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Old Mar 4, 2003, 6:03 AM   #1
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Default Minolta S414 Lowest Prices?

Hi All,
What is the lowest price that anybody has paid for S414.
Is the Digicam better then the S404, or just minor upgrades?
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Old Mar 6, 2003, 9:15 AM   #2
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Maybe not the lowest price you could find out there, but I just bought one from J&R for $357, including shipping. They have a spot on their website where you can request a price match. So I used pricegrabber to find the lowest price and they matched it.

I've ordered from J&R before (a home theater system) and I've found them to be reputable. Camera shipped yesterday and I'll hopefully have it by Monday at the latest.

{edit} pricegrabber now lists "bottom line prices" <$340.
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Old Mar 6, 2003, 11:46 AM   #3
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I only consider buying from sites that state that their products have a US warranty. The best price from a reputable site I've found is $332 from Digital Megastore. If you want the best price with an extended warranty, Digital Foto Discount Club has it for $340 and they have the best extended warranty prices I've seen, by far. The 414 is faster than the 404. Beyond that, I can't find any reliable info on improvements over the 404. I'm inclined to go for the 414 for an extra $30 or so. Minolta always has some worthwhile improvements when they replace a model, and unlike the 7Hi, which is almost twice the street price of the 7i, the 414 on some sites is selling for about the same as the 404.
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Old Mar 6, 2003, 11:53 AM   #4
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mikebek...good point and I agree. FWIW, J&R's cameras are factory new and come with USA warranty


Combined with having ordered from them before, that's why I used the price match to get a lower price from a vendor I trusted more than some of the "lowballers" on sites like pricegrabber. A lot of the articles and customer comments I read re: other companies had me nervous about buying a camera online.

Will follow up with comments when I receive the cam...
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