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p.1 #1 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


Hi,

I am looking at buying a refurbished Nikon D800.
It is appealing to buy refurbished: the price is
significantly lower!

Unfortunately, the camera comes only with a 90
day warranty. Therefore, one feels inclined to
buy a warranty that can protect the camera for
as long as possible. The warranty offered along-
side is a Mack 3 Year Diamond Warranty, for
$209.95

I think of the camera as an investment that can
hopefully last with good care up to five years.
The use I would give to it would be from a low
intensity commercial use to a full intensive use
after the first year, so that I can recover my
investment within three years.

The big questions are: Would you buy refurbished?
What are the disadvantages of buying refurbished?
Is it worth it when one saves about $500, (including
the warranty) ??

Thank you, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!




Jan 05, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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P.S. The D600 is also being sold refurbished! One
saves some $200, (but without the warranty!)
There are some, not so good reviews for Mack,
when one buys the warranty from them!
Comments like: "repair takes ages"; "they don't
communicate back with you"
http://www.adorama.com/IMXW89.html
They also claim they cover worldwide. I wonder
what kind of repairs they cover abroad!



Jan 05, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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p.1 #3 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


I bought my girlfriend's D40 for her as a refurb. It arrived without a scratch, rub mark or sign it had been used. It had about 100 actuations on the shutter.

Given how well that worked out I, too, am tempted by the refurbished D800.

I wouldn't bother with the expensive Diamond warranty, though. If you buy the extended warranty for 2 years, it's only $80 and will cover all of the risks associated with a refurbished camera.



Jan 05, 2013 at 01:36 PM
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p.1 #4 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


Hi,

Thank you for your message : ) !!!

For the refurbished Nikon D600 there are three warranties one can buy.
The one that caught my attention is this one for $64 It is extended
up to three years and it is international. So, (almost) any country in the
world. Of course, it doesn't cover any sensor or CCD cleaning, but it
may be a good option. It covers products that cost up to $3,000
So, the Nikon D800 can be included under this warranty, I guess. I
wonder if one can call the people from Mack warranties and find out more.
Anyways, here is the link for this three year extended warranty:
http://www.adorama.com/IMXW89.html

This is the other Mack 3 Year Diamond Warranty for $209.95 Includes
the sensor or CCD cleaning twice. Coverage or service limited to the
USA and Canada: http://www.adorama.com/IMXWD3000.html

Two years warranty are fine. Unfortunately, I tend to keep my
products a bit longer. The extra year would give me some peace of
mind. Even if I think of my equipment as a five year investment,
I would be very happy to see that at the end, it doesn't cost me more
as the price of camera + warranty.

What do you think about that 3-year warranty for $64 ?? Is it worth it to
pay the extra $165 for sensor or CCD cleaning ??

Very kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



Jan 05, 2013 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #5 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


The mack warranty is fine and there service times are reasonable in my experience. Go to the Mack web site and read up on the warranties. The Diamond warranty includes impact and accidental damage done to the camera such as you dropping the body and causing significant damage. The inexpensive warranties don't have this coverage. Frankly if your camera spends any amount of time in the field where this type of accidental damage is common $200 is very cheap. Refurb units have always been a good bet in my experience and particularly with the D800 the refurbs seem to get the Autofocus issues cleaned up very nicely by Nikon.

Dave



Jan 05, 2013 at 05:38 PM
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p.1 #6 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


Hi Dave,

Thank you for your message : ) !!!

Cool! I was looking at b&h website's and they work
with another company called square trade:
http://www.squaretrade.com/merchant/learnmore/lm_bh.html
With Square Trade, insurance will cost between
$300 and $400

I don't know if buying the camera from Adorama
and the warranty from B&H is possible. But for the
price, Mack is cheaper. I just hope, if and when the
time arrives, one does not have to wait very long
amounts of time. How long did you have to wait
for the times you sent in your camera(s) there?

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



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p.1 #7 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


I bought one of the refurbished D800's from Adorama (2299 shipped/no tax/$7 1 year warranty upgrade.) Camera had about 1700 actuations. No focus issues at all, clean sensor, works perfectly.


Jan 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
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p.1 #8 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


My experience with Mack was bad, 3.5 months to repair my body, never again. I had to buy another body to fill the gap and then sell it when my repair came back. Cheaper than a rental but I ended up losing around $250.....


Jan 06, 2013 at 02:09 PM
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p.1 #9 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


+1 Macks generally aren't worth the paper they're printed on.


Jan 06, 2013 at 02:13 PM
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p.1 #10 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


trenchmonkey wrote:
+1 Macks generally aren't worth the paper they're printed on.


++1 The cheap warranty is worthless and the top insurance is too expensive. I'd take my chance and use Nikon service if something does go wrong. I've never had a body fail me.



Jan 06, 2013 at 05:51 PM
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p.1 #11 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


I bought a D800 refurb from Cameta just before christmas for $2349. NO focus problems at all. Came to me with 28 clicks on the shutter.
1 year warranty from Cameta.
http://www.cameta.com/Nikon-D800-Digital-SLR-Camera-Body-Factory-Refurbished-69667.cfm



Jan 06, 2013 at 09:52 PM
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p.1 #12 · Refurbished Nikon D800 plus Mack 3-year warranty. Is that the way to go?


Hi,

Thank you for your messages : ) !!!

It is a shame to read that the Mack warranty service is way too slow!

... and the top insurance is too expensive. I'd take my chance
and use Nikon service if something does go wrong. I've never had a
body fail me.
You mean by insurance, the one from Square
Trade sold by B&H? How much is Nikon service, is it more than $400
every time one uses it?

Cameta offers a 1 year of warranty. For the price that is cool.
Hopefully, if anything happens to the camera, Cameta's repair
center is not so slow!

It will be tough, if between year one and year three, one has to send
the camera for repair. One may end up paying quite a bit of money.
Again, I don't know how cool is Nikon with its service prices.

Thank you again, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



Jan 07, 2013 at 03:19 AM





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