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Old August 4th, 2002, 06:24 PM   #1
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Hi Gang!

Ok this is the last time I am going to bug you people about buying an XL1 and whatnot, but I was hoping to get your opinions one one last issue. I bought a used XL1 from B&H today...

1) Good idea? Bad idea? paid about $2495 for it seems to be in great condition. I can trust these guys when they say they have checked it out and say it's in good condition, right?

2) They are offering me a 2-yr. extended warranty covering parts and labor for $85. Should I go for this?

Thanks again to you all so much for your help. You have this buying experience alot more painful and probably saved me from getting screwed!

Thanks!
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Old August 4th, 2002, 08:42 PM   #2
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No, you could not have bought a new XL1S for that price. Our sponsors carry it for about $3500. I don't want to hear about any low-ball $2500 pricing; there's something wrong in there somewhere. What matters is the realistic prices that good, honest dealers such as our site sponsors advertise, and that's around $3500 for an XL1S. Actual dealer cost isn't very much lower than that. I won't allow any discussions about low-ball dealers as it does a dis-service to our community at large, not to mention the dealers that support what we're doing here.

You can't go wrong with used gear from B&H. The price is about right. Go ahead and buy their 2-year warranty. It would be a good idea to determine whether or not the camera has been to Canon service recently; if not then by all means send it in. You've done well, with an honest dealer (the biggest in the business) and a reasonable used price. Hope this helps,
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Old August 4th, 2002, 09:11 PM   #3
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I think he said a XL-1 not the s.

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Old August 4th, 2002, 09:20 PM   #4
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Bruce-
I tried to find a new XL1 but there does not seem to be one in existance in the entire country! I would love to know where one is if you know?

Chris-
Thanks so much for your advice, but how do you suggest I go about finding out if it has recently been in to Canon? The guys at B&H said it was inspected by their, in house, Canon certified tech. Do you still think I need to send it to Canon?

Thank you so much you guys came through again!

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Old August 4th, 2002, 09:20 PM   #5
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Sorry about that; reference was to a reply that I pulled later which misinformed the original poster about buying "a new XL1S" at that price.

In my opinion he's getting a good deal for an XL1.
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Old August 4th, 2002, 09:25 PM   #6
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It is always a good idea to go ahead and send it in to Canon. Go to the XL1 Watchdog at www.dvinfo.net/xl1.htm and read the page called "The XL1 Skinny." It explains everything about sending a camera to a Canon service center. Hope this helps,
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Old August 9th, 2002, 06:48 PM   #7
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Sammy,
If you call Canon's New Jersey repair facility and give them the serial number of the unit, they should be able to give you a service history.
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Old August 9th, 2002, 11:00 PM   #8
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Did you check the private classified at the end of DVinfo.net community?
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