What You Should Know About Buying Projector From Ebay Or Online Auction
Many people wish to purchase a home projection theater system but still have to work within the constraints of a budget. Can a budget projector be a viable alternative? While a thousand dollars is still a lot of money, it really is not so much to pay for a good home theater projection system. A good home theater will provide years of entertainment from movies, to video and computer games to vacation picture slideshows. How though, can someone find a projector for less than one thousand dollars? How can anybody find a quality projector that also fits the category of a cheap projector? How can they make sure it is going to suit their needs?
One of the most obvious options is through auctions. This is a very difficult way to purchase a projector. The main reason is that all you can do is asking questions of someone who has already proven that they are a motivated seller, proven by the very fact that they have posted the projector on an online auction. Bidding online can be done with some level of confidence though. It is very easy to conceive of getting a very good multimedia projector for less than a thousand dollars in this manner.
Making sure you ask the questions you want answered is the first challenge in finding a home theater projector online. While this may sound easy enough, it really is not when you think about it. For example:
Buyer: Why are you selling your projector? Seller: Because I am thinking about buying a new projection system. (Thinking, looking, considering … all are terms to make the buyer beware)
Why would this simple question and answer dissuade someone from actively bidding on this projector? Take a moment to look at it more closely. The seller obviously wants to sell the projection unit that they currently own. But “why do they want to sell it” is the relevant question. The answer states that they are looking, considering, thinking about, or otherwise contemplating the purchase of a new system, this is not to say that they are actively in the process of purchasing a new system. This in turn, should lead the prospective purchaser of the online auction projector to ask themselves, and the seller, a series of other questions. Why are they selling the projector without having found a new one they are sure of?
While there are literally thousands of different combinations of this simple question and answer “red flag,” the key is the same in all of them. If the seller will not give specifics then buyer beware. It is better to lose a bid on a high quality projection theater system than it is to win even with a low bid for a damaged projection unit. The cost of repairs, while relevant in the long term of projector life is important; it should not have to be a factor when purchasing a new projector, no matter where it is bought.
Things to look for that will indicate it may in fact be a quality cheap projector usually are some type of upgrade on the part of the seller. While they may still be very happy with the unit they are selling, somehow or another they have managed to put together the money for a new home theater projector display and setup. Another factor may very well be that they were uninformed when they made the purchase.
One key to making a new projector purchase is making sure the store where it is purchased has a good return policy. Ambient lighting, (while the most common factor, is not the only one) will cause many projector displays that look great in the store display to function less than ideally in the purchaser’s home. It may well be that the seller did not ask the right questions when they bought the projector and they cannot return it. This happens more than most people want to admit … with any number of products, not just with projection units. Asking the correct questions can make it easier to figure out if the projector will be right for your needs or not.
Ask the seller about the picture quality of the projection unit they are selling. If the seller is specific and gives you an answer saying that it is not what they expected, there could be other mitigating factors that will make this ideal for you to get a great deal on a great projection system for well under one thousand dollars.
Find out what kind of projection screen they are using. If the projection screen is not ideally suited to the home theater projector they purchased, that could be a point in favor of the buyer. Sometimes a person will spend a great deal of money on a projector and use the blank space on the wall to project the multimedia displays. If the projector shuts off or flickers. This could be an indication that the projector is fine (For the moment) but has been set up somewhere that is either too dusty for the projection unit filters to keep up or it has been set up somewhere that there is not sufficient airflow and the projection unit is overheating. Find out specific details about where the projector is. Do not be afraid to ask questions. The worst that can happen is that they will refuse your bid and save you money. Not a bad deal really, and certainly better than ending up with a home projector that will not work at all or that needs substantive repairs.
If you know that the projector is functioning well but the picture quality is not what it should be, there could well be another frequently encountered problem. This is known as the keystone effect. Most projection units come with keystone adjustment features. The concept is to allow the optic lenses to be adjusted horizontally and vertically. While this can be a great benefit in some projectors, some home theater systems will become quickly inundated with the keystone effect. To make a long story short, the screen and the projector have pixels. The pixels are little concave shaped areas where light is projected and displayed. The keystone effect occurs when the pixels on the screen are not correctly aligned with the pixels being projected from the projection unit. This will greatly detract from the viewing pleasure and often causes unpleasant sensations such as headaches to the viewer.
If a buyer is willing (And well informed enough) to ask specific questions they should get specific answers. If the seller refuses to be specific or to discuss details, than do not bid. Ever! The well-informed buyer will never end up with a seriously damaged projector, and just may, if they ask the right questions, end up with a high quality home theater projection system for well under a thousand dollars.
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Clifford Tan, a Home Theater enthusiast and owner of the website Home Projector Advisor provides reviews, articles and many useful tips and hints on home projectors. To find out more great information about home projection system, visit the site http://www.home-projector-advisor.com