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12-15-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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K20D--Worth Repair?

I have two K20Ds and recently bought a K-5 (about which I'm wildly enthusiastic!)

I'd been figuring on selling the newer (1.5 y.o.) K20D (the older has been dropped and repaired but works fine.) However, the newer one started having strange symptoms a couple of months ago for no apparent reason so, after the K-5 arrived, I sent it to CRIS.

I just got their repair estimate: it'll cost me $272 for replacement of the main PCB. I suppose it would be worthwhile if I could sell it for $400 but, even with all the original equipment (including the box), it's not obvious to me that I could expect to sell it for that much given its history.

I'd appreciate helpful input on this decision.

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That's a tough one. Right now a used K20D sells for $400-450 depending on condition. Given the history, let's say you could get $400. So if you spend $272, you'll likely net about $100-120, depending on how much it costs to ship, paypal fees etc. So the next question you have to ask yourself is how much could you get for the K20D if you don't repair it - in other words if you just sell it as-is for parts. You might be able to get $100-120 for it. If that's the case, then it would be about the same as having it repaired - but without laying out $272 and running the risk that it won't sell for $400. Worst case, if you can't sell it for parts for $100+, you still have the option of having it repaired. You might be out the cost of shipping to send it back to CRIS, but I imagine that's about $10-15. Not sure if that all made sense or not
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Not sure if that all made sense or not
Yep--I followed it all the way. But I'd think only someone with very advanced technical skill and looking for adventure would be interested in purchasing it on an as-is basis.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Yep--I followed it all the way. But I'd think only someone with very advanced technical skill and looking for adventure would be interested in purchasing it on an as-is basis.
I agree; I wouldn't personally try and repair a DSLR body myself... but if you put it for sale here and/or ebay, you might find someone who needs enough parts from it to make it worth $100 for them. I'm sure the rear LCD and/or AF motor is worth that much to someone who has a perfectly good K20D with a bad LCD or AF motor. Just a thought.

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I would sell it for broken for $100 with the note that the repair is estimated at $275. So, someone will get a used K20D for a total of $375, which is not bad. And apparently you are not starving and can afford to cut your losses :-).
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What is being repaired?
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What is being repaired?
"replacement of the main PCB"--which I assume is the motherboard (?)
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I like that, Special K--a straightforward approach.

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I'd bet you could sell it as is also. I would have considered it to replace some cracked parts on mine if we had not had a big vet bill.
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Had the same problem - sold it

I dropped one of my K20Ds quite some while ago and chose to sell it for repair/parts. I sold it on the marketplace here and had no trouble finding a buyer. Some folks like to tinker!

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For those of you who drop your cameras. I have mine and the lenses covered under my homeowners insurance. If i remember correctly, the deductible is ~75 dollars. I highly recommend it or renters insurance coverage if you have not considered it.
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Thats actually a great heads up. I just purchased one of these for my father and I will recommend that to him.
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