Best experiences with Internet buying for a camera - please relate!

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Steven H, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. Steven H

    Steven H Guest

    I know all the problems re warranties grey markets etc and cross border
    buying BUT...if I was to buy a camera or any other video equipment - ie
    semi pro PD170 etc ...

    (1) where would someone suggest ... ie they had a good experiences
    (2) Are there good "price grabber" type sites that will hunt down good
    prices


    Thanks in advance
     
    Steven H, Apr 20, 2005
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  2. Steven H

    M. MacDonald Guest

    I tend to buy from either B&H Photo or Adorama in NY. Adorama tends to
    backorder a bit more on my orders than B&H. I've bought from a few others.
    Worse was nothing showed up on a camera body from one. Lost $350 on that
    one (check). Got prior used from another.
    There was a website where someone rode around NY and posted pictures of the
    shops that you see the ads. It was very interesting and left you to draw
    your own conclusions.

    Found it: http://donwiss.com/pictures/BrooklynStores/

    Mack
     
    M. MacDonald, Apr 20, 2005
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  3. Steven H

    PTravel Guest

    There's an easy answer: B&H (www.bhphotovideo.com). B&H has the absolute
    best reputation for honesty and reliability. They won't have the absolute
    rock bottom price, but they also won't try to upsell you, sell gray market
    as US, used as new, included accessories as optional extras, etc. I've
    bought many thousands of dollars worth of video and photo equipment from
    them (including my VX2000, the prosumer predecessor of the PD-170).

    I've had good experiences with Adorama and J&R, as well, but the all time
    standout is B&H -- they're the best.
     
    PTravel, Apr 20, 2005
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  4. "Steven H" wrote ...
    There are ratings services like http://www.resellerratings.com/
    and others. I think at least resellerratings and a couple others are
    trustworthy.

    My "go-to" online/mailorder vendor is www.bhphotovideo.com
    Most others have said good things about them, but there is the
    occasional disgruntled customer that comes through here who is
    unhappy with their brusque New York personality, etc.

    I find www.froogle.com convienent for comparing prices, but
    usually the lowest-price vendors are ones I would think twice
    about dealing with.
     
    Richard Crowley, Apr 20, 2005
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