Are you a Nikon user?
Are you sure that the Nikon gears you purchased are brand new? Or do you think they were refurbished?
If you have bought a Nikon lens or camera and the seller has told you that they purchased it brand new, there’s a very easy way to find out if they are telling the truth or if it was actually refurbished.
Simply take a peek at the serial number of your gear and check for a secret code.
Photographer Paul Eichengrun tells that Nikon physically marks every piece of equipment that it refurbishes.
If your lens, camera, or flash was previously returned to Nikon, examined, and then resold, then it will have two pinprick circular indentations on the sides of the serial number.
Here’s what the pinpricks look like on the serial number of refurbished Nikon gears:
And here’s how they look when the Nikon gears are brand new:
If the indentations are absent from the serial number section, then the product has never been refurbished by Nikon.
However, Eichengrun does confirm that Nikon aims to ensure that all factory refurbished products are as good as the new ones in every aspect.
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