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Old Dec 15, 2002, 12:26 AM   #21
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These are other good places to buy in the usa. http://www.buydig.com http://www.dbuys.com i bought my digi cam here at http://www.shopharmony.com You can check the ratings of vendors here. http://www.resellerratings.com or at http://www.bbb.org. Good search engines for prices at these
http://www.epinions.com
http://www.pricegrabber.com
http://www.pricescan.com
http://www.bizrate.com
http://www.nextag.com
http://www.dealtime.com
http://www.pricewatch.com
http://www.yahoo.com then clik shopping at this site.

Good luck shopping and remember we need you money to help us out of the recession so spend in the usa, hehehe.
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Old Dec 17, 2002, 12:05 AM   #22
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Which one of these many retailers that you've so kindly given me links to will accept my Canadian money at par? :twisted: :twisted:

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Old Dec 20, 2002, 12:47 PM   #23
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The problem with buying merchandise outside of the country (Canada), is that it just exascerbates the problem: if fewer people buy from Canadian retailers, the greater the markup has to be to support the business. I only buy outside the country if an item is extremely difficult or impossible to get from a retailer here. I do a lot of comparison shopping and sometimes await sales events. Boxing Day and end-of-model-year sales are good examples. I bought both my Fuji's at local retailers at end-of-model-year sales. I did pay a bit more than from a REPUTABLE Web dealer in the USA, but I saved a lot of hassles: I had to exchange the 2nd one due to a misaligned lens. The exchange cost me $2 in gas, not lots of dollars for shipping and insurance, possible loss or damage, customs/duty hassles, days of waiting, etc. It only took me 40 minutes to have the replacement in my hands, no questions asked, with a Canadian warranty. This is worth the $40-50 I might have saved if I hadn't had to exchange the unit. If you include the cost of exchange, I think I saved money.
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MentorRon said: "This is worth the $40-50 I might have saved if I hadn't had to exchange the unit. If you include the cost of exchange, I think I saved money."

I heartily agree and this is the main reason why I seldom if ever buy anything online from anywhere. No matter how good the reputation of the online store, it simply cannot compete with the ease, convenience and cost of dealing with your local retail outlet in the event there is any kind of problem whatsoever.

Shipping/courier and customs costs can kill any savings in the blink of an eye, never mind the lost time and frustration.

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Old Dec 21, 2002, 5:45 AM   #25
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glider. I think some Cdn vendors are willing to give you a price break, esp if you buy some accessories from them at the time you make your camera purchase.

I just bought a few items from Merkle on Vic Park and was pleased the salesrep was willing to discuss prices. I went in for a flash (the nikon sb80) and asked how much.. saying what the price I saw them at henrys and vistek, and he knocked about $60 off the price to get my sale.

I have my eye on the D100. which most dealers in Toronto are retailing for 3250 to 3300. I mentioned this to the rep at Merkle and he told me to come back to him in March (when I plan to buy) and he will give me a better price than either of them.

I also noticed that Azden on Yonge seems to be offering a better deal than Henrys or Vistek. I have bought from them before many years ago, and was happy with their service.

Bottom line: go in and ask for a better deal, and be willing to barter citing the other company's prices. Nothing wrong with asking.
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Old Dec 21, 2002, 6:15 AM   #26
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Well, I priced tubes at Aden, and they were more expensive so I bought it at Vistek (although it takes forever to get served there).

As for my C-700 itself I bought it at "Camera Place & Electronics" for $690, cheaper than anyone else (and no, it's not gray market). Everyone else still had it at the regular price even though it was a generation old (with the C-720 on the market at that time).
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Old Dec 21, 2002, 10:40 PM   #27
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One problem with shopping around in Toronto is the price of the parking. It works out just as cheap to buy from Vistek or Henry's online and pay the shipping. (I don't know if they'll haggle over the 'phone.) Someone mentioned Camera Canada in a thread. I see their online prices are pretty good. I've been thinking of buying from them. I'm not importing from the USA, no matter what the "savings" might add up to. As I pointed out earlier: "been there, done that, learned my lesson."
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