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11-04-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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a dillema (DA* 16-50)

so, I want to buy a DA* 16-50
now, the dealer here informed me that they have one they used a couple of time for show and that they are willing to sell it to me for 23 % less than the new one but with only 8 month of guarantee left. They vouch they had no problems and they have a high reputation among Pentax users in my country
What do you think about the deal, would you take it?

11-04-2010, 04:32 PM   #2
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NO. There is no reason that they can't give you full warrantee for the lens. This lens must have been bought by a previous user. Not just shown a couple of times.

What price are they asking for it? Here in Canada, you can get it for $750 CDN (newegg.ca)
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Something very fishy is going on. Sounds like they are selling you a 2nd hand lens not a new one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Babbs Quote
NO. There is no reason that they can't give you full warrantee for the lens. This lens must have been bought by a previous user. Not just shown a couple of times.

What price are they asking for it? Here in Canada, you can get it for $750 CDN (newegg.ca)
DAMN thats cheap
Here, a new one cost an equivalent of 1200+ CDN and they are asking for this one 970
I guess taxes and customs make a nice discrepancy

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Something very fishy is going on. Sounds like they are selling you a 2nd hand lens not a new one.
ok, suppose they to.. would the reduction in price be worth it?
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ok, suppose they to.. would the reduction in price be worth it?
23% off a good price (eg B&H or adorama) then maybe it is a good deal (be sure to test it out though, any squeaking or mis focussing then don't touch it), at 23% of RRP then no.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dankoBanana Quote
would the reduction in price be worth it?
I think so.

If a lens is in good condition from a trustworthy seller (not stolen goods), and the price is 75% of new, I'll buy it. This is with no warranty.

The only lenses I bought new are Tamron 18-250, Sigma 18-50, and Pentax FE 10-17. All other lenses were bought used that way.
11-04-2010, 06:33 PM   #8
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If a lens is in good condition from a trustworthy seller (not stolen goods), and the price is 75% of new, I'll buy it. This is with no warranty.
its from a firm that's the main Pentax representative here in Croatia
my experience with them was that they were always fair ... they always sell a few lenses like this per year (they use em at mayor photo trade shows)
they also offered to test the sample with my k20d before I buy it

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If the lens seems to be in good condition and seems to work fine on your camera then given the conditions you mentioned (trustworthy official seller, 23% discount, 8 months warranty) I think it's safe to buy it. Maybe you can try to convince them to give 25% discount.

Ps: comparing european prices to north american ones is meaningless due to the customs and much higher tax. You mentioned ~970 CAD, that's a good price here.
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Do they have any extra they would like to sell?
11-08-2010, 05:42 PM   #11
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This lens has had quite a few quality control issues (front- back- focusing, etc). So getting it from a local shop with a warranty is the right way, I think. If this is the best price+service you can get around you, I would say go for it.
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