Buying used gear, share your comments...

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BigBen08 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,174
Buying used gear, share your comments...

I usually don't like to buy used electronic camera gear because there is risk doing so. But recently I bought a camera and lens used. And I'm seeing a lot of used gear on the market that interests me. There are different buying options, and here's what I've found.

Buying used gear from a camera store or business like KEH or MPB:

Prices may be higher than from a private party. Sometimes the used price is too close to the new price. But bargains can be found. I live in CA, and must pay sales tax on used gear. Last week I bought a used lens from Roberts Camera. They provide a 30 return policy and 6 month warranty - nice!

Buying used gear from ebay:

Some very good deals on ebay if you look around. There are scams and things that can go wrong - such as receiving defective items. But it seems that ebay gives more protection to the buyer than seller. One thing that concerns me, many sellers will say No ReturnsI'm hesitant on buying from these sellers. Also, ebay takes out sales tax when I buy used from a private party. Such is life!

I'm interested in buying more used camera gear. I would like to hear your comments.

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