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Oct 03, 2013 11:04 |  #61

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Oct 03, 2013 11:20 |  #62

hotled wrote in post #16341290 (external link)
Well I just pulled the trigger and ordered a Sigma 70-200 2.8 EX DG OS HSM from B&H.
I was shopping both there and Adorama, the B&H site on checkout using Paypal was a bit more user friendly and they answered the phone when I had a question on the 2nd ring. They were very polite and guaranteed I would have my package by Friday.
We shall see how the order goes from here on out.

Interesting; I couldn't get B&H to use regular Paypal at all; only BillMeLater or a credit card. Since it was only a $20 purchase, I really didn't want to use either one of the available options.


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Oct 03, 2013 11:31 |  #63

archer1960 wrote in post #16343336 (external link)
Interesting; I couldn't get B&H to use regular Paypal at all; only BillMeLater or a credit card. Since it was only a $20 purchase, I really didn't want to use either one of the available options.

Actually, when this happens, it is usually PayPal itself with the issues, due to frequent overloads which leads to the site going down



  
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Oct 03, 2013 11:38 |  #64

johneo wrote in post #16342980 (external link)
Used to buy just about all my camera stuff from Adorama, (still think it's a great company) ...BUT ... then got my Amazon Prime account ... so nice not having to pay shipping and ... ;) !!! I find Amazon prices are same as or usually a little less than other online retail.

Amazon's packing leaves much to be desired from my experience. Sure they have a good policy for returning, but I just don't want to deal with it. I want my stuff to work the first time. When B&H and Adorama pack a box, you could darn near run it over with a forktruck and it be fine.


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Oct 03, 2013 11:57 |  #65

FEChariot wrote in post #16343378 (external link)
Amazon's packing leaves much to be desired from my experience. Sure they have a good policy for returning, but I just don't want to deal with it. I want my stuff to work the first time. When B&H and Adorama pack a box, you could darn near run it over with a forktruck and it be fine.

Never once had any issue with a lens that was improperly packaged from Amazon. Are you saying that due to packaging from Amazon you have had faulty or damaged lenses? I have purchased many many lenses over the years through pretty much most all of the online heavy hitters, Adorama, BH, Amazon, Buydig, etc. I haven't had an issue with anyone. BH customer service is outstanding, but so is Amazon.

One thing that I like about Amazon is the return policy. If I don't feel the lens or other accessory is up to par, or I feel it has faults that aren't due to a manufacturing issue I return it at no cost. Not only do I return it at no cost, but I don't have to do anything or go out of my way to have it returned. I simply request a return online (incredibly easy process) tape the box back up, set it on the front step and Amazon has UPS come pick it up the next day. No need to even print a return label. All the while a new copy or a return is already being handled.

An that's not to say I need that frequently but there have been a few items that I have had to return equipment.


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Oct 03, 2013 12:26 |  #66

carpenter wrote in post #16343413 (external link)
Are you saying that due to packaging from Amazon you have had faulty or damaged lenses?

Lenses specifically no. Other photography equipment such as sofboxes, backgrounds, a tripod have all arrived torn up and had to be shipped back.


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Oct 03, 2013 12:49 |  #67

Newtonville Camera up in Newton, MA. Great guys, great prices and always willing to help. HUGE selection of FD lenses too =)


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Oct 03, 2013 14:25 |  #68

FEChariot wrote in post #16343378 (external link)
Amazon's packing leaves much to be desired from my experience. Sure they have a good policy for returning, but I just don't want to deal with it. I want my stuff to work the first time. When B&H and Adorama pack a box, you could darn near run it over with a forktruck and it be fine.

OKAY!! I have ALL SORTS of products shipped to me from Amazon. They ALL work first time, every time and NEVER have had an issue with ANYTHING shipped from them ... then again, I don't have any fork trucks in my neighborhood! :confused:


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Oct 03, 2013 14:46 |  #69

johneo wrote in post #16343734 (external link)
then again, I don't have any fork trucks in my neighborhood! :confused:

I used to live in Westerly so I should have recognized my target audience better. How's this? "You could roll a boat trailer over an Adorama or B&H packed box."


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Oct 03, 2013 18:51 |  #70

HelenOster wrote in post #16337388 (external link)
Well, I can assure you, that the amount Adorama is charged IS different! If we were not given a special price for shipping within CONUS, we wouldn't be able to offer free shipping there, either.

Well, Helen, I have no idea how Crutchfield and Amazon do it. I pay the same amount of cash at both places for Canon lenses and cameras as I would pay at Adorama and B&H. The only difference is the charge for shipping, and I am willing to bet that free shipping to US soil instead of just CONUS is what has made Amazon and Crutchfield so big. For example, even large and heavy TV's are shipped free by Crutchfield to Alaska. So if I buy a TV that's already on sale from this company, it's quite convenient to have it at my house's front door without having to pay for delivery. What I do is to shop around (Amazon and Crutchfield). The the price for the lens is greater than what it should be as set by Canon, then I ask for a price match (Crutchfield), or just buy it from Amazon. However, I have purchased refurbished lenses from Canon, and the shipping cost has been quite low.

What I was trying to explain about shipping hubs is that it's cheaper for USPS, UPS, and FedEx to take the package via aircraft to a shipping hub than it is to move it around from place to place, since the latter takes a lot of people to load and unload the merchandise. What would add to the cost (shipping) is unloading the aircraft and moving the merchandise away from the shipping hub.




  
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Oct 03, 2013 22:06 |  #71

My goto is Amazon, I have prime also and it's nice to be able to place an order before 6pm and get it next day. I've never had any issues in many years of doing business with them.

On the other hand, I prefer to buy from B&H and Adorama in person, I love visiting both stores and it gives me an excuse to get to NYC. :D


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Oct 03, 2013 23:15 |  #72

Amazon for their no hassles return policy.


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Oct 04, 2013 01:46 |  #73

B&H, Adorama, Samy's and Canon (Refurbished now that they giving a year).




  
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Oct 04, 2013 08:56 |  #74

coffee_mon wrote in post #16345001 (external link)
B&H, Adorama, Samy's and Canon (Refurbished now that they giving a year).

.......you also get a 12-month return-to-Canon warranty when buying Canon refurbs from Adorama....



  
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Oct 04, 2013 09:09 |  #75

HelenOster wrote in post #16345449 (external link)
.......you also get a 12-month return-to-Canon warranty when buying Canon refurbs from Adorama....

Thanks Helen, I did not know that.


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