Following edited (now) message was passed on by you apparently to Canon
User Question : Why do people still buy Canon Digital cameras, and other products when the products are lousy and service is a joke!
I purchased from PCNation invoice #W0480213 dated 06/28/05 for
Powershot A 95 camera.. Canon service, Illinois replaced ccd unit order
#CQ504584 dated 03/18/09 and carried out other electrical adjustments
and cleaning. On 18 July 2010 the camera groaned and beeped and the
display on the screen was E-18. On 28th Mr. Norm of Canon Service said that the motor has failed and it will cost me US$ 89.++. Ms. Noreen of Canon Sales offered three of Canon Range at varying payments under their Loyalty Scheme, which involved payments lower than the repair costs in two cases! I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL AND THE CAMERA IS USED PERHAPS 7 TIMES A YEAR ON TRAVEL OR FAMILY FUNCTIONS. That a fairly expensive camera in the mid-range lasts for just 3 years and fails after Canon repairs in a year is unacceptable.
Perhaps Canon policy is to produce ony short-life products and achieve their sales by loyalty programmes! One will be happy to support manufacturing in USA by short-life products to support our economy but Canon's policy is supporting the economy elsewhere.
THANKS TO YOU and after protracted e-mail exchanges, despite my making it clear that I am reluctant to pay repair charges, Canon sent me a prepaid UPS label and I sent the camera. Now I get an estimate for US$90/. This is cheating. Now that they have the camera they will hold it back to destroy any evidence of the camera being unusable by not returning it. The motor is the heart of the camera and if it fails in less than five years, what can one conclude except that the product is substandard! I am not interested in paying for any repair and if Canon has no ethics, then let them return the camera. I sent the entire exchange of correspondence with the camera,
I believe it is necessary for members of the forum to be informed.
c r natarajan
Cameras that make great holiday gifts
Let them start the new year with a step up in photo and video quality from a phone.