I recently received an offer of a Canon DSLR camera, which is incredibly low (5D III + 24-105 L lens for 1100€). As the usual price is three to four times more, I'm trying to figure out where the catch is. I know that there are many fake Canon accessories around (batteries, speedlites etc.) but not cameras. On many forums it is stated that cameras are too complex to be faked, even the Canon official site does not mention them.
There are scenarios which I can exclude:
- I will receive an empty box or a photograph of the camera — I will pay after receiving the package and looking inside.
- The name will be something like "Conan" or "Canoon" — again, this is something obvious.
- Just grey market or refurbished product — the price is too low even for that.
Q1: What are some risks of buying such a camera? I don't care about a warranty as long as it is an original Canon product.
Q2: If there are Canon camera counterfeits around, how can I recognize them really quickly? Taking the camera to the repair center is not an option.
I know that buying from a shady seller and too low price are huge red flags, but the price is too tempting.