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Thread started 21 Dec 2010 (Tuesday) 12:31
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grant247
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Dec 21, 2010 12:31 |  #1

Do you buy expensive used lenses ($800-$5000.00) from the B/S forum to save 10% off retail?




  
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Dec 21, 2010 12:36 |  #2

For a $800 lens, $150 is attractive.
For a $5000 lens, not so much..

I think your range is too wide.


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Dec 21, 2010 12:36 |  #3

You should go with a % savings from new price to normalize.


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Dec 21, 2010 12:43 |  #4

sangjiny wrote in post #11491634 (external link)
You should go with a % savings from new price to normalize.

Done...thanks




  
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Dec 21, 2010 12:43 |  #5
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Why not? Depending on the seller, the lens, and the condition (date code). For the highly regarded lenses, usually you can't get any more cheaper than $200 off buying it new.

As a New Yorker, I don't have advantages ordering online from BH or Adorama since I still have to pay taxes. :) Buying used, or at times even brand new gear, off the forum, I don't have to pay taxes. There are couple of long time, highly regarded forum members who regularly sell new items with receipts too.


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Dec 21, 2010 12:49 |  #6

Never bought from there but I'd totally do it.
Not just because you can save some bucks, but because you can evaluate pics taken with the lens and see if it's a good copy or not. ;)


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Dec 21, 2010 12:49 |  #7

I think for 10%, I wouldn't.
Not that it's not a great deal to buy something at a discount, unless the lens is very rare, buyers usually have multiple sellers to choose from, and they usually offer higher than 10% discount from new.


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Dec 21, 2010 12:56 |  #8

I want to, but it seems like shipping to Canada is like sleeping with your sister... CONUS only!! (that was a joke, I really don't mean to offend anyone!!)

Anywys, I have the money, and a real desire to own a 24-105, but it looks like I'll just have to be patient and wait for one to come up from a Canadian member.

I would buy used to save a few hundred bucks. Most people that own a very expensive lens are probably going to take very goo care of it, in order to ensure they can sell it for max $$ later.


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Dec 21, 2010 12:56 |  #9

I bought all my L lenses from the B/S forum(except the 500mm and the 24-70 I bought new.) I would buy a 300f2.8 from there as well. Just need to be clear on you communication with the seller, ask for pics, history reason for selling etc...


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Dec 21, 2010 12:57 |  #10

i haven't purchased any lens costing $800 or more yet.

i did buy a cheaper lens costing $450 new at 10% saving from B&S


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Dec 21, 2010 12:59 |  #11
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ScottCullum wrote in post #11491754 (external link)
I want to, but it seems like shipping to Canada is like sleeping with your sister... CONUS only!! (that was a joke, I really don't mean to offend anyone!!)

Anywys, I have the money, and a real desire to own a 24-105, but it looks like I'll just have to be patient and wait for one to come up from a Canadian member.

I would buy used to save a few hundred bucks. Most people that own a very expensive lens are probably going to take very goo care of it, in order to ensure they can sell it for max $$ later.


That's because the custom fee involved. I have shipped computer parts to Canada before. Of course, I am talking about only $200+ parts and can safely declare it as "gifts."


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Dec 21, 2010 13:05 |  #12

Just 10% ? No I wouldn't . I'll buy new instead .


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Dec 21, 2010 13:13 |  #13

TooManyShots wrote in post #11491772 (external link)
That's because the custom fee involved. I have shipped computer parts to Canada before. Of course, I am talking about only $200+ parts and can safely declare it as "gifts."

Ya, brokerage fees and duties and taxes... It adds up and it seems like there is no solid way of calculating it out, because it's always different.


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Dec 21, 2010 13:14 |  #14

TooManyShots wrote in post #11491673 (external link)
Buying used, or at times even brand new gear, off the forum, I don't have to pay taxes. There are couple of long time, highly regarded forum members who regularly sell new items with receipts too.


Umm... Yes you do.. (take a look starting at page 7)
http://www.tax.ny.gov …ications/sales/​pub774.pdf (external link)


For these purchases, the tax is not collected by the seller, but you are still required to pay it. I am expecting the day where some gung-ho state tax collector starts combing these boards for all of the uninformed people that brag about not paying sales tax (whether they do it knowing they are required to or not.)
I am also sorry to say, that with your web address right in your sig, you would be very easy to track down and would be low hanging fruit for such a tax collector.

Like residents of most states where sales tax is collected, as a New Yorker, you are required by state law to pay sales tax yourself, directly to the state, for purchases where the tax is not collected for you by the seller. I acknowledge that laws regarding this are generally unknown and unenforced -- but with states like NY and NJ on the verge of filing for bankruptcy and asking Uncle Sam for help.. rest assured, the day is coming when they will start .. and they will do it retroactively.


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Dec 21, 2010 13:16 |  #15

Bought the 70-200. When I get my 30 days + 30 posts Il sell my 18-55 + 55-250 and buy a Tamron 17-50.


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