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Old November 24th, 2003, 03:28 PM   #16
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People certainly have the right to buy goods wherever they choose. Just as certainly, eBay needs no publicity from us or any other message board. Everybody knows they're out there as a potential venue.

But over the years we have had a striking number of complaints about eBay purchases come our way. (I, too, have a bad eBay story in my past.) In fact, we have a running advisory thread on the subject of how to avoid trouble on eBay.

Chris rightly recommends buying new equipment from a reputable dealer if at all possible. He further recommends using one of our sponsors. But this is not strictly a matter of supporting companies that support this site. We are a bit different from other sites in that we do not accept sponsorship from anyone who throws money at us. If we did, we would have many pages of sponsors. To become a sponsor at a company must have a long, pristine reputation at delivering quality merchandise and service at competitive prices. The sponsors you see on the page (linked above) have demonstrated this quality commitment to our members over and over again. They are also authorized dealers for the products they sell, an important distinction from the "box shops" you'll find elsewhere.

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Old November 24th, 2003, 03:58 PM   #17
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This policy of Chris's is basically a desire to protect his people. Thankfully the rest of the moderators are of a similar mindset.

Many times, the board regulars here and at other sites will try and steer people away from questionable deals and known shady mail order outlets. Often the lure of something much cheaper is too strong and when the buyer gets stung they either wind up paying far too much, getting hit with hidden extras or substandard accessories, they may actually wind up with absolutely nothing.

If it seems to good to be true, it likely is just that.

Some just slip away and conceil their grief while others react with utter amazement. Some are just lucky and get something in return for their money.

We are a very far reaching community. It is highly unlikely that any sponsor would take the chance of stiffing any one of us. They'd certainly pay a hefty price in lost sales.
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Old November 24th, 2003, 04:25 PM   #18
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the optura xi at B&H is only 1149, not bad, you say it replicates 3 ccds? hmmm....anyone have experience with this camera or know of good reviews
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Old November 24th, 2003, 04:41 PM   #19
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Currently there are at least a couple of our members that have the Optura Xi ( Allan Rejoso and Tommy Haupfear) and there is a fairly lengthy discussion here at The Optura 300 can be had for even less and shares many features with the Xi.

The primary limitations of the Xi are that it is a bottom-loader, does not have a LANC jack for wired remote control, and does not have a progressive frame mode. Other than that, it's a superb 1-chip.

As usual, Ken offers excellent advice regarding our Private Classifieds forum -- there are some great deals to be had there.

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Old November 24th, 2003, 04:58 PM   #20
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If you get to check out the camera before you buy and pay COD then it should be ok to buy used. The problem is finding someone locally.
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