Retailers are gearing up for Black Friday by stocking shelves and slashing prices, but are those deals really a bargain.? We compared two of the DSLR camera deals against new and high quality pre-owned items and have some advice on where you can save even more.
|Canon EOS Rebel T3|
If you are looking for a DSLR, the Canon T3 is a great starter camera with a host of great features. Retailers are banking on this being a hot seller, as Target, Walmart and Best Buy are all heavily promoting the discounted price of $479. With an MSRP of $549, this seems like a great deal, but we found the 90 day average used price is still less at just under $400! Even more, buying new on the gray market the 90 day average price for a new T3 is around $441.
|Canon EOS Rebel T3i|
An upgrade from the T3, this DSLR had a more robust feature set, including a vari-angle LCD screen and 1080p HD video recording. Sears and Best Buy are discounting the camera to $799 from an MSRP of $899. PriceAdvice, however, has found that used prices have a 90 day average between $655-759 depending on the accessories included. That a steep discount! On the gray market, you can pick up a brand new T3i starting around $655 for the body only.
The bottom line, if you are looking for a quality DSLR and a great price, there are better deals out there than what’s being offered on Black Friday.