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Pawn Shop d5000. How Do I Evaluate?

buffumjr

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Mon 08-Jul-13 12:38 AM

I have a line on a d5000 at a pawn shop. It has been there awhile. What tests should I put it through to determine if it's ok to buy it? It comes with the 18-55mm "kit" lens.

MEMcD

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#1. "RE: Pawn Shop d5000. How Do I Evaluate?" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sun 07-Jul-13 11:12 PM

Hi John,

Here is Checklist for a new / used DSLR that you might find helpful.

Best Regards,
Marty

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#2. "RE: Pawn Shop d5000. How Do I Evaluate?" | In response to Reply # 1

buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Sun 07-Jul-13 11:35 PM

Thank you.

Add to that, from Colonial Photo and Hobby, Orlando, FL, to go to a dark part of the store, set the camnera on AUTO, focus on something and snap a picture. The popup flash should pop up and flash.

Go through the menus. If any error messages come up, thank them for their time, and look at other things.

Pawn shops are always a thrill. Some are tolerant of DOA, but some stick by the Oklahoma Guarantee. "It's guaranteed to be a camera." None other applies. Caveat emptor.

But ooooh the prices.

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#3. "RE: Pawn Shop d5000. How Do I Evaluate?" | In response to Reply # 2

buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Mon 08-Jul-13 09:45 AM

Just for your info, the stated price of the camera is $499, but I intend to offer $250, and walk or buy at $300. As I said, it's been there awhile. In Amazon and Ebay, that's what they're selling for, used.

Because you're assuming all risk on the purchase, NEVER offer the sticker price. If they get insistant (We gotta have ... ), remember, there are the online stores, with low prices, and a robust return policy. Pawn shops don't care if you badmouth them. The online stores are very sensitive to that. That having been said, it becomes your duty to become somewhat of an expert, because, when you're standing there, its just you and the salesman. It is not gauche, or a sin to just walk away.

Thank you for helping arm me for the conversation with the salesman.

But ooooooh the prices. And they have stuff you just won't see in stores!

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 08-Jul-13 12:16 PM

Hi John,

Very true!
Buyer BeWare!
Good Luck on the haggling.

Best Regards,
Marty

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#5. "RE: Pawn Shop d5000. How Do I Evaluate?" | In response to Reply # 4

buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Mon 08-Jul-13 10:54 PM

I actually printed out the checklist. Been reading it over and over.

If the pawn shop doesn't work out, Amazon and Ebay have d5000 and the occasional d5100 at my price. That will leave me free to get the Tamron 18-270 with VC, used, and a "nifty fifty". Both of those at a brick and mortar store, with 90 day guarantee. That, plus a camera bag from Amazon, and I'll be set.

By Sep 30, I'll be ready to move up from my point and shoot. Excited.

G