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Old July 14th, 2004, 06:19 PM   #1
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Canon XL1S on Amazon.com

Has anyone ever bought a camera from the used/new section of amazon.com and received it without problems? Also, have you been screwed by this?

There's a couple of XL1S's on amazon.com for less than 2k that are supposedly brand new. I emailed them and asked why and here's what they wrote:

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Hello

Dear Tony

The camera is brand new in box,NTSC format,Full Accessories.
I had 2 Canon Xl1s+full accessories but i sold one and now i have just the other one for sale.
I bought the camcorders 1 week ago from Romania Electronic&Camera Shopping Store (the second largerst electronics and digital cameras store from my country Romania, that exported electronics, camcorders and digital cameras to US+Canada) that went bankrupt and i`ve got a great deal buying the Canon Camcorders and a couple of digital cameras.

-3 Year US Warranty-

Items Included with the Canon XL-1S:

XL1S Camcorder Body
Zoom Lens 16X XL 5.5-88mm IS II
BP-930 Battery Pack
CA-910 Compaqct Power Adapter
DC-900 DC Coupler
SS-1000 Shoulder Strap
WL-D3000 Wireless Controller
SP-100 Shoulder Pad
S-150 S-Video Cable
STV - 150 Stereo Video Cable
Lens Hood

If you are really intersted mail me as soon as posible and we will proceed with the shippment and payment.UPS/Fedex/DHL 2 day air insured.

Looking forword to hear from you.

Best Regards
Sincerely
Cristian
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If this is a scam, how do they get away with it? Amazon.com says that there's a safe purchase guarantee.

I just looked at the site again and since yesterday they have taken down all four cameras for sale in the used/new section of amazon.com... that's funny maybe they just now decided to crack down on it.

I would like to hear any expiriences for future reference.
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Old July 14th, 2004, 07:59 PM   #2
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I"m not an online s/h buyer expert but just there are a lot of "deals" from places like Romania that are known to be bogus.

Remember the golden rule

"If it sounds too good to be true - IT IS!"

Just don't bother - give up - don't waste your fingers clicking around the sale. It's just not worth it.

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Old July 15th, 2004, 01:43 AM   #3
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Tony,
I know for sure that is a scam. I bid on that many months ago and got the same form letter from them, and then my auction was cancelled by Ebay due to seller fraud. I even started getting bounced emails from fraud.aol.com off of them. Man, he sold that other camera and just had this one left back in november or thereabouts!
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Old July 15th, 2004, 02:12 AM   #4
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Hey, thanks for the input... I don't think there's anyway that I would have gone through with it anyway, but I was just hoping to hear that it was legit somehow, lol!

How do these scumbags get away with this stuff?

Oh well.
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Old July 16th, 2004, 05:41 PM   #5
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Thats pretty funny because that person listed two cameras and i tried to buy the other one. I was really sketched out about the whole purchase with him being from Bucharest, an area notorius for internet scams. And when he said he wanted a wire transfer i thankfully pulled the plug. How can he keep listing on amazon?
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