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Oct 28, 2011 09:43 |  #1

SO, I am buying a 24-70 that I know, I am wondering if I should save a few hundred by buying refurb'd, what would you do and if you buy new why would you not buy refurb'd?


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Oct 28, 2011 09:46 |  #2

If you are buying through Amazon, the no-tax discount you'll receive will bring the new relatively close to a refurb from Canon Direct.


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Oct 28, 2011 10:00 |  #3

Mr. Blue wrote in post #13320158 (external link)
If you are buying through Amazon, the no-tax discount you'll receive will bring the new relatively close to a refurb from Canon Direct.

So if I bought it from amazon new (1399) it would be equivalent to Canon Direct (1119+tax)?


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Oct 28, 2011 10:03 |  #4

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So if I bought it from amazon new (1399) it would be equivalent to Canon Direct (1119+tax)?

Depends on your state tax in the USA. You can price it before you buy. I don't think you can purchase from Canon USA direct from any other place in the world. For me, tax is 6.25%, so $1189+shipping. Good thing about buying new is you get that box and 1 year warranty for another $200+. Only you can decide if it's worth it to you.


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Oct 28, 2011 10:07 |  #5

Depending on where you live and shipping rates, it should come very close. In my case, I get $3.99 one-day shipping or free two-day shipping via Amazon (Prime member). With the Texas sales tax and shipping rate applied to my refurb order from Canon Direct, it came very close to being the same as buying new from Amazon. Therefore, I bought from Amazon and got it the next day. :)

Add them both to your cart, calculate shipping and sales tax, and compare for yourself. See what the difference comes out to.


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Oct 28, 2011 10:13 |  #6

To be honest I haven't found it entirely worth it to buy refurb. Sure you get 100% back if you sell, since you sell for slightly less than new prices, but the comfort of a new product is nice to me.


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Oct 28, 2011 10:13 |  #7

douflag wrote in post #13320218 (external link)
I don't think you can purchase from Canon USA direct from any other place in the world

If they don't sell directly, how can I purchase the refurb'd lens from canon?




  
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Oct 28, 2011 10:15 |  #8

west1835 wrote in post #13320260 (external link)
If they don't sell directly, how can I purchase the refurb'd lens from canon?

Canon Direct is the name of the store.

You can buy them here: http://shop.usa.canon.​com …gory_10051_1005​1_-1_22751 (external link)


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west1835 wrote in post #13320260 (external link)
If they don't sell directly, how can I purchase the refurb'd lens from canon?

I don't think you can purchase from Canon USA direct from any other place in the world


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Oct 28, 2011 10:21 |  #10

west1835 wrote in post #13320260 (external link)
If they don't sell directly, how can I purchase the refurb'd lens from canon?

I said any other place in the world (e.g. Canada, UK, China, India). You can only purchase from the Canon refurb site if you live in the US.


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Oct 28, 2011 10:24 |  #11

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To be honest I haven't found it entirely worth it to buy refurb. Sure you get 100% back if you sell, since you sell for slightly less than new prices, but the comfort of a new product is nice to me.

Most of the time, that is true. I am however waiting for the 24mm 1.4 II to come back in stock and the 15-20% off coupon to get it.


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Oct 28, 2011 10:28 |  #12

I've had issues in the past with referb equipment and looking into it a bit more I have concluded that, for me at least, it's not worth the risk. There are multiple sources for referb equipment. Many are just pulled from the line and tested for quality reasons or overstock returns and more or less brand new. Others are customer returns, store samples, lenses that had failed final inspection and such. Those are fixed up and then sold as referbs. Those may be just fine or they could still have the issues that originally took them out of the new stream. I would rather pay for a new lens, get the full warranty, and start knowing that my equipment was brand new but thats just me.


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Oct 28, 2011 14:38 |  #13

Canon's refurbs have a 60 or 90 day warranty I believe... which is usually plenty, since if there are problems they usually show up right away.

Canon Direct isn't the only place to buy refurbs. Watch Adorama and B&H, too. They often have refurbs. Adorama usually offers a full year's warranty on them, too.... And because they are pretty good at rating the gear condition, maybe even conservative about it, it's little different from buying new, except for some savings.

A lot of the time, refurbs are just demo units that were shown briefly at trade shows. I wouldn't be surprised to see a bunch of stuff show up at Canon Direct, a few days after PhotoPlus in NYC ends on Saturday.


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Oct 28, 2011 14:54 |  #14

amfoto1 wrote in post #13321415 (external link)
Canon's refurbs have a 60 or 90 day warranty I believe... which is usually plenty, since if there are problems they usually show up right away.

Canon Direct isn't the only place to buy refurbs. Watch Adorama and B&H, too. They often have refurbs. Adorama usually offers a full year's warranty on them, too.... And because they are pretty good at rating the gear condition, maybe even conservative about it, it's little different from buying new, except for some savings.

A lot of the time, refurbs are just demo units that were shown briefly at trade shows. I wouldn't be surprised to see a bunch of stuff show up at Canon Direct, a few days after PhotoPlus in NYC ends on Saturday.

It is a 90 day warranty from Canon Direct including cameras purchased with the canon loyalty program. If anything happens in the first week or 2 they will just ship you a new one before you even return the defect (amazon style).


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Oct 28, 2011 19:13 |  #15

You need a third option - it depends. Because it does. I make the same judgements whether buying new, used or refurbed. Compare the total costs (shipping, taxes, whatever) for the options, then decide. If new winds up being 10% or less more than used or refurbed, then I'm inclined to go new. If the difference is greater, then I lean more towards used or refurbed, depending on the condition, reputation of the seller, etc. There's no hard-and-fast answer.

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