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Nov 24, 2017 11:23 |  #1

Do you feel any better buying from an unauthorized vendor through eBay than directly from that vendor? That is, does eBay give any protection or is the vendor on their best behavior to protect their eBay seller account?




  
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Nov 24, 2017 11:26 |  #2

Why would you buy from an unauthorized vendor at all?


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Nov 24, 2017 11:28 |  #3

saea501 wrote in post #18503251 (external link)
Why would you buy from an unauthorized vendor at all?

Take a guess.




  
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Nov 24, 2017 12:07 |  #4
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mike_d wrote in post #18503253 (external link)
Take a guess.

Ok, price. Why bother with unauthorized dealer when you can generally get better prices used with the same (NONE!) warranty. If the item is available at Canon Refurbished, you get a good price and a same-as-new warranty.




  
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Nov 24, 2017 12:13 |  #5

Yes , if there were a middle man involved such as ebay or amazon id feel slightly better .. at very least i feel they'd be more inclined to honor a return policy.
I dont know that to be fact , just my logic



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Nov 24, 2017 12:25 |  #6

Bassat wrote in post #18503280 (external link)
Ok, price. Why bother with unauthorized dealer when you can generally get better prices used with the same (NONE!) warranty. If the item is available at Canon Refurbished, you get a good price and a same-as-new warranty.

Well the price I'm seeing is better than the used prices I've seen. The only Canon refurb price that beat it wound up being a mistake and would have cost more with sales tax.




  
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Nov 24, 2017 12:37 |  #7

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Do you feel any better buying from an unauthorized vendor through eBay than directly from that vendor? That is, does eBay give any protection or is the vendor on their best behavior to protect their eBay seller account?

We always tell our readers is: if you're going to purchase from an unauthorized dealer, do it through eBay or Amazon where you are backed by that platform's buyer protection, in addition to using your credit card. Unauthorized dealers are a bit more brazen with customers who come in through their website (more aggressive upsells, more tricks.)

Also, make sure they're not a bait-and-switch dealer.




  
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Nov 24, 2017 13:00 |  #8

i would rather use ebay, and hopefully paypal...i feel like they're pretty good at protecting buyers if something is wrong


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Nov 24, 2017 17:03 |  #9
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Not a problem only if you know you are getting an imported version without any warranty from the manufacturers...Is generally cheaper...much cheaper. That's about it....


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Nov 24, 2017 20:39 |  #10

mike_d wrote in post #18503286 (external link)
Well the price I'm seeing is better than the used prices I've seen. The only Canon refurb price that beat it wound up being a mistake and would have cost more with sales tax.

If the deal is 'too good to be true', it probably is NOT truly a 'good deal'. Perhaps they remove all factory accessories and sell them back to you! And if they offer a 'store warranty' you have to return the camera to that store for warranty claim...the issue is that often the legitimate importer will not honor warranty claims against goods which they did not import (or which the buyer did not buy while travelling abroad, with a valid purchase receipt)


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Nov 24, 2017 22:52 |  #11

There's a cost/benefit analysis that each person needs to consider, including the potential risks associated with buying from any reseller. But, in general, I find the eBay/PayPal buyer protection process to be more responsive and buyer-friendly than Amazon. Buying through eBay and paying with a credit card through PayPal affords levels of protection not available when you buy directly or through Amazon. Resellers never see your credit card information and, if necessary, disputes can be escalated from eBay to PayPal and finally your credit card issuer in the event of a problem.

As long as the reseller has an established history of positive feedback for similar items, I don't hesitate to buy through eBay if the price is right.


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Nov 25, 2017 05:23 |  #12

mike_d wrote in post #18503253 (external link)
Take a guess.

DUH!

No........really?

You want to roll the dice and buy something like this with no warranty.....knock yourself out.

That was the point that you clearly missed.


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Nov 25, 2017 12:02 |  #13

saea501 wrote in post #18503688 (external link)
DUH!

No........really?

You want to roll the dice and buy something like this with no warranty.....knock yourself out.

That was the point that you clearly missed.

People buy things all the time with no warranty...it's not that big of a deal, especially if it's canon's joke 1 year warranty...look at all the lenses you've bought with a warranty...how many times were you actually able to send them in for work within that warranty period?


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Nov 25, 2017 12:09 |  #14

DreDaze wrote in post #18503845 (external link)
People buy things all the time with no warranty...it's not that big of a deal, especially if it's canon's joke 1 year warranty...look at all the lenses you've bought with a warranty...how many times were you actually able to send them in for work within that warranty period?

At this point, 7 of my 8 lenses were purchased used as were my 5D3 and grip. The only Canon gear that's failed was a 7 year old 24-105 that I had purchased new.




  
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