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Circuit City Liquidation - Good Deals On Gear  
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3686 times:
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So I was in a Circuit City in a neighboring town, and I ran across two D700s and about 10 70-200 VR lenses, all for 30% off. The D700s were $2100, and those lenses were around $170, I think.

According to a first-hand account of Circuit City's liquidation procedures I saw on Gizmodo, the discount will continue to increase until the store closes for good. And a salesperson I spoke with also predicted heavier discounts in the coming weeks.

I just wanted to point this out to the aviation photographers in here, new and experienced alike. This could be a good opportunity to upgrade.

2H4


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User currently offlineHernan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3642 times:

I bought my A200 about a month ago in Daytona, I got a good deal, the sales lady was very helpful and did not have a "loosing my job" attitude, she said further discounts were likely!

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3592 times:

Wait...70-200mm VR lenses for $170. I might swing by Circuit tomorrow at lunchtime then...

User currently offlineSluger020889 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3541 times:



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 2):
Wait...70-200mm VR lenses for $170. I might swing by Circuit tomorrow at lunchtime then...

I'm gonna have to chalk that one up to a typo, there's no way they can be selling that lens for 170 bucks. I'm going to assume he meant 1700.

Joey



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User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2062 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

Just be careful......if something goes bad with the stuff you by from Circuit City or if it doesn't work out of the box, you won't be able to return it.

Also, their "discounts" are based off the full MSRP price. You could probably get better deals (and still be able to return stuff) at Best Buy or other camera stores.


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3453 times:
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Quoting Sluger020889 (Reply 3):
I'm gonna have to chalk that one up to a typo, there's no way they can be selling that lens for 170 bucks.

You're right, it was a typo. The lenses I saw were the 55-200VR models....not the 70-200. Sorry about that.

2H4



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User currently offlineFLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3433 times:

I was at the local CC in Charlotte last week and saw the Canon 40D w/35-80mm for $909. They also had a couple of Nikon's but couldn't get near them.

As mentioned above with CC's no return policy, buyer beware. As I was browsing, I watched this guy handling a Canon XSi. He went to put the camera back in the holder, with the 'peg' security device and missed the whole. I just cringed when I watched the SLR drop and then his subsequent fumbling of it gave a few more bangs. All I could think of was the poor person that ends up getting that floor model at a great price, but already having taken a beating internally.


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3327 times:



Quoting Chrisair (Reply 4):
Just be careful......if something goes bad with the stuff you by from Circuit City or if it doesn't work out of the box, you won't be able to return it.

Keep in mind though that manufacturer warranties still apply.


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3307 times:



Quoting FLYjoe (Reply 6):
I was at the local CC in Charlotte last week and saw the Canon 40D w/35-80mm for $909

35-80?? I thought it came with the 28-135mm IS as a kit lens for it? That sells for over $1100 on bhphoto.


User currently offlineFLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

You're right, it was 28-135mm. For some reason I was thinking of the lens that came with my Canon film SLR, which was 35-80. There are definitely some good deals to be had at CC, if they're not picked through. I saw one or two HD video records priced under $200. I already have one so I didn't look at the make/model.

User currently offlineIamlucky13 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3239 times:



Quoting FLYjoe (Reply 6):
As mentioned above with CC's no return policy, buyer beware. As I was browsing, I watched this guy handling a Canon XSi. He went to put the camera back in the holder, with the 'peg' security device and missed the whole. I just cringed when I watched the SLR drop and then his subsequent fumbling of it gave a few more bangs. All I could think of was the poor person that ends up getting that floor model at a great price, but already having taken a beating internally.

I would not buy display models of almost anything with moving parts, especially not lenses. I picked up the last Nikon 70-300 VR I could find in a box at any CC in town two weeks ago. The price was really good ($470) especially considering Nikon just raised all their dealer prices (Adorama is now selling it for $530).

But after trying two stores and not finding a copy in-the box, I took a closer look at one of the display models. The rubber grip material on the zoom ring was held on by a zip tie, the aperture lever was severely sticky, and both elements were coated by thousands of fingerprints and probably a year's worth of dust.

This condition looked typical of lenses on display.

That said, they had a lot of 55-200's in stock in boxes, and they have a policy against letting customers open camera boxes, so they should be untouched. Anybody looking for an entry-level telephoto should be able to get a great deal at CC.

Also, you probably all know to comparison shop briefly before buying from a liquidating company. Everything is marked up to full MSRP, and discounts taken from that point. It's pretty common for 20% off in liquidation to be equal to the regular price at discount retailers.


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3233 times:
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Quoting Iamlucky13 (Reply 10):
they have a policy against letting customers open camera boxes, so they should be untouched.

As I've been shopping over the past couple of weeks, I've been nice to the sales associates, and they've bent the rules so I could have a peek inside. The policy is in place, but the nice thing is, you can still probably inspect the camera/lens before buying.

The guy I spoke with today suggested checking back in 3-4 days. He suspects the discount will increase from the current 30% off to 40% or 50% off by then.

2H4



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User currently offlineHernan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3109 times:

I just hear on the news that tomorrow will start their last week and it is all over, Good luck!

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3053 times:
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In MSN and MKE, they say March 20th is the last day.

I found a handful of Nikkor 180mm f/2.8d ED-IF lenses at one location. Can someone tell me a little about this lens? My gut feeling is that despite being fast, it's a little too long for shooting on the ramp, and that because it's a fixed length (I think?), it would make shooting aircraft in flight rather difficult.

2H4



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