Jim, I thought that "More than 10 available" meant they had more than 10 to sell overall, not that they were available at that moment. Anyone can correct me if I am mistaken.
Good point about the refurbished option though. Refurbs from most manufacturers are great deals on almost new items.
No, "More than 10 available" means they have more than 10 still
available. When you make an eBay listing and your inventory is more than 10 start, you have the choice to give an exact count above 10 or not. Once the inventory gets below 10, you see the exact number still available, like this concluded one:
Call me a skeptic, and I am that, but these guys are at best reselling new goods and trying to make a profit by breaking up kits. They are not authorized dealers and I doubt authorized dealers can do that without jeopardizing their status as such. That doesn't mean that Canon is not allowing BVI to do this with a wink and a nod, but no one really knows what their business relationship is, if any.
While I have no problems with profit, I am concerned about the true nature of the warranty. On the other hand, it's still not a bad deal even if you have an uncovered $500 repair the first year.
I wouldn't buy from them in the $3000 range, but the $2500 price point might be a tempting one.
Their eBay feedback is terrible
at 98.2%. It may sound good to the uninitiated, but anything below about 99.5-99.6% on that many transactions is bad. They have 288 negatives in the last year including 16 in the last month alone. Add to that another 214 neutrals and that's a lot of dissatisfied customers. More to the point, here are some recent comments from http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=bigvalueinc&iid=231029946824&de=off&items=25&which=negative&interval=365&_trkparms=negative_365
And some more:
Usually the negatives are the tip of the iceberg but these are worrisome.
You can see some similar comments in the neutrals at http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=bigvalueinc&iid=231029946824&de=off&items=200&which=neutral&interval=365&_trkparms=neutral_365
Again, you see comments about grey market and no warranty, and used cameras sold as "new". I made the comment earlier in this thread that they offered a one year parts and 90 day labor warranty "in case" Canon does not honor the alleged warranty. My point was that, and is, if indeed these cameras are truly Canon warrantied, BVI should offer the same one year parts and labor, because they'd know
they'd never need to make good on it.
Compare this to Adorama with a feedback rating of 99.7% and 13 total negatives in the last year, four of which came from the same user - http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=adorama&iid=-1&de=off&items=25&which=negative&interval=365&_trkparms=negative_365
I know Canon is not Apple, but would you buy a "new" MacBook Pro from a non-authorized dealer and expect to get warranty service from Apple? They'd probably laugh at you.