GaryS1964 wrote in post #17930885
I can't speak to current experience but I bought my Canon 5D3 from them for $2800 at a time when the price was $3495 and no Canon USA authorized dealer was discounting them. It came from an authorized Canon USA dealer and included the Canon USA warranty with no sales tax and free shipping.
Maybe things have changed but I was very happy with my purchase and when I'm dreaming I go there and check the price of "L" lenses I would like to have. There price is usually better than I can find elsewhere and close to Canon's refurbished lenses if you are lucky enough to find them in stock. You may not save 30% but on a high end item even 10% can add up to a couple of hundred dollars or more. I recommend them with the caveat that you should always check other sites first to see if you are actually going to save money. eBay prices are usually cheaper but that also usually means grey market items. Greentoe only deals with the retailers who are authorized dealers.
Bottom line if you want an item check online for the best deal you can find including taxes and shipping and then check Greentoe. If they can't save you money then don't buy from them. If it's an item you are going to purchase anyway and they only save you 10 bucks then buy from them and treat yourself to a drive-thru lunch with the savings.
Well, this is a good approach. But my position is, having been nearly burned before, that there should be a good reason to not buy from the vendor who would work with me should I get a less than ideal copy of a lens. And by that I don't mean the hassle of returning it for a refund, wasting time and effort, and starting at square one.
I know that if I got a misbehaving lens from Amazon, they would exchange it without giving me any grief. B&H and Adorama can also be worked with. Any other store should give me some incentive to buy from them, and $30-40 on a $450 item doesn't seem enticing enough. Take the family out for a dinner on a Friday night and you'll spend double that.
Anyway, this is a non-issue.