Would you buy second hand camera from a eBay seller?

9 years 3 months ago #189732 by Prago
I'm thinking big risk, no warranty. But so tempting with the price? Have you bought a used camera body from someone on eBay?

Lenses are one thing, but camera body I think is a little trickier?

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9 years 3 months ago #189738 by photobod
Its too risky I think, wouldnt buy any camera equipment without handling and testing first. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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9 years 3 months ago #189740 by john_m
I would have a hard time buying something like a body from ebay, simply because you cant test it first. I buy alot of used stuff, but off of craigslist.

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9 years 3 months ago #189742 by Bobby
I would, but it would all depend on their feedback, if they were a new user or not, how much or how little information is given about the camera. I would ask questions about the camera and depending how they answer would also depend if I buy it.


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9 years 3 months ago #189754 by Gary Trent photography
"Would you buy second hand camera from a eBay seller?"

This question has been asked before.
The simple answer is . . . . . NO



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9 years 3 months ago #189814 by effron
Yes, I would, I have You don't mention what kind or how much. A thousand dollar body?....No. Also, I have some lenses I paid a lot more than my D7000, or D300 cameras, NOT purchased on fleabay.
It all depends on a few things......B)

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9 years 3 months ago #189903 by icepics
I wouldn't go out and shoot photos with a kangaroo nearby but I have bought some used items from particular sellers on eBay. When I'm looking for something like vintage photo paper I'm not as concerned with the seller since it's usually cheap (or if they think it has much in the way of value and it's overpriced I don't bid).

But for most camera equipment I've bought from sellers that have a shop or website that's reputable and list items on eBay. I've found a couple of sellers on eBay that are the type dealers that set up at camera swaps; if they had a good bit of camera equipment listed and I could tell from the descriptions that they knew what they're talking about (not Wikia descriptions) I've bought something inexpensive and given them a try.

But I don't in general trust listings on eBay anymore and I don't bother unless I'm looking for something specific, maybe hard to find.

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9 years 3 months ago #189973 by Silver Fox
Really depends on the sellers reputation on Ebay, if good and the camera isn't screaming red flags, then why not.


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9 years 3 months ago #190058 by Henry Peach
I have purchased many thousands of dollars of gear from Ebay over the last decade. I have been happy with all but one of the transactions. The seller misidentified a camera component and refused to take the part back. Ebay was absolutely no help. In the end we each wrote bitchy reviews about each other, he kept my $100, and I got a camera component that no one wants. I still buy from Ebay, but definately keep buyer beware in mind, ask questions, and if lots of money is involved be picky and wary. Get return policies in writing.

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9 years 3 months ago #190151 by John Landolfi
:agree: with all Mat said. My one bummer was a lens, which had been dropped, and the damage was not revealed in the posting. It was cheap, so I just tossed it. But many great deals and positive experiences. Caveat emptor!


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9 years 3 months ago #190178 by cod
I bought my previous 3 camera bodies, most of my lenses and lots of other bits on eBay. As others have said, you should do your homework. Look at the seller's feedback, time in business, description details. Do they offer a return policy? Do they accept payment in conventional form, e.g. Paypal, not Western Union. Do your research and know what you want and what it's worth. If something looks too good to be true then it probably is. I've never had a problem and think the eBay marketplace is a good place to shop if you keep your head screwed on. If I were a working pro I would definitely be dealing with my local, excellent camera stores, but since I operate on the cheap eBay works for me.

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