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Old Sep 21, 2010, 3:33 AM   #1
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Default Advice - Panasonic FZ5 hair line crack on casing

Hello, this is my first post here. It is good to be here among fellow digicam enthusiasts. I am looking to buy anywhere from a good used FZ5 to FZ20 cam. I have seen two for sale on Ebay that have hair line cracks on the housing. Is this a deal stopper where it could turn into a disaster later? The sellers claim they operate and have 7 day returns on both. One seller admits his camera was dropped which is what I suspect happened to the other as well. I don't have as much money as I'd like to buy a decent camera and don't want to make a mistake. Any words of wisdom would be welcome. Thanks and have an exceptional day!
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 5:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

See my response to your similar post:
Need help about hair line cracks in Panasonic FZ bodies
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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It appears that those cameras have been dropped! I would not touch them with a 10 foot pole. A return provision on E-Bay is sort of a "maybe, could-be" situation as you ship the camera back to the Seller. Than and if the Seller gets around to it, you may or may not get your refund. I am in the dispute process right now over a return. I am told it may take a month to get some resolution.

Please be careful.

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Old Sep 21, 2010, 3:55 PM   #4
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Ouch Sarah but good advice indeed.

Also if you do end up trading things online, ask to see their heatware evaluation. It gives an insight into if the trader is honest and values their integrity.

If they are new, ask them to ship first.
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 4:15 PM   #5
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I would be very reluctant to any camera that has been dropped.

Words of wisdom?
- Be patient
- Save your money for better buy (one that hasn't been dropped)
- can I afford to loose this money if the camera quits working 2 weeks after I have it?

Have Fun - Be Nice - Don't Break Anything
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Old Sep 21, 2010, 9:09 PM   #6
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Default Thank you for your help!

Thank you for your advisements on hairline cracks. I thought that this wasn't a good idea yet I wanted to make sure. Indeed such a "good deal" could quickly escalate into a major problem where yours truly would end up getting screwed. Tis' good to have the support. Am definitely glad I joined the forum. Best wishes to all! I'll be definitely saving my money.
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