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When powered on, lens system makes noise, doesn't move

Rich R6. When I turn the power on, the lense make a mechanical noise (3 times) and does not extend or even open the lens cover. I can repeat this over and over, and nothing happens. Is there an easy fix? I'm thinking about selling on ebay as a broken camera, as the CRIS repair estimate is $160! Hi, I have a similar problem with my DCZ5.8. It was dropped whilst the lense was out, and now its jammed and crooked. When i turn the camera on, it makes the 3 mechanical noises and does not do anything else. I hope there is a way of fixing this as the camera isn't actually mine.

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As an experienced eBay seller, I have sold many broken items over the past ten years. They sell well and it's truly better than having them just sit there and taunt you. If the owner doesn't mind, listing it on eBay to recoup some of the money is not a bad idea. Write up an honest listing describing the camera's problems and history and take just one or two good photos to post with your description. It's what make eBay fun for both seller and buyer -- GREAT DEALS!
You've got a great start to your description already written. "Rich R6. When I turn the power on, the lense make a mechanical noise (3 times) and does not extend or even open the lens cover. I can repeat this over and over, and nothing happens. The CRIS repair estimate is $160."

EBAY HINT: List on a seven day auction ending on a Monday night in the beginning of a month for maximum price.
Good luck!
-CBR2009

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