Where to buy Nikon 18-200mm VR II?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by xkinetic, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. xkinetic

    xkinetic Guest

    I've been searching for weeks now, and no vendor carries the 18-200mm
    Nikkor lens in stock. Ebay is selling it way overpriced! Does anyone
    have any leads?
    xkinetic, Jul 13, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Buy on ebay or get on a waiting list. Check B&H every morning and if you
    see it then buy it immediately. The 18-200 and the D200 are very popular
    items and Nikon is having trouble meeting demand.
    J. Clarke, Jul 14, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    I got mine in December from B&H. Just get on the waiting list.
    cjcampbell, Jul 15, 2006
  4. Nikon is either having production troubles or they are intentionally limitting
    supply to keep the price point on this lens. At this point, I am beginning to
    suspect the latter.
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Jul 17, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Or they just plain didn't anticipate the demand. Limiting supply to the
    extent that there is a 4 hour period each month in which one can actually
    buy it suggests something more than market manipulation--I doubt that the
    price would go any lower if you could buy it one day a week all day.
    J. Clarke, Jul 17, 2006
  6. That more would be a production problem. I think it is more than anticipating
    demand. Unless they make these things by hand, they just don't have an
    explanation that I have seen. I am suggesting that if it isn't a production
    problem, then it is an intentional limit of supply. I have a tough time
    believing that they still have production problems more than seven months
    after its release, which leads me to believe that they don't want the demand
    satisfied and the price to go down (as happened with the 18-70 ... a known
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Jul 17, 2006
  7. Yes, Nikon is having a hard time keeping up with world demand. No, Nikon is
    *NOT* intentionally limiting supply to artificially inflate the price of
    this lens. After talking to the owner of a local photography supply house I
    deal with, I sense the problem is Nikon selling in shipping container lots
    to the likes of Best Buy, Circuit City, and various other scumbags. This
    nonsense is hurting the little shops while the big mega-chains are getting
    the pick of the litter.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jul 17, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Funny you should say that since a friend of mine who uses Nikon is still
    looking for the 18-200, so I checked and found this info...

    US sites:
    Bestbuy.com - out of stock
    CircuitCity.com - out of stock
    BHPhoto - out of stock

    CDN sites:
    Bestbuy.ca - not listed
    TheSourceCC.com - not listed (same as CircuitCity)
    Henrys.com - out of stock

    Wow you're right...the big mega-chains must be hoarding them so badly
    that they don't even want to sell them.

    Perhaps you could point us to a few mega-chains that have them stock?
    Bill, Jul 18, 2006
  9. And you are somebody so special that the mega-chain stores are going to save
    you one before the thousands of first-come-first-serve customers with cash
    in their hands get theirs? You snooze you loose.
    All sold out in the first hour of getting them in. Don't believe me, ask
    WOW! Reading comprehension and basic reasoning must not be one of your
    strong points? There is a difference between "hoarding" and almost
    instantly selling out or reserving units for wait list customers. Let me
    break this down to first grade math for you. Best Buy gets a shipping
    container delivered to their main distribution hub that has 1,000 units of
    the 18-200. Let's say Best Buy has 100 stores across the continental US and
    one main internet site. You following? This is where it gets very tricky.
    The internet orders are *FILLED* first. So, if the wait list has/had 500
    customers on it that leaves 500 units left to be distributed to the 100
    remaining stores for first come walk-in customers. So, this means that each
    store should see five of them in a perfect world. If you don't get off your
    lazy ass and get one as soon it arrive you lose.
    Maybe you can send your "friend" to eBay where there are literally hundreds
    of them waiting for the morons that want to overpay way beyond MSRP for one.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jul 18, 2006
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    Randy Howard Guest

    Bill wrote
    I finally found one at buydig.com. They got a bunch in, and
    they were all sold within 2 hours.

    I'm not sure why chains that buy large lots of camera equipment
    are 'scumbags' in Rita's book.
    Randy Howard, Jul 18, 2006
  11. You're talking about Best Buy and Circuit City here. I don't think we have
    to rehash our feelings about these stores of why most people call them

    As for buying large lots of camera equipment you should ask what these
    mega-stores are doing to the small localized shops if you can find any left
    in your town. As I said earlier, I talked to the owner of one and he had to
    jump through many hoops to become an authorized Nikon reseller. Strangely
    and unfairly enough Best Buy didn't have these same hoops. Here's the best
    part, he has a standing order with Nikon for 100 units of the 18-200 and has
    only had 3 trickle in since they were introduced. Something seems a bit
    disproportional when a Best Buy can get them by the thousands and a small 20
    year plus Nikon reseller can't get the other 97 he ordered.

    As for Best Buy and Circuit City maybe you would feel differently if you
    paid a couple thousand dollars for a new camera body and got a repackaged
    used customer return of questionable quality and functionality? I only buy
    from trustworthy merchants.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jul 18, 2006
  12. Clue for the clueless, they buy these at the lowest dealer net (below
    Camera stores and possibly even B&H) Then raise the price to reflect the
    MSRP or slightly below thus generating a profit of at least 30% above
    net which most Camera stores are forced to charge a 1% profit on all
    cameras and lenses so you and others can shop and buy elsewhere.

    Next comes employee wages (shall we say more).

    I think that says it all whatyathink Rita?
    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Jul 18, 2006
  13. You nailed it! I'm sure B&H is feeling the heat from this as well. As big
    as B&H is they are still a minnow in a big pond compared to Circuit City and
    Best Buy. Fortunately, B&H is a highly respected, trustworthy, and
    knowledgeable merchant. Best Buy can call me and tell me they have an
    18-200mm waiting with my name on it for $100 and I'll tell them to shove it
    up their ass. I won't do business with them at any bargain price, period!

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jul 18, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    Nikon says that all their plants are running at full capacity. This
    does not bode well for the introduction of any new products, including
    the long rumored D90 and D3, not to mention any new lenses. They can't
    produce anything new without taking some other very popular item off
    the line.
    cjcampbell, Jul 18, 2006
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    Don Wiss Guest

    The camera world is a lot bigger than North America.

    Don <www.donwiss.com/pictures/> (e-mail link at page bottoms).
    Don Wiss, Jul 18, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Ahh...so what you're saying is you just hate these stores because they
    use their volume buying power to make a higher profit?

    So does that mean you hate all chains?
    Bill, Jul 18, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Sure, but is it cost effective to order from the UK, Japan, etc.?
    Bill, Jul 18, 2006
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    Don Wiss Guest

    We're discussing supply, not price.

    Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
    Don Wiss, Jul 18, 2006
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    What about the problems with warranty repair (or actually *any*
    repair -- even out of warranty) with USA Nikon service centers refusing
    to work on equipment purchased out-of-country? If I were going to be
    depending on that with a lens that complex, I would want to make sure
    that I could get it repaired locally, instead of having to ship it
    out-of-country for repairs. Add in the zoom range of 11.1:1 (which
    probably means lots of lens cells shuttling around as you zoom) and the
    VR mechanism, added on top of the auto-focus mechanism, and unless the
    lens had been around long enough to have a good reliability history, I
    would want to make sure that I had a fallback.

    DoN. Nichols, Jul 18, 2006
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    Don Wiss Guest

    I didn't recommend buying a non-US lens. The point is the demand for the
    lens is worldwide, and just because they are hard to get in the US doesn't
    mean that Nikon isn't cranking them out and selling lots of them.

    Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
    Don Wiss, Jul 19, 2006
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