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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #75 on: August 16, 2013, 05:32:13 PM »
The plot thickens.

Their listing at http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230892739424 has ended because "This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available." even though they had more than 10 available earlier.

They do have a separate listing at http://www.ebay.com/itm/221116170557 for $3015. They've had both for awhile.
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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #75 on: August 16, 2013, 05:32:13 PM »

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« Reply #76 on: August 16, 2013, 07:45:55 PM »
Not to rain on your parade, but did you happen to get that in writing? The odds are you will be fine, but if they are completely on the up and up, they should offer you the same one year parts and labor warranty offered by Canon USA - http://www.usa.canon.com/app/pdf/support/warranty/warranty_EOS_digital_camera.pdf, since they *know* they will never be called to honor it. I say this because they are not "authorized" dealers. See http://www.usa.canon.com/CUSA/assets/app/pdf/dealer/CanonAuthorizedDealers.pdf for a list of authorized dealers. They are not on it. These bodies may be from USA kits that they buy in bulk from authorized dealers, but then the warranty may start the day they made the purchase, not the day they sold it to you.

No raining :)

I did get it in writing as well -- but the point about when the start date of the warranty begins is an interesting question, that I just posed to them via the same thread, so I can get that in writing too just in case

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« Reply #77 on: August 17, 2013, 02:10:54 AM »
The plot thickens.

Their listing at http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230892739424 has ended because "This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available." even though they had more than 10 available earlier.

They do have a separate listing at http://www.ebay.com/itm/221116170557 for $3015. They've had both for awhile.

I believe this is what they've done for quite a while now. BVI seems to have lots of auctions on ebay for different prices, and every once and a while they have a special deal for the low price (somewhere around 2600). They sell around 200 and then cut the deal off. Then keep the 3000ish price for a while, until the next special deal. Their cameras go quick, it's no surprise that if they had 10 left, it'd be finished in no time at all.

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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #78 on: August 17, 2013, 02:13:06 AM »
Hooray!

I got the package from the August 13th 5D Mark III eBay auction from Big Value Inc! Chose 2-day shipping, shipped August 14th, arrived in Los Angeles August 16th.

Packaging was perfect. Aside from the camera (NON kit box) it came bundled with bag, two non-Canon batteries, one AC/DC charger, SD/SDHC/Micro SD card reader and a 32GB Class 10 Toshiba SDHC. Those additinal items came in the same package but of course not in the 5D box. Plenty of packaged air bags for cushioning, plus an invoice / Bill of Sale dated August 14 (meaning my Canon warranty will last through August 14, 2014).

Again, the 5D came in a 5D body only box, NOT a kit with the lens removed. All original accessories found inside (including warranty / registration card) with Canon USA written everywhere imaginable, with sealed baggies (except for the eye cup, and battery charger I believe, but it didn't look like that one was supposed to be sealed). Camera was of course spotless, and serial numbers matched on the box, on the bottom of the camera, on the registration card and on the EXIF of the camera. Oh, and it came with the 1.2.1 firmware, so this shipment is very new! And of course, the serial number is not one of those affected by the light leak phenomena from last year (those affected cameras have their 6th digits either a 1 or 2)

Pictures are attached, but yo -- this is extremely legitimate. nearly $1000 off manufacturer price -- no idea how they did it, but there were no downsides. Perfect transaction that delivered a perfectly brand-new Canon USA 5D with Canon USA warranty. Without a doubt, totally worth it!

Images attached :) (I erased the serial numbers in post, so don't be alarmed if they're not there!)
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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #79 on: August 17, 2013, 02:14:39 AM »
Images attached :) (I erased the serial numbers in post, so don't be alarmed if they're not there!)

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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #80 on: August 17, 2013, 12:07:09 PM »
The plot thickens.

Their listing at http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230892739424 has ended because "This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available." even though they had more than 10 available earlier.

They do have a separate listing at http://www.ebay.com/itm/221116170557 for $3015. They've had both for awhile.

I believe this is what they've done for quite a while now. BVI seems to have lots of auctions on ebay for different prices, and every once and a while they have a special deal for the low price (somewhere around 2600). They sell around 200 and then cut the deal off. Then keep the 3000ish price for a while, until the next special deal. Their cameras go quick, it's no surprise that if they had 10 left, it'd be finished in no time at all.
No. They had more than 10 listed as still available when they ended it. You can see it in the original listing  by clicking on the "See original listing" link.



Here you see that they just ended it, allegedly with over 10 in stock.



They may be on the up and up, I just find them to be suspect considering they are not authorized dealers and they obviously sell below the MAP. I would like to hear from someone, anyone, that they were able to get warranty service on their products. Then I'd feel better.

Until then, I'd rather buy a refurbished one from Canon for $2800 - http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/cameras/refurbished-eos-digital-slr-cameras/eos-5d-mark-iii-body-refurbished - with a one year warranty that I know is good. And I know it's been thoroughly checked by Canon. It's a few hundred more, but worth it in my opinion.

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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #81 on: August 17, 2013, 03:45:31 PM »
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.

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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #81 on: August 17, 2013, 03:45:31 PM »

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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #82 on: August 17, 2013, 05:50:03 PM »
Hooray!

I got the package from the August 13th 5D Mark III eBay auction from Big Value Inc! Chose 2-day shipping, shipped August 14th, arrived in Los Angeles August 16th.

Packaging was perfect.

Congrats on your new toy modenadude ;)

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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #83 on: August 17, 2013, 05:53:37 PM »
Hooray!

I got the package from the August 13th 5D Mark III eBay auction from Big Value Inc! Chose 2-day shipping, shipped August 14th, arrived in Los Angeles August 16th.



Congrats on your new acquisition.

Have fun !  :)

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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #84 on: August 18, 2013, 08:22:47 AM »
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.
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Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« Reply #85 on: August 23, 2013, 03:36:40 PM »
More negative and neutral feedback on eBay regarding "new USA warrantied" Canon goods:

Caveat emptor.
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« Reply #85 on: August 23, 2013, 03:36:40 PM »