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Grey Market Disadvantages, Nikon/Canon?

Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:29 am


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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RE: Grey Market Disadvantages, Nikon/Canon?

Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:33 am


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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RE: Grey Market Disadvantages, Nikon/Canon?

Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:36 am

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.
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RE: Grey Market Disadvantages, Nikon/Canon?

Tue Apr 19, 2005 1:53 pm

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 threads.
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