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Should I wait till black friday to buy my camera??

 
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Sep 25, 2016 15:59 |  #16

IShootThings wrote in post #18138889 (external link)
I'd wait and then use greentoe. In most cases, you're going to get the best deal using greentoe. I've also noticed that there are better camera deals after black Friday.

There is a lot of truth to this. I snagged a 50A no Greentoe for like 19% off retail back when it was hard to find them discounted new.

Also, for those who are willing to poached like-new used gear, people sell for a discount around the holidays to build extra money to buy gifts, because they got a better DSLR/lens as a gift than their current, or to upgrade their gear.

Adorama and B&H's used section should be flush with choices from BF through the first week in January.


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Sep 26, 2016 20:17 |  #17

Canon has done a couple of refurbished coupon triple stacks around BF the past couple of years. The jury is still out if this is a deliberate thing or a mistake that was repeated. It's generally only on for a couple hours, but you can score some seriously cheap gear. Unfortunately, that doesn't help you if you are going to buy a sony.




  
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Oct 26, 2016 14:33 |  #18

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It is probably worth waiting if you are getting a 'consumer' level camera. Usually no great deals on 'pro' or 'prosumer' level cameras on BF. Also, maybe not worth waiting if you have NO camera now!


Not to hijack, but would you suspect this would apply to the 5Dmk4 this BF/Christmas season? I've been impatiently waiting for a rebate and/or package deal to be offered.

Luckily I have no dire need for it before spring time - but that doesn't make waiting any easier. Just hoping I'm not waiting for no reason. I haven't bought a new model this close to release since the 40D so I wasn't sure if any deals would even be offered on it this soon.

If I don't see any deals by Black Friday I'm pulling the trigger on it for whatever B&H has it listed for.


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Oct 26, 2016 16:06 |  #19

I just 'bit the bullet' and got a 5D4, full price. No regrets, it is excellent. I might buy a second to replace my 5D3 when a refurb is available. Probably in 6 months judging by previous experience. I MIGHT get a 5Dsr instead though. That is currently available as a refurb. I haven't heard of Canon having any BF sales on pro level equipment. As I said, BF is usually consumer grade stuff. You could always try Greentoe and definitely watch CanonPriceWatch.




  
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Oct 26, 2016 16:25 as a reply to  @ jmckayak's post |  #20

I would only regret buying now if I ended up seeing a worthy sale around the holidays. I have the benefit of not NEEDING the camera at this time. But the wait has been tough. Just looking for some input from people that may have been in my situation in previously years - as I've never shopped for a body around this time of year, and certainly not one at this price point.


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Oct 26, 2016 18:02 |  #21

mickeyb105 wrote in post #18140159 (external link)
...Adorama and B&H's used section should be flush with choices from BF through the first week in January.

Keh.com's used (external link) section is one I'd check, too.


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Nov 08, 2016 13:25 as a reply to  @ post 18138889 |  #22

I'd like to offer a quick +1 for Greentoe. Saw mention of it here for the first time. Just grabbed a 5d Mark IV there. Between price, no shipping, no tax I figure I saved about $650. On price alone, a savings of almost $300. The whole process was easy and transparent. I'll definitely go back (after I replace the hole in my budget that I just created). Not sure if prices will be lower for Black Friday, but this made it an easy call for me to just go ahead and buy now.


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Nov 08, 2016 13:30 |  #23

If you don't mind sharing, can you say what you paid for the 5D4?


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Nov 08, 2016 14:24 |  #24

Definitely wait a few weeks for Black Friday. Sign up for the Sony equivalent of Canon Price Watch alerts, and you can save some serious coin.

Picked up a 7D2 and a Pro 100 printer (also came with 32gb memory card, a camera bag, and a few other accessories) last year on Black Friday for less than I've been able to find just the 7D2 since then.


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Nov 08, 2016 14:39 |  #25

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If you don't mind sharing, can you say what you paid for the 5D4?

Don't mind at all. I paid $3225 total, all inclusive of shipping and tax (no tax, actually). You can put in an offer and then, if accepted, you've done the deal. Given that my offer was accepted in minutes, perhaps I could have tried a lower number but I'm happy with that price.


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Nov 08, 2016 14:45 |  #26

I can't see any retailer putting anything new and desirable in a black friday sale, why would they, camera tech is changing so quickly they'll just put the older stock in the sale to clear it out.


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Nov 08, 2016 18:19 |  #27

jamesdmo wrote in post #18179436 (external link)
Don't mind at all. I paid $3225 total, all inclusive of shipping and tax (no tax, actually). You can put in an offer and then, if accepted, you've done the deal. Given that my offer was accepted in minutes, perhaps I could have tried a lower number but I'm happy with that price.

$25 more than canonpricewatch.com's street price of $3199...


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Nov 10, 2016 16:14 |  #28

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$25 more than canonpricewatch.com's street price of $3199...

So, pretty close to the same. Looks like Greentoe and CanonPriceWatch use pretty much the same method for obtaining deals; working directly with retailers to avoid the restrictions about advertising a price below Canon's set price. Greentoe asks you to name your price, CPW tells you the one "Street Price" available. I wonder if it's possible to use Greentoe to successfully name a price lower than CPW's? One potential difference, though probably not significant: according to CPW, "For most deals we have enough retailer coverage to ensure no tax to all US states. Otherwise, tax will be clearly noted in the reply." Greentoe clearly states that their price will be all inclusive.

Either way, I'm glad to know about both of these companies as I'd somehow missed learning about either one of them before this week.


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Nov 10, 2016 22:16 |  #29

I cannot say enough great things about CanonPriceWatch. They are simply superb. They work really, really hard to get people the best possible price and they have a lot of heart. They have saved me thousands of dollars over the years (no kidding) and I give them my highest recommendation.

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Nov 15, 2016 15:22 |  #30

bps wrote in post #18181376 (external link)
I cannot say enough great things about CanonPriceWatch. They are simply superb. They work really, really hard to get people the best possible price and they have a lot of heart. They have saved me thousands of dollars over the years (no kidding) and I give them my highest recommendation.

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I second this!

I got my 135L from them a few years back and they helped me get it at the right price during a time when Canon's refurbished inventory wasn't playing nice with their checkout process. I don't know how my man made it happen, but he went the extra mile for me.


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