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1. Posted by harry_hood (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hey folks,
New to the forum here. I'm looking to buy a camera before my trip to Ecuador this summer where i am suppose to be taking photos for inventories at two biological reserves. I'm looking to get some bang for my buck so i've turned to my ebay addiction (i've had good results).

It appears i can get a Rebel XTi with a bunch of extras for much cheaper than even just the camera at regular retail price. Could someone with a bit more camera experience let me know if soemthing like the following link is a rip off (in terms of equipment, not the retailer itself).

http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-EOS-Digital-Rebel-XTi-SLR-3-PRO-LENS-KIT-4GB-XT-i_W0QQitemZ280083255620QQihZ018QQcategoryZ147173QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

any feedback would be great!

Thanks
Harry

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

Quoting harry_hood

rip off (in terms of equipment, not the retailer itself)

The retailer, j & k cameras, itself is actually what you should worry about. Some quick googling tells me they're based out of Brooklyn. If there's one rule for buying cameras, it's: NEVER EVER buy a camera from on online store based out of Brooklyn. They're either bait & switch, or they'll be selling you refurbished equipment, and at the very least it'll be grey market (no warranty).
If a price seems too good to be true, it almost always is.

Ah, search for their address: 1938 McDonald Avenue. Same as for "bestpricecameras.com" - which is a somewhat infamous bait & switch shop. See for example this page at resellerratings. Lifetime rating: 0.15/10. Avoid, avoid!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 8:57 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

I've relied on eBay for 2nd hand items only. If buying something new, especially electronics, it's best to rely on a reliable retailer like B&H. Also look for reputable online retailers for sales. I've bought many electronic toys and accessories (new) online for less than what folks paid for on eBay. That said, I've bought my Contax T3, Contax G gear and 2 Minolta lenses through eBay w/o any problem. Watch the seller, read the feedbacks, send email w/questions and see how they reply.

4. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Sander,

Love your in depth investigation. Good job!

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