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post #31 of 36 Old 05-04-2019, 05:23 PM
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"Supposedly with a new lamp" could mean the original owner bought a cheap knock-off lamp from eBay that might not last 100 hours. In the worst case scenario some cheap knock-off lamps have been known to damage projectors. That's one of the issues in dealing with used projectors. Unless you really know all the ins and outs of projectors it's easy to get burned on a used one. The safest bet is new or factory refurbished with full factory warranty. But if you enjoy playing lotto and can handle the risk then go ahead and roll the dice on used. Just understand that if a used projector fails shortly after you buy it the seller is not obligated to refund your money. You will either have to pay out more money for repairs or more money for a replacement projector.
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Well I haven’t pulled the trigger yet but here’s a shot of the screen! I’ve upped my budget a bit and I’ve got two 5030ub PJ’s I can go for both for about $700. One has only 40% life remaining on the bulb, the other one is unknown (trying to get that info from the seller). I was trying to buy a 3700 also for about $700 but the seller has not been very responsive which is a shame because I’m feeling pretty strongly about this model. And finally, there’s a possible opportunity for a 3500 for $550 with 2 pairs of 3D glasses.
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The 3000/3500 were replaced by the 3100/3700 and again it was a fairly significant up grade in native contrast. The 5030 would be a good choice, not as bright as the 3100/3700 but much better contrast and they also have the greatest amount of lens shift +/- 96% compared to +/- 60% for the 3100. But again buying used is a big gamble as a lot can go wrong with these older LCD's that can't be economically fixed. For that kind of investment I would still go for the $800 3100 from Epson with full warranty.

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The 3000/3500 were replaced by the 3100/3700 and again it was a fairly significant up grade in native contrast. The 5030 would be a good choice, not as bright as the 3100/3700 but much better contrast and they also have the greatest amount of lens shift +/- 96% compared to +/- 60% for the 3100. But again buying used is a big gamble as a lot can go wrong with these older LCD's that can't be economically fixed. For that kind of investment I would still go for the $800 3100 from Epson with full warranty.
There is also a NIB $1300 5040ube available. I suck at being frugal.
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That's a heck of a price on the 5040.

Projectors quickly swallow you up. The 5040 can easily be brought indoors and setup anytime you want. It has the most lens shift and the most zoom range, by FAR, with an image quality that competes against the higher end models (JVC/Sony).

If you can swallow $1,300, then this has the best value.

As well, if you just decide to resell it, you likely could recoup all of your cost in the next few months.

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Finally ended up going with a 5030ub! I made a deal at $800 I feel good about. The PJ comes in the original box with only 535 hours of use, a spare Epson branded lamp and a pair of 3D glasses. Picking it up tomorrow!
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