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Old Sep 17, 2011, 4:12 PM   #1
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You seem to be accepting ads from "sellers" who are nothing but out and out frauds. For example, at the bottom of the pages of your Canon EOS 60D review are three alleged companies. Their names and prices for the 60D body only are:

GetOnDigital - $499
BuyHerePhoto - $619
InStockDigital - $649

Amazon.com and B&H Photo, two reputable businesses that have been in operation for many years offer the 60D body for $949.95. I defy anyone to actually buy this camera new for $300-450 less than Amazon can sell it for.

In the past, I have found your reviews useful and reliable. However, your continued acceptance of ads by fraudulent companies will damage your reputation and cast doubt on the accuracy of your reviews.
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Old Sep 17, 2011, 5:08 PM   #2
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Hey Hank.

Welcome to Steve's

You're probably seeing some of the Google Doubleclick related ad feeds that use page content to decide what ads to display, and if someone is willing to pay for the ads, then Google will usually use them..

Always check a vendor's reputation first.

Here are some that have good reputations:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com

http://www.adorama.com

http://www.amazon.com (provided you're dealing directly with amazon, and not one of the vendors listing items there)

http://www.buydig.com

http://www.beachcamera.com (same owners as buydig.com)

Note that if you see prices that are lower than you find at those vendors there is probably a catch. Here's an old article written by Bryan Biggers that outlines some of the tactics that are still being used today:

How to Buy a Digital Camera without being Robbed
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Old Sep 17, 2011, 5:36 PM   #3
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Jim,

Thanks for the reply. I'm gratified to learn that Steves-digicams is not responsible for these ads. Do you have the option of telling Google that you do not want certain ads on your site?
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Old Sep 17, 2011, 6:04 PM   #4
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Hank, AFAIK, that's not an option, but it would nice to have that ability.

Another issue you tend to see is that the scammers startup sites under new names on a regular basis, making it harder to keep track of them.
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