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Luke Stepp Feb 22, 2010 8:10 AM

Which online etailers do you use?
 
I am coming to the end of my search for a DSLR and I am about ready to pull the trigger. To recap, I am looking at a broad range of cameras, including the Oly E520 kit with 14-42 and 40-150 or 70-300, Pentax Kx 18-55 and 55-300, and the Canon Xs, Xsi and T1i kits.

I do not have a camera store within less than a 2 hr drive, and will be buying online. I have been checking prices on Amazon, B & H, and Adorama. I also think that one of you posted a link to buydigg in a previous thread. Which etailers do you trust and use?

Thanks

JimC Feb 22, 2010 8:15 AM

Those would all be good choices, assuming you mean buying directly from amazon.com (versus one of the vendors listing gear there).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com, http://www.adorama.com and http://www.buydig.com (not buydigg.com) also have good reputations. You may also want to visit http://www.keh.com for things like used lenses (they have a very good reputation).

Luke Stepp Feb 22, 2010 8:17 AM

How can I be assured that I am buying directly from Amazon and not a vendor?

JohnG Feb 22, 2010 8:20 AM

I've used B&H, Adorama and Buydig. I've never had an issue with any of my orders from any of them. The only potential issue revolved around how Canon rebates were being handled. Canon offered an instant rebate if you bought a certain DSLR and a certain second lens together. Both Adorama and B&H offered the camera and lens separately for a discounted price prior to the rebate. When the rebates were announced both required customers to buy a kit the store put together with both items. The price of that kit was more than the price of the individual items. So, in effect, the customer lost part of the rebate. Adorama when questioned on this said it was a pricing mistake and changed the price. B&H argued on public forums that the math was wrong and they weren't doing anything wrong. They eventually lowered the price after Adorama did. My only point is - I have no idea if any of the cameras you are considering have instant rebates. If they do, be careful to validate the seller is passing on the whole rebate. Other than this potential issue all 3 companies have been very good experiences for me.

JimC Feb 22, 2010 8:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Luke Stepp (Post 1055682)
How can I be assured that I am buying directly from Amazon and not a vendor?

You'll see "ships from and sold by Amazon.com" on the listing page for an item.

For example, this is from Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Digital-.../ref=pd_cp_p_1

But, the same kit is sold by a number of vendors listing their gear on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new

shoturtle Feb 22, 2010 9:06 AM

I actually go to adorama and BH. They are really good retailers to deal with. With amazon. You will have to look who it is shipping from to see who you are buying it from. It will be listed on the page of the camera. Also on the right, there are some links to other sources, if it is not a amazon product. The links will give you an amazon option if they have one.

shoturtle Feb 22, 2010 9:09 AM

If you want to check if there are instant rebates, you can go to each brands website. Currently the canon XS has a rebate only.

whitepass Feb 22, 2010 9:16 AM

Newegg.com is also good but has a limited number of makes available.

JimC Feb 22, 2010 9:45 AM

Yep.

I buy virtually all of my computer related accessories (video cards, hard drives, drive enclosures, memory, power supplies, motherboards, etc.) from http://www.newegg.com. Ditto for memory cards used with digital cameras.

photograham Feb 22, 2010 7:57 PM

Can't really go wrong, Adorama is besthttp://www.adsoluble.com/user/2/N.gif

shoturtle Feb 22, 2010 7:59 PM

I have to agree about Adorama, every now and then when I go to BH, their sales guys put way to much of a hard sell. And i know what I want.

henryp Feb 23, 2010 3:50 PM

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Originally Posted by shoturtle (Post 1056064)
...every now and then when I go to BH, their sales guys put way to much of a hard sell. And i know what I want.

I am sorry you feel this way. None of our people gets paid commission so they have no incentive to upsell or promote ad-ons or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable. Anytime you feel this way note the sales associate's name (they all wear name tags) and let me know. No one gets fired, but we do want to make sure they're always at their very best.

Chato Feb 23, 2010 4:24 PM

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Originally Posted by henryp (Post 1056496)
I am sorry you feel this way. None of our people gets paid commission so they have no incentive to upsell or promote ad-ons or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable. Anytime you feel this way note the sales associate's name (they all wear name tags) and let me know. No one gets fired, but we do want to make sure they're always at their very best.

Hey Henry, when are you going to start paying me for my pro B&H propaganda?

On numerous occasions your sales people have talked me Out of buying something... :D

Dave

shoturtle Feb 23, 2010 5:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by henryp (Post 1056496)
I am sorry you feel this way. None of our people gets paid commission so they have no incentive to upsell or promote ad-ons or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable. Anytime you feel this way note the sales associate's name (they all wear name tags) and let me know. No one gets fired, but we do want to make sure they're always at their very best.

Henry,

I still do business with you guys. I depends on what part of town I am at when I need to pick up something. I guess it because there is aways a so many people that it gives a real sense of rushing.

FaithfulPastor Feb 23, 2010 6:33 PM

I live in Indiana and love Roberts Photo. www.robertsimaging.com

They are helpful, knowledgeable, and have been around for a long, long time. They are price competitive, but not always the bottom line cheapest. But if you have a problem, they will be there to help you.

The other companies, Aldorama B&H etc., have excellent reputations and you won't go wrong with them. I just thought if you were lived here in the midwest, you might want to know about Roberts.

Tullio Feb 24, 2010 9:14 AM

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Originally Posted by JimC (Post 1055679)
Those would all be good choices, assuming you mean buying directly from amazon.com (versus one of the vendors listing gear there).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com, http://www.adorama.com and http://www.buydig.com (not buydigg.com) also have good reputations. You may also want to visit http://www.keh.com for things like used lenses (they have a very good reputation).

Adding a few from personal experience...

Beachcamera.com = They are the same retailer as buydig but sometimes their prices are a bit better.

Abes of Maine = They probably have the cheapest prices out there. I've bought many cameras from them. If you use coupon LOYALTY10 you get $10 off.

Crutchfield = One of the best return policies on the net. They pay for s/h both ways if you choose to return. They also have an outlet store, from which I've bought many items in the past. The outlet prices are significantly cheaper and the products come with the same warranty and return policy. If you find what you are looking for in the outlet and you feel that the price is good, buy it. You'll save a lot.

Butterflyphoto = I've bought from them as well. They have very competitive prices too.

All these retailers are reputable dealers and the products they sell carry full US warranty. No grey market.

Ancientritual Feb 24, 2010 11:24 AM

Beach Camera is the place to buy cameras. Very friendly and service is excellent. Cannot say the same for B&H and Adorama. Both manage to mess up my orders by sending the wrong product...

henryp Feb 25, 2010 9:19 AM

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Originally Posted by rikmeister (Post 1057316)
but you can check any retailer here . www.resellerratings.com

+1 for ResellerRatings. Not perfect but certainly the best and most reliable of the bunch.


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