purchasing lens' on ebay? (wide for canon xs)
Is Ebay a good place to buy? Are there other alternatives?
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There are good tips. I've purchased lenses via Ebay as well and haven't had an issue. The best recommendation is definitely read the description. If you see a price that's too good to be true it probably is. The last time I saw something like that was a lens that had "one aperture blade is loose" in the fine print.craftsman wrote: ↑Nov 21st, 2009 6:17 pmI've purchased lenses over ebay (in fact the last 3 or 4 lenses I have were all purchased on ebay).
There are a few things you will need to remember about purchasing lenses (or anything else) on ebay:
* For the most part it's safe.
* Having said the above, there will be some ripoffs
* Don't go overboard on bidding. The price will need to low enough to offset the auctions that you get ripped off on.
* Pay attention to the price. Some stuff isn't cheap.
* Pay attention to the description and ask questions. You can't say you got ripped off if you didn't do your homework. Remember they might omit some information that you will find important.
* Lots of US sellers won't ship to Canada and some Canadian sellers just charge too much for both the product and the shipping cost
* Buy it like there isn't a warranty on it - because there probably isn't.
* Check the sold items to see how much a similar item has sold for in the past. That will give you a good idea on how much to bid and when to stop.
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