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Old Apr 19, 2006, 10:29 AM   #1
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I'm buying a nikon d50 some time this week, and with refurb kits (18-55) selling for around 480 bucks, I'm tempted to go on that direction. some people, including our good friend mtclimber here, seem to have no problem at all with refurbs... others, on the other hand, advised me against it. it's a factory refurb, but they offer a 90-day warranty only. that means I'd use it as much as I can during these 3 months to check if it's working alright. with film cameras, I know that if it's fully functional in the beginning, it's not likely to show malfunction later on (except for wear/impact/etc).

has anyone here had problems with digital gear that came up months after initial use? that is... how likely am I to have to spend more money later on for saving 120 bucks now?

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Old Apr 19, 2006, 11:41 AM   #2
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Please keep in mind that I have multiple cameras, so if I have a problem, I can just grab another camera and keep on shooting, while the other camera heads off for repair. It might be a good deal different if you are in a one camera situation.

I have never had a problem with a refurbished camera (knock on wood), but that does not mean that a breakdown/problem is impossible.

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Old Apr 19, 2006, 11:53 AM   #3
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I've bought refurbished stuff before without any drama. You might be able to purchase an extended warranty? That would be my only reservation, but then again facotry 1-yr warranties arent perfect either. If something is wrong you'll probably find it right away, if something breaks later it will invariably be after the 1yr mark anyway.

What is factory refurbished? [*] Anytime a retail store or consumer opens a product box and it is not purchased, the retailer cannot sell it as new and often ships it back to the manufacturer
[/*] [*]If a consumer decides they do not wish to keep a product for any reason, even if it is the next day, it is sent back to the manufacturer
[/*] [*]Once at the manufacturer, the entire item is completely gone through to assure it meets ALL factory specifications and is quality checked again
[/*] [*]Factory Refurbished goods have a very low 2% return rate because they have been checked at least twice for original quality[/*]

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Old Apr 19, 2006, 2:27 PM   #4
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Is there a popular source for refurbished cameras? Are they offered by the manufacturers like some of the computer manufacturers do for their products? I've seen a few on Ebay, but seller feedback/quality are issues also.
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Old Apr 19, 2006, 10:13 PM   #5
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I have bought FACTORY rebirb'd cameras. Bought only from the manufacture of the camera. I will not buy a refirb from a second party.
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Old Apr 19, 2006, 11:47 PM   #6
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refurb it is! I'll put the $120 difference in a fund for either repair or newer, bigger, better lenses in the future.
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Old Apr 20, 2006, 11:09 AM   #7
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I know this isn't relevant to you in that you're buying a Nikon, but Canon in the UK have an outlet for factory refurbs on eBay. All equipment has a 12 month Canon guarantee that is identical to the "new" kit.

Certainly you can sometimes get bargains there.

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:41 AM   #8
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Iwas thinking of doing the same thing, buying a refubish D50. After you get yours and have a chance to check it out, would you mind posting your experience with buying refurbish?

Thanks, much

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 3:30 PM   #9
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I just got my D50 (refurished) today. Beach Camera $379 shipped (body only). It is imaculate. It appears to be in perfect shape. The pictures look good also. I have not downloaded them to the computer yet, or printed any. I have not run it through completely yet. So I can not say for sure for another couple of days. I also bought a Sigma 18-200 ($319 shipped) which seems to fit my purpose. They say the lens is not the greatest. But, it seems good to me. I will grow into other lenses as the need arises. I splurgged on the lens since I saved on the body. I will make sure I put this through a riggorous test during the next 90 days. It only has a 90 day warranty.
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Old Apr 22, 2006, 10:09 AM   #10
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thanks for the feedback, everyone.

leub, I'll make sure I let you know.

there's another option on saving money... cameta at ebay sells "factory demo" d50s for about the same price as refurbs, but they offer a 1 year warranty. they're factory sealed as well, so it seems to me like they're similar to refurbs... might be worth checking out.
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