What Would You Do?

edited February 2012 in Everything Else
Let's say you have a camera that's great at taking pictures but not video so you look around for a camera with better video capabilities. You happen across a Canon EOS Rebel T2i (not the latest model) and have an opportunity to get it brand spanking new for only $150.00. Would you buy it? It's retail price is over $800.
Now let's say this camera is available on an auction site and you could get it for as low as $60. How about $30? How about $27.50. Do you buy it or go for a T3i for $600+ at Walmart?
Considering the T2i isn't extremely old I'm guessing there is still tech support available. I'm just wondering if it's worth it as it would be cheap whether $150 or $27.50. One recently sold for $12.71!
The site I found it on is:
http://www.quibids.com/auctions/140145659-Canon-EOS-Rebel-T2i-w1855-55250mm

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  • edited February 2012
    Bidding Fee Auction sites like that are pretty much a rip-off, imho.
    You *could* get it at 60 bucks, but it's very, very unlikely. What's more likely to happen is that you use, say, 100 bids (at $0.60 each) AND then someone still beats your bid, meaning you've lost $60 and gained nothing.
    Do that on a couple of items, and you're very quickly out of pocket with nothing to show for it.
    It's basically the same as taking a load of money, and gambling it on a roulette spin or a bunch of lottery tickets. Sure, if your numbers come up, you win - but the odds are HUGELY stacked against you (and the company is making a HUGE profit off suckers who think they're onto a bargain).
    And don't just take my word for it, the Better Business Bureau named these type of sites as their biggest 'Sales Scam' of 2011:
    Top Sales Scam -
    Sales scams are as old as humanity, but the Internet has introduced a whole new way to rip people off. Penny auctions are very popular because it seems like you can get something useful - cameras, computers, etc. – for way below retail. But you pay a small fee for each bid (usually 50₵ to $1.00) and if you aren’t the winner, you lose that bid money. Winners often are not even the top bidder, just the last bidder when time runs out. Although not all penny auction sites are scams, some are being investigated as online gambling. BBB recommends you treat them the same way you would legal gambling in a casino – know exactly how the bidding works, set a limit for yourself, and be prepared to walk away before you go over that limit.

    You're better off saving your money until you can buy the item properly. Especially because if it develops a fault after you've bought it, somewhere like Wal*Mart will be able to offer you a refund, whereas a shady auction site will probably be a lot more difficult to deal with...
    Cheers,
    Arktic.

  • Let's say you have a camera that's great at taking pictures but not video so you look around for a camera with better video capabilities. You happen across a Canon EOS Rebel T2i (not the latest model) and have an opportunity to get it brand spanking new for only $150.00.
    http://www.quibids.com/auctions/140145659-Canon-EOS-Rebel-T2i-w1855-55250mm

    I have a T3i, but if I could purchase a new T2i for $150 right now I would definately buy it. The only major difference between the two cameras is the flip out display. I have used both and the internal parts of the cameras are the same. If you are trying to purchase it as a bid item just be careful and set yourself a budget an stick to it, but if you could click on a "buy now" button for $150.00 go for it, or send me the link and I will purchase it :).
    Todd
  • edited February 2012
    I agree, Arktic. I couldn't have stated it any better. Funny you should bring up the BBB. The website claims it's BBB accredited and that may be true, but I wouldn't trust them 100% in the first place. A $1200 scooter going for $17? That's rather unbelievable and how does one verify if it's even true?
    Sorry, TGamel. No $150 buy now button or I would.
  • edited February 2012
    If people bid in penny increments that cost $1 then that $17 win becomes $1700 to them. It's not worth the risk of losing out, I've no idea how so many people (as they claim) fall for these.
  • Sorry, TGamel. No $150 buy now button or I would.

    And then you'd lose that money because it's a scam. ;)

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