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    Default Is it worthwhile buying flash second hand?...

    What about the life time of the bulb? ....

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    Default Re: Is it worthwhile buying flash second hand?...

    Depends on the model, age of the flash, how often it was used and how often you will use .

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    Depends on the amount money you wanna save too

    Anywais, I bought an SB-800 so far, second hand. No problem so far. Guess i'm lucky?

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    To me, saving $40-$60 and have the risk of a flash that has been used extensively just doesn't make sense. Unless I am getting from somemone I know.. otherwise, I would still prefer to get it brand new. Shoud the flash breakdown, I dun think the saving is even enough to cover.........
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    Default Re: Is it worthwhile buying flash second hand?...

    Quote Originally Posted by smalltake View Post
    To me, saving $40-$60 and have the risk of a flash that has been used extensively just doesn't make sense.
    Well, to me it does

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    Quote Originally Posted by achanth View Post
    What about the life time of the bulb? ....
    What about it? You already got discount, correct? Maybe 20% to 30% off the original price?

    The bulb is rated for a lot more than most amateurs shoot anyway.

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    I think manufacturers construct their products with a mind to keep it lasting for a pretty long while. Still, as we've grown to notice, electronics do not tend to be horribly durable, perhaps due to the humidity here, the carelessness of users or otherwise...

    With this in mind, I'd say that most users do not come close to the expected life of the product (shutter count for dSLR, miles clocked for cars, and, apparently, bulb life for flash, although this is a new concept for me... I don't really know how it is measured)

    Thus, IMHO, buyers should discount the 2nd-hand product based on the condition of the flash and the perceived treatment it received from its original user. Ha... How much to discount is entirely up to the buyer himself.

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