Buying an Olympus camera from S.Korea

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by youry, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

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    hi everybody,
    I'm about to pull the trigger on a M1/12-40mm package sold on EBay by S.Korean company. Other than the warranty, is there any downside in buying an Olympus camera from S.Korea? The seller lists a bunch of languages for the menu and English is one of them. Anything that I should look for/ask before I order?
     
  2. ashburtononline

    ashburtononline Mu-43 Veteran

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    Import duties .... taxes!
     
  3. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

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    They ship EMS and no taxes of any kind coming through USPS. Different story if it was Fedex or UPS
    Anyone ordered from Korea? Any surprises?
     
  4. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

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    I've bought from Korean/Japanese eBay sellers before (lenses) and they are identical to US ones save for the documentation. I personally would not buy the E-M1 without a warranty though.
     
  5. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

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    Anything prone to go wrong in this particular model or as a general rule?
     
  6. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    My concern would be the recent rash of faked cameras coming in from over seas.

    Beyond that, a warranty would be great to have. I'd much rather buy a used EM1/12-40 from KEH and get the 6 month warranty with it, or buy refurbished from Olympus directly.
     
  7. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    +1. I wouldn't spend that kind of money without a valid warranty.
     
  8. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

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    I see KEH has a body plus battery and charger (I assume nothing else) for $822 plus shipping.
    If I don't like the 12-40 and sell it for, say $650, I'd end up with a brand new body for a little below $650. I'll sleep on it a couple of days.
     
  9. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

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    It would be about $650 for the body. Used in the B&S forum go for a bit more, and not always with a warranty. Brand new for over $1K from a reputable store is out of question.

     
  10. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

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  11. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

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    There's reported issues with the rear dial going bad (see for example https://www.mu-43.com/threads/58210/ - I had the issue happen to me with the E-P5) and EVF "burn" under certain situations (see for example https://www.mu-43.com/threads/64334/). Oly has not issued recalls/service advisories for either issue. Even with a warranty you have to ship it to them at your own expense. A couple people have mentioned they have serviced them after the warranty expired, but I'm not sure if they would repair gray market cameras without charge.
     
  12. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

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    ok, I was not aware of this problem. The ebay seller has WARRANTY CARD written in bold, though he doesn't clearly state if there's any warranty. I will write the seller and update this post (for future reference) as soon as I get an answer back from him. thanks
     
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  13. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

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    I think all of the Korean/Japanese E-M1/12-40 PRO kits are now regional warranties only. I asked a few sellers last month (including I think the one you're referring to) and they don't have any with worldwide warranties left.
     
  14. ashburtononline

    ashburtononline Mu-43 Veteran

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    Just pony up the dollars and buy in the USA. Support your local dealers and stop being so tight ! I cannot believe that coming in via USPS means You are not liable for duties and taxes !
     
  15. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
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    Barry
    American individuals don't pay import duties on anything under $10,000 or something like that.

    We're supposed to report & pay state sales tax (at least in California) at the end of the year on out-of-state/internet purchases, but I don't know of anyone that does.

    Barry
     
  16. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
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    Barry
  17. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

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    nah, no need to pay extra taxes when there are people like you to pay for me :)


    thanks but 42nd street is a very difficult company to work with. tried a couple of times to work with them, with no success. bait and switch
     
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  18. ashburtononline

    ashburtononline Mu-43 Veteran

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    I'm paying nothing for you as I'm not in the USA. We can only import NZ$500 without paying import duties. For me, I can import from overseas and save 20% but my dealer (ships free and loans equipment) and full 2 year warranty are well worth 20% to me.
     
  19. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

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    It's not just a few bucks difference though. We're talking about $1350 gray market vs. $2000 authorized dealer (and that's with the current discount - normally it's $2300).
     
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  20. Jfrader

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