Originally Posted by blee0120
I believe that the point where people take risks are at $300-500. Not too many are willing to risk throwing away $500 to a stranger with a non working projector or paying a lot to get it repaired. Like you, I'm happy to be the 2nd, 3rd, or 5th owner at a decent price under $500 😁. But there are risk and most prefer to buy a newer projector for that price. However, the picture quality will suffer greatly. Crazy how we can enjoy high end quality for much cheaper today.
When I was selling my DP M-Vision 1000 LED projector, I got low balled for over a year. Projector was great I just waited for the right buyer. Sold that and my JVC RS520 to upgrade to my RS2000/N7. Then, paid a few hundred to get me another high end DLP LED projector. The circle of life in the projector world lol
I'd never buy a broken projector or one on it's last legs. I certainly wouldn't pay to get one repaired.
Most of the great deals I've had have been on high end projectors with very little use. Usually units that are still on their first bulb or led / laser ones that are less than 10% into their useful life.
A lot of high end projector's get bought for one-off projects. I've had a bunch of deals on really nice Barco projectors with less than 15 hours of total use. Plus, rich people will spend $50k or $100k on a HT projector just to watch an occasional movie.
High end projectors are often built like tanks and designed to work for 100,000+ hours 24/7. DLPs don't degrade like other tech. I've never had an issue with any of my high end projectors. I've had plenty of cheaper projectors break though. I had 3 cheap Epson LCD projectors (that I'd bought new) randomly die before I said never again.
I certainly can't be bothered for the hassle of making manufacturers honor a warranty. You have to send it away and wait for three months while they decide if it's your fault and tell you parts are out of stock. Then you find out you're not covered for the part that broke and it cost more than the projector's worth to replace it. They can keep their "support".
There is no need to trust a stranger with anything. If what arrives it not what was advertised than you get your money back through ebay or PayPal. Just ask plenty of questions and avoid sellers who act shady. We all know the sort. They say stuff like "selling As Is. I don't have the means to test it". Like it's really hard to press "on" and find an HDMI source...
I could literally replace my used projector 30 times for the price of a new one...