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Old Dec 3, 2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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New participant in this forum...been looking at a EOS 40D and prices I've seen are in the $1,400 range. However, I came across more than one on-line merchant offering a body in the $500 range. The websites say products are brand new and with US warranty. Frankly, it sounds too good to be true, but here are the links. Would appreciate it if anyone can provide any feedback.

http://www.thecameraprofessionals.co...?prodid=276308

http://www.shopcartusa.com/P_Canon_E.../?ic_campID=98

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Old Dec 3, 2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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if the price is too good to believe stay away from those places. Standard shops like B and H, Buydig, adorama usually carry the right price.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Use http://www.resellerratings.com to get some review about these shops


http://www.resellerratings.com/store...aProfessionals

check the link above for the stores ratings and some reviews.
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Old Dec 3, 2007, 12:33 PM   #3
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If a price looks too good to be true...

Stick with reputable vendors. Don't fall for the low advertised prices.

http://www.resellerratings.com/store...aProfessionals

I see no ratings for the other one (yet) at resellerratings.com. But, if you took the time to research them, chances are, it's just one of the better known vendors operating under a different name.

Be careful.

There are lots of scammers around with nice looking web sites with nice logos, etc. Most are located in Brooklyn (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 on Canon gear, there is usually going to be a catch. ;-)

The scammers will call you to confirm the order. 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 with a store versus manufacturers warranty).

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

Do yourself a favor and stick with a reputable dealer.

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, 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, avoid them (they tend to try and get away with padding their own ratings with glowing reviews). Some even seem to 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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Thanks guys...enough said. I checkedboth vendors(Camera Professionals and ExpressCamera) at www.resellerratings.com and was shocked (not really) at every evaluation which was an "extremely dissatisfied" one. Lot's ofaccounts of the classic back order, high priced upgrades, etc. I have been a long time B&H customer and will continue to deal with them and other reputable retailers. Thanks for the link to resellerratings.com--a tremendous help!!

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can we kinda make Jims post like a sticker on top of the forum. I am sure Jim has posted the same message more than a few dozen times in this forum. It would be easier formembers new to this forum to get an idea aboutfaq's like these.

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That's a good thought. We do get a lot of the same types of questions.

I can't tell you how many times I see the same questions about vendors, as well as other topics like "why are my photos blurry" (shooting indoors without a flash at lower ISO speeds with a dim lens, of course), and more.

We're tossing around ideas to make these kinds of topics more visible now.

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One more advancement would be the search functionality. I wish it was more intuitive. I definitely find it difficult to search a specific thread i read long time back using key words. Probably a tab with advance search feature would do world of good for many here. Sorry for hijacking this thread, but just a thought along with the other one.
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