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Old Jan 14, 2004, 11:31 AM   #1
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What do you think are the pros and cons of buying digital cameras from online stores and from highstreet retailers?
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Old Jan 17, 2004, 8:50 PM   #2
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I'm not from USA, perhaps you are. I'm from Portgal, Europe and I've bought My Olympus C-750 from an online store www.nomatic.pt and I have anything to complaint about. They're great!
Of course there are online stores good and bad.. I think you perhaps should try to buy something little as a storage card or tripod to test the store.
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Old Jan 18, 2004, 5:47 AM   #3
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I have bought 3 digital cameras from 3 different on-line retailers and have had no problems at all. It's fine wanting to support the high street retailer who has high overheads but in the end it is your money and I want value for my pounds. The one thing I won't do though is to use my local high street for the research and advice and then buy on-line as that is totally unfair.

I am based in the UK and the one thing I am careful of is to make sure that I am using a site that has met the UK tax obligations so that I don't get caught for punitive import tax and VAT on top of the online price.

The three retailers I have used are:

www.digitaldepot.co.uk Casio qv300ex
www.internetcamerasdirect.co.uk Casio Exilim Z3
www.7dayshop.com Olympus c-5060wz
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Old Jan 18, 2004, 7:31 AM   #4
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I think that the majority of people that bought cameras over the internet are generally satisfied..I bought my C-750 this way,had np problems, and saved more than 50.

However, there is an increasing number of complaints about "grey" products and about cameras that have "stuck" pixels on their LCD or CCD, suggesting that the products might have been refurbished or were part of a bad batch...

Is there a way to be able to check about similar issues before you buy?? :?
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Old Jan 18, 2004, 9:47 PM   #5
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Whether you buy on the street or online is your choice.

It will probably be cheaper online.

HOWEVER, check with the camera's MAKER before you
make any purchase to ensure that your intended vendor
is an AUTHORIZED dealer for your camera.

This is why:

You want your warranty to be enforceable.

You want your extended warranty, should you purchase
one, to also be enforceable.

Good luck
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