Since I bought the camera a few years back Canon came out with new models that seem to deal with the issues I was having with my early digital SLR – especially those related to focus and sharpness. Switching brands isn’t really an option, as I have generally been happy with my EOS cameras and assembled 4 different lenses for it so far.
Instead of fixing my existing camera (which one day started to develop a dark band on the bottom of my pictures – indicating some sort of miss-alignment of the mirror system as far as I can tell) – I decided to look at the alternative of buying the new 30D.
My surprise came when I started looking for the best price for the 30D. If you look around you can see prices as low as $639 for the body without shipping charges. When you look at 3rd party sellers on Amazon.com or if you check eBay, prices do not seem to go below $1,000 for a new Canon 30D body.
Is there no arbitrage in online retail? Or am I missing something? Could someone actually make $500 per camera by buying and reselling online?
It is not a business I want to get in, but unless I am missing something (which I often do), then the theory that online retail, with all of its online-transaction “data exhaust,” would “even out” the power balance between buyers and sellers does not hold true…
What is it that I am overlooking??