Where to buy a Nikon D70

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by MR, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. MR

    MR Guest

    I would like to a buy a Nikon D70. I have seen prices that range from about
    ~$700 (internet) to ~$1300 (camera shops)for what appears to be the same
    item (Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera Kit, 6.1MP, with 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF
    AF-S DX Zoom Lens - USA Warranty)
    Am I missing something? is there a difference between the camera kit in the
    different stores? the brick and mortar shop people tell me that there is no
    warranty for internet purchases, the internet people tell me there is no
    difference.
    what is the truth?
    thanks
    m
     
    MR, Feb 7, 2005
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  2. MR

    Owamanga Guest

    The mortar shop people are lying bastards.

    Buy from a *reputable* internet retailer, and you'll get a US camera
    with a US warrantee. Beware of gray imports that don't have a US
    warrantee. Buy from out of state and you'll save on sales tax too.

    B&H or Adorama spring to mind.
     
    Owamanga, Feb 7, 2005
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  3. Sucker
    Born
    Every
    Minute
     
    uraniumcommittee, Feb 7, 2005
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  4. MR

    MR Guest

    why do you say that?



     
    MR, Feb 7, 2005
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  5. Because it's true. In my years of experience in photo retailing, there
    would be perennial suckers. Some guys never learned. They would buy one
    cheap thing after another, believing they were saving money. The stuff
    broke or wore out or didn't perform as desired.
     
    uraniumcommittee, Feb 7, 2005
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  6. More to the point, if something seems too good to be true, it almost
    always is. Camera shops often sell cameras near to or below cost. If
    someone offers you a Rolex on the street for $50, what do you think is
    going on? Charity?
     
    uraniumcommittee, Feb 7, 2005
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  7. MR

    MR Guest

    i appreciate your response.
    that is precisely what i was asking. while there is unquestionably a markup
    on these type of items (i used to sell computers), i wasn't sure how much
    and if those prices were "too good to be true". The fact that there is such
    a broad spectrum is what confused me, in that i don't know where the
    legitimate prices begin.
    thanks for your input
     
    MR, Feb 7, 2005
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  8. MR

    Hunt Guest

    Yes, but make sure that you get the *complete* kit from any shop/site! Many,
    with a very low price, then sell you the battery, charger, etc. which comes
    with the kit. With some Internet re-sellers, also be prepared for a lot of
    hard-sell for accessories, warranties, etc. Not all, by any means, but SOME.
    Do some Googling regarding any Internet site that you want to purchase from.
    Some are much better than others.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Feb 8, 2005
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  9. MR

    Hunt Guest

    [SNIP]

    In many cases, mass-purchasers get merhcandise below "dealer-low-net," while
    your average camera shop is not likely to. OTOH, you can get a lot of great
    info (usually) from a brick-n-mortar shop, plus you can actually handle the
    gear. In my case, I usually buy from a local pro shop, because I know what I
    need and need it NOW. If it is a purchase for a later shoot, I'll just go with
    Calumet Photo, regardless of what prices I see quoted on the Internet. In both
    cases, these resellers have done 100% by me, so I support them, so they are
    there next day, month, year, when I need them.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Feb 8, 2005
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  10. MR

    me Guest

    One factor that can have an impact on price is where the product is intended
    to be sold. Products such as cameras or other items destined for sale
    outside the US are often referred to as "gray market". This means they will
    not be covered by US warranties and service may only be available through
    the seller. There may be other differences as well but the product may
    otherwise be identical to the same item sold in the US. Adorama and B&H
    Photo often offer both US and gray market versions of the same item at
    different prices. I have had good experiences with Adorama and B&H Photo.
    Their prices are the lowest you're likely to find from an online dealer that
    gives service before during and after the sale. Good luck.
    Film best,
    me
     
    me, Feb 8, 2005
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  11. MR

    ian Guest

    Make sure you compare like to like. Some are selling the camera body
    without a lens, some with the lens. buydig.com seemed competitive to
    me; has several different offers for the D70; and gets good ratings from
    http://www.resellerratings.com/ - something else to worry about using
    online sources.

    ian
     
    ian, Feb 8, 2005
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    Owamanga Guest

    Indeed, I've seen this online, but not at Adorama or B&H. Some build
    their own 'kits' with inferior lenses. I'd also half expect this type
    of smoke & mirror sales technique from the shops in NY.
     
    Owamanga, Feb 8, 2005
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  13. MR

    Owamanga Guest

    "me", you do realize the D70 is a *digital* Nikon?

    <falls over> ..wow.

    ...erm, finally... welcome to 2005.
     
    Owamanga, Feb 8, 2005
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  14. MR

    me Guest

     
    me, Feb 8, 2005
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    uraniumcommittee, Feb 8, 2005
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  16. MR

    MR Guest

    you all were correct. i called several "discount" stores, and they
    essentially break up the set and charge you extra for the basic parts. for
    example one place charged about $200 less, including the US warranty. but
    the price didn't include the battery or battery charger! that cost an extra
    $200!!!!
    thanks for your help
    m
     
    MR, Feb 8, 2005
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