Online Sellers' Ratings

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by John Turco, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. John Turco

    John Turco Guest

    I'm often baffled by the disparity between online buyers'comments
    (positive or negative). As an example, I'll use ""
    <>, and its record on ""
    <>: -

    3.5/5 stars & 7.30/100 (1,594 customer reviews)

    Now, here's an instance of apparently having the lowest
    price on a particular item: - Panasonic Lumix "DMC-FZ70" - $229.00 USD (free shipping)

    Anyway, how is it that most people heap praise upon, while
    others curse it? Many buyers even claim it's a scam outfit; indeed, its
    camera accessories are prohibitively expensive (e.g., $169.95 USD, for a
    "16GB High Capacity SD Memory Card Ultra High Speed Error Free").

    John Turco, Mar 26, 2014
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    Bob S Guest

    Don't trust the positive reviews.

    If it sounds to good to be true it might be..........
    Bob S, Mar 26, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    Avoid shops that do that (they might be stripping the manufacturer kits as well) and find out if their contact info includes a non-1800 number. If the area code is 718 which is where most scam shops reside, best avoided.
    RichA, Mar 27, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    I wonder why you pick on NYC area codes. I doubt if it's more of yor
    well documented prejudiced bullshit.
    PeterN, Mar 27, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    Because that is where most of the scam camera selling businesses ARE.
    RichA, Mar 27, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Oh! I forgot. We must take your word for it.
    PeterN, Mar 27, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    You play the "Three Monkeys" very well.
    RichA, Mar 27, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Provide credible proof of you assertion.
    PeterN, Mar 27, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    I haven't seen Don Wiss being active for quite a while. Don's hobby
    is, or was, tracking down NY camera stores that were are operations.
    One of his webpages is
    Tony Cooper, Mar 27, 2014
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    John Turco Guest

    There's a term for such a "stripping" practice (i.e., "unbundling").
    Thanks, for the advice. However, I'm not seriously planning any
    photography-related purchases, in the near future.

    John Turco, Mar 28, 2014
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    John Turco Guest

    Really, Rich? I thought you considered China to have earned that dubious

    John Turco, Mar 28, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    Sigh. The machinations of Brooklyn camera dealers are well-documented. There were even state-sponsored prosecutions of some of them. As for China, who orders anything from them other than knock-off lens caps and hoods?
    RichA, Mar 28, 2014
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    John Turco Guest

    I don't doubt that Brooklyn's reputation is deservedly soiled, in this
    China is a huge country, in land area and population, alike; it also
    boasts the world's second-largest economy. Thus, I'd image lots of
    buyers obtain products, other than "knock-off lens caps and hoods," from
    Chinese sellers.

    John Turco, Mar 28, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    I thought you were talking about N.American buyers. The biggest thing I ever got from China was a $35 lens adapter.
    RichA, Mar 29, 2014
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    John Turco Guest

    Was I? It's a big planet, out there.
    Well, my major Chinese purchase was a PiPo "M7 Pro" Android tablet
    ($219.49 USD, total), last fall.

    John Turco, Mar 29, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Nikon and Canon build knockoffs of their cameras in China.

    As for prosecution, I have heard rumors of a multitude of companies and
    individuals, who were not based in Brooklyn, being successfully
    prosecuted for fraud.
    PeterN, Mar 30, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Fortunately for our economy, you are far from typical.
    PeterN, Mar 30, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    China is also a significant market for Buicks.
    PeterN, Mar 30, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Aah! The Kniikkon and the Khanon.
    New Jersey & Florida come to mind. However, to be fair there seem to be
    a number over ever morphing Brooklyn online bait & switch outlets with
    management, integrity and/or ownership ties rooted in the methods of
    the Shah's Savak.
    Savageduck, Mar 30, 2014
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    PAS Guest

    Yessir, it certainly is. That's one of the reason's GM didn't kill off the
    brand along with Oldsmobile and Pontiac. Buicks are status cars in China.
    Fortunately, IMO, Buick has finally gotten with the program and decided to
    design and manufacture cars for a younger audience.
    PAS, Mar 31, 2014
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