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Old Oct 15, 2006, 8:12 PM   #1
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Recently I have been serching for the best deal for a D200. When searching I came across http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.asp?prodid=362469 . They sell kits that seem to be a good deal. Im just wondering if anyone has bought anyone from these guys

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Old Oct 15, 2006, 8:48 PM   #2
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Recently I have been serching for the best deal for a D200. When searching I came across http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.asp?prodid=362469 . They sell kits that seem to be a good deal. Im just wondering if anyone has bought anyone from these guys

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Always check http://www.resellerratings.com for reviews. This company's reviews are as bad as it gets. Notice that on their web site, none of the packages list a battery or charger, which normally come with the camera. When you scroll further, you see the price of the battery and the charger are over $200...items which cost $40-$60 from reputable dealers. If the offer is too good to be true then it probably is.

Stick with reputable companies like Adorama or B&H. Normally these scam artists are based in Brooklyn.

The going price for the D200 body is only is about $1600-$1700.

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Old Oct 18, 2006, 5:58 PM   #3
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DCRP Forum has a great posting on web vendors at:

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14677

RR = www.resellerrating.com (Points out of 10)
SH = www.shopping.com (Checks out of 5)
BR = www.bizrate.com (Points out of 10)

The Exceptional:
__________________________R R - SH - BR
1. B&H Photovideo-----------9.32 - 4.5 - 9.3
2. New Egg -----------------9.64 - 4.5 - 8.8
3. Beach Camera ------------9.03 - 4.5 - 9.3
4. BuyDig.com ^-------------8.36 - 4.5 - 9.1


The Good:
__________________________R R - SH - BR
1. IBuyDigital ---------------8.69 - 4.5 - 8.6
2. Dbuys ^------------------8.69 - 4.5 - 8.2
3. Central Digital ^ ----------8.69 - n/a - 6.4
4. 17th Street Photo --------9.91 - 5.0 - n/a
5. Zip Zoom Fly -------------8.56 - 4.5 - 8.8
6. Norman Camera ----------9.17 - n/a - 8.4
7. Digital Foto Club ---------9.04 - 4.5 - 8.6
8. OneCall.com ------------- 9.43 - n/a - 9.3


The Ok: - (All relatively good companies - just be cautious)
__________________________R R - SH - BR
1. JR Music World ------------6.67 - 4.5 - 9.1
2. Abes Of Maine -------------5.10 - 4.0 - 8.0
3. Etronics.com --------------8.37 - 4.0 - 7.9
4. Digital 1234 ---------------6.35 - n/a - n/a
5. Adorama ------------------6.50 - 4.0 - 8.5
6. Butterfly Photo ------------6.81 - 4.0 - 7.6
7. Canoga Camera ------------9.88 - n/a - n/a
8. 47th Street Photo: Ebay ---9.50 - n/a - n/a
9. Pro Feel -------------------9.16 - n/a - n/a
10. Page Computers ----------6.24 - n/a - 7.4
11. Tri-State Camera ---------5.63 - n/a - 8.0
12. RainbowTronics.com ------8.72 - n/a - 8.0


The Bad: - Don' Shop At Any Of These! (No Particular Order)
__________________________R R - SH - BR
1. USA Photonation -----------0.67 - n/a - n/a
2. Radio Active Deals^ --------2.50 - n/a - n/a
3. Royal Camera ---------------1.43 - n/a - n/a
4. CCI Camera City ^-----------0.53 - n/a - n/a
5. 42nd St. Photo -------------2.84 - 3.5 - n/a
6. Best Price Cameras ---------0.22 - n/a - n/a
7. Infinity Cameras ^-----------0.38 - n/a - n/a
8. Infiniti Photo ^--------------0.19 - n/a - n/a
9. J and K Cameras ^----------- n/a - n/a - n/a
10. Mr. Accessory ^-------------n/a - n/a - n/a
11. Century21Electronics.com ^-0.68 - n/a - n/a
12. Ibuydig.com ----------------0.08 - n/a - n/a **NOT BUYDIG.com**
13. turbobuys.com ^------------n/a - n/a - n/a
14. getyourdigitalhere.com ^----0.50 - n/a - n/a
15. AM Photoworld -------------0.80 - n/a - n/a
16. Broadway Photo ^----------0.80 - n/a - n/a
17. Regal Camera ^------------0.80 - n/a - n/a
18. Prestige Camera ^----------0.80 - n/a - 7.1
19. Preferred Camera ^----------0.80 - n/a - 7.3
20. Digital Liquidators -----------n/a - n/a - n/a
21. All Star Camera ------------1.39 - n/a - n/a
22. The Camera Pro's ^---------0.0 - n/a - n/a
23. Genius Cameras ------------0.31 - n/a - n/a
24. Express Cameras ^----------0.93 - n/a - n/a
25. Wawa Digital ---------------0.19 - n/a - n/a
26. Stargate Photo ^-----------0.29 - n/a - n/a
27. Starlightcameras.com ^-----1.62 - n/a - n/a
28. Stop4Camera.com ^--------1.18 - n/a - n/a
29. 1StopCamera.com ----------2.35 - n/a - n/a
30. Inoax.com ^----------------2.41 - n/a - n/a - Rerated
31. Fotoconnection.com ^-------1.40 - n/a - n/a - Rerated
32. Thenewconnection.com ^----n/a - n/a - n/a
33. Wisetronics.com ------------0.57 - n/a - n/a


Unsure/Not Recommended:
1. Datavision Computer
2. US1 Camera
3. Price Rite Photo - See Article

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Old Oct 18, 2006, 7:19 PM   #4
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In addition to the comments above - I agree - resellerratings.com is an excellent source for information about retailers both on + off line.

About 7 months back I purchased a D50 from an outfit in NY known as Cameta Camera - they seel a lot of cameras on E-bay and that's where + how I bouught mine...

The price was the best I could find @ the time and they were highly rated on ebay... I have also made purchases from newegg.com, buydig.com and 47th st photo - all of those transactions went good also.


Just my 2 cents...


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Old Oct 18, 2006, 7:24 PM   #5
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Good point about Cameta... I won an auction for my D50 demo + 2 new Tamron lens kit this summer. The demo D50 looked brand new and only had 169 prior actuations. They back ordered me on the Tamron 18-70mm lens so I traded up for a demo Nikkor 18-70 DX lens that, likewise, could pass for never been used/new...

Great company to deal with. Don't know why DCRP doesn't have them listed in their listings...
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Old Oct 24, 2006, 9:11 AM   #6
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I bought my D50 from Cameta's ebay store and was totally satisfied. When it came time to buy my D200 body, with that much money on the line, I would only buy from a few websites that I really trust. I ended up buying it from B&H not the lowest, but a fair price and never regretted it. I trust B&H and Adorama totally. There are certainly others but with that much money, I wasn't taking any risks.
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Old Nov 13, 2006, 2:10 AM   #7
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Whew! You guys saved my butt!

I noticed that the price of my latest obsession -- the D80 -- had been climbing in the last few days that I first started shopping for a new camera and decided on this one. I got a little rattled and wanted to get the best price I could while I could. I was going to buy from Express Camera but now I won't.

Thanks!

(But now I have to wait even longer to own one...):-x
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Old Nov 20, 2006, 1:19 PM   #8
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Oh dear - I just bought a Nikon D200 body from one of the DON'T BUY FROM HERE places - got it for $565. I bought the other stuff elsewhere; they are charging me $70 for shipping!! Will it really be a Nikon?? I can probably cancel the order - just placed it last night.
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