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Apr 18, 2007 05:26 |  #1

Hey guys and gals, what's your opinion on demos vs. refurbs? Would you chose a demo over a refurb or vice versa and why? Thanks in advance.


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Apr 18, 2007 06:01 |  #2

Joe Cyr wrote in post #3061516 (external link)
Hey guys and gals, what's your opinion on demos vs. refurbs? Would you chose a demo over a refurb or vice versa and why? Thanks in advance.

refurbs are sent back to the factory, inspected and sealed. demo's are handled by customers, i would only consider a demo if i could use it myself or if it came from a trusted source like B&H or Adorama who know their equipment and can vouch for it.


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Apr 18, 2007 06:02 |  #3

And to note, some refurbs are former demos that were sent back for inspection, cleaning and/or repair, and repackaging.

Buying a demo is the same as buying the display model at Wal-Mart. Everyone has had their hands all over it, but a refurb has been inspected and cleaned and checked. A demo has not necessarily been through the same inspections/cleaning, although it may have been cleaned up some. It wouldn't have been by the factory though.


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Apr 19, 2007 08:50 |  #4

I would expect a factory refurb to be as good as the best normal production unit and much better than the "average" production unit because it has received individual attention from skilled technicians who are less constrained by the rigors of normal production and, thusly, can reduce the amount of normal variation inherent in volume production.


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May 10, 2007 20:35 |  #5

I just got a refurb and I could not believe how clean it was. It looks brand new. It even smells new. The only reason you would know is because it came in a white Canon box. Very cool huh?


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May 14, 2007 16:04 |  #6

I would chose the refurb over the demo everytime.


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May 14, 2007 16:24 |  #7

joeflux wrote in post #3186349 (external link)
I just got a refurb and I could not believe how clean it was. It looks brand new. It even smells new. The only reason you would know is because it came in a white Canon box. Very cool huh?

Yep! I saved $150 by getting my MPE as a refurb, and I think it's even better than new. Since Canon has tested it, you KNOW it's free of defects, focusing issues, electrical problems, etc.


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May 14, 2007 16:56 as a reply to  @ AirBrontosaurus's post |  #8

I bought a refurb 20D; it was as good as new cosmetically. Unfortunately, the shutter lagged horribly when tripped. Make sure you buy a refurb from someone with a good exchange/return policy.




  
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May 14, 2007 19:34 as a reply to  @ Samgoit's post |  #9

I would recommend buying refurb from Adorama / B&H / well known dealers, if you can save about 20% or so.

I recently bought a refurb 30D body from Adorama recently and I wouldn't have known if it came in the regular box (instead of the white one w/ the print "Refurbished" on it). I also bought a 2yr Mack warranty, and total price came to less than 1k, including shipping :D

To me, it's a much better choice than buying used if I don't know the history of the camera, and if anything happens, I have 90 days to return to Adorama in exchange for better one / or work out something.

Check Adorama / B&H from time to time. They have pretty good deal on refurb. stuffs.

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