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Buying lenses from Switzerland (eBay)

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by pixelpuffin, Feb 11, 2020 at 12:20 PM.

  1. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    The car dealer (garage) has to maintain premises and pay staff. A car is indeed bought in and marked up, garages generally using either CAP or Glass price guides. It has to be prepared to resale standard mechanically and cosmetically, as well a warranty has to be financed, the garage is liable to deal with faults that could be deemed to have existed or have been developing at the time of sale. They also have to pay VAT and cannot reclaim VAT from reconditioning work. So they may add £1k+ but it's certainly not all profit. The last two vehicles I bought, one was from Motorpoint, the other (a fairly cheap Fiat Punto) from Ebay on a private sellers classified ad. I would consider dealers are not necessarily the best source for cheaper used cars, but you do have legal recourse in the event of problems.
  2. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    When I think back to my youth
    The internet wasn’t around. You had to either buy from high street, exchange & mart or yellow pages. I can distinctly remember buying from the classified section of the evening paper. It was a telescope swift 831. I had been into town and seen the shiny ones in shop windows but couldn’t afford them. The swift I bought for £25 (still have it) including all eyepieces, cast iron stand was optically far superior to ones I had been looking at at 10x the price due to having Takahashi front cell. That was when I realised I could get more for my money. .After that I rarely ever bought new items. I would buy a used camera. Trade it in for a derisory amount against another used model that was not far short of new prices but at the time it was a saving. That’s how the cycle began...cameras, lenses etc etc. when the free ads & Ad mag arrived it was bargains galore, then I discovered eBay and I’ve never looked back. The savings over buying from a dealer are ridiculous.
    Unless I find a mint example of the 100-400ii at under £1000 private, I’ll probably buy new from canon promotions. What I won’t do is buy used from a dealer....that is just never going to happen again....not
    I'm just not prepared to line the middleman’s pockets.
    Each to their own
  3. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I thought dealers had to declare themselves as such on eBay?
  4. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Buying direct from Canon must be the most expensive option? The cash back will be the same as the dealers offer but the price will not be discounted.

    MPB have a used 100-400ii for £1,019.
  5. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Seems around the benchmark. That are a straight £1K at CEX (3 in group stock).

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