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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:54 AM   #1
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hi guys, am I right in thinking that ordering cameras and lenses online from the UK or the US is not a good idea? Warranties, servicing, returns, etc. might be a problem?

I am based in South Africa.
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 9:53 PM   #2
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The first question I would ask, were I you, is can I get what I want locally?

If yes, then the next question would be, what is the local cost vs. buying from overseas including any shipping and duty charges? If you can get the items from abroad cheaply enough to offset the potential inconveniences that you mentioned, then go for it. This is pretty subjective, because only you know what your time is worth. If you can buy locally, but can't get service without sending the item out-of-country, that lessens the value of buying locally.

If the answer to the first question is no, then you're stuck with buying from abroad.

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