Two disparate viewpoints about warranties, both equally valid providing that people realise the implications.
- Merchandise as cheap as utterly possible and to heck with the consequences. This category encompasses not only those resellers who have bought the lowest level of warranty from the Chinese manufacturer (ie none) but sell perfectly viable goods. It can also include the fakes, the factory 'seconds', returned goods - on the grounds that if it's already been made then someone somewhere may buy it and recoup the making costs. You get what you pay for, it's exceedingly rare to get more.
- Merchandise with full, enforceable warranty in a viable legal jurisdiction.
The first is, basically, Caveat Emptor
- let the buyer beware
. It comes with all the assurances you get when you buy something from "the man in the pub / bar / etc" - ie you have virtually zero chance of any comeback whatsoever if the product proves faulty
. Any warranty has the same value as a secondhand piece of paper with secondhand ink on it - which is precisely what it is, a piece of secondhand paper.
The second is what we could perhaps consider the 'Traditional'
way of buying something in Western countries (I can't speak for elsewhere as I have no experience whatsoever)
. This peace of mind comes with the added costs associated with import duty, taxes, warehousing and other overheads as David Ward said. Costs are incurred on behalf of the end-user so inevitably and rightly that end-user pays for them. It doesn't imply that the goods are actually
superior, just that if they aren't then you have some recourse.
In either case, you get the merchandise (hopefully )
. The choice basically boils down to the level of risk you're prepared to take on your purchase. Either can go wrong, with one you've got a pricey paperweight but with the other there's still a chance you could end up with a viable product.David: Totally
agree with you about the remote trigger / receiver set. Without those, it's a very much less useful
flash. If you use it inside an 'Apollo-style' softbox, I'd guess it's infuriating beyond words to use without the remote facility but I have no intention of finding out for myself. Naked, it's more useful as this just involves walking over to the unit and pressing buttons on the back. Unless it's in an inaccessible place! Nope, wouldn't even dream of using without that little USB set - I even bought a spare Rx just to cover any accidents and Yorkshiremen are assurédly not
renowned for spending money (Deep pockets but short arms
We have a wide selection of "UK" dealers who offer UK DESPATCH. Nowhere do they say UK STOCK. They are frequently found just across the road from an Intermational airport. Conclusions may be drawn by those not lured in by the UK Despatch or Royal Mail despatch description. Often there's a Royal Mail-like logo to reinforce the 'reliable vendor' image. Just try getting an invoice out of them!!
Nothing actually wrong with buying from either type of vendor as long as it's an informed decision, knowing the potential risks of shopping only on price. A little quote from English critic / philosopher John Ruskin is as apposite today as it was when penned 150 years ago:
“There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. (French Porverb attributed to Jean-Baptiste Karr)