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Grey Market Disadvantages, Nikon/Canon?  
User currently offlineBIGDEN From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 147 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4323 times:


Can any of you NIKON or CANON users tell me the real disadvantages of purchasing "grey" ?

On higher priced items the difference is big time!

I know the U.S. or Euro warranty is very desireable, but what about the GREY?


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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4308 times:


It is my understanding that you are buying an imported item with no warranty whatsoever. So I guess the disadvantage would be that if you break it or need to be fixed you're most likely going to be in the hole more than the difference between a grey item over a full warranty item.

Hope that helps,


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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4309 times:

If you're talking an import from B&H, then if you ever had a problem with the item, you just send it back to B&H and they send it for repair.

When I get enough cash for the 100-400L, I'm buying the import.

User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4276 times:

And don't forget you can buy a Mack extended warranty on the grey market lens, and still come out ahead, with a longer warranty as well.

Plus, it is not uncommon for Adorama or B&H to send you the US version even if you ordered a grey market lens. That is what they did for me, and many others based on dpreview.com threads.

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