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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12256 posts, RR: 35
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2911 times:
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Hi there. This last summer, I was able to borrow a Canon 350D, and loved it. After all the fun I had with that camera, I want to buy my own, and start taking pictures.

I see that there are lots of good deals on Ebay, but what do you guys think about buying on Ebay? I've bought small items before, but nothing in this price range. As long as the items lists as "new" and the seller has a high reputation, there shouldn't be any issues...or? I'd like to keep the cost to under $1000 since I am a newbie. No need spending lots of money on

I was looking at something like this, since I'll get the camera, but also some accessories.

Also, does this package look like a good deal for a beginner like myself (with one pic in the DB taken with this exact camera)


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User currently offlinePavvyben From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

Hello,

Quoting KaiGywer (Thread starter):
what do you guys think about buying on Ebay?

If your spending that kind of money, personally i wouldn't say it was worth the risk. Ive bought a few things off ebay but not anywhere near that price. It seems to be quite good value, not sure on the quality thought on some of the products like flash, tripod etc. When i got my first DSLR, i started with a D50, case, monopod and a fairly cheap lense. See if you can get the 70-300mm with the 350D and a case, the kit lense should be good enough for you to start with (18-55mm). If that comes under $1000 id get it from there (like a high street shop). At least if it stops working, you know where to take it back to, maybe a bit different with ebay.

It does seem to have a certificate from Ebay, so it could well be good  Wink

Just my 2p

Cheers

Ben


User currently offlinePavvyben From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

Here you go,

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (a.k.a. 350D) 8.0 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Black) Kit with Canon 18-55mm EF-S Lens and SanDisk 1 GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card - $776

Sigma Zoom Telephoto 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS - $199 = $975 and the spend $25 maybe towards a case. The Sandisk CF Cards are really good to have.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...addedTroughType=categoryNavigation - here for the 350D

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...1074&is=REG&addedTroughType=search

- Here for the lense.

Hope that helps

Cheers

Ben


User currently offlineFlyfisher1976 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Thread starter):
what do you guys think about buying on Ebay?



Quoting Pavvyben (Reply 1):
If your spending that kind of money, personally i wouldn't say it was worth the risk.

I couldn't disagree more.

I purchased most of my equipment on Ebay, including my 100-400L IS. As long as you do some research and know who you are buying from, it's no different than shopping in a retail store. The comprehensive feedback rating system allows you to do this research, something you won't find in the retail store world. If you are planning to buy new camera equipment and don't explore Ebay as an option, you are really missing out on some great deals on both new and used equipment.


User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1295 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2823 times:

Agree 100% with Flyfisher. Ebay can be a great tool if used properly. I have bought thousands of dollars worth of electronics, including multiple bodies and lenses. It has worked out great, and I have saved a ton.
-Matt
PS A friend of mine bought a 1 gig CF card for $.01, but the shipping was $20.  Big grin Still a great deal IMO.



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User currently offlineFlyfisher1976 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

Quoting WakeTurbulence (Reply 4):
PS A friend of mine bought a 1 gig CF card for $.01, but the shipping was $20. Still a great deal IMO.

A 1 gig CF for $20 definetly a good deal!

However, this is what I'm talking about when it comes to doing research. I will rarely buy from someone on Ebay if they are charging 1-cent for an item that weighs less than a pound and $20 for shippng. Even if they have good feedback, this is obviously a shady deal...one that I would avoid unless I had no other choice.

i.e. I would rather pay 18.00 for the item and $2 for shipping, rather than have my intelligence insulted.

[Edited 2006-09-19 04:18:35]

User currently offlineAirDentist From United States of America, joined May 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2783 times:

When it comes to photo equipment, may I suggest buying from a reputable store and save yourself many hassles. I have bought many items on e-bay and have developed good relationships with some sellers but in the photo world.....did not have good luck.
1st was a used 300mmm minolta lens when I used film and manual focus. Lens was listed as used but had a problem with the focusing mechanism.

2nd was a zoom lens I bought for my son. Item was listed as new, what I got was a relic that went thru a few wars and was not working. I had to file a complaint/claim with Paypal for a refund.

Be cautious, especially with high priced items. Good luck!


User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

Quoting AirDentist (Reply 6):
When it comes to photo equipment, may I suggest buying from a reputable store and save yourself many hassles.

 checkmark 

Check out (and join) FredMiranda.com. They have a great "Buy & Sell" section that's well worth a look. Used gear at good prices from real people (read: not scammers). You can't beat it.

There will always be some people who end up getting a good deal on eBay, but if I were you I'd avoid it like the plague. I myself have three golden rules for everybody's favorite auction site:
  • NEVER buy pro audio equipment
  • NEVER buy pro video equipment
  • NEVER buy pro photo equipment
 biggrin 



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User currently offlineFlyfisher1976 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2755 times:

Quoting AirDentist (Reply 6):
When it comes to photo equipment, may I suggest buying from a reputable store and save yourself many hassles.

How would this differ from buying from a reputable new equipment dealer on Ebay backed by a multi-billion dollar company such as Paypal? I don't know of any retail store that not only guarantees your purchase but the funds that you used to pay. If you're going to mess around with buying used equipment, that's one thing...it can be hit or miss. But for new equipment, there really if no better way to go. Unless you enjoy paying more and getting less. I have never had any trouble buying new equipment from a reputable dealer on Ebay and I am over 350 transactions going strong.


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Unfortunately e-bay is a personal subjective thing. Either you like it or you don't.

Personally, I have bought several items on there, lenses and other things, all in a price range of £100 - £400. So far I haven't had a bum deal. In fact, I just sold one of the lenses again on e-bay, for a tidy profit.

You have to make your own mind up whether or not to trust who you are dealing with. Use the facilities on e-bay to make this decision and go for it.

But, as with any deal, anywhere, be careful and act cautiously.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineLinco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

I've sold on ebay with no problems but i would be tentitive about buying. Though my 350D is currently creeping onto the market. Its only going to be the body, silver(XT, bought from 7dayshop who imported from USA), the kit lens, a canon semi-hard case, and a spare battery. Not sure how to go about shipping to the US though

Regards
Colin  Smile


User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

I would recommend that when you spend a large amount of money than you pick a seller that has a "Paypal cover". In case you get screwed Paypal will then reimburse you your money.

I bought my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and I have been very happy with it since. It was advertised as "slightly used" but when arrived was pretty much in mint condition. Price was about 50% of what you would pay in shop in Europe.

[Edited 2006-09-19 13:29:56]

User currently offlineFlyfisher1976 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

Quoting Danny (Reply 11):
I would recommend that when you spend a large amount of money than you pick a seller that has a "Paypal cover". In case you get screwed Paypal will then reimburse you your money.

 checkmark 

Paypal "Buyer Protection" is something that you will never find in any retail store. It protects your purchase and your funds.

Quoting Danny (Reply 11):
I bought my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and I have been very happy with it since. It was advertised as "slightly used" but when arrived was pretty much in mint condition.

Nice!

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 9):
You have to make your own mind up whether or not to trust who you are dealing with.

 checkmark  That goes for any purchase you make...anywhere.


User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

I bought equipment on Ebay and other "real" online stores, both new and used. Always was happy with the sale. Big shops like B&H carry almost everything and can get it faster to my door than my local retailers.

I stopped buying equipment in my own country. I found out that if you are from Europe it is easy to buy online in the USA or Asia and sell the stuff later in Europe for the same price you got it for.

Roel.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12256 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2691 times:
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Thanks for all the help.

I think I'll buy from Ebay. The deals can't be beat. But, the biggest challenge is still ahead...spousal approval  pray  She thinks my 5MP point and shoot is more than I need. "You won't use your $1000 camera, and it'll just sit there and gather dust"



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User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 14):
"You won't use your $1000 camera, and it'll just sit there and gather dust"

I had a 7 MP P&S that just sat on my shelf and gathered dust. Once I ditched my film SLR and moved up in the world, the 10D I have now gets all kinds of use. I take it on "photo walks" around campus at least once a week. Not only is it nice to get out and walk in the fresh air, but I come back with better pictures every time. As they say, practice makes perfect.  Smile



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User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 14):
I think I'll buy from Ebay. The deals can't be beat. But, the biggest challenge is still ahead...spousal approval She thinks my 5MP point and shoot is more than I need. "You won't use your $1000 camera, and it'll just sit there and gather dust"

This thread is useless. You're posting advice on a camera purchase and you're not even "pre-approved" by the boss? What a waste of everyones time..hahahaha  Smile

eBay is awesome if you are smart about it. I've bought and sold many high $$ items without problems. If you find a great deal and everything seems to check out fine, go for it!

Mike


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12256 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2666 times:
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Quoting AC773 (Reply 15):
I had a 7 MP P&S that just sat on my shelf and gathered dust. Once I ditched my film SLR and moved up in the world, the 10D I have now gets all kinds of use. I take it on "photo walks" around campus at least once a week. Not only is it nice to get out and walk in the fresh air, but I come back with better pictures every time. As they say, practice makes perfect.

Yeah, mine pretty much stays in the holster. If I bought a DSLR though, I would also do like you, take pictures just to take them, as well as trying to get to MSP every now and then.

Quoting Mikephotos (Reply 16):
This thread is useless. You're posting advice on a camera purchase and you're not even "pre-approved" by the boss? What a waste of everyones time..hahahaha

I know  cry 



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User currently offlineCJA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 2609 times:

Hi
Speaking as a Gold Level Power Seller its great to see that people give e-bay the thumbs up.

In my experience its easier for the buyer to burn the seller than the other way around. So beware if you are selling that expensive lens, make sure you sell to a purchaser with a confirmed address and the magic words “seller protection eligible” appear above the transaction. If not get payment by cash, personal cheque or bank transfer. Otherwise you are asking for that burning sensation when that little e-mail from PayPal arrives to tell you that your transaction has been frozen, then six weeks later another to say, transaction reversed. Just think how wonderful it feels, you sent the guy the lens right away, have proof of delivery, no complaint about the condition, (they even left great feedback) but now you have no lens and no money!!! It happens believe me and we now have to build an allowance for credit card fraud into our business plan.

And by the way, even when you get burned as a seller in a transaction that is eligible for protection they do not make it easy for you to claim.


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