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Old Feb 22, 2010, 9:10 AM   #1
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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?

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Old Feb 22, 2010, 9:15 AM   #2
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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).
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How can I be assured that I am buying directly from Amazon and not a vendor?
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Newegg.com is also good but has a limited number of makes available.
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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.
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Can't really go wrong, Adorama is best
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