Upload & Sell: On
mehrdad sadat wrote:
the camera is not us warranty so for the first year it will be a risk, after that same boat as everybody else
I bought a grey market 5D3 from eBay (it did not come with a US warranty card). I called Canon USA to ask them if it would be covered under warranty, and this is what they told me:
1. If you bought the camera new in the US and have a receipt to prove it, we will very likely provide warranty service for the item, even if the seller is not an authorized Canon reseller.
2. The warranty ONLY applies to the first owner. If you buy a camera with US warranty used on these forums, as the second owner you will NOT be covered under the warranty even though the camera was originally purchased new from an authorized US reseller.
Canon USA has provided warranty service on grey market cameras to me in the past without any issues. They fixed a broken dial on my EOS 5 (film) camera even though the 5 was never officially sold in the US.
Bottom line: if you can find a great deal on a new grey market camera, buy it. There is a very small chance Canon may not service it under warranty, but the hundreds you potentially save more than offsets the risk in my opinion.