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Jun 13, 2009 19:35 |  #1

Does anyone worry purchasing lens of eBay?

I just worry that it's a good way for a seller to get rid of a lens that may have been dropped (no marks though) or is faulty or has some other problem with it.

I know that people get excellent bargains off eBay buying second hand lens, but has anyone ever had a bad experience?


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Jun 13, 2009 22:31 |  #2

Same.. I always worried about the same thing. Like someone could be trying to get rid of a non-sharp but working lens.. :/ But i bought a Tamron 28-75 off eBay and i'm pretty satisfied. I'd say it's only worth it if you are getting a significant discount 40-50%. The only reason i bought the tamron was because i was able to snag it for $190. Reg price is $380. Only buy if you will save a significant amount of money.


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Jun 13, 2009 22:36 |  #3

tester3000 wrote in post #8105445 (external link)
Same.. I always worried about the same thing. Like someone could be trying to get rid of a non-sharp but working lens..

Thats what worries me. Sure the majority (hopefully) are people that just don't need the lens anymore for any given reason. But it just seems a very easy way to "dump" a lens thats visibly perfect, but has "issues".


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Jun 13, 2009 22:39 |  #4

buy using PayPal. I have experience as a seller, and the buyer seems to always be right when it comes to a dispute.


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Jun 13, 2009 23:43 |  #5

jxg wrote in post #8105490 (external link)
buy using PayPal. I have experience as a seller, and the buyer seems to always be right when it comes to a dispute.

Even with a working lens? Say you are selling a lens. You say it's a 100% working copy, but it's not a sharp copy. You don't comment on the sharpness in the listing,, you just say it's a working copy. Would the buyer win the dispute just because the lens wasn't sharp enough for them?


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Jun 14, 2009 07:42 |  #6

I've bought 3 lenses through ebay and haven't had any problem whatsoever.


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Jun 14, 2009 08:20 |  #7

I bought a refurbished Canon 17-40L off of ebay a few weeks ago for $470. Beautiful lens!


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Jun 14, 2009 09:02 |  #8

I have bought and sold over 150 lenses in the last 2 years from eBay. Just your normal common sense helps. Yes, there are some Newbies and some non-photographers selling lenses. But, it can be a great place to get something different. I would not buy new from eBay, just used. Yes, If I can also find it at Keh.com for about the same price I will get it from Keh. Adorama? It is a toss up. If you are wondering about any certain eBay auction, you can always PM me a link. I will try to help.


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Jun 14, 2009 09:10 |  #9

The only time I have really been burnt buying online was not on Ebay but on this very forum. Use common sense and Paypal on Ebay and you won't have any problems.


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Jun 14, 2009 09:35 |  #10

My eBay purchases include:

Zeiss 85 f/1.4
Tamron 28-75

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My 1Ds Mark II.

All have been fine. Just buy from sellers with high feedback and a return policy, and you'll be fine.


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Jun 14, 2009 11:10 |  #11

What would be the difference buying used lens from anywhere? The owner could be sending for just about any reason I hope you don't think every lens sold from this site is perfect and razor sharp.

tester3000 wrote in post #8105445 (external link)
Same.. I always worried about the same thing. Like someone could be trying to get rid of a non-sharp but working lens.. :/ But i bought a Tamron 28-75 off eBay and i'm pretty satisfied. I'd say it's only worth it if you are getting a significant discount 40-50%. The only reason i bought the tamron was because i was able to snag it for $190. Reg price is $380. Only buy if you will save a significant amount of money.




  
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Jun 14, 2009 11:20 |  #12

I'm not only talking about only ebay,, i'm talking about used lenses in general.


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Jun 14, 2009 11:22 |  #13

tester3000 wrote in post #8105725 (external link)
Even with a working lens? Say you are selling a lens. You say it's a 100% working copy, but it's not a sharp copy. You don't comment on the sharpness in the listing,, you just say it's a working copy. Would the buyer win the dispute just because the lens wasn't sharp enough for them?

I sold a perfectly good Canon XT on ebay. Buyer complained to PayPal on the 44th day after the sale that the pictures were "blurry". They made me refund the money. I disputed the claim with pictures I had taken with the camera (both before and AFTER I got the camera back - which was returned with a very large scratch in it, by the way). They basically ignored me, saying buyer has every right to dispute - they said I sold an item that was not as advertised.

So it locally on Craigslist, and the buyer was very happy...


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tester3000 wrote in post #8105725 (external link)
Even with a working lens? Say you are selling a lens. You say it's a 100% working copy, but it's not a sharp copy. You don't comment on the sharpness in the listing,, you just say it's a working copy. Would the buyer win the dispute just because the lens wasn't sharp enough for them?

A lens that performs under specification i.e. softer that it should be is not a working lens.


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gasrocks wrote in post #8107227 (external link)
I have bought and sold over 150 lenses in the last 2 years from eBay. Just your normal common sense helps. Yes, there are some Newbies and some non-photographers selling lenses. But, it can be a great place to get something different. I would not buy new from eBay, just used. Yes, If I can also find it at Keh.com for about the same price I will get it from Keh. Adorama? It is a toss up. If you are wondering about any certain eBay auction, you can always PM me a link. I will try to help.

Why wouldn't you buy new from ebay ?
I bought my two "L"s from a ebay store. One of them was absoluterly perfect another required calibration. Canon had no problem with the fact that the lens was bought from a e-bay store in fact when I checked later both stores appeared to be Canon authorized dealers.


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