I'm into photography, these days, and my dream camera is like $4000. Well, that's just not going to happen for many, many years. Plus, do you think I would really pay $4000 for a camera, when I could probably get it WAY cheaper by just using my deal-finding skills? Ha!

Anyway . . . so, I've had my eyes open for a camera that would be a step up from the one I've been using (Fujifilm FinePix 3800). I've been wanting the Fujifilm FinePix S5100 or S5500—10x optical zoom, 4 mega pixels. It's definitely not what I want ultimately, but it's a step in the right direction, and it's affordable (if I save my quarters). So, I've had my bargain shopping nose to the ground in search of a good deal on a used one.

Well, craigslist.org came through again!! I wasn't even searching for a camera at that particular time, but I stumbled across a listing for the very camera I had been searching for: a gently used Fujifilm FinePix S5100!! They were even selling it with a 512 MB picture card, USB cable, software, and case. I was in heaven! The price . . . $100! Typically, even the used ones go for over $200—and brand new, they go for over $300!! That was a HUGE savings! I jumped on it, e-mailed the seller, and BAM—there I was at his house two nights later, forking over the aforesaid $100, and walking away with the almost brand new digital camera I had been looking for. All it took was some patience and consistency.

And that's my latest, greatest deal!

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