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Old Feb 27, 2004, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default Refurbished cameras. Good idea or not so good idea?

I'm considering buying a refurbished Panasonic DMC-FZ1 or Olympus C740. The price, of course, is much better and will allow me to buy more memory/accessories.

My concern is over the reliability of refurbished cameras. Have your experiences been good or are refurbished cameras prone to malfunction? I understand not all refurbished cameras as created equal, so I'm putting more emphasis on cameras that were fixed for whatever ailed them and then placed back on the market, not those that were simply returned back to the store.

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Old Feb 27, 2004, 2:14 PM   #2
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I'm considering buying a refurbished Panasonic DMC-FZ1 or Olympus C740. The price, of course, is much better and will allow me to buy more memory/accessories.

My concern is over the reliability of refurbished cameras. Have your experiences been good or are refurbished cameras prone to malfunction? I understand not all refurbished cameras as created equal, so I'm putting more emphasis on cameras that were fixed for whatever ailed them and then placed back on the market, not those that were simply returned back to the store.

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I've had really good luck with refurbished cameras, but as you said, you do have to make sure they're really "refurbished" by the maker and not just a returned item that has been put back on the shelves.

Keep in mind though, that many companies that sell refurbs only give a 90 day warranty on them. If the camera is a more expensive model, you would then want to buy an extended warranty for it. In some cases, once you do this you could have bought a new camera, but in other cases, you still save money, so make sure and compare the new-to-refurb prices including a warranty.

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If you choose the Oly 740 see if you can find one on the Oly refurbish web site.

They offer 90 day guarantee.

At that point , also pick up one of their C series two year
warranties for usually $25-30.

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I would only purchase a refurb camera if it had been refurb by manufactor. They will normally provide a 90 warranty on the product.
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Old Feb 27, 2004, 4:28 PM   #5
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I've had good luck with manfacturers refurbs knock on digital wood.
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Old Feb 27, 2004, 4:45 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. If I buy it'll be off ebay and the sellers 'claim' the models are refurbished by Olympus and have 90 day warranties. Several of the sellers also offer 3-5 year warranties on the side (included in the auction price) although there's little in terms of fine print to go on.
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If you choose the Oly 740 see if you can find one on the Oly refurbish web site.

They offer 90 day guarantee.

At that point , also pick up one of their C series two year
warranties for usually $25-30.

Good luck
There's a refurb site? Could you provide the link perhaps?
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Old Feb 27, 2004, 5:55 PM   #8
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Try this link for the Olympus refurb cameras

https://emporium.olympus.com/innards...ub_category=22
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Try this link for the Olympus refurb cameras

https://emporium.olympus.com/innards...ub_category=22

Wow.. Olympus sure does have lofty price goals on the refurbs! Some of those prices are the same as "new in the box" sales at the stores that still stock them.
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I've had good luck with "refurbished" products in the past. My computer is a refurbished Gateway, my PDA is a re-furbed Compaq and my wife is . . . better not go there.

A college buddy of mine is director of US technical support for a large electronics company. He told me that refurbs are often better than new products because they've been gone over with a fine tooth comb.

The price break is usually quite good for refurbs.

I did buy an Olympus re-furb off ebay. It came in a box from Olympus identifying it as a refurb and with the appropriate paperwork.

Buy with confidence but since they only have a 90 day warranty, don't set it on a shelf for 89 days before you decide to see if it works.
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