« on: September 12, 2014, 01:55:25 PM »
thanks for your replies. I bought the camera about4 working days before going on a trip and decided to buy in store paying by card, so I wouldn't have to wait for the payment to clear and to give me enough time to inspect the camera over thoroughly. In hindsight I was probably being a bit impatient. In the end I went on the trip canon-less and Iphone-ful. Great!
I took the time at the store to inspect the camera and it was brand new, 0 shutter count etc. The seller wan't going anywhere and when it came to giving me a refund it was hassle free. But i agree, it's not worth the hassle when it comes to a fault.
My theory regarding the fake serial number, which I made up after some Sherlock Holmes style Internet research is that an official Canon distributor in Singapore or Hong Kong wants to make some extra cash, so they sell to the european market for lower prices than customary in Europe but higher than in their own market. As this is probably against Canon (and possibly local) trading regulations, they put fake serials on the cameras to try and hide the traces that would lead back to them. As I said, it's just my layman's theory.
Parallel import or grey market goods are not against any trading regulations (you just don't get local warranty), but I think faking serial number is. Just look at the warranty card and you'll know where is it from... unless they also fake the warranty card??
Have a nice day.