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What do I have to look for when buying flash heads on ebay ?
Old 09-27-2003, 06:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Are there comon things that go wrong with flash heads that make people want to sell them off on ebay ? Or is it just that the bulbs burn out? I am looking to buy 3 heads and just want to make sure I am not making a big mistake.

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Re: What do I have to look for when buying flash heads on ebay ?
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In a flash head the flash tube can be changed anytime in case of damage or its colour temp getting way off ..... the modeling bulb can be changed as we change our house hold bulbs no big deal ... most times people might be going in for new units with some better options like settings or accessories.. there could also be some sync problems like not firing etc. but they all can be rectified ... maybe getting something repaired maybe costly nearly the same as a new unit or the facilities foir repairs do not exist...
all these reasons could be for flash units being offered on Ebay .. or some one closing shop ... :
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I am sure there will be a couple of people that disagree with me on this. but skip ebay for your gear. I finally gave up trying to find gear on ebay. in the long run it has been cheaper to purchase equipment new from b&h and the like rather than waste my time trying to save $20 or $100 on ebay. for me anyway.
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Re: What do I have to look for when buying flash heads on ebay ?
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There are many reasons why someone might list items for a sale on Ebay. Usually it is because they have something that they want to sell. Most sellers don't have any thing to hide, they just want to sell something. The pitfalls of buying on Ebay are the same as buying used equipment mail order anywhere. You don't know what you are going to get until you get it. I have found that most people describe their merchandise accurately. If they say it is in good condition, it usually is. If they say that it is "as is", it is probably not in very good condition. I have seen a number of strobe heads that have been pretty badly beaten up.

A few rules: Never pay more than 50% of new price. If it sells for more than that, let it go. Don't bid until the last moment. If you bid early, you just drive the price up. If you can't bid at the last moment, bid your maximum price and let it go. Someone else will probably outbid you. Pay attention to the seller's feedback rating. If it is less than 99% positive, you may not want to bid. Remember that you are looking for a bargain. If you are willing to pay new price, buy it new. Check B&H and Adorama for the current new price. Use those prices as your basis, not manufacturer's suggested retail. Pay attention to the sellers terms of payment and shipping costs. Sellers will often tack on high shipping costs that you may not notice, until you are the buyer and you have committed yourself. Pay attention to the seller's location. Don't bid on overseas auctions. Don't send money overseas. Watch for out of place listings. If a Balcar head is listed under Norman, it probably won't bring a good price.

There are some good deals on Ebay. Be aware that popular items are going to command premium prices. Add some items to your "My Ebay" watch list and see what they sell for. In that way, you get a better idea of what other people are willing to pay.

I hope that this helps.

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