Buydig via Ebay has a great deal today on an entry level Nikon D3200 DSLR kit. This deal is scheduled to expire on July 2, 2014. For $320 shipped you will receive the D3200 body and an 18-55mm lens with image stabilization.
Why I Like This Deal
- $320 is a highly affordable price point for many. Photography isn’t a cheap hobby. Taking the step from point and shoot cameras to using a DSLR is a night and day different for many shots. Investing in a DSLR now can allow you to build a hobby for life.
- When you buy a DSLR, you are committing yourself to that company’s equipment. Personally, I’d only invest in either Nikon or Canon DSLR cameras. Sure, you can find great offerings from Sony and Pentax. I still couldn’t in good faith recommend going in this latter direction. The options and future prospects for Canon and Nikon are so superior, it isn’t worth it to commit to a different company’s architecture.
- Ebay deals can make me nervous. I was burned a couple times in the past buying from some no name sellers with little to no feedback. Fortunately, this deal is actually being sold by BuyDig. They are one of the most respected names in eCommerce based camera sales. They advertise themselves as the Internet’s digital superstore. I don’t hold this uninspired catch phrase against them since they have a great selection with good prices. They are currently ranked as the 13,811 most popular site on the Web by Alexa. They also have 311,000 pages indexed by Google. This latter number is a good representation of how many products they offer.
How Does This Deal Compare
BuyDig itself sells the new version of the D3200 kit for $476.95. By buying the refurbed version through the Ebay offer, you are saving over $150. I personally have no problem buying refurbished camera equipment at this level. In my experience, it has offered a tremendous value proposition, but I can say that because I’ve never been burned by it.
Even the same refurbished version of the Nikon D3200 costs almost $60 more from Buydig directly.
Amazon charges $476.95 for the new version of the D3200 with the 18 to 55 mm lens. Their best price for the refurbished version is $375, meaning the Buydig deal via Ebay is still $55 better.
The refurbished Nikon D3200 kit with 18-55 mm image stabilized lens from Buydig via Ebay is a best of web price by at least $50. If you are in the market for an entry level DSLR kit that will launch you into the Nikon ecosystem at a low price point.