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Aug 14, 2013 14:05 |  #46

bettyn wrote in post #16207539 (external link)
Have found it best to stay local when buying or selling camera gear. You can see what you're getting and make sure it works with your camera.

THAT is an OLD lens!

Good point. I frequently buy used from Amazon (not private sellers) and find that most items are just returns with a bit of discount. Amazon's return policy (for their sales) has never let me down. I can't say the same for their used marketplace.



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Aug 14, 2013 16:01 |  #47

As an active buyer and seller, for some reason I don't trust amazon, other than retailers that sell on there, or Amazon direct. I've been buying/selling on ebay for almost 14 years, with thousands of transactions, and only ever had one problem, and that was resolved in 20 minutes by ebay.

My wife OTH, prefers Amazon.

But she also likes the house at 80 degrees....


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Aug 14, 2013 17:02 |  #48

I sell on Amazon and handle myself like I do on the forums. I don't see why all the warnings against Amazon, buying on a forum, ebay or Amazon all come with the same caveats/cautions.

Amazon charges less than Ebay and paypal combined, and it is less painful end to end selling because you can generate your shipping label, and Amazon will automatically send you your money instead of holding onto it unless you ask for it, like paypal.


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Aug 14, 2013 17:19 |  #49

bw!

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"...here is the picture he/she sent:"




  
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Aug 14, 2013 17:52 |  #50

Surely, you try and buy used what you can see working and is ok. Last yr I bought several (and was given from Freegle a 50mm and 135 prime) PK lenses for the K-M I owned before I bought my 600d (used body only for £180 seen powered up but not with lens). The only bad buy I had (which was refunded) was a kit lens 18-55 for which the AF wasn't working, from Cash Converters. Try before you buy. One guy even drove 30 miles to deliver an EFS 75-300 for £50 plus £5 for his petrol Gasoline. It was mint and boxed. I tried it and bought it. :lol::lol::lol:


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Aug 16, 2013 11:44 |  #51

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Bough a 28-135 for my wife on amazon used. Used it for twenty pictures to test, then she never used it. 2 months pass. Took it out the other day for some exercise, took 25 pictures, and it popped error 1 communication warning. Does it on both my bodies. Now I've got a $250 paper weight. Ymmv.

Hmm wouldn't you be in the same situation, regardless of where you bought it "used" from? I've learned that why I buy ANYTHING, use the heck out of it right away, to ensure that if performs as it should.


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Aug 16, 2013 12:42 |  #52
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This is the picture of the lens they sent me:

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IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
Byte size: ZERO | Content warning: NOT AN IMAGE


I'm weary of it but those cookies look good.

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Aug 16, 2013 13:33 |  #53

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This is the picture of the lens they sent me:
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I'm weary of it but those cookies look good.

Wow they sent you that!?! I would definitely file a claim. Unless that coffee is made with La Esmeralda Special beans....



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Aug 16, 2013 13:35 |  #54
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I'd prefer that monkey feces coffee...


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Aug 16, 2013 13:40 |  #55

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I'd prefer that monkey feces coffee...

The exotic stuff. Kopi Luwak. A fine choice.



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Aug 16, 2013 17:19 |  #56

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I've sold a lens on Amazon that was returned because the person "no longer wanted it."

You are entitled to a restocking fee in that case and if you failed to charge them it's your bad. Amazon themselves charge a restock fee of up to 15% to cover shipping and other costs. If you are a valued customer however Amazon will typically just charge for return shipping costs.




  
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Aug 29, 2013 09:42 |  #57

My household has dealt with Amazon over and over throughout the year. We have been Amazon Prime members since the day they came out with it( it was a special offer that was hard to refuse) I think you may have to be careful if its from a third party that isn't backed by Amazon but if you get something used that is backed by Amazon you will not have a problem returning it.

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Aug 29, 2013 13:28 |  #58

I have had Success with buying and selling on eBay. I just recently purchased a 17 to 40 L Cannon lens for $561 like new hardly if ever used. Here guys are asking $600 plus. There are certainly good deals to be had an Amazon or eBay providing your cautious from who you were buying the items from. $561 with free shipping no tax for a lens that was hardly used is a darn good deal Canon refurbished for the same lens selling for $670 dollars.




  
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Aug 29, 2013 13:30 |  #59

Mackeral wrote in post #16213540 (external link)
This is the picture of the lens they sent me:
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I'm weary of it but those cookies look good.

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Aug 30, 2013 10:57 |  #60

Buying from Amazon is usually safe, even if it the seller incorrectly lists the item. This is because Amazon pretty much always sides with the customer. And, according to an Amazon rep I spoke to, you can return any purchase from any seller for pretty much any reason you want. This is why it is terrible to sell on Amazon, IMHO.
I sold a super mint Zeiss 50/1.4 ZE. After more than a month, the buyer contacted me saying it arrived damage. We went through a long discourse and I denied her request for return because it had been so long. Another month later (2+ months total since sale), she filed a return request saying, "The Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE does not zoom"... Amazon granted her a refund - without my knowledge. (I didn't get the email because I was busy with finals week.) She got $680 and I got no guarantee of a lens return. (I was super stressed, as I was trying to figure out how to make ends meet and payoff this terrible $680 punch to my bank account. I partially traded my 5D2 and sold whatever else I could to make sure I could pay the debt.)

Fortunately the buyer did return it. But the focus ring was super stiff. It looked like she threw the metal body Zeiss against the floor or something. The metal lens hood was severely dented and there were knick marks all over the body... I couldn't sell it again in that condition and so I decided to give it to my friend for helping me with school. He was happy. But I lost my best camera and a lot of money.


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