Where can I find a good parts camera?
Note: While this has been a problem for a few years, I could always ignore it since it had no impact on functionality. Now it does, so I need to look into what I can do to fix it.
As stated above, this has been a problem with my Canon SX150 for a few years. However, it has now gotten to the point I can no longer ignore it and I need to get it repaired. The problem I am having with my camera is the battery cover damage is now causing the camera to flash low battery within ~3-4 pictures taken, give or take depending on if I spend time adjusting settings like the white balance. Since this condition typically causes the camera to shut down without warning, it's no longer just an appearance issue. The other problem is once one clip on the battery compartment fails, the battery cover is under excessive stress and cracks. This has also happened on mine.
The problem I am having is I am looking on eBay for a parts camera I can get the parts I need (Battery cover and case) the same issue appears on a lot of the listings I am finding (or have low quality pictures). In other cases, the cameras I see have a similar failure point. I'm starting to think this is a common defect.
Anyway I need some advice on finding a good parts camera. eBay is pretty much out of the question since the parts cameras usually have a gap that indicates a high probability of this problem being present. I am also finding the price on used cameras without this problem are cheap and plentiful (~$44-60). I suspect the limited selection of parts cameras has to do with the price to replace them without attempting a repair or they show up but people buy the good ones as they show up.