Price of second hand projector

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  1. FunkiestMonkey

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    Had my projector, an Optoma HD50 for nearly 3 years. Still on original bulb. I love the projector but at some point the bulb will go.

    Plan is to use that as an excuse to buy a 4K projector.

    Now to sell it is it best to buy a brand new bulb and sell projector to show buyers that it definitely works?

    Or is that not a good investment? It would depend on price I can demand for a projector that still retails at same price it did 3 years back...around 1k
     
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    Unless you are going to fit a genuine lamp I wouldn't bother. I would rather buy a lamp with an old but genuine lamp rather than a new but dodgy lamp.
     
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    I'm asking in general. Let's assume it is a genuine lamp.
     
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    If the lamp is working I doubt it improves the value of the projector by the cost of the lamp. If the lamp is currently not working or causing malfunction then you're looking at selling the PJ for spares / repair, in which case it may make sense to buy one.
     
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    Lamp is working.
    I'm looking ahead.
    When lamp dies which it will eventually, does the PJ have high value as all it would need to make it perfect would be a new Optoma lamp
     
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    I and I imagine other people would be leary of buying a projector without being able to see it working with a working lamp. As I say, I think if you're selling it without a working lamp you have to be thinking that people are only going to want to pay spares/repairs money.

    If you're looking to upgrade probably the optimal time to do it cost-wise is while you have a projector which has a working lamp in it. By the time you've let it go to the point the lamp has failed you'll struggle to either get much for it or recoup your costs.
     
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    Thanks that answers my question.

    So not worth buying a new lamp as won't recoup costs.

    Not worth waiting for it to expire
     
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    I think more or less, but I'm not familiar with your lamp cost, projector value.

    To give you an example with my PJ (JVC X30, original retail ~£3000).
    Value with pretty much any working bright lamp = £600-700
    Value not working £350.

    I have working lamp now with about 700hrs - so probably worth £600.
    If it failed and I put in brand new lamp - maybe it is then worth £700. But lamp cost me £300. So I would be £200 worse off than I am if I sell it now.
    If it failed and I sell it as broken I will now be around £250 worse off than if I sold it now.

    The exact numbers depend on your particular projector and values. You'd need to research, but I think in general this probably holds true for most projectors.
     
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    Never had a lamp go on 4 projectors most had over 1000 hours on them , it might not go how many hours does it have on it ?
     
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    Interesting. Had it 3 years approx. Let's say average 4 hours use per week. Thats about 600 hours.
     
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    What makes that interesting is that my last 3 cars have had xenon lamps and never had them go either.
     
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    Just sell it as is mate , I sold my hd33 with 1100 hours on eBay for £450
     
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    Me either - I usually change them because the burners get dim. Xenons I think are a little more robust than UHP mercury lamps typically used in projectors.
     

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