Originally Posted by Phil_F_NM
But buying for less than $20 the risk is low and failure isn't that bad. Eventually, you get more winners than losers.
Exactly, and there are firms out there who will happily repair them and send them back as good as new. They are overshadowed by the XA (RF) and the XA3 and XA4 and so sell for next to nothing. I've paid from a UK pound upwards and only once (when I found one mint in it's case in its box etc, etc) paid as much as two cups of coffee would cost. Over the years they've averaged three pounds and so I've been happy to give one or two away...
What's usually expensive is the manual for the camera and, even rarer, the flash.