Perfectly Frank wrote in post #17463424
Why should I have to go through the hassle. Just tell me the shutter count up front. C'mon, it's not hard to do.
Actually, that is a very good question. Canon will give up the shutter count when something is sent in for service. Not sure why other stores don't. Perhaps it's because they have a few and aren't sure which one will be sent until the purchase is made.
On the other hand, while shutters are rated for 100, 150 or 300k, they can fail at anytime. Even on new bodies. When I bought mine it had 96,000 on the shutter, probably just over 100k now. According to Canon, it should have another 200k left, but it could fail at 299,999 or 300,001. I put more importance on the overall body condition. I have used some beat up bodies which performed well and produced great images.
I still like the idea of the warranty over taking a chance on a private sale, especially when dropping some serious cash. Either way it's up to you, you have to be comfortable with it.