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Old February 8th, 2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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Confused about used pricing

I have been watching ebay for a couple of months now and at times am shocked at the high resale value/used prices that the EX1s are going for. For example, if you look at this auction that just ended:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=250366914280

, I estimate that the total value of everything in this auction would come to around $8000 at B&H, but just sold used (although very lightly) for $7471. Am I missing something here?

Here is a buy-it now that just went for $200 less than the price of new:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=220354335766

One other benefit of going used is the lack of sales tax, but even still I am surprised at the high resale value. For my sake in looking at getting into an EX1, I wish that the used prices were a little lower. The savings don't seem like enough to offset the risk of buying used to me. Is this normal for cameras at this level of quality and features?
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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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The EXx series of cameras are an anomaly in the market. They have zero competitors that can do what they do.

Shoot 1920x1080, with a pro codec that DiscoveryHD, NatGeo, etc. will accept, and can shoot uncompressed HD if desired. And do it all below $10k. Nothing else can touch that right now.

In fact, I don't believe there is another camera under $20-30k that can shoot full 1080p uncompressed (or maybe even compressed for that matter).
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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:27 PM   #3
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I'm always surprised how much used non-obsolete video/cinema gear goes for on eBay. As a seller this is great, however as a potential buyer it can be disappointing.

For example I've been in the market for a Lowel Pro-light, not necessarily a really 'hot' item like a EX1 and trashed units were going for 70% - 80% of what you could get brand new with a warranty. It's not worth it when you can get a new unit.

I've also been in the market for a nice Nikon zoom to put on the end of my Letus Extreme, again, trashed lenses are going for 80% of new street price.

You might be better off on Craig's list or just getting the best deal you can get new. What I find good about eBay are new foreign-made commodity items, like cheap step down rings, hoods and the like, or very obscure used items.

Good luck.
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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:32 PM   #4
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That makes sense. That second auction I mentioned really shocked me. The prices on these are fixed at $6100, and I know of one retailer selling some demo units for a few hundred less, but that's it as far as I know for looking for a deal. But, that one that just went for $5900 did save on tax, which for a NYS resident would amount to $488, so buying at that price would save me $700 minus shipping, so around $650. Not to bad, especially since these cameras have no moving parts other than the lenses.
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I can't back this up, but I think tapeless cameras feel like a safer bet "Used" than anything with a finicky tape transport system with an unknown past. Can't hurt.
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I've also been in the market for a nice Nikon zoom to put on the end of my Letus Extreme, again, trashed lenses are going for 80% of new street price.
We bought the Nikon lenses we use with our Letus Ultimate, used from KEH.

KEH Camera: Used Cameras, Digital Cameras, Film Cameras, Laptop Computers and More.

I was very happy with the quality of the lenses. They were exactly as described on their website....if not a bit better.
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