What You Should Know About Buying a 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

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.

Note: This article may be republish for use in websites as long as the
author bio and active hyperlinks are kept intact.

Clifford Tan, a Home Theater enthusiast and owner of the website Home
Projector Advisor offering projector reviews, advice and many useful tips
and hints to business and home consumers looking to purchase a home
projectors. He is a System Administrator by profession with more than 10
years experience in the IT industry. He is very passionate about Trends &
Technology, especially when comes to mobile gadgets. He is also an internet
marketer, having several websites on various computer niches. The most
recent website he own was designed to help anyone who needs help on
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