SkyWestFan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 179 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2411 times:
As always, late nights bright on feelings of inadequatecy......of ones camera equipment that is. I have been purusing several online camera shops and was wondering if anyone has heard of, used or have any information on some of the following stores.
Ive been goole-ing different cameras and lenses and come up with several "great deals"
www.shopcartusa.com provides a list of several good deals on the bottom of the page. For example:
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2378 times:
Most of them are scams that sell Grey market. Be very cauious with ebay as well. To be safe you should only trust B&H and Adorama. They have the biggest selection, stock and their prices are right in line.
Michlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2364 times:
Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 1): Most of them are scams that sell Grey market.
I concur. They will advertise a product, but when you call them to purchase the product they don't have it in stock even though the web site said it was in stock. I would avoid Shop cart et al like the plague. I learned the hard way by ordering a product from one of those sites and waiting about two weeks with no response. I contacted them and they said the camera I ordered was on back order and that it would take time because they are not officially affiliated with the camera manufacturer. I got into a little heated debate with them and told them to cancel my order. Two weeks later my credit card company picked up on suspicious transaction and stopped it cold. Lesson learned and thank goodness my credit card company was as diligent as they were.
Agreed. Although I did purchase my 20D and a nice Sigma lense off from eBay with no issue whatsoever. Two tips if you're going to use eBay: 1) Look at their feedback. If there is a lot of negative feedback avoid dealing with them. 2) Use PayPal when doing your transaction. That way if you get scammed, you have buyer's protection (be helpful to read up on PayPal's policies concerning buyer's protection too.)
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the outcome of a hundred battles.
While these are fine vendors (although I avoid Ritz as their prices are high), there are other safe places to buy online . I have purchased from Canoga Camera, Amazon.com, newegg.com, 17th Street Photo and BuyDig and had good buying experiences with each. General rule is that if the price is too good to be true they're a scam. A reliable place for checking online vendors before you buy is resellerratings.com.
Quoting Michlis (Reply 2): Two tips if you're going to use eBay: 1) Look at their feedback. If there is a lot of negative feedback avoid dealing with them. 2) Use PayPal when doing your transaction. That way if you get scammed, you have buyer's protection (be helpful to read up on PayPal's policies concerning buyer's protection too.)
Also take a look at the items the vendor has sold. A common practice is to sell and deliver many small, inexpensive items to build up a good feedback score before listing an expensive item that will turn out to be a scam.
N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1658 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
Quoting PhilGil (Reply 4): General rule is that if the price is too good to be true they're a scam.
That or they sell their cameras at heavily discounted prices to lure you in. They often follow-up on your order by shoving hundreds of dollars of unnecessary and overpriced accessories in your face. Often these companies are also a nightmare to work with when requesting a refund. The price may be legit, as well as the vendor, but don't expect anything other than lousy customer service.
HangarRat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 633 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2222 times:
Quoting N243NW (Reply 6): They often follow-up on your order by shoving hundreds of dollars of unnecessary and overpriced accessories in your face.
Or they'll over charge you for something you wouldn't bother checking the price on. A place called CCI Camera City in NYC once charged me $30 for a lithium battery. I was buying an FM2n, and they asked whether they should throw a battery in. I said "sure", thinking it would cost five bucks. I didn't do the math in my head when they gave me the total.
They've been targeted by the NY attorney general's office, have a pretty bad reputation generally, but they still seem to be around.
This is from a few years ago, but it gives you the idea: