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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · What's the deal with cheap, new cameras on Ebay? |
Alright, so I'm in the market for a 5Diii, and came across what seemed like a great deal on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-22-3-MP-Digital-SLR-Camera-Kit-w-EF-24-105mm-/251210436639?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item3a7d4f101f
A pretty good price after you sold the lens. The buyer's feedback shows they've sold a number 5D3 kits, and the feedback is all positive. So, I email asking if it comes with a receipt from an authorized dealer. Below is the response
I have sold over 200 canons on ebay and nearly 1000 at our
store. Not one of our customers have ever needed more than the warranty
card but to answer your question yes but you wont need it. Should you we
The didn't really answer my question about the authorized dealer thing, so I politely explained why you need a receipt. At this point I'm not going to buy the camera, but am just curious as to what the deal is, and if he was avoiding the question. Anyway, his response
Again you are probably correct if you dont send the warranty card in prior to needing service then you are probably going to need a receipt. I always wait to register my products until my first contact with that company. As to extend the warranty they typically go by when you say you purchased unless the product shelf life has expired then almost certainly a receipt is need to proved your warranty is still valid beyond the shelf life. Everyone alway say to me the receipt thing followed by the authorized dealer stuff. Another myth. Fact of the matter is no matter where the camera was purchased at some point it came from an authorized dealer and Canon knows which dealer by the serial number. Again if you want a receipt I can provide one but if you register your product you will be warrantied from the day they receive and will not need a receipt.
Am I missing something here? I mean, it's ebay, so it wouldn't surprise me that people are misleading others into thinking they would get a warranty. The guy is also spewing a bit of BS. I know Canon stopped caring if new lenses were grey market as long as they were purchased from an authorized dealer, but I don't see how they'd stop caring about the original receipt from an authorized dealer. Otherwise everyone would just wait until their camera had a problem to register it. Is everyone buying one of these cameras being tricked into thinking they have a full warranty?
Like I said, at this point, I'm not interested in buying from this guy. I'd rather spend $200 more and get one from BH or Adorama and not worry about it. There are several sellers that have histories of selling 5Diii kits, all with positive feedback. The pricing is always a good bit below current retail. I'm just genuinely curious as to how these people scrounge up 20 cameras to sell at a price well below any of the major retailers. Are they actual dealers that are selling genuine product through a non-associated ebay account?
Anyone have any experience buying from this sort of seller?