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Hoodman Vs The Local Camera Shop

 
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Apr 15, 2011 19:58 |  #1

This is more a rant/accolades than anything else....but...

About a year ago I bought a Hoodloupe 3.0 for my 7D. Yeah...I cheaped out and always regret it when I do that.

I liked (past tense) to support my local camera shop and got it from Massey's Camera whom I've spent untold thousands of dollars with.

I tried the silly thing with the stupid rubber bands and threw it in the "Why did I buy that" box. Since Massey's didn't carry anything else I ordered a real LCDV and was pretty happy with it.

Months went by and I got anther 7D so I decided to get the Hoodcrane so I could actually use the Hoodloupe. Got it from Massey's. That worked fairly well but I didn't like the eye cup so I bought the 3.0 eyecup for it.

I opened the package and the cup was torn. Took it back to Massey's the next time I was there (About a 60 mile trip) and instead of replacing it, he said he'd talk to the Rep. That didn't sit well at all.

OK...a month went by and I got PO'ed, not because of $39.00 but the principal. He said his brother talked to the Rep and his brother left the business because times were tight. He didn't know what the Rep said but would check and Call me back.

No call so while I was ordering some things from B&H, I decided to call Hoodman and tell them where to put their stuff.

I told the girl the story and she said "We had a problem with those cups and the dealer should have replaced it on the spot.

2 Days later I had a replacement without sending in the old one (Which Massey's had).

I guess the morale is that the Mom and Pop (Brother and Brother) stores are a thing of the past. Walmart has better customer service than I got from a company I'd patronized for years..

At least Hoodman stood behind their merchandise.




  
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Apr 17, 2011 13:03 |  #2

Glad to see that it ended well for you.

A company that stands behind there products is a company that I want to do business with.

I went with the Z-finder from Zacuto. I haven't had any trouble with it, but if I did I understand Zacuto is similar to Hoodman in there warranty.




  
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