Panasonic FZ3

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by cyclone, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. cyclone

    cyclone Guest

    It just gets better and better :-

    Wife going overseas 20th Sept and want to get a compact image stabilised
    ultra zoom beofre then - in time for familiarise her with it. Prefer new
    Panasonic FZ3 if possible.

    - ring Camera House to check on availability of FZ3
    - tell me 1st week in Sept but since Panasonic don't like to deal with
    individual stores, will have to wait till my local CH gets their allocation
    (3 or 4 out of CH's 100 Australia wide allocation)
    - ring Ted's to see if they might get stock from 1st delivery more directly
    than CH. They tell me Panasonic Australia have stock and they can get it in
    less than a week. Place order on spot.
    - a week and a half later ring Ted's to inquire on progess. They advise
    that 1st Australia order has been picklisted by Panasonic and Ted's didn't
    get allocated any. They apologise and I cancel my order.
    - Ring local CH since they told me they have guaranteed 3 or 4 from 1st Aust
    order. CH confirm that delivery still on track for early Sept. Order one
    on spot.
    - Ring CH 7th Sept inquiring on order. Advised that they have silver in
    stock at their Caboolture store but my order was for black. This is
    incorrect since I wasn't aware they were doing FZ3 in any other colour than
    silver. They advise that if I am happy to take silver will be ready for
    pick up next day or in 2 days at the max.
    - Ring CH 2 days later on 9th Sept inquire on progress. Advised there has
    been a mix up and they thought I was after FZ10. They aplogise and tell me
    they are confident I will still get FZ3 in time to play around with it b4
    wife goes overseas on 20th.
    - today (10th) get phone call from local CH advising order has arrived.
    Yahoo. Make plans to leave work early to get there by 5pm closing time.
    - niggling doubt that it may still be related to FZ10 mix up so I ring back
    to confirm that the order they have for me is actually Panasonic FZ3. CH
    advise they are terribly sorry but what they have for me is Minolta Dimage
    Z3!!!! They are still waiting for 1st Pan FZ3 stock. Out of curiosity I
    ask if they will do me Minolta Z3 for Pan FZ3 price and they advisee not
    possible- it is a $1000 camera.

    In the mean time I see several stores are now selling Canon S1 for < $700.
    If it wasn't for lack of AF assist lamp and macro mode I would just get one
    of them instead....

    cyclone, Sep 10, 2004
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    Adam F Guest

    bunch of half-hearted consumer electronics salesmen
    if there had been even one enthusiast among those handling your order you
    would've been fine


    //adam f
    Adam F, Sep 10, 2004
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    Spud Guest

    Spud, Sep 14, 2004
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    cyclone Guest

    got it in my hot little hands right now :)

    cyclone, Sep 15, 2004
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