buy B&H used/refurbed?

rosselliotrosselliot Major grinsPosts: 702Registered Users Major grins
edited July 22, 2007 in Flea Market
have you ever bought used equipment or refurbished equipment from B&H? what exactly does it entail? I mean...technically it could have been thrown in the ocean and then "refurbed" huh? I've never bought used equipment, but I can't afford a new 5D and the refurbed price is pretty good.

any experience with this?


Thanks in Advance

- Ross
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Canon EOS 5D w/ battery grip
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  • z_28z_28 Absolutely Nothing Posts: 956Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 19, 2007
    I bought used stuff from B&H few times - no problem at all.
    Refurbs should be even better.
    You can do it - if you see what you want.
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  • StormdancingStormdancing Clickin and Grinnin Posts: 917Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 19, 2007
    I bought a used 20D at about the same price as the "forums price". B&H rated it a 9 of 10. I for the life of me can't see why it's not a 10/10. Excellent customer service and information on item. Fast shipping plus the B&H return policy. Hard to beat.
    Dana
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  • photobugphotobug Major grins Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 633Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 20, 2007
    rosselliot wrote:
    ... refurbished equipment from B&H... and the refurbed [5D] price is pretty good.
    Ross, don't tease us like that ... how about a link to the refurb 5D at B&H? I didn't find it with searches...

    thanks!
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  • LensHappyLensHappy Big grins Posts: 54Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 20, 2007
    I have purchased 2 refurbed Canon items and one "used". For the life of me I can't tell the refurb from a new. With the "used" it was a 30D. I paid $880...the best price I could find was a little over $1000 new. It came in the box, all the assessories were still in their packaging and when I just the metadata of my first shot via CS2 I found out the camera only had 96 shot on it.

    I was happy.
  • UT ScottUT Scott Coffee Addict Posts: 175Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 20, 2007
    I just got a Sigma 70 200 2.8 used from BH. It was rated 8+ and the only problem I can find with it is that there's a slight smudge on the lens hood. The glass is clean, it focuses well, and there's really nothing wrong with it.
  • DoctorItDoctorIt vrooom! Posts: 11,940Administrators moderator
    edited July 20, 2007
    I've purchased a couple used items from B&H. they were all better than I expected. as always, I'd say buy with confidence from them.
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  • rosselliotrosselliot Major grins Posts: 702Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 22, 2007
    photobug wrote:
    Ross, don't tease us like that ... how about a link to the refurb 5D at B&H? I didn't find it with searches...

    thanks!


    It WAS there....I swear, right after z_28 posted that he thought it'd be fine, I went back to find it, because I was millimeters away from adding it to my cart - and bam - not there. must have had only one of them - and the price really was good. something like $2358...I was depressed. just whenever I went to the NEW 5D, right under it it said "buy used for $2358" then it was gone. : (

    - RE
    www.rossfrazier.com
    www.rossfrazier.com/blog

    My Equipment:
    Canon EOS 5D w/ battery grip
    Backup Canon EOS 30D | Canon 28 f/1.8 | Canon 24 f/1.4L Canon 50mm f/1.4 | Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DI Macro | Canon 70-200 F/2.8 L | Canon 580 EX II Flash and Canon 550 EX Flash
    Apple MacBook Pro with dual 24" monitors
    Domke F-802 bag and a Shootsac by Jessica Claire
    Infiniti QX4
  • ivarivar I'd be happy with a cookie Posts: 8,395Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 22, 2007
    rosselliot wrote:
    It WAS there....I swear, right after z_28 posted that he thought it'd be fine, I went back to find it, because I was millimeters away from adding it to my cart - and bam - not there. must have had only one of them - and the price really was good. something like $2358...I was depressed. just whenever I went to the NEW 5D, right under it it said "buy used for $2358" then it was gone. : (

    - RE
    If you have 2358 to spend, why not wait, save another $200 and buy a new one?
  • S. HortonS. Horton Sha-grinned Posts: 192Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 22, 2007
    Yes. Great experience.
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