1st ebay purchase = My Camera Nikon D5000!


Yes! Yes! and Yes! I have finally got my first DSLR, a Nikon D5000!!!

I waited so much. Months elapsed since I decided to go for a new camera. Weeks since I have been checking ebay for the best deal. Days since I have been longing to hold it in my hands. And finally, only a few hours elapsed since I completed all formalities to clear it through the customs…

Choosing the right camera was pretty tough. But the Nikon D5000 won over the Canon 500d, only a few hours before the purchase.

My first ebay purchase!

I really made a big step forward by buying the camera right from ebay, using paypal.


The experience with the ebay seller was nice, and I trusted the whole system set up on ebay for the protection of buyers. The camera was shipped less 2 days after the purchase, and it took only 4 days to reach the island… Yes, only 4 days from New York to Mauritius!

Yesterday, I went to the Parcel Office in Port Louis at 815am, excited like a little kid !!! I have been talking so much about this camera!

I handed my card over to the guy there and the parcel was brought to me. It was HUGE! A Mauritius Revenu Authority (MRA) officer started to check the papers and I was told that I had to hire a “Courtier Maritime” to be able to clear the package through the customs.

Mo pas pu cpv gagne mo parcel azordi?” I said sadly…

Non, akoz so valeur trop fort, ena lezotte procedures. Bizin ene Courtier Maritime” said the officer.

For a few seconds, part of my dreams shattered… No camera for today… Anyway, I was glad to see the package in front of my eyes… It did not land in Mauritanie, as a few of my colleagues feared.

I called my cousin (Thanks Kiran!), he contacted his “courtier” and a few hours later, I filled some papers and paid the guy for his services. He made the necessary quickly and today he called me. Everything was ready, the package can now be collected!

At noon, we went to the post office, waited some minutes for another MRA officer to open the parcel, check all the papers and before 1 pm, I was out of the post office, happy and excited, carrying the huge box in my arms!

As promised, I met Dhaneesha immediately so as to be able to take the first picture. She wanted to be in the first one! Once parked in Champs de Mars, I un-boxed the camera, fixed the lens to the camera and shot the first 5 pics.

Unboxing the camera!

We were breathless with the result!

Back to work, I was impatient to shoot more pics. Later in the evening, I picked up my sister, drove home quickly and took a closer look at the camera, the accessories and the ‘gifts’ in the package.

I am in love In fact, all of us are in love with the camera!

The cost…

This is the bitter part of this post… And I am sure that most of you want to know how much I invested. The camera did cost a lot, but it is much cheaper than those displayed in a few shops in Mauritius.

I bought the camera here at $719. Included in the deal : A 18-55 VR lens, 8Gb memory card, a bag, an extra battery, a card reader, a cleaning kit among others. The shipping cost a total of $98 (including insurance).

Included in the deal

Once the parcel reached Mauritius, I had to pay 15% VAT (Approx Rs3800) and as mentioned above, I had to pay Rs1200 to the “Courtier Maritime”.

So, the total cost is approx Rs30,000!!! I am mad, yes I know!

Now that I have my new camera, I need to sell my Fujifilm S5600 asap to cover part of the costs ๐Ÿ˜› I will write another article soon about the details.

As I said earlier “Pu sa prix la, camera la ena interet tire zoli fotos! tvr!”

A few pics taken on Day 1

Writing this article


Car deco

The post is pretty long, isnt it? I am so excited and tomorrow will be my first day out with my D5000!

And this is only the beginning!

110 thoughts on “1st ebay purchase = My Camera Nikon D5000!

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    1. @Carrot : Exactement, mo pas koner, mais mo siposer c zotte ki ena permis pu tire something depi la douane. Koz toi kouma ene dimoune normal, to pas gagne droit faire sa work la.

      btw, its Rs21.5k + vat i think.
      There’s another new shop in Medine News Port Louis. Prix pas mal there, cheaper than the shop I referred in my post.


  1. For a Nikon DSLR, all the accessories included, I believe Rs. 3k is a very fair price. You can see DSLRs in Mauritius costing around Rs. 48k, and these would often be lower entry-level ones.

    It’s a good buy overall. And the picture quality of a DSLR is simply awesome beyond comparison!

    Now, your spending spree is not over sir! Very soon, you’ll be forking out more for a tripod, accessories and lenses. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Photography is a very costly hobby IMHO!


  2. Nice purchase, specially with the gift pack!
    And believe me, 30,000 bucks for such a pack is really worth it!
    Enjoy your new toy and happy clicking!


  3. Gee great the pics! The price might be bitter but am sure the the very idea of possessing one of these is bigger enough to forget it ;P

    Enjoy the camera and keep up with the great fotos!


  4. Guess it was the ‘letter’ that you were awaiting :p
    ebay really nice platform where you really buy cheap and good quality product
    have fun now with your cam btw Nikon’s really good cam
    got a classmate who is addicted to ebay
    have a nice weekend


  5. Optimus Prime: eebaaayy…. FTW!!!

    Pa blier review dealer la et done li ene bon rating!

    4 jour, pa mal. Tou sa bane acha ki mone fer lor eBay la, zamin mo fine gagne ene produit dan moins ki 2 semaine!

    Have fun with your DSLR.


  6. Welcome to the D-SLR world, not a bad package you got yourself, but it is still very expensive for an entry level SLR.

    The mid-range family at least is much better value for money.


  7. kuzzzzzzzz mokwar momem dimun ki p pli knten la!!!!tne resi gagn camera la a la fin!!! sowi mo pa ti resi amen li! mai omoins mo frer in resi aide tw imp. kiran mo frer lamem sa na?lol
    kan to tire mo foto la? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. rofl!!! tonne reussi choisir ene! Too bad u didnt go for the T1i :<
    But anyways its a good camera, have fun, i had a lot of fun with my T1i and still having ๐Ÿ˜€

    Postup some photos too


  9. nice one yashvin , congrats!! 1 frnd hav the D5000, i hav use it its nice, bt i love my Nikon D90….hmmm z foto taken is really nice….btw to bizin al tirr sa pies flamboyant ki p don fleur JAUNE dan triolet.. mo pa p rapel exactly ousa, bizin chek dn jounal express jeudi m kroir !!! XD


  10. Whow, nice, have fun with that. Talking of clearing parcels, I had a similar experience when a wooden box with +50 (second hand) audio cassettes was sent to me via BA. I also had to get a broker at the airport to go through the customs clearance procedure. It took three hours and a paper chase between three buildings before I finally got the box. Fortunately, I only had to pay a small fee to BA cargo and for the broker/courtier service.


  11. wow!!!!! i so wanted one too but because of the price i’ll have to wait :(..
    i look forward to your pictures! happy shooting!!!


  12. @Inf : After using the camera on the first day, I don’t even think about the price. Each time I keep telling myself : “wow, its so good!”
    Yeah, my next purchase will be a led screen protector and a lens cap keeper holder.

    @Deepa : Aster kine fini aster li, pena pu rever. Li la!

    Gaia : Indeed, thats the letter I was talking abt in the comment. I will be addicted too ๐Ÿ˜›

    @Sawan : Dealer la ine gagne another top review, and there are thousands of good reviews there! I guess that the delay is due to the type of shipping and handling time of the seller.

    @LaSh : The shipping, vat and broker’s fee (Courtier Maritime) made the camera a bit costly. Else, it would have been only $719, approx 22k.

    @krishi : wai, meme kiran nu p kozer la ๐Ÿ˜›

    @Eddy : Yeah, I did the max to get it in time for the weekend. I would not have been able to sleep peacefully if the camera would have still been in the parcels office, while am at home, waiting and waiting!

    @Kunal : Yeah, lo dernier virage, D5000 ine depasse Canon EOS 500d! Find it trop nice. Fodait servi to 500d meme pu kone la difference!

    @Keshav : D90 touutt ๐Ÿ˜› The D5000 has inherited the same sensor as the D90, so I guess that I am already benefiting some of the great features of your D90 ๐Ÿ˜›
    Flamboyant jaune? pane tan sa ditout!

    @Mike : Luckily you did not pay an amount greater than the price of those casettes! As from now, I can import more things, it will be much quicker from what I was told.

    @Avishna : Ena de koi a etre jalouse ๐Ÿ˜› Merci!

    @houzhou : Yeah… the price. But after buying it, you won’t bother about That price!

    Thanks everyone for being on yashvinblogs!

    @Sun, @keshav : Merci, more coming ziska taler lol


  13. good that they the customs here didn’t cause problem. I bought a cheap ordinary digital camera (Casio, 8Mpix) from a reliable eBay seller a year ago for $150.

    Imagine Customs here insisting that that camera costs $600 and charging VAT nearly the price of the camera. Bel bezer and they didn’t want to concede, even after showing receipts… Enfin, and it didn’t get resolved… that’s another story I should blog about.


  14. ouais moi si mo enjoy mo d90, maruuu top sa…yaa flamboyant jaune !! @ triolet emm, mo bizn chek dn ki date so journal sa… hpe to ggne sa online>>>>>>>>

    custum mari tirr gaz sa…fran tou !


  15. Congrats on your first ebay purchase!!! Am a regular and can tell u that it#s awesome!

    Next time you can ask your seller to post the article as a gift and you won’t have to pay the tax etc…you can do that for smaller objects.

    Anyway your cam looks great and the price is not that bad either. Try to search the same in Mauritius…you might be surprised at how expensive it is…

    Anyway, post some great pics as usual!!!


  16. Vendredi Mon gagne mo lettre ki mo core i7 in vine maurice,,,,
    aster mo bizin al Parcel Post Office pou pre li…
    Mardi mo esperer mo pou fini gagne li ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    1. @Sab : I hope tone ressi gagne sommeil ๐Ÿ˜›

      Exactement, mo pas trop koner si to bisin paye taxe lo sa. Mo pu essaye faire 1 demars pu trace ene liste items ki ena tax et combien. Same thing for the gift, mo pu esaye rode plis infos for all of you.

      Cheers and let us know kant to fini gagne li.


  17. Slt mone fek buy 1 item loe EB pour premier fois. Mone buy 1 dvd depi USA ki coute $17 en tout. Mai kuma eski mo kner ki mone recevoir item la. La poste pou tel ou send mwa 1 lettre ?? Et 1 dernier kitchose, eski mo suposer paye taye lor dvd 15% ?? Thx. Awesome blog


    1. @Manau : Merci pou to commentaire.
      Mo ena 1 colleague fek ammene ene DVD, ki line aster lo ebay. Pendant la journee, mo pu faire toi koner (par commentaire) si line paye vat et ki zaffaire encore.

      Mo pu aussi faire twa koner kouma line koner.
      D’habitude si to ena 1 parcel, to gagne 1 carte depi la poste. et lerla to bisin al cherche li.

      A bientot!


  18. nikon d 5000 has some defects and nikon has stopped its production.

    why the hell did you buy this one.? its not worthy of a d40x..so such an amount you could have add a little and buy a d90 which is far far better.

    and d3000 sux too..d 5000 has almost the same features of the d40 but its price is too high..

    a’way enjoy your little toy tho :p next time do take some advice before :p its no big deal asking for help before choosing sthing ๐Ÿ˜›


  19. @Yash please essaye gagne list la ti pu mari top ๐Ÿ˜€
    Moo p plan po pren tou mo pieces computer lor ebay…..et mo envi conne banne tax la ๐Ÿ˜€

    An btw…Courtier Maritime la ki eter sa ๐Ÿ˜


  20. et wi ca truc courtier maritime la? ki fr in bisin ca? :s :s

    nikon stopped its production but i dunno if its back on the market. cuz there r many which contain defects..check with ur serial number..a’way check that site:- http://www.kenrockwell.com

    i dunno if updating the firmware might help cuz i know nikon was providing a new one for correction of the lil defects.

    u gonna need this website lol :p it contains loads of tips n tricks u might need ๐Ÿ™‚ best of luck with your new toy :p

    can i have a link of the ebay store from where u purchase it? thx.i might get some accessories there too ๐Ÿ˜› lol ๐Ÿ™‚ cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

    argh u should have gone for the d90 :p cuz u had the budget :p


  21. et puis to ena courage pu to premier ebay purchase ca kantiT cash la lol :p

    moi mo in start ek ban ti truc ร‚ยฃ10 just to be sure ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜› lol ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. @Mervin : I DO NOT READ kenrockwells’ review anymore.
      I find his reviews biased because he knows only his D40 and D90. For him, everything else is sh*t. Sorry, but it really was, then Nikon wouldn’t have produced any DSLR other than D40 and D90.

      However, Nikon did make a recall for some D5000 some time back. More details here.
      Nothing is mentioned abt Nikon having stopped producing D5000. If anyone has more details, please share.

      The ebay member is cametacamera. btw, the negative reviews link is nice! Thanks!


  22. hmm yeah i know he is kinda biass’d but looking @ the price..

    but really for an entry level dslr its kinda a lot of money..u could have gone for say a sony alpha a 200 a300..

    a friend has one coupled with a 18-200 lens..its worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ around 20k he got all the accessories needed..

    u got the standard lens in the kit..now save some money and get urself a focal fix lens..f 1.8/35 mm from nikor.its one of the latest lens nikon has produced and worthy any shot..especially close snapshots ๐Ÿ˜‰

    its not that ‘wide angle’ but if u planning photoshoots @ wedding the 18-55 could do the trick ๐Ÿ˜‰

    if you had the 18-200, you would not need to carry 2 lens with u each time..its kinda a load..get urself a strap and a hood .

    a 75-300 mm lens will be like hell ๐Ÿ™‚ u can take photos from far far away ๐Ÿ˜› paparazzi like :p

    comme on dit dan le jargon, coumence mitrailler aler meme ๐Ÿ˜›

    i didn’t knew about that ‘courtier maritime’ tho.

    happy biding tho ๐Ÿ™‚

    next thing in my list is a pair of motorsport shoes la ๐Ÿ˜›


  23. I really think u should have insisted a little bit with the MRA Officer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had read ur post before receiving my item, HP Pavilion laptop at $680 + shipping (which was btw “missent” to Australia by USPS and took 20 days to come instead of 8) and i had already thought of the ‘courtier maritime dialogue’ springing up.. :p

    After a little explanation about being a student and not being able to afford spending more money and wasting more time, AND proposing to bypass the courtier maritime guy,the MRA officer(kind little lady btw) “ine laisse aller sane fwa la”. She even deducted Rs. 1000 from the declared $600 item’s price and calculated VAT on approx Rs. 17000.

    Minutes after entering the Parcel Post Office,i was out with my brand new laptop, thanks to the kind understanding MRA lady!!


    1. @RoAn : I did, I did… Mais ti ene zom sa ๐Ÿ˜›
      Si ti ene fam, mo sire everything would have been better. Ti pu cpv faire lizier doux r li LOL.
      Ur r lucky!
      btw, I did insist politely, in vain


  24. Have to bypass this parasitic system. For what reason should we give away our hard-earned wages to MRA, and other parasites?

    For expensive items, i prefer to pay an air ticket and get it in some other countries [south east asia for eg]. This is how i did for my d300s.


  25. You are right, i don`t see any difference between the pirates of Somalia and MRA, ripping off the working class. I`m sick of these thugs!


  26. In US shipping is free…..And now mauritius they are saying duty free….
    Then Why rip us?

    They just eat our money…3

    Thats why This country will never develop not only in terms of technology but all throughout!!!!!

    Every Mauritian in My opinion has a write in his country coz we are MAURITIANS!!! Why we must pay!! Dont they get enough from all these tourists(who pollute our beaches xD )?????

    So i’m off topic but angry…..Whats this “courtier maritime” Shit…….Why we need all these BS for something we want….

    I think we need a campaign!!…… No custom duties on things purchased online…We only will pay for the post offic thing(i dont wanna pay this also YUCK)

    So guyz and gals,,,,,,,,,,

    Whats ur opinion??

    Should we pay these SHITTY custom duties or we SHOULD NOT!!

    And also…… Why Not virtual Money, Like moneybookers….That would be awesome:D

    Am 16 i earned about $640 just with my site heh….:D

    Virtual money is great ๐Ÿ˜€

    So think bout it…

    We need improvements:P


  27. Elooo,all..am new to the blog and family bloggers here….compared to european countries our mauritius is so undeveloped,its banking system especially…..am in holidays actually..and trying in vain to earn some extra money online8-(….filling surveys online or doing typing jobs online to earn extra cash.all this seem impossible in mauritius jst because of the retarded mru banking system…i spent hours and hours on the net searching and searching if its possible for mauritians to earn online…via paypal we can only pay but not withdraw or receive…..when you register to some real and not scam money making program they ask for the mauritian postal or zip code and mauritius doesnt have 1……

    am not a computer student either to be able to launch my own site and place adds to earn nor do i know any mauritians who know the tricks to earn online and even if they knw am doubtful if they’ll ever reveal their secret or not…am so discouraged when i think about the banking system here..there’s no hope to do some online jobs and earn online……….8-(thats a real pity….


  28. Moi mo earn online………..mais secret……… ๐Ÿ˜€

    Mo ti earn $1000+ mais mon aster 1 procesor…..mo pou aster 1 motherboard soon ๐Ÿ˜€

    Mo dir mo ban parens gifts from internet sinon zot pou touy mwa ๐Ÿ˜›


  29. And wer……paypal pa cav receive….lolzz
    to oblizer add credit card or bak and THIS pou depenser lolz……..

    Moi mo conseil toi servi moneybookers(www.moneybookers.com)
    Mari bon payment method…….. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Si to underage(cuma mwa) met toi 18 ans ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Lerla setup to site….. Fer 1 blog(to zis ena pou rod 1 server ek to gagne script wordpress free mais to bizin 1 domain :D)… Moi mo p fer 1 stremaing site atm… ๐Ÿ˜€

    kan ton fini fer tou sa lerla to bizin ads….Google ads…. Ban la avoy toi check(Moi mo pe pense affiliate are ban webhjosting ki cav pay moi in Moneybookers) PLi simple…

    Kan ton ggne inP cash….To withdraw Direct Dan to debit/credit card(MOneybookers rox)…..LOL mais couma mo dir toi moi mo underage pna CC ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Lerla mo aster lor ebay ๐Ÿ˜€


  30. @ yash……. aster ki mo p get to boite camera lolzz…..
    comparer ar mo boite processor pou toi HUGE MAN!!

    pa ti p paret lolz… Mo boite ek so cup ti rent dan 1 sac plastic couma dan supermarche]



  31. @SAB

    WER ta,merci pou to renseignement…personne pa rode dire zot secret,moricien apres tou,lol mais non that was kind,mo pou sey faire 1 demars,by the way ki to site ou blog so address?!…..Thnx man pou to idee..


  32. lolรขโ‚ฌยฆ.. ๐Ÿ˜€ ki earn online la kumsaa crime sa ki to parent pou touy toi tou,lol???si mo bizin kit info,mo pou nek faire toi koner….mercii pou l’idee..mo recherche ti amene moi lor sa idee la,astere bizin develope li.. ;)haha


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