Wednesday, November 23, 2011

DSLR- Beat Black Friday Deals

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.

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