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Re: The Camera Thread
« on: March 09, 2014, 11:02:04 am »
Okay, digging a bit deeper with trying to save as much money, I was comparing prices from eBay to that of Amazon for the same type of Camera. For example. I'm looking at the Nikon D5200 at the moment and on Amazon it's listed at $749.95 for the Kit that includes the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens. Not a bad deal. The same Kit goes for about $200 less plus free shipping on eBay.

Something was fishy, especially since the eBay merchants actually are packing more 'stuff' into the kit auction, be it carry bags, tripods, wide-angle lens, etc... So, I investigated further to find out that most of their cameras are 'Imported' versus those that are shipped direct to USA from the factory. What's the big deal right? Same parts, same functions, same everything. Well, reading futher I see that any Import Camera will not be serviced by Nikon (same for Canon as well per their cameras) during the duration of the Warranty. Second hand repair shops will also turn you away and if you can find one that will actually work on your camera or lens, they will charge almost the same price of a new replacement part.

Has anyone dealt with this USA Vs. Import situation before? I've always bought straight from a local store when it comes to electronic purchases, like my Sony TRV 900, which was 15 years or so ago. With eBay in the mix now, it's a whole new ballgame for me. Any thoughts? Should I just get it from Amazon or a local dealer? Anyone know of any online stores that sell USA product at a discount compared to the big Nationwide Chain stores?
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