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Old Feb 16, 2006, 9:40 AM   #11
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I agree that it sucks Canadians have no real outlet to get camera equipment cheap. Aden and Hit Camera seem to be the cheapest of the Canadian websites.

I'd like to order a FZ30 from the US but I'm very leary about it since I would hate to receive the camera and find out there are problems with it or something. So in the end I'll probably just pay the Canadian premium and try and find it in London Drugs or somewhere like that. Here in Saskatchewan our choices are even more limited.

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Old Feb 16, 2006, 11:32 AM   #12
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I wouldn't worry too much about ordering a camera from the U.S. If you buy from a reputable dealer, you should be pretty safe. And it seems the FZ's are pretty good for quality control. You don't hear a lot about defective cameras under their name. And about prices north of the border, it is strange how some items are priced. I have a dslr besides my FZ, and a certain lens I wanted was double the price up here, while another lens of the same brand is the same price or cheaper after exchanges and taxes. Makes no sense. I don't hesitate in buying now from the U.S. Just be careful who you buy from. Oh, and I've never had any duty charges on anything I bought. Just make sure they'll ship it by post and not courier......cheers........thekman.

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I agree that it sucks Canadians have no real outlet to get camera equipment cheap. Aden and Hit Camera seem to be the cheapest of the Canadian websites.

I'd like to order a FZ30 from the US but I'm very leary about it since I would hate to receive the camera and find out there are problems with it or something. So in the end I'll probably just pay the Canadian premium and try and find it in London Drugs or somewhere like that. Here in Saskatchewan our choices are even more limited.

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Old Feb 16, 2006, 12:04 PM   #13
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Hereare a couple of otherCanadian camera sites to try although I have not ordered from them personally.

http://www.camera-warehouse.ca/

http://www.vistek.ca/
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Old Feb 16, 2006, 5:22 PM   #14
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Guess I won't be ordering my Panasonic FZ30 from the states, here's an email I wrote to warranty support at panasonic.ca:

Hi,

I have a question about cross border purcahses. I am interested in
purchasing a Panasonic DMC-FZ30 camera and the prices in the US are far lower
than the prices that can be found in Canada.

If I purchase a camera from a US retailer and need servicing does the camera
need to be shipped to the US for the repairs or can I have them done in
Canada? And also does the camera need to be purchased from an 'authorized'
retailer for the warranty to be valid or will a purchase from any store/site
qualify?

Thanks


And their (prompt) reply:

Thank you for your email to Panasonic Canada Inc.
Some products found in the USA are lower then products in Canada
because of the exchange rate and distance traveled from factory and
manufacturing. If a product is purchased in the states it will be under
warranty there, and also would have to be repair there. The reason for this
is because the product cannot is not manufactured in Canada, therefore there
is no parts available for repairing.
If a Panasonic Product is purchased from an authorized dealer is will be
under warranty in the country it was purchased in. If it is purchased online
it is not covered under warranty.

We hope this information is of help to you,
Thank you,
Panasonic Canada Inc.
Customer Care Centre


No all of that makes a lot of sense, but I definetely don't want to be shipping my camera all over the place if there's a problem with it. I'll probably be stuck paying the $899+14% tax at London Drugs. (And that is actually more expensive then the Nikon D50 which makes it a very tough decision.)

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Old Feb 16, 2006, 6:48 PM   #15
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Hereare a couple of otherCanadian camera sites to try although I have not ordered from them personally.

http://www.camera-warehouse.ca/

http://www.vistek.ca/

Visitec has a VERY NICE store VERY VERY NICE. Thats why the have the ridicoulous HIGH prices they have a VERY NICE store to pay for

I would rather they had a VERY UGLY store and decent prices
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Old Feb 16, 2006, 6:51 PM   #16
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At least you 14% and not 15$ Onatario.
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 3:38 PM   #17
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London Drugs in Regina have them for $899, If you live in Regina or
Saskatoon try Don's Photo
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 8:08 PM   #18
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I actually just picked it up at Don's today in Saskatoon. Never been in there before but I had a great experience, friendly staff that could answer all my questions and they matched Aden Camera's $799 price without the slightest hesitation.

Have the battery charging up now.

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I actually just picked it up at Don's today in Saskatoon. Never been in there before but I had a great experience, friendly staff that could answer all my questions and they matched Aden Camera's $799 price without the slightest hesitation.


I have dealt with Dons in regina for a long time, there a great bunch of people.
Enjoy your camera. I have a Canon 300D & I havnt picked it up since I got the FZ30.
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