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Thread started 12 Jan 2012 (Thursday) 00:59
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POLL: "Which website do you buy your gear from?"
BH Photo Video
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Amazon
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Adorama
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13.3%
Other...
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Where do you buy? Amazon, BH Photo Video, Adorama?

 
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Jan 12, 2012 08:36 |  #16

Yes. I have bought from all, including "other"-Beach Camera. Just depends on where the best price/shipping is. All have given me great customer service. B&H has earned the most money from me..


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Jan 12, 2012 08:41 |  #17

I buy mostly from B&H but small things from amazon.... I livein Ct and B&H is only an hour away so alot of times Ill go down try things out then have them shipped to my house so I dont have to pay tax and it usually get there the next day :)


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Jan 12, 2012 09:13 |  #18

All 4. I've bought the most from B&H, then Adorama, then Amazon, and the least (but still some) from others. The poll should probably allowed multiple answers as most people buy from more than 1 source.


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Jan 12, 2012 09:16 |  #19

Also all 4. I get stuff wherever it's cheapest usually. Or if it's the same I pick Amazon since I have Prime.


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Jan 12, 2012 09:26 |  #20

Everything in my bag came new from B&H.


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Jan 12, 2012 09:33 |  #21

Whenever I need something to purchase I almost exclusively check the price on Amazon and BH first, then I calculate the shipping cost, if any, and if they're about the same in overall cost, then I go with Amazon to accrue their reward points. I saved hundreds of dollars on these Amazon reward points over the years. When it comes to "free shipping" I found that BH takes much longer, so that's another plus for Amazon.



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Jan 12, 2012 09:34 |  #22

I buy from all three websites though I keep in mind which states they collect tax from.




  
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Jan 12, 2012 09:41 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #23

I've bought a number of places (including other smaller places) but overall have come to prefer BH if they have the item in stock.

For example I am about to return a $1800 lens to Adorama (has a problem) and since Adorama has no RMA process I have to drive into town, pay a bunch of shipping and insurance and then wait a while.

IMO BH as a better return process. They issue (online or on the phone) an RMA number, if defective they email a return label (which puts the risk out of my hands in many ways) and then I just hand the box to the UPS driver when he's here.


Prices are close between Adorama and BH typically, but 2 or 3 day shipping is generally much cheaper for me (West Coast) through BH.

Like I posted recently, though, BH drives me a little crazy as they will not back order items like Lee stuff, but even though I have signed up for in stock notification many times I have never received such an email. Luckily I have seen those items show up in stock on their site (through just looking) and been able to buy them.




  
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Jan 12, 2012 09:43 as a reply to  @ Turning's post |  #24

Photography gear mostly from B&H, probably 90%. The other 10% from Amazon.


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Jan 12, 2012 09:49 |  #25

Turning wrote in post #13691498 (external link)
I've bought a number of places (including other smaller places) but overall have come to prefer BH if they have the item in stock.

For example I am about to return a $1800 lens to Adorama (has a problem) and since Adorama has no RMA process I have to drive into town, pay a bunch of shipping and insurance and then wait a while.

BH as a much better return process. They issue a RMA number, if defective they email a return label (which puts the risk out of my hands in many ways) and then I just hand the box to the UPS driver when he's here.

I had never returned anything to Adorama before, so now that I know this I'll probably pretty much stick to BH on expensive items.

Prices are close between Adorama and BH typically, but 2 or 3 day shipping is generally much cheaper for me (West Coast) through BH.

Like I posted recently, though, BH drives me a little crazy as they will not back order items like Lee stuff, but even though I have signed up for in stock notification many times I have never received such an email. Luckily I have seen those items show up in stock on their site (through just looking) and been able to buy them.

Adorama does not require an RMA. But when I wanted to return a defective lens, I called them. They e-mailed me a free ground-shipping UPS sticker. It took about 4 business days for the lens to get there, but they issued a credit for it within two business days.


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Jan 12, 2012 09:51 |  #26

RodneyCyr wrote in post #13691559 (external link)
Adorama does not require an RMA. But when I wanted to return a defective lens, I called them. They e-mailed me a free ground-shipping UPS sticker. It took about 4 business days for the lens to get there, but they issued a credit for it within two business days.

That's good to know. I just called them and they were very nice. Said they would send me a confirmation email and a return label.

Thanks for tip. Saves me a trip into town. Although now that I think about it, I might actually drop it off at UPS as then I can get a tracking slip for documentation in case the box got lost....

Overall I've found them excellent and have bought a fair bit there, including my 5d2 body.

And while in the past Adorama was pretty slow to answer emails with questions, I have found more recently they answer within a couple hours or less - better in that regard than any other largish place I'ved used. (Sometimes I have a simple question about availability or like that and just would rather use email).

Bottom line is we consumers are lucky to have great choices and the competition keeps prices down. e.g. compared lighttools grids factory prices as compared to BH or Adorama.

I am doing my part again for the economy lately, dumping quite a bit of dough into photographic gear in recent months.

Although the numbers from the only card I use for gear (which never leaves my person) got misappropriated last week and someone ran up $15k of airline tickets in a couple hours. Any one else buy some photo gear lately and just have that happen? Would be interesting if a pattern could point to where the theft had happened.




  
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Jan 12, 2012 09:58 |  #27

Amazon for books. For everything else, they are more like a mall landlord. Yes, you say you bought those new jeans at the mall, but you really bought them at GAP. Same with Amazon for many of their non-book products. I never buy photo products from Amazon proper, but I will buy from a real photo store that uses Amazon for web marketing (e.g. 47th Street Photo, Cameta Camera...).

Just in the past 4 months, I've bought from B&H, Adorama, and Cameta. And, over a longer time frame, I've bought from 47th Street Photo and Abe's of Maine; and probably a few others I can't think of now. I suspect most photo hobbyists have a short list of companies they trust for both price and service, rather than 100% loyalty on one company.

I never buy from Bust Buy, but that is a personal thing. I just will not do business with them.

I have bought cameras and lenses from the local Target store. They sometimes have prices you can't beat even on the interweb, and they have a great return policy.


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Jan 12, 2012 10:07 |  #28

I usually buy used from the FredMiranda buy&sell or from LensRentals.com.

If I buy new my first stop is usually J&R since I frequently get gift cards there as credit card rewards. They will generally price match the others if you ask. If I don't have any gift cards I check Amazon first (preferred since I am a Prime member), then B&H/Adorama.




  
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Jan 12, 2012 10:12 |  #29

I buy from all 3 mentioned in the poll. Plus Calumet. It comes down to final price. All have good return policies. So the decision is who has free shipping at the moment.


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Jan 12, 2012 10:28 |  #30

i just bought a new 7D from amazon last night a long with a 50mm 1.4 and a lexar 600x pro cf card. the camera came straight from amazon and the lens actually is coming from adorama, and the cf card from another seller, so i think amazon does a great job finding the best price for you and getting you the item from other places, if that makes any sense




  
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