Greg Chappell , Apr 09, 2004; 05:06 a.m.
Most film SLR's I've ever purchased have been used with the exception of an EOS 3 I recently purchased new. I have bought and sold on eBay for 5 years now. As with all things eBay-related, it's about the sellers feedback and your own gut feeling. Like it says at the bottom of every page on that site- caviat emptor.
Most digital SLR's that are going to be sold second-hand are going to be pretty high mileage, apart from the (very rare) seldom used examples. They are nothing like film SLR's that so many have babied throughout the years. They are cheap to shoot once you have one, and I can only imagine how much any second-hand D1x has been used. I'm on my first Digital SLR, and this is all so new to everyone. It's not like the 35mm market that was already almost 100 years old when I first started. I would have a hard time right now in deciding to buy a used DSLR. My gut feeling right now is to buy new and use it until it wears out, then buy another new model with the current technology. Hopefully that cycle is 3-5 years. At todays prices (even todays lower prices) I cannot afford to buy a new Digital SLR every year, and I certainly wouldn't want to sink money equal to 50% of the original cost of a used DSLR not knowing the mileage the original owner put on it.