Todays Experience With 42nd Street Photo..NYC

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by rHooD, Aug 25, 2004.

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    rHooD Guest

    Called today to order a Sony F828. Online price $759.99. Asked the
    salesperson if the camera is in stock...yes it is. Asked if it's got
    an American warranty...yes it does. Asked if the online price is still
    valid...yes again. So far, so good. Got all the come ons I expected
    and politely declined the extra memory, batteries and whatever else he
    was pushing that I didn't need. and was mysteriously disconnected in
    mid sentence. Hit redial and, guess what, those three cameras that
    were in stock....all gone! What a surpise! It'll have tyo go on
    backorder he tells me. Told him to save the bullshit for someone who's
    buying it...goodbye.
     
    rHooD, Aug 25, 2004
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    Terry Guest

    order on line from B & H
     
    Terry, Aug 26, 2004
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    BenOne© Guest

    Is there some sort of government department over there that can see these
    bastards fined for false advertisting?
     
    BenOne©, Aug 26, 2004
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    Mark M Guest

    The last bit about eroding their own market, and customers getting smarter
    just isn't so.
    The old quote, "There's a sucker born every minute" was a huge
    UNDERstatement.
    :(
    There will always be people to abuse and take advantage of...
     
    Mark M, Aug 26, 2004
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    mark_digital Guest

    Called today to order a Sony F828. Online price $759.99. Asked the
    salesperson if the camera is in stock...yes it is. Asked if it's got
    an American warranty...yes it does. Asked if the online price is still
    valid...yes again. So far, so good. Got all the come ons I expected
    and politely declined the extra memory, batteries and whatever else he
    was pushing that I didn't need. and was mysteriously disconnected in
    mid sentence. Hit redial and, guess what, those three cameras that
    were in stock....all gone! What a surpise! It'll have tyo go on
    backorder he tells me. Told him to save the bullshit for someone who's
    buying it...goodbye.
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    You know the saying "He has a face only a mother could love"?
    Well, 42nd is really only meant for other New Yorkers. If they
    were complacent and nice, truthful and honest, city dwellers would
    shit on them, steal them blind.
    mark_
     
    mark_digital, Aug 26, 2004
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    rHooD Guest

    If 42nd Street Photo tries to cheat potential buyers like this over a
    $759 camera, what can I expect from A&M when they advertise the same
    camera for $505?
     
    rHooD, Aug 26, 2004
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    usenet Guest

    [Tail of woe about rip-off camera shops scams]
    Rectal bleeding, most likely.
     
    usenet, Aug 26, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    I'm not surprised. Buy online from Samy's http://www.samys.com/

    Vic
     
    Guest, Aug 26, 2004
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    BobS Guest

    BobS, Aug 26, 2004
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    Hunt Guest

    Years ago, they were a good organization. With purchases of about US$50,000 in
    Nikon gear, I never had a problem.

    Too bad they seem to have changed with the times. Sad.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Aug 26, 2004
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    Hunt Guest

    As an aside, and not related to the specified Pop Photo ratings in any way,
    while researching an on-line electronics retailer, I ran across hundreds of "
    5-star" ratings from consumers on several rating sites. Reading them, one
    thing became quite clear. The retailer was insisting that the customer filled
    in the rating form, at the time of purchase, to get upgraded shipping. Many of
    these same consumers came back and blasted this outlet in later ratings, that
    were buried at the bottom of at least two sites. In this particular case, it
    seems that they were buying their rating. I did not purchase from this outlet.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Aug 26, 2004
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    DFS Guest

    Years ago, they were a good organization. With purchases of about
    US$50,000 in
    ______________________________________________

    Believe you are remembering 47th Street. There is a store selling on ebay
    that is using the name of the old 47th Street store - but they sure aren't
    the same store!
     
    DFS, Aug 26, 2004
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    Ric Kaysen Guest

    I thought I made it obvious enough when I spoke of the salesperson
    attempting to add on accessories. If we got to that point, of course I was
    attempting to buy.
     
    Ric Kaysen, Aug 26, 2004
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    rHooD Guest

    I thought I made it obvious enough when I spoke of the salesperson
    attempting to add on accessories. If we got to that point, of course I
    was
    attempting to buy.
     
    rHooD, Aug 26, 2004
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    Ken Scharf Guest

    I think the original 47st photo has LOOONG ago gone chapter 13.
    I bought a Nikon FE in NYC from them, and got good treatment, and
    a good product. (OK, it WAS gray markent but the store backed the
    product if it needed service, which it never did). Today, I think
    I'd go to B&H. Thre are STILL lots of camera stores in NYC between
    30th-36th streets, 6th ave to Broadway area. Not as many as a score
    ago, but you still have your pick.
     
    Ken Scharf, Aug 27, 2004
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  16. Used to live in the area (Ft. Lee, NJ) when I was a kid. Took trips to
    their store to bu¥ stuff and they seemed to be quite a reputable dealer.
    As you say, too bad they've changed.

    Harry
     
    Harry Flaxman, Aug 27, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    Please be more careful in your attributions. I did not write what you
    quoted above.
    If you're going to clip what I write, clip the part that says I wrote
    it, too.
    Thanks.

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
     
    Big Bill, Aug 27, 2004
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    rHooD Guest

    I must have gotten lost in the numerous replies to my original post. I
    appologize for the incorrect attribution.
     
    rHooD, Aug 27, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    Unfortunately, no.
    The scam works in such a way that, if you actually insist on the
    advertised item at the advertised price, it's just not in stock right
    now (obviously because they are sold out!). You can place yourself on
    the waiting list, though; the item will, for some reason (or long list
    of reasons) never actually come into stock. Eventually, you will
    cancel the order yourself.
    Presto! It's not their fault if you cancel the order.

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
     
    Big Bill, Aug 27, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    S'OK; I get in enough trouble for what I do say.

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
     
    Big Bill, Aug 27, 2004
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