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Jul 23, 2010 19:32 |  #1

i bought a canon 7d (new in box) for $1,250 on craigslist, just found out it was gray market...

i called canon to update firmware and the utility disk was for asia, firmware is now current ....

then I noticed the battery charger and battery was digital concept, not a canon

i'm happy about my purchase but should i be concerned?

price at store $1,699 + 170 tax= $1870 - $1,250= $620 in savings...

is it worth the risk?




  
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Jul 23, 2010 19:43 |  #2

If you figure that there is less than about 1 chance in 3 of it needing major servicing within a year, yes.

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Jul 23, 2010 19:49 |  #3

Too late to be concerned...

Just enjoy the thing.


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Jul 23, 2010 19:53 |  #4

hope it'll last longer


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Jul 23, 2010 20:06 |  #5

I called Canon about this before I bought one because of the price. I was told the difference is in the charger and that the US is the only place the gets a warranty. So, you have the same camera just no backing from Canon....... I was also told by someone outside of Canon that they would cover a manufacturer defect if pushed so who knows!! Good luck it's a great camera!


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Jul 23, 2010 21:24 |  #6

All gray market cameras, should come with the genuine charger and battery and other canon accessories, it's only the US warranty that is missing. Did you check to see if anything else was different.

The fact yours doesn't seems a bit strange, why would they just leave out the charger and battery, and substitute an unknown brand ? The original Canon LC-E6 and LP-e6 are worth about 60 and 75 dollars respectively, so you have lost out a bit here but have made other savings.

I would ask about the genuine charger and battery, always nice to have when reselling


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Jul 23, 2010 22:06 |  #7

lannes wrote in post #10592764 (external link)
The fact yours doesn't seems a bit strange, why would they just leave out the charger and battery, and substitute an unknown brand ?

Probably because the charger that came with the camera wouldn't fit in American outlets....




  
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Jul 23, 2010 23:09 |  #8

feltch1024 wrote in post #10592954 (external link)
Probably because the charger that came with the camera wouldn't fit in American outlets....

As the Canon charger is international voltage rated, I think all you would need is a 2 dollar plug adaptor. With a lot of ebay gray market stuff they just chuck in the relevant adaptor for the country the item is going to.

I just think it was the seller trying make some extra bucks off the sale, with a view to selling the genuine stuff later or using it for another camera.


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Jul 24, 2010 01:21 |  #9

lannes wrote in post #10593186 (external link)
As the Canon charger international voltage rated, I think all you would need is a 2 dollar plug adaptor. With a lot of ebay gray market stuff they just chuck in the relevant adaptor for the country the item is going to.

I just think it was the seller trying make some extra bucks off the sale, with a view to selling the genuine stuff later or using it for another camera.

he's 35 years nikon user..i didn't get that vibe from him, besides ...the box was sealed




  
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Jul 24, 2010 01:54 |  #10

photoro wrote in post #10593654 (external link)
he's 35 years nikon user..i didn't get that vibe from him, besides ...the box was sealed

Uh... okay. 7D boxes (as far as I'm aware) aren't sealed. Mine wasn't, and I bought from an authorized retailer. My t2i and t1i's definitely weren't either. Anyone can take a piece of packing tape and "seal" the box to fool a buyer.

Any unit you buy without a receipt is gray market. Canon simply will not honor the warranty unless you can provide authorized proof of purchase.

I'd honestly say your purchase wasn't worth it. On ebay, asavings is selling for $1420 shipped--minus ebay bucks, mrrebates, and bing cashback, and you're looking at $1270 flat. Pay with a visa or AMEX card, and your 1-year manufacturer warranty is extended to 2-years for free.

It's simply too late for you to be worried about it now. It wasn't a BAD purchase, but you could have done better. Good luck with the 7d--great piece of hardware!!


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Jul 24, 2010 03:16 |  #11

photoro wrote in post #10593654 (external link)
he's 35 years nikon user..i didn't get that vibe from him, besides ...the box was sealed

There is probably more of the issue with the box being sealed, as Canon would never send out a camera with a third party charger and battery.

If you want to, I'd ask the seller about the original genuine charger and battery, as all the boxed canon cameras always come with the original kit. If he doesn't have them, you might be able to get a bigger discount, did the ad state that the genuine charger and battery was not included ?

If not, then you are entitled to them.


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Jul 24, 2010 03:21 |  #12

lannes wrote in post #10593884 (external link)
If you want to, I'd ask the seller about the original genuine charger and battery, as all the boxed canon cameras always comes with the original kit. If he doesn't have them, you might be able to get a bigger discount, did the ad state that the genuine charger and battery was not included ?

If not, then you are entitled to them.

If I read the post correctly, he's already made the purchase, my guess is its probably too late to start asking for the OEM charger or any extra discounts.

The OP is simply going to have to cross his fingers and hope the camera survives its first year without needing factory warranty service. That's the downside of buying gray market gear.




  
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Jul 24, 2010 19:47 |  #13

DennisW1 wrote in post #10593889 (external link)
If I read the post correctly, he's already made the purchase, my guess is its probably too late to start asking for the OEM charger or any extra discounts.

The OP is simply going to have to cross his fingers and hope the camera survives its first year without needing factory warranty service. That's the downside of buying gray market gear.

I agree it's a bit late, but the camera was sold as "brand new in box" sealed, it was not sold as secondhand, so by default it should have all the original accessories in the first place.


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Jul 24, 2010 19:58 |  #14

lannes wrote in post #10596992 (external link)
I agree it's a bit late, but the camera was sold as "brand new in box" sealed, it was not sold as secondhand, so by default it should have all the original accessories in the first place.

As you have already guessed, it's likely he was "taken" with the sealed gimmick. Has anyone received a sealed-box 7d (that wasn't from a retailer like BestBuy that seals goods themselves)? It seems more like the seller cannibalized the parts for his own 7d or 5dmarkii and threw in a $15 power2000 variant. That's a great way to cheat buyers, especially if they're meeting in person via craigslist.


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Jul 24, 2010 22:15 |  #15

MOkoFOko wrote in post #10597032 (external link)
As you have already guessed, it's likely he was "taken" with the sealed gimmick. Has anyone received a sealed-box 7d (that wasn't from a retailer like BestBuy that seals goods themselves)? It seems more like the seller cannibalized the parts for his own 7d or 5dmarkii and threw in a $15 power2000 variant. That's a great way to cheat buyers, especially if they're meeting in person via craigslist.

It could even have 20-30k on the shutter, how would you know


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