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Right i'm looking at getting this camera: Cannon Powershot A480 and found that on ebay here it is selling refurbished for much cheaper. now usually i don't bother with refurbished stuff, but what is everyone's opinions on it? do you think its a good idea or should i stay away and buy new?

 

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http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gifItem faulty. Refund took 30 days. Refund not full amount. Ebay claim requiredBuyer: ph*ed ( 754http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconPurpleStar_25x25.gif) 31-Jan-10 22:13http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif Canon Outlet: EOS 1000D + EF 18-55(Refurbished) (#390132626229)£269.00View Item http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gif1 week for refund, but answering once in 4 days, how to talk about items then?Buyer: soras87 ( 79http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconBlueStar_25x25.gif) 31-Jan-10 02:30http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif Canon Outlet: PIXMA MP140 (Refurbished) (#390136912746)£16.00View Item http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gifThe item broke within one hour, refund took 20 daysBuyer: craigathome2312 ( 1 ) 26-Jan-10 15:54http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif Canon Outlet: EOS 450D + 18-55 IS (Refurbished) (#270493095358)£367.00View Item http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gifFaulty camera, support took 6 days to reply, refund took 6 weeks after chasing!Buyer: chadley_chad ( 195http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconTealStar_25x25.gif) 21-Jan-10 10:51http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif CanonOutlet:Digital EOS 1000D + EF 18-55IS(Refurbished) (#270492331571)£275.00View Item http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gifTotally hopeless customer services - I sent 8 emails before reply after 6 days!Buyer: chadley_chad ( 195http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconTealStar_25x25.gif) 21-Jan-10 10:51http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif Canon Outlet: EOS 1000D + EF 18-55(Refurbished) (#270490761441)£275.00View Item http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gifItem appeared ex display, was faulty and very poorly packaged for it's valueBuyer: collect222cat ( 150http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconTealStar_25x25.gif) 19-Jan-10 16:32http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif Canon Outlet: LENS EF-S 17-55 2.8 IS USM (Refurbished) (#270502916505)£672.05View Item http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gifitem faulty-returned-and still waiting for refund -poor serviceBuyer: mistey10 ( 1146http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconRedStar_25x25.gif) 16-Jan-10 10:57http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif Canon Outlet: CanoScan LiDE 100 (Refursbished) (#270505906453)£31.99View Item http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gifthe camera has gone wrong within 6 weeks.Buyer: robertd19 ( 42http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconYellowStar_25x25.gif) 12-Jan-10 19:20http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif Canon Outlet: PowerShot A470 Grey (Refurbished) (#390121821307)£55.89View Item http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconNeg_16x16.gifSent wrong 3 times. Had to rebid.Terrible service but they sorted it in the end.Buyer: skruffe ( 65http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconBlueStar_25x25.gif) 12-Jan-10 18:14<A href="http://feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&ftab=AllFeedback&userid=canon_uk1&iid=-1&de=off&page=1&items=25&interval=30&which=negative&convFdkId=419872804018&convShow=true#419872804018">http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconFdbkCnvrsB_20x20.gif Canon Outlet: Flash Speedlite 580EX II (Refurbished) (#270484179377)£291.51View Item

 

The above was from the last 3 weeks & doesnt include the rest.

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I bought....A Canon powershot A...something or other from the comet-clearance website, shitloads cheaper than it should have been because it was ex display.. after only a few uses it began to eat batteries..literally. Brand new batteries would take about 6 pictures and the camera would be dead, brand new batteries would run the camera taking no pictures for only a matter of minutes. And because it was ex display it had a no return policy...and for that ill never buy ex-display or reconned items ever again.
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I've only ever had good experiences with refurbished items.

Got my iPod refurbished from an Apple retailer. Was a little scratched on the back, but was otherwise perfect. It's still going strong 5 years later with almost daily use.

 

Saying that, i'd never buy refurbished unless I knew it was the manufacturer themselves that have serviced it.

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