Is buying a factory-refurbished camera a bad idea?

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Annamarie30 New Member • Posts: 11
Is buying a factory-refurbished camera a bad idea?

I've been wanting to buy a Canon S90, but it's just a little bit out of my price range.

I see Canon is selling a refurbished model for about $100 less than the new camera. However, there is only a 90 day limited warranty.

If Canon is able to extend the warranty to 1 year (I've been told you can usually ask for this), do you think it would be alright to buy a refurbished camera?

Are there any major drawbacks/pitfalls to buying a refurbished model like the S90 from Canon? Is $100 not enough of a difference to go through the worry of buying something used?

Thanks!

Edmund Dorf
Edmund Dorf Senior Member • Posts: 1,551
Buying Refurbished Is A Good Deal If . . .

. . . if the difference in price is significant. $100 is significant at least to me.

I've purchased several refurbished cameas over the years and didn't have any problems with them. First, they don't refurb cameras that are dented and scratched; only those in near new cosmetic condition. Second, they get checked thoroughly; maybe even better than a new one gets checked. I think you can feel confident that you will get a good camera without any problems. The 90 day warranty is enough to determine if any defects slipped through despite their best efforts. Go for it.

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OP Annamarie30 New Member • Posts: 11
Re: Buying Refurbished Is A Good Deal If . . .

Thanks, Edmund, that's very helpful! I think I may just go for it

MikeM1977 Regular Member • Posts: 171
Re: Is buying a factory-refurbished camera a bad idea?

Nope, I don't think it is a bad idea at all. Especially if you get the full warranty and a modest return period.

I wouldn't be surprised if factory refurbished are often just returns.

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Credit card extended warranty

Annamarie30 wrote:

I see Canon is selling a refurbished model for about $100 less than the new camera. However, there is only a 90 day limited warranty.

Buying a refurbished digital camera is a very good option.

Many credit cards companies offer a free extended warranty, if you follow their guidelines (you need to call them for specifics). They double the manufacturer's warranty up until one year. So, if your camera has a 90 day warranty, it will be warrantied for an extra 90 days, giving you a total of 180 days.

I've written a bit about it at my site:

http://www.digicamhelp.com/buying-guide/extended-warranties/creditcard/
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Re: Credit card extended warranty

No personal experience, but I haven't read of a single case where someone got a dud from the refurb option.
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OP Annamarie30 New Member • Posts: 11
Re: Credit card extended warranty

Thanks everyone! I decided to get the refurbished S90 and look into a credit card extended warranty -- thanks for all your help!

M Morgan Senior Member • Posts: 1,197
Re: Is buying a factory-refurbished camera a bad idea?

I've bought 2 refurbished cameras, both online from Cameta Camera and have had no problems. Both were DSLRls and I ended up saving a significant amount of money vs. buying new.
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