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05-13-2011, 09:29 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by DogLover Quote
A good deal is a two-sided coin. Price ain't the only factor.
Exactly.

I love a good deal as much as the next guy (perhaps even more than the next guy), but a good deal isn't just about price, especially when it comes to buying a used body.

Now, for full disclosure, I bought a used K-5 body a few months back at a pretty good price (around $1100 when new bodies were still about $1450). However, it was from a reputable used camera store from which I had bought over a dozens things from in the past. They also have a 100% money back refund policy should there be any issues. So while there was an element of risk to my decision to buy a used K-5, the risk was substantially less than the situation you've described.

As it turns out, the K-5 I ended up with was a fully inspected (by Pentax) replacement for a previous body that had issues. I guess while the original owner was waiting for his replacement from Pentax, he decided to switch systems and then traded in the replacement K-5 for other gear. I got somewhat lucky the way it all worked out, but I am still accepting some level of risk as I am not covered under any kind of warranty right now

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QuoteOriginally posted by crossover37 Quote
Ok he wrote me back and the serial number is 4001507. I spoke to Pentax and they said you need a proof of purchase. If there's no proof of purchase you have to pay for the fix. I tried calling the repair center but they aren't open yet. I wonder what it costs for the cleaning.
I don't suppose you asked your local law enforcement folks to do a NCIC (National Crime Information Center) check on that serial number? In another life, I'd be willing to do that if the request checked out as legitimate.
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You can get it repaired, and the camera should be under warranty still, right?
Warranties only apply to original owners. Many people think used items retain the warranty - especially sellers in the marketplace...

However, since it is a big known defect and not really possibly-caused-by-the-user, they may elect to fix it anyway.
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