Camera store in Boston

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Paul Bielec, Aug 24, 2005.

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    Paul Bielec Guest


    There are few items (Canon L glass and Speedlite flash) I wanted to buy
    at B&H but it seems that rather than going to New York, I'll be going to
    Could you guys recommend few camera stores in Boston?
    Preferably, a stores with a websites so I can easily compare prices with
    B&H and Adorama prior to my trip.

    Paul Bielec, Aug 24, 2005
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  2. None of the places in the area are really competitive with New
    York pricing, but the following typically have good selections:

    Calumet ( (Across the river in Cambridge)
    E.P. Levine ( (In Boston)
    W.B. Hunt ( (Melrose, a northern 'burb).
    Newtonville Camera ( (Newton, a western 'burb).
    Michael Benveniste, Aug 24, 2005
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    Chris Guest

    What's a camera store?


    Why does it matter where you'd be going? Can't you buy from B & H online?
    It's not that complicated.

    Sorry, I haven't been in Boston in years, so I can't help you with local
    shops. But I'm sure wherever you go will have a phonebook with yellow
    pages. Or the local chamber of commerce should be able to help you. I've
    found in alot of the smaller towns without alot of web conveniences, COC's
    staff can provide very helpful information and advice. Not only local
    shops, but bus routes, and things like that.

    I try not to go on any trip inside the US without getting in touch with
    someone in a COC, just to make sure there's nothing I may have missed.
    Chris, Aug 24, 2005
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    Paul Bielec Guest

    It matters because I live in Montreal. The shipping from NYC to Montreal
    (only a 6 hours drive) is twice the price of shipping from NYC to Texas
    or Florida.
    In addition, they might charge duty on the way through Canadian customs.
    While I can avoid paying duties if I carry it with me.
    Paul Bielec, Aug 24, 2005
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    Paul Bielec Guest

    Paul Bielec, Aug 24, 2005
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    John Reagan Guest

    Also check Zeff Photo ( (in Belmont, just NW of

    I live in New Hampshire. Besides B&H and Adorama, I've bought lots of
    stuff from Hunts. I think Hunts has a branch store in Cambridge (near
    Harvard Square) as well.
    John Reagan, Aug 24, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Paul lives in the Montreal area. Shipping to Canada you pay excessively
    high shipping, esp. since B&H switched to UPS.

    (Henry if you're reading this, please be aware that swithcing to UPS has
    cost you sales here. Your new FedEx pricing is too high).

    UPS are assholes with excessively high "brokerage" fees on items coming
    into Canada from the US. FedEx are very reasonable on brokerage.

    Buying in NYC from B&H means paying NY sales tax.

    I'll be in Orlando in Sept., so I'm ordering a few things from B&H and
    having them shipped to a colleague there. I'll save so much on
    -pricing (Sekonic Canada and Nikon Canada
    are out of their minds when it comes to pricing)
    -NY sales tax
    -shipping (much cheaper 1000 miles to Orlando than
    400 miles to Montreal. Go figure.)
    -brokerage (UPS are assholes.)

    that I'll hapilly declare the items to customs on return to Montreal.

    Paul: if you have a contact in Boston to receive the goods for you, that
    works. But B&H will not ship to a hotel.

    Alan Browne, Aug 25, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    UPS does allow 3rd party brokers, last time I checked. It has to be
    setup on the shipper's end, and can be a bit of a hassle.
    Brian Baird, Aug 25, 2005
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    tzipple Guest

    Hunt is the best choice. Their mail prices and store prices are
    different, however.
    tzipple, Aug 25, 2005
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    Paul Bielec Guest

    Speaking about price differences, here's an example:
    Canon Speedlite 420EX sales for 340CAD at Vistek and Henry's, and for
    320CAD in a local store in Montreal. The same flash costs 180USD at B&H
    and 240USD at Hunts.

    Now the new 430EX, is listed for 350CAD at both Vistek and Henry's. So
    basiacally the same price as 420EX. However, Adorama asks 300USD for it,
    while they were selling the 420EX below 200USD...

    Go figure...
    Paul Bielec, Aug 25, 2005
  11. Twice, I've called Hunts ahead of a visit and received the mail
    order prices for store pickup. On occasion, I've also had the
    wrong product pushed on me there, but if you know what you want
    you should be fine.
    Michael Benveniste, Aug 25, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    As I understand it, the reason B&H switched shippers is because FedEx wasn't
    going to offer them the same good shipping prices they had been, while UPS
    was willing to work with them. Then, when lots of people complained about
    the switch they began offering both, but because FedEx wouldn't play ball,
    their prices are higher than they were. Henry doesn't have any control over
    these factors.
    Matt Clara, Aug 26, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I recognize that. And I assume the loss in sales to Canada and
    elsewhere is probably nothing compared to the savings they get on US UPS
    shipments. eg: what may be a good business decision to B&H and benefit
    to most of B&H's customers (US), is a certain bad turn for us Canadian

    Alan Browne, Aug 27, 2005
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    May 14, 2010
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    Hi mates, thank you very much for all your replies. Its really helps me a lot to know the best shops...
    dediscameras, May 14, 2010
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