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Old Aug 14, 2004, 12:26 PM   #1
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I've pretty much decided on a Nikon Coolpix 3100 (first timer, looks like best bet for a rubbish photographer like me). I can buy from reputable retailer for approx GBP150, but have seen same on ebay for GBP125. Both prices inc taxes. Is GBP25 worth the risk?
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Old Aug 14, 2004, 3:24 PM   #2
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I'm assuming you are in the U.K.

As far as Nikon factory refurbished cameras, Nikon does a very good job with them in the U.S.

I once bought a camera this way directly from Nikon. It arrived in perfect condition in every way (camera,manuals, packaging, etc.).

As for the U.K., I don't know.

One thing to consider is that refurbished cameras typically only have a 90 day warranty. Whereas new cameras usually have a one year warranty (at least in the U.S.). Although, to be frank, I think most failures occur very early in a product's lifecycle anyway.

Looking at Ebay in the U.K., I do see some Nikon Coolpix 3100 listings for as little as £99.99 "buy it now" price for a refurbished model like this one (listed as having a 90 day warranty):

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...05858&rd=1

I see some that are not marked as refurbished with the listing showing that they have a one year warranty for £125.00 (this vendor has 3 at this price right this minute). Of course, they could be display models that have never been sold before. So, you may want to ask the vendor questions about them.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...52882&rd=1

I'd do your homework -- carefully checking a vendors reputation by reading customer feedback. Then, ask questions about the camera being sold (is it brand new in the box, is it still in perfect condition, is it a model intended for sale in your location, etc.). Sometimes Nikon won't service a "gray market" product (one intended for sale in another country).
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Old Aug 14, 2004, 4:05 PM   #3
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Jim, yes, I am in the UK. Thank you so much - for the links and the advice - things I wouldn't have thought to ask, but will now.

Cheers.

Alison
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Old Aug 14, 2004, 4:28 PM   #4
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PS Having followed your recommendations and checked out vendors, I see some feedback where people have been charged so much in customs/VAT and shipping (beyond vendor's control) that it negates the saving. Something to watch out for if any other Uk buyers are reading this.
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