Just bought a D3S on Amazon for $2521. Was listed as "Used - Like New" with no other description.
Amazon guidelines for posting are:
Like New: An apparently untouched camera or photography item in perfect condition. The original wrapping may be missing, but the original packaging is intact. There are absolutely no signs of wear. Suitable for presenting as a gift. On the 1-10 point used-equipment scale, this must be 10- or higher.
The seller who is a large merchant (in California) on Amazon (selling in the hundreds of items not photographic) also has a 7 day return guarantee and is covered by the Amazon A to Z Guarantee.
I figured it was worth taking a chance on with the Amazon guarantee and buying using my Amex card. If it turns out not to be as described I feel that I am covered.
How many shutter activations would you consider to be appropriate for a camera that is supposed to be a like new - 10- condition camera?
Edit: I just got this reply from them on my asking about the camera:
Hello, The Nikon D3S 12.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 24fps 720p HD Video Capability (Body Only) is new condition ( it just had to be listed as 'Used - Like New' as the box has been opened) comes with all manufacturer supplied accessories, US model,1 year full warranty. It has not been used. The price is $2,521.00 + $7.49 for delivery ( 2 - 3 days by Airmail ). Return policy is full money back in 30 days. If you want to buy send me your full name and delivery address to have your order placed with Amazon.
It was only listed half an hour before I bought it. lol
The Amazon Market sellers account was hacked and the scammer listed the cameras for sale. After I put the order in they contacted me by email that they were canceling the order and that Amazon would contact me with a new listing. That contact was from a non Amazon email address and wanted to be paid by Moneygram to a person in Greece.
As soon as I got the first email from a Crystal Bennett at the Amazon Market seller I looked the seller up in Google and found their phone number in California. I called the number and it is a legitimate business but Crystal was not in at that time. I was thinking scam at that time and contacted Amazon. A few hours later I got the phishing email asking for payment.
Oh well, we can always dream. At least it didn't cost me anything.
It does go to show though that any website can be hacked so it is best to be sure you have a way out before buying anything.
You know if this scamer were to list the camera at a more reasonable price, like within 10-20% of the market prices, many will probably be fooled. Buying from non-authorized Nikon dealers always carries a risk.