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Is there a risk of counterfeit cameras on ebay?

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Is there a risk of counterfeit cameras on ebay?

I'm looking at buying a "Mirrorless" camera, or a "compact system camera" and I've been looking on ebay, but I've been wondering if there's a risk of buying a fake?
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Why not buy local?
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which model are you looking at? sometimes buying local is even cheaper than buying in Ebay?

as Canadian price isn't that bad, i was told the target buyer is European buyer, as they pay way more than we do.

if you really have to, look for the best review, do'nt mind paying a few bucks more for good reviewed seller.
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mk5gti wrote:
Feb 29th, 2012 10:32 am
which model are you looking at? sometimes buying local is even cheaper than buying in Ebay?

as Canadian price isn't that bad, i was told the target buyer is European buyer, as they pay way more than we do.

if you really have to, look for the best review, do'nt mind paying a few bucks more for good reviewed seller.
I'm really interested in the Sony Alpha NEX-C3. Seems like the cheapest price here in Toronto or ordering from the US is $549, but after tax and/or shipping, it's a little over $600.

There's a bunch of sellers in Hong Kong selling brand new with a lens for $517 (free shipping). I'm just wondering if I can even trust a seller from Hong Kong as there's a lot of counterfeit in Asia. I don't want to sound racist, because I'm Korean and I saw a bunch from Korea that I wouldn't buy either because I know Korea has a lot of counterfeit.
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tokenasianguy wrote:
Feb 29th, 2012 11:26 am
I'm really interested in the Sony Alpha NEX-C3. Seems like the cheapest price here in Toronto or ordering from the US is $549, but after tax and/or shipping, it's a little over $600.

There's a bunch of sellers in Hong Kong selling brand new with a lens for $517 (free shipping). I'm just wondering if I can even trust a seller from Hong Kong as there's a lot of counterfeit in Asia. I don't want to sound racist, because I'm Korean and I saw a bunch from Korea that I wouldn't buy either because I know Korea has a lot of counterfeit.

$517 vs $549 isn't a lot, so I wouldn't worry about it being "fake". It's not easy to counterfeit cameras. The price difference is just tax/duty. You do, however, have to look into Sony's warranty. They may not cover cameras bought from another region.
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What I know and read is that camera's and lenses they all roll out from the same production line. Its just logistics + applicable taxes(there'll be more to it) that makes one seller cheaper than other.
Imported items from sellers where taxes are low and overall pricing is too competitive, end up in the market as grey market products.
Also not to forget that some seller could be selling refubs. as new......like who knows.
For a big ticket item......buy local or a reliable US/Canadian seller.

This is just my research and I could be totally wrong.
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So to paraphrase are you guys basically saying that it's safe to buy a camera on eBay no matter where it comes from?
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No matter who you buy it from, there's always a chance that you might get a fake copy of something, even if you buy it in stores here in Canada. General consensus is that it's safer to buy it in person here because you can inspect the good before making the purchase. It's also much less likely to get a fake good if you buy it from a major retailler. This applies to anything you buy.

Saying all that, ebay is noctorious for fake goods and I usually choose and select the kind of stuff I buy there to avoid running into this problem. If the price difference between buying the camera here vs from ebay is not that big, you're better off buying it here at a slightly higher cost for the assurance that you're getting something real + warranty.
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+1 for all of the above. Many of the camera stores on Young are selling gray market products they get overseas. So Ebay or camera stores, you have the same risk. A reputable store, may charge more but you get peace of mind.

Having said that, in a competitive world, many will price match anyway so it doesn't hurt to ask.
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tokenasianguy wrote:
Feb 29th, 2012 4:07 am
I'm looking at buying a "Mirrorless" camera, or a "compact system camera" and I've been looking on ebay, but I've been wondering if there's a risk of buying a fake?
Maybe show us the link. I would say it's safe, I've purchased the 16mm f2.8 E-mount (I have the NEX-5N) from a Hong Kong seller.
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sjparker wrote:
Mar 1st, 2012 11:20 am
+1 for all of the above. Many of the camera stores on Young are selling gray market products they get overseas. So Ebay or camera stores, you have the same risk. A reputable store, may charge more but you get peace of mind.

Having said that, in a competitive world, many will price match anyway so it doesn't hurt to ask.

B&H and Adorama clearly indicate grey market good. Not sure about Canadian retailers. Photoprice is the way to go. Unless you're saving a whole lot, I'd say buy Canada / US first. Most companies lower the warranty period on imported goods.
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There are a lot of fakes floating on ebay. My uncle got a camera from ebay and it turned out to be a fake. Be cautious before you put your hand in the pocket. It can leave you high and dry.
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avaross09 wrote:
Mar 7th, 2012 6:48 am
There are a lot of fakes floating on ebay. My uncle got a camera from ebay and it turned out to be a fake. Be cautious before you put your hand in the pocket. It can leave you high and dry.

What kind of "fakes" are you referring to? Like "Caanon T7i" or "Niikon D123" type of fakes? Or fake advertisement in condition (e.g. beat-up camera sold "like new")?

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