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Old March 30th, 2008, 05:13 PM
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refurbished digital ok to buy?

Would anyone buy a refurbished digital camera? What does that even mean? Once broken? And will it be reliable?
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Old March 30th, 2008, 06:21 PM
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Refurbished digital cameras are usually cameras that had problems during the warranty period. They usually are fixed to be like new. I have purchase non-photo refurbished items before and never had any problems with them.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 11:55 PM
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Just in my personal opinion, I would not buy refurbs. I've had refurbished cel-phones, and they don't work as well as new ones, plus they break down/wear out faster and seem to have little problems here and there, but that's just my experience from cellular telephones.
However, I do buy gently used camera equipment. In fact, all of my equipment is pre-owned. My XTi was owned by a guy who "recieved it as a gift" and only had around 200 clicks on it. It looks just like new. My lenses and bag, as well as my flash are all used, and are holding up superbly.
Who knows, maybe Refurb will be better than used?
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If it's a factory refurb...good deal....if it's a BestBuy (or whatever) store return and they say it's a factory refurb, I wouldn't touch it.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 12:28 AM
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When I bought my first s.l.r. the screws holding the hot shoe to the camera came off and jammed up the camera. The screws were mounted on the inside. The store I bought the camera at replaced it with another camera. a short time later the same thing happened to the replacement camera. I sent this one to the Yashica repair center. When I got it back it worked better than it did new. The camera worked with out any problems,until it was stolen from my apartment some years later.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 08:53 AM
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Old April 8th, 2008, 08:10 PM
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I don't think there are problems with referbs as a whole, but I would buy one from a reputable dealer only. nothing from e-bay. I have bought a few diffrent referb items, although never a camera, and never had any problems with them.
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Are you kidding? It's a superb deal. I'd be all over it. Many people have a misconception of refurbished. The truth is it can be better than new. Why? Well, for whatever reason it was returned it has to be sent back to the manufactuer. There they do extreme testing and quality checks to ensure it can be sold. Being it was taken out of the original packaging and touched by consumers they cannot legally sell it as "new". I'd get a refurb any day of the week and long before I got a demo item. Demo items cannot be sold as "new" either.

To answer your question it does not mean that it was once broken. Yes, chances are it will be more reliable because it has had additional quality checks. For instance someone purchases a Canon for their husband as a Christmas gift. The husband is ecstatic as he opens his new camera only to put his older lenses on and finds out he has real lenses (Nikon). So, the Canon goes back to the store. The store ships it back to Canon. The workers at Canon look it over to make sure hubby didn't screw it up by trying to put real lenses on it. While it's there it usually gets firmware updates as well. They then put it back in a box, keep the same warranty (usually) on it and sell it under the name, refurbished.
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My 20D is a factory re-furb and has been flawless since day one. Looked like new, and performs like new.

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The 30D I just bought is a refurb. Again, I would only buy from a reputable company, and when I say reputable, I mean not only reputable in a business sense, but also a positive reputation in the photographic community. Places like Adorama, B & H, etc.

I can't say anything about any company other than Canon, but if you get a factory refurb from Canon, it will be in a sealed Canon box that has a "Refurbished" sticker attached to it.

And you generally get several hundred dollars off the price of a new one, which is quite a deal for a camera that is basically new.
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