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Old Feb 1, 2012, 9:34 AM   #1
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Default Reliability of an online store for purchasing Nikon P7000

HI folks,
I am interested in purchasing NIkon P7000. I like the camera a lot and unfortuantely I missed the deal at Amazon.com (for $229 and now it's $279).
So, I was going through google product search and I found it out at the following stores...

1. dabrasales.com for $175



2. affordablehomeelectronics.com for $208

The price are very tempting but I don't know how reliable these sites are?? Does any of you purchased ever, anything from these sites?? I am quite eager to get one ASAP...
Please reply ASAP...many thanks in advance...
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Old Feb 1, 2012, 9:56 AM   #2
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If a price looks too good to be true, it probably is. I sure wouldn't buy from either one of them.

Here's a thread discussing dabrasales.com. They just registered the domain name last month using a private registration, and the IP address I see for the server shows it to be a Comcast ISP address in Maine, yet the contact address shows a small shopping strip in Florida. I wouldn't risk my money ordering from them.

As for the other vendor, I only see one user review over at reselleratings.com so far. See here:


Do yourself a favor and stick to reputable vendors.

There are lots of scammers around with nice looking web sites with nice logos, etc.

When you see prices that are much lower than you find at http://www.adorama.com, http://www.buydig.com or http://www.bhphotovideo.com (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 with a store versus manufacturers warranty).

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, 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). 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

Note that with Nikon gear, you have to be the original purchaser and purchase the product from an Authorized Nikon USA Dealer) to get warranty service from Nikon USA (and they require proof of purchase showing that).

Also note that if a camera is gray market (not intended for sale in the U.S.), Nikon USA will refuse to service it, even if you are willing to pay them for the service. A lot of Nikon gear you see advertised on Ebay and at vendor sites is Gray Market gear (intended for sale in a different country, where someone imported it and bypassed the Nikon USA distribution network). So, I'd make sure to stick with an Authorized Nikon USA dealer when purchasing Nikon gear. Otherwise, you may end up needing to get it serviced by the dealer you bought it from (or send it back to Nikon Japan to get service), since Nikon USA is going to refuse to service gray market gear, period. Here's a quote about it from Nikon USA:

Nikon Inc. USA cannot provide any technical support or warranty service on Gray Market items. Additionally Nikon Inc. USA cannot perform any fee-based repair work on Gray Market items. Please do not contact Nikon Inc. USA for help with any Gray Market products. Please contact the reseller or importer of your Gray Market items for warranty and service information as well as software updates and downloads.
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