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Old Apr 20, 2009, 3:22 PM   #1
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i noticed a large variance in price on the 50D camera. one site has it for $799.00 brand new with usa warranty. does this seem right to those who are more savvy with online purchases. the average price is 1,099.00????
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Old Apr 20, 2009, 8:06 PM   #2
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There are lots of scammers around with nice looking web sites. Most are located in the Brooklyn area, where they seem to be able to get away with it.

When you see prices that are much lower than you find at http://www.buydig.com or http://www.bhphotovideo.com (both reputable dealers), there is usually going to be a catch. ;-)

The scammers will usually call you to confirm the order (or send you an e-mail asking you to call them).. Then, you'll also find out that they'll want to sell you high priced batteries, extended warranties, stuff that normally comes with the camera anyway, want to include inflated shipping and insurance charges (sometimes unauthorized). Anything to increase their profit (since they can't sell the camera alone at the advertised prices without losing money).

If you don't buy enough of the outrageously priced extras, your camera will suddenly go to backorder status (of course, the web sites still show them in stock and your credit card has been charged). They'll often sell gray market gear, too (not intended for sale in the country you live in).

This has been going on for years. It's a racket.

Make sure to check out any vendor you consider using http://www.resellerratings.com
(they're a bit better about filtering out fake vendor reviews compared to most)

If they are not listed, I'd avoid them (these guys tend to start up new web sites often under a variety of names). If they have a small number of customer reviews there, I'd avoid them (they tend to try and get away with padding their own ratings with glowing reviews). The scammers even have their own ratings sites now (with all of the stores listed being same old scammers, with the reviews unbelievably good).

Suggested Reading:

How to buy a Digital Camera without being robbed

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Old Apr 21, 2009, 9:50 AM   #3
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I will only shop B&H or Adorama both have the best customer service and price (to me that is)you will ever find.
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Old Apr 21, 2009, 2:07 PM   #4
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jim. thank you for the info on the ratings website. i will definitely check into it..michael t.
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