Buying cameras cross border experience

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Steven H, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Steven H

    Steven H Guest

    Has anyone had bought a camera - across a border either as a Canadian
    buying from a US store or viceversa.

    Are there any major problems - are the prices that much more when
    tarrifs are taken into account?

    I also understand that warranties only apply to the country of

    I am looking at buying a higher end prosumer camera - ie a PD170 or the
    like. Some US prices, when taking into account exchanges rates, are
    about $1,000 cheaper.

    Any comments?
    Thanks in advance
    Steven H, Apr 17, 2005
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  2. Steven H

    C.J.Patten Guest

    Never had warranty issues. For most major equipment purchases, "North
    America" seems to be a conglomerated warranty area.

    I wouldn't hesitate to buy something from the US and bring it back here (I'm
    in Canada's National Capital).
    Having said that, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

    As always, do your homework, read the fine print, call the manufacturer.
    Your mileage may vary.

    C.J.Patten, Apr 17, 2005
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  3. Steven H

    nap Guest

    yup. You won't get any warranty. AND.. if you send it in to for repairs in
    the US, some companies will refuse repair.

    That's true. It is gray market gear. Which usually DOES work but sometimes
    comes without batts or chargers or other accesories.

    That said, I know folks who have purchased gray gear in the US and haven;t
    had problems but if you do some googling you will find horror stories
    nap, Apr 17, 2005
  4. Steven H

    Steven H Guest

    Thanks for this.
    I was considering buying from a reputable store NOT on EBay etc But I
    am curious about refusing to repair. Certainly people live in and buy
    products in one country and then move to another. This has to happen
    lots of times. This should not be grounds to refuse legitimate
    repairs. - Sure maybe if it was bought from a unlicensed distributor,
    but if they are legit, why should it be a problem.

    Steven H, Apr 17, 2005
  5. Steven H

    Steven H Guest

    Actuallly I am NOT considering from gray market but from legitimage US
    dealers. Why would someone refuse repairs. People move between Canada
    and the US all the time. Certainly some will be buying products in
    one country but getting it repaired in another. it only makes sense
    Steven H, Apr 17, 2005
  6. "Steven H" wrote ...
    I think it is admirable that some people still believe that
    the world should make sense. :)

    OTOH, Ronald Regan's dictum would seem to apply here:
    "Trust, but verify."
    Richard Crowley, Apr 17, 2005
  7. Humm.. I think the words should have been, "they will refuse warrantee
    repair". Not repair in itself. Most companies will gladly take your
    money for repair.

    Richard Ragon, Apr 18, 2005
  8. Steven H

    nap Guest

    yes.. good point.
    nap, Apr 18, 2005
  9. I would suspect that the cameras you are finding that cheap are not from
    authorized resellers, so you will have no warranty because of that, not
    because it is from the USA.
    Chris Phillipo, Apr 18, 2005
  10. You should list these dealers, because gray market doesn't mean out of
    the back of a van, there are some big stores selling Sony cameras that
    are considered grey market simply because they haven't agreed to tow the
    Sony company line.
    Chris Phillipo, Apr 18, 2005
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