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Are The Prices Of DSLR's Really This Low Now?  
User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4290 times:

I was looking the other day at the Digital Rebel on Pricegrabber.com. It came up with a result from ButterflyPhoto.com: http://www2.butterflyphoto.com/shop/product.aspx?ref=pricegrabber&sku=REBELD

The Camera is $769 with the kit lens and I gave them a call to verify that it is a US-market and not a grey-market model and that held true. Anything fishy about this? or have I just had my head deep in the sand....I thought I remembered these cameras going for $1k about a month ago....

Thanks for any advice..


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User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4262 times:

My guess is that, after the initial flurry of puchases following the release of the 300D, and the subsequent introduction of the Nikon D70, 300D prices will slowly drop. The D70 is good competition. I went with the 300D for two reasons; 1) I did not want to wait for the D70 at the time and; 2) I wanted to go with Canon glass. I feel that they offer a greater range of lenses. I cannont vouch for Butterlfly....never heard of them before.

User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

Stuff is starting to come down. It just takes time. My only question is it say REBELD in the last part of your web address....could that mean rebuild? Maybe not, because I know I have seen the 300D in stores for $850.

User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4255 times:

But want to know what your can do....places like bhphoto and J&R price match with other online companies, so go with a known good place and have them match the price. Sometime the phone operator can be anal, but their website says they match prices.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

Neilalp, I think REBELD in the last part of the URL must mean Rebel Digital. I don't think it's rebuilt.

User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4213 times:

B&H also quotes the 10D at $200 lower than less than a year ago. 'Round the end of 2003, it was posted at $1499, now it's $1299.

But want to know what your can do....places like bhphoto and J&R price match with other online companies, so go with a known good place and have them match the price. Sometime the phone operator can be anal, but their website says they match prices.

B&H, JR, BestBuy, CircuitCity and the such will only price match against major, non-internet, local competitors that offer the item at a lower shelf-price (without the use of rebates, coupons, discounts, or sales).


Brian



What the FUTT?
User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4134 times:

Thanks for the info. Yeah, correct me if I am wrong, but B&H still has it for $899. o.O

Regards



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User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

This...Butterfly Photo...

You know those cheap electronics shops on every corner in Manhattan, where you can get a digital camera for "one dolla"? You're looking at the internet version of these places.

Not that I know from personal experience, but I wouldn't buy an expensive piece of equipment like a DSLR from an internet dealer like this. I always make sure that there's a real, tangible store with the same name for that extra comfort factor (not including Amazon, eBay, etc.) At least for the body and glass.

I don't know about you, but I'm definately willing to spend a few hundred more just so I know for sure that I wasn't ripped off, and I won't be screwed over if my (hypothetical) dog starts to gnaw on the camera.


Brian



What the FUTT?
User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

Brian,

J&R and B&H will price match each other for sure and also OTHER online stores. (major yes, but let them decide who is major and who isn't) However, Circuit City and Best Buy will only match "in town" competitors. If you read J&R price match page no where do they say non-internet. And J&R has priced match for me from a company call Crutchfield Electronics. http://www.crutchfield.com/ Doesn't seem like a major store to me, but they took it and I received my DVD recorder for $300 less.



Please know before you speak out.

J&R policy "J&R works hard to bring you low prices. If you have found a better price for an item at another authorized dealer *Except Miele* , we will do everything possible to meet or beat that price. Please call us at 1-800-806-1115 to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales reps. Our friendly sales staff is standing by 7 days a week from 8AM to Midnight, EST.

Price matching is only applicable to identical conditions of sale. The item must be in stock at the other authorized dealer (not a floor sample, "open box" item, refurbished or demo piece) and not be a club "members price" or typographical error.



User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4119 times:

I stand corrected!  Wink/being sarcastic


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User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4096 times:

Futterman: I'm not worried, as there are many others aside from just Butterfly on the Pricegrabber list that have prices very near that. Also, Butterfly retains a good rating from Pricegrabber. I will definetely look into those pricematch offers first, however.

Regards



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4070 times:

I know a lot of these online stores will only sell the camera body, no accessories such as the battery, strap and normal things that are supposed to come with the camera. I've read many reviews about these stores where people have called to place an order to buy a camera, then the store tries to upsell them on overpriced accessories that should have been included in the first place. Or, if the person places an order online, they will call you to try and upsell, and if unsuccessful, they may say "sorry we're out of stock for the next 2 weeks".

User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1245 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

I found a Digi Rebel for 530 with the standard lens and no kit. I found this company off PriceGrabber. I remember thier PriceGrabber rating was not the best. But when I get back home I'm gonna give them a call to investigate the great price. I'll let ya's know.

User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3997 times:

This item includes:
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (with lens cap and dust cap), Battery Pack BP-511 (includes protective cover), Battery Charger CB-5L, Power Cord for Battery Charger, USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU, Video Cable VC-100, Neck Strap EW-100DB ll, EOS DIGITAL Solutions CD-ROM, Adobe Photoshop Elements CD-ROM, Pocket Guide, Software Installation Guide, User's Guide and Instruction booklets, 1 Year Limited Warrantty


ButterflyPhoto.com All-time Average Rating:

4.42/5

1508 Total Reviews

EDIT: Just called both B&H and J&R and both told me in no uncertain terms that they would not match that price. They said that that is even lower than they buy the camera for and that the website probably has a hidden high-restocking fee or is just try to up-sell me on accessories (which they obviously are.) I guess I should be a little wary of this offer.

[Edited 2004-07-13 16:54:53]


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User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3964 times:

Just don't buy the accessories. But I say go for it if you know you want that camera. Just hope it works fine as I'm sure the company isn't going to take you money and run....well at least no more than an EBAY person.

User currently offlineRomeoKC10FE From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3920 times:

Hey guys, I found these two stores about 2 months ago when I was looking at buying a EOS 10D, and now the price has come down over $200 on both sites. As Dazed767 said, I called to be sure that I would not be getting a camera body with no accessories, and the guy that I was talking to seemed as if got offended that I asked, oh well.

http://royalcamera.com/eos10d.html

http://www.amphotoworld.com/product.asp?id=cneos10d&l=Everyprice



User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3922 times:

This item includes:
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (with lens cap and dust cap), Battery Pack BP-511 (includes protective cover), Battery Charger CB-5L, Power Cord for Battery Charger, USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU, Video Cable VC-100, Neck Strap EW-100DB ll, EOS DIGITAL Solutions CD-ROM, Adobe Photoshop Elements CD-ROM, Pocket Guide, Software Installation Guide, User's Guide and Instruction booklets, 1 Year Limited Warrantty


That's the standard pack. I got all that in a nice little box from Mike's Camera here in April. I also got it for $950.00

But it's the standard package for the body and lens kit.





User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2392 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3793 times:
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In Belgium, the company that imports Nikkon has a bck order of up to 8000 Nikkon D70... So they don't expect a price drop for 2004.

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User currently offlineAF777ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

I would stay away from unknown online shops. You should think about these factors: These online stores which are not known by many people, likely do not have good customer service. For example, you order your camera and after using it for a while it just breaks down and doesnt work anymore, what will you wanna do? Call the place you bought it from and they will probably not do anything. My father has had lots of these experiences after buying from these stores and not getting any customer service. Like Futterman said, this butterflyphoto place is like one of those stores in Manhattan. In other words buy from well known places like Amazon, B&H, etc...

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