametacamera. Outstanding to do business with...and no pushy sales reps :)
     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Never buy these "bundles." Their purpose is to improve the margins of the sellers. The products they bundle are of low cost and low quality. I don't go to stores any more at all except to buy groceries and to visit a bookstore on occasion. I buy everything else on line and some of it from Ebay vendors. I can tell you that Ebay vendors don't usually have the best prices for camera equipment. Go to B&H. They are fast, reliable, very well priced. Can't go wrong.
     
  5. B&H is a pleasure to deal with. I do it whenever I can.
     
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    I agree with everyone about B&H. I made my first purchase through them a couple weeks ago and their customer service was the best I've dealt with in a long time. Always remember your best souce for researching a business is BBB.com even some ebay sellers are on there because they have an actual store.
     
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    We (chipshotsphoto.com) buy all of our equipment from B&H ([SIZE=-1]www.bhphotovideo.com) and they are great to deal with.

    We have 7 DSLR's, a studio lighting setup, 4 Film SLR's and a zillion accesories, most of which we purchased from them, and we have...
    1. Always got a good deal
    2. Always been happy with the end rsult of our purchase

    Good luck!
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  8. JimmyJaceyMom

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    thanks guys. i figured you get what you pay for but for me having nothing the 'cheap' stuff might be good to practice with.:mrgreen:
     
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    Most of the things I buy can't be found anywhere else. If I were buying a new hight ticket item I look around before ebay, I have found things more reasonable other places at times. but i do always look on ebay as a place to start pricing things... so do pawn shots these days..
     
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    Dont discount sellers who arent part of stores. Just because someone doesnt have 100 transactions, doesnt mean they arent to be trusted. Out of the dozens of eBays ive done - I think maybe 3 or 4 have been with "Powersellers".

    I usually research the hell out of a purchase, and often times getting things from different sellers results in a much better deal than a "new unfurbished" model.
     

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