Buying For Parts or Not Working camera on ebay question


Link Posted 16/05/2014 - 18:20
I see there are a few companies on ebay now that specialise in selling items that were supposedly customer returns and suchlike. These items are described as For Parts or Not Working on the grounds that the companies do not have time to check them over thoroughly.

Has anyone ever bought a camera from one of these places? I've seen a few Ricohs and have been tempted to place a bid given that they seem to sell for very little. The downside is that I have little idea as to how much it could cost to repair a Ricoh GR, but I suspect that the costs involved could be truly eye watering. I imagine it's a bit of a lottery as to whether you get one with a very minor flaw or something major.


Link Posted 16/05/2014 - 18:43
Which part of "For Parts or Not Working" do you not understand

I suppose they could have included "Would be highly suitable
for landfill" but that would upset the greens

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Link Posted 16/05/2014 - 18:49
I understand what it means, but I spoke to someone at one of these companies and he said that quite often it was something very minor that was wrong with the camera.

As I said, it's a lottery, but I wondered if anyone had bought a camera from one of these sellers.


Link Posted 16/05/2014 - 18:51
Unless the camera is very cheap and you want to do the repair work yourself ,I don't think it 's worth getting involved . New fully working Cameras are so cheap these days ,and paying wages to a skilled repair person is very expensive .... IMHO...jeff...


Link Posted 16/05/2014 - 19:46
I've brought several items sold as not working, which were brought for adapting and were effectively fine. In these cases the seller listed a known minor fault and said otherwise they were OK when last used, but not able to test fully now...
In such cases you have to very much play it my ear, and ensure the discount is sufficient for the risk.

In general I'd agree with Jeff's assessment. It's usually not worth paying to get them repaired.
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Link Posted 16/05/2014 - 20:34
I once bought a motor mower in a auction sold as not working for 2 quid , took it home put in a new spark plug half a gallon of fresh two stroke it fired up first time ..... jeff....


Link Posted 17/05/2014 - 11:50
I bought a camera from a private buyer as listed as for parts/ not working for its screen. There was nothing wrong with it other than a flat battery.
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