So I successfully sent off my two Nikon lenses to the California repair facility, on their dime. Upon arrival, Nikon informed me the lens I purchased in England was covered under warranty repair; however, the original lens, damaged in the rainstorm over Stonehenge, was not covered. Nikon wants $90 to repair the second lens. Trouble being, I could purchase the same lens, used on eBay, for about the same price. Decision time. Do I pay for a duplicate 18-55mm lens (due to arrive via UPS on Monday), or do I save the $90 and pitch that into a fund to buy a different, perhaps more advanced lens. I’ve looked over some options and I could pick up an 18-85mm lens for about $250 (used). Of course, a more robust and versatile lens will cost dramatically more but that is probably beyond the budget right now. I’m looking for either inspiration or an excellent price to get my attention. Speaking of eBay, man, there are a bunch of dealers selling lenses out of Hong Kong on eBay with excellent reputation (thousand of positive reviews). Something I’m considering but honestly, Hong Kong is very, very close to China and we all know the quality of “made in China” products. Additionally, if you buy something from a vendor in Hong Kong, do you really have an option for return or complaint? Always concerning.