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Old Apr 20, 2008, 11:42 PM   #1
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Ater a month of spending numerous hours on the internet,and various camera and electronic stores in person, I final decided to buy FZ18. No camera appeared to have the perfect combo of form, function, and price, but this comes closest. So I try to buy and every B&M store and most e-tailers are out of stock. Anyone know why? Is the camera being phased out or replaced? part shortages?
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Old Apr 21, 2008, 5:53 AM   #2
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There has been no chatter about a model change. However, in the last 30 to 45 days the price of the Panasonic FZ-18 has gone to unprecendented lows. So low in fact that it has surprized some long time Panasonic fans.

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Old Apr 21, 2008, 10:42 AM   #3
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Do any of the usual national "Brick and Mortar" stores even carry this? I think I have checked most of their websites, and can't find the camera listed...and my preference is not to use internet...I have seen on internet for $299 delivered from reputable dealers (and less from the shady ones). I am after buying local for max $300, with a 2-4 week return policy without a restocking fee...
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Old Apr 21, 2008, 12:06 PM   #4
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Try Beach Camera. I have used them several times and well satisfied. They show the FZ18. Try link below.

http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/Sear...p;x=17&y=4


Forgot to mention they have a buy now price of $307.
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Old Apr 21, 2008, 2:32 PM   #5
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What I have heard from a local camera store, is that cameras are produced in large batches, so as a batch gets completely sold, there might be reduced inventory for a few weeks. When the next batch gets shipped, most stores will get new stock at roughly the same time. don't know for certain if that is true, but makes sense ...
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 1:59 AM   #6
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arf1410 I'm waiting for my FZ18 to come in from http://86photovideo.com
It's been backordered 4 weeks now, and all they can tell me is it will be
another 2 weeks. Price is $219.00. Has anybody had experience with these people??
I guess the price is too low to be true?
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 9:35 AM   #7
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Kenwood,

I hope you did your research before deciding to order from 86th Street.

Resellerratings.com gives them 0.08 out of 10 -- one of the lowest ratings that I've ever seen.

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Old Apr 22, 2008, 9:09 PM   #8
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I visited http://resellerratings.com and you are right. Most people dissatisfied with http://86photovideo.com... I'm just going to cancel my order and find a reputable company to order from.
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 10:02 PM   #9
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I have been very well satisfied with Beach Camera as I stated in previous post. That is where I got my FZ30 and most accessories. Even returns were no problems.
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Just managed to get one at my local Frye's for $279 with a free (after rebate) Epson R280 printer. Quite happy with the deal, as also get 15 day with no restocking fee on the return if I am not happy...
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