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Old Mar 24, 2006, 10:03 PM   #11
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will keep you informed about my first camera bought off ebay, i'm waiting for the delivery =)
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Old Mar 25, 2006, 5:30 AM   #12
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i bought my panny fz30 from cameta as well with a kit that included a few accesories. i'd have to agree with previous posts, you must check out the accesories carefully as most of them are no-name and low-quality. for instance, the camera bag that came with the camera is total crap and can barely fit the camera. another thing, communication with these big sellers is somewhat impersonal. cameta miswrote the adress and i had to wait extra days for the camera to go back to them and for them to send it again. they didn't charge anything extra for that (as it was their mistake).
still, in my opinion, it is best to do the shopping directly from the shops. if there isn't such a great difference in price then you'll be better off buying it off-line.
also, if the vendor is from a different state/country than you, then you have to pay import taxes. that's a minor detail i didn't consider. :?
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Old Mar 25, 2006, 4:00 PM   #13
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also, if the vendor is from a different state/country than you, then you have to pay import taxes. that's a minor detail i didn't consider. :?
Only when you buy outside customs/tax-area.
Inside EU you can buy from any of its member countries without needing to fear customs&VAT.
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Old Mar 25, 2006, 5:42 PM   #14
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I think it is okay to buy a camera on EBay -

But make sure the seller has at least 500 + recent positive feedback.

I bought my Lumix DMC-FX9 online, and I am quite happy with it.

The only bad thing is that there is no warranty.


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Old Mar 26, 2006, 3:37 AM   #15
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Only when you buy outside customs/tax-area.
Inside EU you can buy from any of its member countries without needing to fear customs&VAT.

indeed, you are right. it's only that cameras are A LOT cheaper in the US and in the EU they are at least 100EUR more expensive (at least!). in my case, i bought my camera from the US and they shipped to Romania andi paid a lot of tax. well, one lives and learns... :roll:
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Didn't you tell them to mark it as Gift, and reduce its import value ?


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Old Mar 26, 2006, 4:10 AM   #17
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Didn't you tell them to mark it as Gift
Won't work well, I bought watch from Australia's eBay (seller in Hong Kong) and they caught it... ironically total price was still 1/3rd lower than what roughly similar watch costs here in Finland.
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yeah, that won't do. especially the customs officer was more interested in ripping apart the box to see what was inside. anyway, the best way is if you have someone coming from the us to where you live. i think that's a betterapproach to avoiding the taxes. i did that once with a sony dsc-v3. unfortunately, by the time i bought the panny dmc-fz30, there was no one able to do the same thing so... i payed taxes.


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ive bought 4 different cameras on ebay, 3 from the same seller actually
they all worked perfectly, and I got them all at great prices.

There is some things to consider if you are going to get quality product at agood price.

a large percentage of all ebayers do NOT do these things, and sellers know it, which explains why things sell so high.

you should do following:

always bid - and dont be afraid to lose if the price gets too high, the "buy it now" will never get you an incredible deal - yes NEVER

make sure the seller has good feedback (obviously) power sellers are good bets

REFURBISHED units are usually better deals - all mine were, and you can actually get like new products at a nicediscount

Get one with a warranty - most refurbs docome with a warranty from the manufacture.

Check the return policy - some sellers will offer satisfaction guarantees (i.e. Kodak direct has a 30 day return policy with full refund)

Do your research first - you wont know if you are getting a good deal until you have looked around first online and checked past listings- ebay auctions CAN and WILL sell ABOVE retail,so know what the camera you want sells for, and you wont be caught overpaying. There are deals out there.

Happy Bidding!


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I recently bought an Oly E-500 2-lens kit from Cameta on ebay. Got a decent price on a refurb. and delivery as expected. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Cameta again.
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