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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:05 pm 
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In the last two weeks I have had unexpected expenses, first the septic system needs work. Comes to $400.

Next the 1D MK2 shutter decides to fail at below 40k clicks, repair bill $400. (This ticks me off, shutter rated 5 times that amount and I know people with slightly less clicks getting it repaired for parts only and no $180 for labor but what am I going to do except pay it, should be back next week)

Had the 2nd monitor fail, for what I wanted guess how much it was before it came home?

Now having some severe malware issues with one of the pc's and was quoted you guessed it, think I'll keep trying to beat this without spending the money.

If this dollar amount has become a basic charge which it seems to in my recent experience, I think my base sitting fee is going to climb a bit.

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It wasn't that long ago that 200 was the standard price for everything.

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I've noticed that too! It sucks. Last two times I have had hot water heaters go out it cost $400 to fix. Both times the water heaters were under new-house warranties too and I thought it would be the cost of the deductible only. What got me was that the gas lines that ran in were put in after the hot water heaters were put in so the lines had to be re-routed which cost.....$400.

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I guess I am lucky, everything for me lately has been in the $200 dollar range

Too bad about the shutter, did the 400 buy a new one or a repair job?

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It is all keyed to the "beer-standard".

In 1966 a bottle of beer in a nice bar cost $0.50 each. Repairs for cameras were $50.00.

Nowadays a beer in a nice bar is $4.00, so using the beer-standard you end up with repairs that cost $400.00.

The beer-standard will yield pretty accurate cost of living increase ratios.

Alternatively you can go to the U.S. Government Labor Department website and click onto the C.P.I. calculator. (Consumer Price Index). It will calculate what the dollar would buy from 1980 to 2008.

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Kurt wrote:
I guess I am lucky, everything for me lately has been in the $200 dollar range

Too bad about the shutter, did the 400 buy a new one or a repair job?


According to Canon's service ticket the $400 covers: "REPLACE THE SHUTTER UNIT. CHECK, CLEAN ALL, ADJUST ALL, AND REPAIR ALL TO GOOD WORKING ORDER." According to others that have had similar repairs, it is a replacement that is good for another several hundred thousands clicks or roughly 40k in my case. :?

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There are still bargains in this world. Take for example a photograph of the Loch Ness Monster. It's only tree fiddy. Link below :D :D :D
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Although its costs you would rather not have, I would look at it as a new camera with a new shutter in place

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After doing some research on this I have found that others have paid less, or had quotes less than mine for the same week, same body, same issue with the exact same repair detail. It was quoted ~$60.00 less to begin with. The only real difference being his went to the New Jersey service center, mine to California, this was before taxes/shipping. This person wasn't happy about it either because his shutter count was about 15% of rated, were mine was roughly 20%. He spoke to supervisor at Canon service and they reduced his quote from over 300 bucks to $150.00.

After finding this out I contacted the Canon service center and have had my billing dropped by at least $100, not sure exactly how much as of yet because they have already billed me and the service center cannot refund charges. Those have to come from another area, I discussed getting a few of the $100 service coupons in lieu of a refund. Was told this was possible but need to confirm Monday when my tech can be contacted by the supervisor I spoke to. These coupons could come in handy, I have a lens or two that I would like calibrated to mk2.

Anyway was told my body should be shipped Monday w/ a Tuesday delivery and I am looking forward to even better performance that I previously saw (except I forgot to burn all my custom settings to a card prior to shipping, have to reset those).

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