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#1 rospondek

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:41 PM

...unfortunately, I can add.

 

So does anyone have any experience with refurbished (what a word for a foreigner!) Nikon lenses? I'm talking about branded refurbish...i...o...n... (gosh :wacko: ) by Nikon of course. Nikon Eastern EU to be exact if that matters.

 

It is not the choice between buy new lens or refu****.... let's call it Yoda one. It is about buying a lens Nikon doesn't sell or produce anymore.

 

Is it better to get Yoda one with 12 months Nikon guarantee, or the used one from eBay, dedicated photo store or any other site?

 

And anyone know what are they doing during this Yoda process or what could be considered as such? :)



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:08 PM

I have purchased a few factory refurbished items in the past (though not a lens) and have had good luck with them, so I would not have a concern with doing it again.

 

I think it really comes down to your personal comfort level. Buying from eBay (or other secondary market sources) usually means zero warranty. Buying the Nikon refurbished provides a 12-month warranty. That may have significant value for you.

 

Or it could all come down to the least costly alternative.  :)



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:03 PM

Plenty of explanations available on... refurbishment of electronic goods.... on the web.

 

I THINK that buying a refurbished lens from the manufacturers agent does not automatically carry a guarantee unless  repair is sought in the same country where the lens was purchased as a refurbished item.  Which is the same for kit that is bought new..?



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:09 AM

I asked as I just wanted to know how Nikon deals with this process. Everyone do that but one is better than the other. That's why I'm asking bout Nikon. I saw questions bout Canon but it's hard to transfer this to other company.

 

Anyway the warranty is transferred for the whole European Union so until I migrate to other continent in the next couple of months I should be fine ;)



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:34 AM

European Union..... Hmm it seems that one day you can be IN and some time later you could be OUT without changing your home address... Just ask the Brits, and who just might follow...???

 

Buying refurbished from "Nikon" should be at minimal risk... though hope you do not find out otherwise.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:40 AM

Good point especially in Poland... But hey! Who said US will stay as one forever? :D But grim jokes aside...

 

So it looks like it is the best option for the older and discontinued lenses. The difference in price can be as high as $700.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 10:46 PM

This question is something I think about often. The most up to date information I have is from personal experience - research and is as follows:
Canon USA refurbished is unused inventory and comes with a full warranty. Nikon USA refurbished is actually refurbished and comes with a 90 day warranty. I know from personal experience that with Nikon USA refurbished if you even open the box and or unwrap it you buy it. The item cannot be returned for any reason except the 90 day warranty repair. Canon customer service is happy to work the purchaser. Nikon makes no exceptions to its policy's and customer service is not as "happy to help". For the usually small discount I am not a fan of Nikon USA refurbished. I did purchase a Nikon Canada refurbished lens that came with a 1 year full Nikon warranty so different divisions may have different policies.

That being said I think Nikon makes better cameras and equal lenses so I switched from Canon to Nikon. I try not to pay full retail for things so I have purchased from several sources like ebay, Nikon refurbished, Fred Miranda buy/sell, B & H and Adorama open box. I purchased my D500 open box from B&H for a good discount with a full warranty. Ebay and the Fred Miranda forum are both self policing so all it takes is one unhappy buyer to dramatically change a sellers positive score average ( like adding a zero to a grade average ) and if you do your homework with the seller you should get an accurate assessment of how honest the seller is Ie. I would not buy a lens from someone on ebay with less than 30+- reviews ( Fred Miranda 5+- ) but if they are not a newly listed seller and have 100% positive feedback I am comfortable that the description probably matches the product. As long as you buy from established sellers with many reviews I would feel comfortable. Ebay and PayPal provide buyer protection so you have some degree of protection from fraud and unscrupulous sellers.

Nothing wrong with buying used. You just need to do your homework and figure out if you are getting an accurate description of the product.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:51 AM

Thanks John. That's why I asked especially for Nikon service.

I don't actually get the Canon 'sell new as not new' policy. I can think of selling some stuff nobody wants so you put a label on it, drop the price and clean the storehouse. Otherwise strange policy :) But who cares if the customer is happy?!

 

As for buying used. Nothing against as well. Some things are impossible to get new, or the diff in prices is just too big. Studying the selling history is actually what I do. I usually pick an auction 'shop' selling used things with a lots'a'lot of comments and over 98% of them are positive.

Of course if it is something useless and cheap I can risk of buying from normal people. $10-15 is just not worth the effort but it is hard to buy $1000 thing if you don't know who is on the other side. Sometimes if you want to buy locally you can check the stuff before but...

Anyway lens is bought for years. Literally. It is always better to buy new one, then used from someone you know, then the producer, then some auctions shops, and then the cheapest ones from strangers. Sort of like that.

 

I set the notification if 200mm f/4.0 micro ref will be available. It is set to $1000 when new one to almost $1800.

We will see how it ends :)



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:18 AM

Check out the Fred Miranda buy / sell forum. It is photography equipment only and I have had good luck buying and selling there. 



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:51 PM

Great forum but as I can see (after checking over 20 threads), US only? It is really hard and pretty dangerous to get anything expensive from US. And usually they won't send anything to EU. Oh, and the customs... It is 1/4 of the price on anything over $50.

It can be more expensive than the new one.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 04:06 PM

I generally don't buy refurbished stuff, because most of the time it has not been refurbished. BUT I have bought refurbished lens right from the Nikon repair depot where they actually did whatever work was necessary. I'd be happy to do it again.






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