Where to buy D-SLR in NYC?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Raff, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. Raff

    Raff Guest

    Hi all,

    Sorry for rather OT question, but I'm a bit confused with problems buying
    online from overseas. I'm going to NY and I want to buy Canon Digital Rebel
    kit and some accessories without spending a fortune. Do you know about some
    good priced stores? I've found 42 street photo, but I want to compare prices
    to some less popular ones. Maybe you know some sites with good prices, that
    accept credit cards from overseas? All comments warmly welcome.

    Regards

    Raff
     
    Raff, Aug 29, 2004
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  2. There is B&H in NYC.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
    (800) 606-6969
    (212) 444-6615

    420 9th Av. NY, NY.

    Dave




    | Hi all,
    |
    | Sorry for rather OT question, but I'm a bit confused with problems buying
    | online from overseas. I'm going to NY and I want to buy Canon Digital Rebel
    | kit and some accessories without spending a fortune. Do you know about some
    | good priced stores? I've found 42 street photo, but I want to compare prices
    | to some less popular ones. Maybe you know some sites with good prices, that
    | accept credit cards from overseas? All comments warmly welcome.
    |
    | Regards
    |
    | Raff
    | --
    | raff-at-aster-dot-pl
    |
     
    David H. Lipman, Aug 29, 2004
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  3. Raff

    Raff Guest

    Geez! Their price w/o tax is higher than 42 SP's after adding tax!

    Thanks anyway.

    Raff
     
    Raff, Aug 29, 2004
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  4. NYC has higher taxes and higher overhead costs to begin with. I'm in NJ and I *never* buy
    out of the city.

    Dave




    | | > There is B&H in NYC.
    | > http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
    |
    | Geez! Their price w/o tax is higher than 42 SP's after adding tax!
    |
    | Thanks anyway.
    |
    | Raff
    |
     
    David H. Lipman, Aug 29, 2004
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  5. Raff

    BillB Guest

    B&H is probably the best in terms of selection. J&R (Park Row,
    near City Hall) is also very good. Both are good, legitimate
    dealers that can be trusted to *not* play games with their
    merchandise, such as selling used as new, swapping original lenses
    with shoddy equivalents, removing manuals, etc. The late 47th
    Street Photo was also a large, legitimate dealer (like B&H and J&R).
    I can't say that 42nd Street Photo isn't also legitimate since I've
    never been inside, but I've passed it a number of times and it is
    smaller, resembling one of the many local camera and electronics
    shops that cater to tourists, claim that some items are "the latest
    model" when in fact they've been discontinued for many years, use
    bait & switch tactics and in general have an air of "Let the buyer
    beware!". The one thing these stores have in their favor is that
    they're good sources for gray market items that aren't marketed in
    the U.S. You may get a good deal at 42nd SP, but take care.

    P.S.: I've exchanged defective merchandise at J&R a number of times
    (just the expected manufacturer's defect rate) and the process is
    quick and hassle free, always walking away with the same item in a
    sealed, original box. I wouldn't be shocked if exchanges at 42nd SP
    require persistence and debating skills.
     
    BillB, Aug 29, 2004
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  6. Raff

    Rob Novak Guest

    Rob Novak, Aug 30, 2004
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  7. Raff

    Charley Guest

    Be VERY, VERY careful who you buy camera equipment from in the NYC area. Be
    especially careful in Brooklyn. I've found that buying from those discount
    camera shops always resulted in me being ripped off. The only places that I
    now buy from are the reputable shops. I know that it costs me a little more,
    but I also know that I'll get what I pay for and I won't be ripped off. My
    favorite is B&H Photo. Even if you don't buy anything from them you
    absolutely must see their store while you are there. It's awesome! A
    photographer's Mecca!

    --
    Charley


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    Charley, Aug 30, 2004
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  8. Raff

    Raff Guest

    Thanks a lot for all your posts! I'll keep them in mind for sure.

    Best regards

    -Me ;)
     
    Raff, Aug 30, 2004
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  9. Best of luck and enjoy NYC.

    Dave




    | Thanks a lot for all your posts! I'll keep them in mind for sure.
    |
    | Best regards
    |
    | -Me ;)
     
    David H. Lipman, Aug 30, 2004
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  10. Raff

    Ric Kaysen Guest

    If I owned a camera store, I'd get all my friends, relatives and employees
    to write wonderful things about it in a newsgroup. I'm not suggesting that's
    what's happening here...just a thought.
     
    Ric Kaysen, Aug 30, 2004
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  11. Raff

    Raff Guest

    That's not what I had in mind. I'm just thankful for warnings, and I'll most
    probably be more careful at the store.

    R.
     
    Raff, Aug 31, 2004
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  12. Raff

    Ric Kaysen Guest

    I didn't have this particular thread in mind when I posted. Caveat emptor in
    NYC my friend.
     
    Ric Kaysen, Aug 31, 2004
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  13. A dissenting voice on B&H! I used to buy exclusively from them. I
    liked them so much I phone ordered a D70 the other day with some
    paraphernalia [like Wolverine 40 GB back-up device, extra batteries,
    etc.]. I found they didn't have it in stock unless you bought it with
    a lens. I didn't want to buy the lens but placed the order anyway
    thinking I could wait. Then I thought, why wait when I can get the D70
    from 17th Street photo. Before I did this I tried to find out when B&H
    would get the camera in stock. They wouldn't promise me anything or
    even give me a hint. I then asked if they had charged my credit card
    in spite of the fact they hadn't sent me the camera. Yes, they had!
    That borders on the criminal as far as I am concerned. Also, I found
    one rude employee with that old NYC snot attitude which I thought had
    vanished for a long time and now seemed to be back. Anyway I had the
    camera and the D70 in two days at the same price from 17th Street
    Photo. So, I just hope this was an aberration, as until this incident
    I would HIGHLY recommend B&H. Now? Well, I'm not so sure any more.
    I'll believe my credit card was credited or cancelled ONLY after I see
    it in writing!!

    Tom Roach
    www.tbroach.com
     
    Thomas B. Roach, Aug 31, 2004
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  14. Raff

    Rob Novak Guest

    I never advance pay for back-order merchandise. Nikon's distributor
    channels stink - they make great products, but good luck getting your
    hands on new/in-demand models. I'll put my name on a waiting list, or
    ask to be notified when stock arrives, but I'll never lay down a
    credit card# until they're ready to ship. This is a quirk of B&H -
    they charge the card when you place the order. The upside, if you can
    call it that, is that you _will_ be guaranteed to get your merchandise
    when it arrives.

    Adorama, on the other hand, only charges your card when the item
    ships. I just keep these differences in mind when I'm dealing with
    products that are in lean supply.
     
    Rob Novak, Aug 31, 2004
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  15. According to FTC regs, if you pay in advance for an item you *must* have it within 6 weeks
    or your money must be refunded or credited back to credit card.

    Dave



    | On 30 Aug 2004 18:16:35 -0700, (Thomas B. Roach)
    | wrote:
    |
    | >even give me a hint. I then asked if they had charged my credit card
    | >in spite of the fact they hadn't sent me the camera. Yes, they had!
    |
    | I never advance pay for back-order merchandise. Nikon's distributor
    | channels stink - they make great products, but good luck getting your
    | hands on new/in-demand models. I'll put my name on a waiting list, or
    | ask to be notified when stock arrives, but I'll never lay down a
    | credit card# until they're ready to ship. This is a quirk of B&H -
    | they charge the card when you place the order. The upside, if you can
    | call it that, is that you _will_ be guaranteed to get your merchandise
    | when it arrives.
    |
    | Adorama, on the other hand, only charges your card when the item
    | ships. I just keep these differences in mind when I'm dealing with
    | products that are in lean supply.
    |
    | --
    | Central Maryland Photographers' Guild:
    | http://www.cmpg.org
     
    David H. Lipman, Aug 31, 2004
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  16. Raff

    Rob Novak Guest

    Didn't know that... Then again, as I said, I never pay for anything
    in advance on back-order.
     
    Rob Novak, Sep 1, 2004
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