Where's The Best and Cheapest?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Rich, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Where can I find the best and cheapest place to purchase Canon digital
    camera lenses, batteries (BP511 and BP511A), and other nice to have toys?

    Apparently most everyone except Canon are in price wars everyday on
    everything they sell. To have one nice cheap place that won't rip you off
    would be a nice find and a keeper.

    Anyone know of such a joint??
     
    Rich, Jan 24, 2005
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  2. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Thanks, they do have great prices. I didn't see the BP-511A however but
    I'll check the mA on my BP511A to see if it's 1500 or less. The higher the
    mA the longer the battery will last.
     
    Rich, Jan 27, 2005
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  3. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Sounds like the saying that serving coffee on an airplane causes turbulence.
    How true.

    I have a Canon G1 and a D20. The D20 because of it's high falootin shootin
    technology, requires a stronger battery although it is a BP511A it's
    actually a stronger version of the BP511. Therefore I have a couple extras
    on hand. They are about the longest lasting batteries on the market for
    digital cameras. Most will eat up AA and AAA after 20 shots and maybe 100
    shots using their own proprietary battery. I've used my G1 all day long
    without having to change batteries, taking about 200 or so shots of all
    types. I'm just getting started with my D20.
     
    Rich, Jan 27, 2005
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  4. Rich

    Glassman Guest

    No place better than Ebay

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    JK Sinrod
    Sinrod Stained Glass Studios
    www.sinrodstudios.com
    Coney Island Memories
    www.sinrodstudios.com/coneymemories
     
    Glassman, Jan 27, 2005
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  5. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I bought a BP511 off ebay and it was a piece of crap. Out of four
    batteries, it was the worst. Wouldn't keep a charge and would run down very
    quickly. Too many scammers on eBay. I would rather deal with a storefront
    for big purchases. Leave eBay for hard to find items and try your luck.
    Too many merchants have made eBay just another commercial website when it
    used to be consumer to consumer. "Buy it Now" took the fun out of it. The
    only people eBay are helping now are it's investors.
     
    Rich, Jan 28, 2005
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  6. Rich

    Glassman Guest

    Getting one bad battery isn't a good enough reason to trash the entire
    Ebay system. Just send it back for a replacement. Most of the sellers are
    honest and care about their feedbacks enough to do the right thing. I've
    been involved in thousands of transactions, buying and selling, and 99% turn
    out fine.


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    JK Sinrod
    Sinrod Stained Glass Studios
    www.sinrodstudios.com
    Coney Island Memories
    www.sinrodstudios.com/coneymemories
     
    Glassman, Feb 6, 2005
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  7. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I've been dealing with eBay since it started and I've been ripped off more
    than once and not just on a battery. The bad sellers make it bad for the
    good ones. I'm not saying I wouldn't ever purchase anything again off eBay,
    but I damn sure won't buy anything worth more than a hundred bucks. In
    other words, I won't spend more than I can afford to get ripped off. There
    are also some sellers that all of a sudden disappear or are hard to contact
    once the sale is completed. For some odd reason there are those sellers
    that you cannot contact via telephone and some don't even have an address
    you could actually walk up to.

    Therefore, when I'm in the market for something of value, I won't gamble
    with an online purchase. Along with the merchandise, the inability to face
    to face with someone, and the charges you incur if the item is faulty or
    wrong, your personal data and financial data are at risk. Why is it the
    customer is responsible for shipping charges even if the item is defective??
    I'll never understand that one.

    My use of eBay is a personal one. I don't go around telling people not to
    use eBay. I allow them to take their own chances as I did.

    For what it's worth, I did buy a battery from a eBay vendor and it was
    inferior to what I could have bought locally for about $5 more plus tax.
    But after paying inflated shipping charges (I retired from the USPS and know
    the rates), it wouldn't have made any difference except that I would have
    bought a much better product. Too many Taiwan knockoffs are on eBay, some
    made to look exactly like Canon products too.

    Advise, be smart and be careful when purchasing anything from anyone online.
    If you use eBay, be sure you know how to use it and what recourse you have
    if something goes sour on the deal. And, don't deal with anyone you cannot
    actually speak to over the phone if you should have questions concerning the
    deal or item. Some vendors actually do not provide a voice number and some
    don't answer their email promptly. A lot of brick and mortar stores are
    using eBay now as indicated by the "Buy Now" icons.

    Glassman, you may be one of the honest vendors on eBay, but I still wouldn't
    bid on anything you have beyond $100 unless I know who you are and can speak
    to you about the deal before it goes down. I appreciate your comeback.

    With my retirement income and social security, I cannot afford to get ripped
    off anymore.
     
    Rich, Feb 6, 2005
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  8. Rich

    Glassman Guest

    I feel bad for you, but I still insist that bad sellers are in the
    minority. The system wouldn't work so well if it was easy to rip folks off.
    I routinely sell a couple of thousand dollars a week of peoples stuff with
    almost never a problem. I have a great record of feedbacks, and everything
    is insured. Here's some tips for never losing your money on Ebay.

    1. Buy from a seller that has at least hundreds of positive feedbacks, and
    few negatives.
    2. Only buy from a seller that offers you a phone number for customer
    service.
    3. Always use Paypal for your buys. They offer a buyers guarantee.
    4. Read the terms including the s&h before bidding.

    --
    JK Sinrod
    Sinrod Stained Glass Studios
    www.sinrodstudios.com
    Coney Island Memories
    www.sinrodstudios.com/coneymemories
     
    Glassman, Feb 9, 2005
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    Dan Eppinger Guest

    As the commercial says, "Go to B&H"....It may not be the rock bottom
    cheapest, but it's within a few bucks of the cheapest and is super
    reputable....I have been dealing with them for years....don't take a
    chance and get burned.

    Dan
    Danbury, CT
     
    Dan Eppinger, Feb 9, 2005
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  10. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Your one tip about the phone number is enough for me.

    Stained glass eh? The wife and I were thinking of taking that up as a hobby
    once.
    The lady next door is a stained glass freak. That's all she does and her
    house is loaded with it.

    Any idea where to get started online with supplies and all?
     
    Rich, Feb 11, 2005
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  11. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I'll vouch for B&H myself. They are good to deal with and man are they
    loaded with inventory. Their catalog comes in sections and each section is
    like a phone book for a small town.
     
    Rich, Feb 11, 2005
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  12. Rich

    Glassman Guest

    Yellow pages under GLASS STAINED & LEADED to find your local SG retailer.

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    JK Sinrod
    Sinrod Stained Glass Studios
    www.sinrodstudios.com
    Coney Island Memories
    www.sinrodstudios.com/coneymemories
     
    Glassman, Feb 12, 2005
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