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Buying a Digital Camera on eBay

Updated on May 28, 2010
up close, Bob Ewing photo
up close, Bob Ewing photo

Digital cameras have made capturing those special moments in time so very simple. Frame the scene, push the button, check what you got, delete and shot again or keep. What could be easier? Software makes it basic to make changes, reduce red eye, crop and colour correction, all improve our ability to take a good photo.

My interest in photography goes back thirty years to the days of slide and roll film, darkrooms and disappointment. I have owned both Nikon and Canon SLRs with assorted lenses and loved working with them, but I would not go back.

Now I am in need of a new camera. The shop in town is limited in what it ahs in stock so I began my search for the perfect digital camera online at eBay. I have been shopping on eBay for a few years and generally find the experience quite satisfying,

When buying a digital camera, I guess I could simply say camera as that is about all that is on the market. However, on eBay it pays to be as specific as you can. There are still SLR cameras for sale and why wade through items you do not want.

Step one is deciding what you are using the camera for; are you looking to make an album of special occasions, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or are you a professional photographer?

Regardless of where your interests sit along the line of what is available, it is possible to find a camera that meets your needs.

The next step is to decide how much you are willing to pay. This price must include shipping, unless of course, shipping charges are free which is the case in some camera sales.

Are you a devotee of a particular camera make (Canon, Nikon, Sony), for example, then refine your search for your brand. The refine search feature allows you to choose, brand, type of camera, point & shoot, for example, new or used, location, and Buy Now or auction features. This lets you create a search for what you want rather than looking at every camera listed in an attempt to find what you want.

I like the Buy Now items as long as the combined cost (shipping, handling and sale price) are within my price range, this is the fastest way to get the camera I want.

However, auctions can be fun and now and then you may get a deal, just don’t get caught up in the race to win and end up paying more than you can afford or are willing to pay.

Buying a digital camera on eBay can be a great experience as long as you follow the above ideas.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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    Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

    Hello Bob, Thanks for a great hub on Digital Cameras. There are so many different kinds of cameras and hard to pick the right one.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Very happy and Safe New Years!!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Richard, all the best.

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    Richard McCallum 7 years ago

    Bob, I recognized you from your work at Digital Journal, which was always excellent.

    I would like to start writing for this site and I am reading your work as I am familiar with your style.

    I can see you have won many awards here-this article was excellent- best wishes-rem

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    Richard McCallum 7 years ago

    Bob, I recognized you from your work at Digital Journal, which was always excellent.

    I would like to start writing for this site and I am reading your work as I am familiar with your style.

    I can see you have won many awards here-this article was excellent- best wishes-rem

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    kims3003 7 years ago

    very well written hub with helpful information. nicely done

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and GG, I agree.

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    GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

    Great hub...and information. A good camera doesn't always mean a big price :O)

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    billyaustindillon 7 years ago

    Great tips, thanks Bob.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your kidn advice.

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