I'm going to buy every camera, play with them for a bit, and return all of them!

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I'm going to buy every camera, play with them for a bit, and return all of them!
6 months ago

Obviously I'm not, but apparently a lot of people do, under the thin pretense of "evaluating a camera".

Therefore I'm beginning to think that the combination of:

1) A reasonable re-stocking fee proportional to an open-box discount (~15%?)...

2) The presence of open-box offerings passing the savings of the value loss onto consumers willing to deal with open-box products, and...

3) A vow to designate returns as open-box regardless of the returners' claims.  (Yes, I realize that this creates the perverse incentive to open the box regardless.  The better solution is to have retailer apply a good seal that evidences being broken... but that takes some investment.)

...Is a desirable thing to look for in a camera retailer.

This is so that these "camera evaluator" returns don't have to be absorbed by the retailer to be passed on as higher prices for everyone, or worse... unscrupulous retailers aren't forced to pass open-box cameras onto unwitting consumers.

What do you all think?

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