thegamesarena on ebay

golftango

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Has anyone had any dealings with the eBay seller 'thegamesarena" ? Their feedback looks pretty good. I'm just wondering.
 

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My E-M1 came from them. No issues. It was as good a transaction as any from eBay. The item was brand new and appeared that way. Apparently if I had held out I could have saved $100.


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My E-M1 came from them. No issues. It was as good a transaction as any from eBay. The item was brand new and appeared that way. Apparently if I had held out I could have saved $100.


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Was it a U.S. model, and did you register it with Olympus for the warranty?

I just bought oo74's used E-M1 on this forum, the one with the battle scar from a drop. But I was seriously considering getting one of thegamesarena's new ones once they dropped the price to $1000.
 

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As far as I can tell its a US model and I did register it with Olympus.

I will say that I was hesitant to buy a camera from a game store and I'm not really sure what the connection is between the games and the cameras. But it worked for me.


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As far as I can tell its a US model and I did register it with Olympus.

I will say that I was hesitant to buy a camera from a game store and I'm not really sure what the connection is between the games and the cameras. But it worked for me.


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I believe that these folks bought out a huge chunk of the inventory when J&R music world closed earlier in the year
 

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I bought my first M43 camera from them on eBay back in December 2013. I was looking to try out legacy lenses on the cheap. It was a Panasonic GF5 that was new but was an open box due to the removal of the kit lens. It was delivered exactly as described and the camera was new otherwise. I would buy a camera from them again to get a good deal.
 

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Thanks for the replies! You've made it easier for me to convince she who controls the checkbook! :wink:
 

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I don''t think the warranty will work since they're not authorized dealer.
 

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That's correct. They are not an authorized dealer, so when I asked them, they said they can't guarantee the warranty would be valid....so some caution there and factor that in to their really good prices.
 

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From a purely actuarial standpoint (as opposed to whatever personal value you ascribe to the peace of mind of having a warranty) the monetary value of a warranty is not much - AT MOST, it's on the order of 4-5% of the purchase price of the item per year that the warranty is valid). This applies the observed failure rates, which are typically 4-5% annually for all major brands, and assumes total replacement of the failed item. This is basically an upper asymptote on the monetary value of the warranty, actuarially speaking. If you're paying anything more than a 5% premium for the comfort of knowing you have a good 1 year warranty, you're either over-paying, or you put an inordinate value on over-insuring against risk.
 

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I remember when I sent in my EM5 for monitor bezel crack under warranty service, if I'm not wrong, one of their asking was receipt from authorized dealer.
You might call Olympus or Panasonic to find out. To me paying little extra premium for the one good year of use is worth it, especially these are very high tech in small body cameras. we used to have problems with DSLR like shutter, dust and lenses back focus, but with mirror-less cameras, you might get problems with EVF, sensor stabilized system sort of thing, so I do think the warranty is much need here.
 

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I remember when I sent in my EM5 for monitor bezel crack under warranty service, if I'm not wrong, one of their asking was receipt from authorized dealer.
You might call Olympus or Panasonic to find out. To me paying little extra premium for the one good year of use is worth it, especially these are very high tech in small body cameras. we used to have problems with DSLR like shutter, dust and lenses back focus, but with mirror-less cameras, you might get problems with EVF, sensor stabilized system sort of thing, so I do think the warranty is much need here.
$999 vs. $1299 is not "a little premium"

In any case, the rate of repair/replalcement of Olympus Mirrorless cameras under warranty is less than 5%. And when registering the camera, you can always state that it was received as a gift.
 

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