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Initial post: Sep 8, 2012 3:45:24 PM PDT
is ebay better than amazon?

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 5:54:13 AM PDT
P. Strong says:

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 2:05:07 PM PDT
Richard Hohn says:
at what?

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:21:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2012 9:22:25 PM PDT
"better" is a meaningless word without specifying any criteria

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 9:02:54 AM PDT
Neo Lee says:
Prices on eBay is sometimes better but Amazon will always have the best return policy.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 11:17:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 11:46:01 AM PDT
Richard says:
You asked me this question in another thread, I didn't answered because it was general knowledge. Also felt like being trolled.

But the tricky thing is call warranty and service. Ebay is what it is, you are not sure who the other guy is. If you are fine buying stuff from your friend, a pawn shop, or a used store, and some small business then ebay is that at a lower price.

How Nikon warranty work, is you send it your receipt with the product to get things fixed (done it 2x for dropped speedlights), do they except hand-me down receipt or second owners ebay receipt (for warranty part), I doubt it. I guess you might read into that. They look at the serial number too for region and when it was made. Nikon has locked their prices to region and that warranty only cover that region. So if you buy a nikon in Europe on vacation (did that once with a minolta) and returned home to the US and need to get it repair. Your camera becomes a "Grey Market" item. Guess what, when you send it to a repair shop in the US, they will refuse the warranty and if you offer to paid for it, they most likely will refuse that too. So you either have to send it to a repair service center in Europe or any cameras can be sent back to Japan. Shipping oversea is a waste of money and time. Ebay sellers selling new Nikon product on ebay for way below MSRP are mostly likely "Grey Market", probably from the asian market (like Hong Kong) region. You need to send it asia to get it repair, your super saving is now a money loser. I read Nikon has stopped supplying camera repair shops with parts. So your alternatives to get repairs are limited. I do believe Canon policy is similar, that is why they rename their model to different region. Minolta did this too. Not familiar with Olympus, Panasonic and other policies, but for camera products, I think they are similar too. I am only taking able camera related warranty, other products/genre might have international coverage. This is my understanding, I could be wrong.

While I might take a risk with lower item camera models, I wouldn't take the risk on a more expensive models. The hassle is not worth it. Yes some third party sellers might be doing the same thing on amazon as ebay. They might get the boot from amazon, but you know they will be back with a new name or like some LLC business.

Why camera price differences, depend on economy, taxes, tariff, etc. Europeans and Austrialia would be the highest, US is good price and think Asian regions are very close, but might be a tad cheaper.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 12:57:51 PM PDT
brad-man says:
Yes and no...

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 8:06:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 8:03:46 AM PDT
Tom Martin says:
Is ebay better than Amazon? No!

Is ebay better than Amazon 3rd party sellers who's items are shipped by Amazon? No

Is ebay better than Amazon 3rd party sellers who ship their own items? Much closer but the nod still goes to Amazon.

I would advise you to never let PayPal draw money directly from your bank account. Your level of protection is much less than if you use a credit card.

When Paypal draws straight from your bank they only gives you 45 days from the transaction date to dispute a charge. Your credit card allows you to dispute a charge at least 60 days from the time it appears on your statement.

When Paypal draws straight from your bank they only protect you from non-delivery of an item, not the condition of the item. For example I purchased an Intel Pentium processor chip from an online store that used PayPal. The store sold both new processor chips and used processor chips; I paid for a new one, but, received a used one. PayPal denied the dispute stating that they only guarantee delivery of an item, not the condition. Your credit card would allow you to dispute any material misrepresentation of the item. If you pay with a credit card through PayPal you can still dispute an item through your credit card, even if PayPal would or has denied your dispute through them.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 10:53:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2012 10:55:29 AM PDT
Neo Lee says:
The quickest way to sort out a problem on eBay is to send the seller a message that you would rate them one star if they fail to fix their own mistake. From my experience, top-rated sellers try their best to not get a low rating, because it may adversely affect their store reputation, and consequently, sales in the future. Many would see this as a hassle, you know, finding the trusted seller, messaging back and fourth if problem arises. On Amazon, buying or returning a product is both easy and fast.

PayPal... you know, you can use a credit card with them to pay for items. It doesn't have to be withdrawn from a bank account.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 2:57:45 AM PDT
G. Morrison says:
Neo is right--a less than 100% review on ebay hurts most ebay sellers. The problem with amazon, though, is that they offer merely items that they sell or had sold in the past. At the low end at ebay, one may get "gems"--given that they can determine what they are! I was the only bidder for a Tempo/SE 28-210 zoom lens, so I rectified my mistake of selling mine. I wasn't sure, though, what mount the ebay lens had. I asked the seller, and he didn't know--he had bought it at an estate sale (I tried Canon and Nikon aftermarket rear-caps to determine that the lens fits a Nikon F mount.)

So, ebay is full of somewhat nonchalant sellers simply selling stuff obtained from the unfortunate, hapless, or ignorant. A buyer may use some of ebay's specialty stores--those latter actually may be run by someone who isn't a resident of the country of "I don't know."--some actually use amazon, too. The flip side, of course, is that ebay is a rare venue from which one may save considerable $ on quality used items--given that the buyer knows something about the items. Because the seller didn't know the mount, and the Tempo is an obscure lens from the '70s (reportedly from Sigma) with few web anecdotes, other buyers weren't interested. That knowledge also may have helped him with other items he purchased at the estate sale. (Some sellers on ebay don't even know anything about the condition of their products (often PCs, etc.)--they do indicate this clearly, though. That risk is commensurate!)

One negative of ebay is Paypal--a buyer must go through the idiot-hoops of authentication with both entities....

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 4:11:38 PM PDT
S. Owens says:
It all depends on the amount of risk you are willing to assume. I manages to snag a Sigma 70-200 2.8 with OS for under $1000 (amazon's prices were closer to $1300) and it works fine. I also managed to get 60D and 50mm 1.4 plus a bunch of extra stuff for a price that I really didn't expect to win at because I didn't really think I was bidding nearly enough that I should win and that is turning out Ok. I may not get good warranty work done if needed but I also don't use and abuse my equipment so much that it should be an issue.

While I may have gone with ebay for some items if I'm not sure I'll want to keep an item or really fear I may need to return it for some reason I'd still go with Amazon

Which is better all depends on what you want and what you're willing to risk.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 6:49:18 AM PDT
I used to buy and sell a lot on Ebay. That was back when most of the sellers were just clearing out their closets and garages. It seems that now it is just riddled with con artists, both buyers and sellers. I just stick with Craigslist now, meeting in person, where I can see and test something before I buy it, and have cash in hand when I sell something. Even Craigslist is rife with thieves, even though I specifically state cash only in person, no shipping, I constantly get con offers. I'm in Chicago, I remember a recent offer from a Texan currently in London who wanted me to provide info to a German bank for payment and ship to Nigeria to his niece in the Peace Corps. The last item I bought on Ebay was a film camera that the seller said he could not test the shutter because he didn't have a battery. The shutter curtain was torn in half. Ebay/Paypal would not refund my money because the seller stated he could not test the shutter. No more Ebay camera products for me.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 9:55:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2012 2:02:46 PM PDT
brad-man says:
Since I am a contrarian by nature, let me point out that there are a large number of ethical sellers on ebay that offer genuine discounts. Profeel is a perfect example. They sell new Canon bodies and lenses at a discount, often hundreds of dollars below what any other authorized seller (Amazon, B&H, etc) will. They are also an authorized Canon dealer and their warranty is valid in USA just like any other. Example: Canon 7D@Amazon 1499, @Beach Camera 1474, @Profeel 1257.00. This is a regular occurance. I purchased my 5D mkII for 2000 when everyone else was selling them for 2400. Now they go for 1847. I also bought an EF100-400L from an individual for 1225. The lens is as new and sharp as can be. An educated consumer (with a little luck) can do very well on ebay...

Edit: Presently Adorama on ebay, not the regular storefront, is selling the 5DMkIII for $2749. That is a serious deal...

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 2:47:40 PM PDT
Ray O says:
what are you talking about

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 8:00:13 PM PDT
John Diaz says:
Lots of misinformation, unfair generalization, conjecture and gossip in this thread. Kind of amazing. Ebay is not better or worse than Amazon. It should be used in tandem to be a powerful consumer and get the best price after a lot of research done on your part. There are benefits to both, and you have to try hard to have a bad experience on Ebay or Amazon if you buy from the right sellers. These are people with many positive reviews.

There are unethical people everywhere if you want to look hard enough, Ebay included. However, there are many, many more good sellers, both on Ebay and Amazon. Neither is better than the other, but should be used together to get the best deals.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 6:52:54 AM PDT
Sina says:
e-Bay is a nest for frauds

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 9:17:56 AM PDT
John Craig says:
I've never had a package delivered and not recieved from eBay! Amazon is up to 3 orders that I never received whoever is stealing from Amazon has to be making billions on the black market! Amazon initiate the drones ASAP!

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 9:53:55 AM PST
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