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Oct 10, 2013 13:14 |  #121

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I look at the Macro side of it as opposed to the Micro side.

I look at my cash supply, first.




  
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Oct 10, 2013 21:18 |  #122

I usually buy on CL or a camera store near buy. but if i was online shopping i would buy from amazon. i have heard wonderful things about B&H though.


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Oct 10, 2013 23:18 as a reply to  @ Trapstar's post |  #123

For whatever reason I started my larger purchases with B&H and they have been so good that I go there first now. Honestly I don't shop around much and I'm not going to bother saving 5-10% to go somewhere else (except Adorama). B&H shipping is awesome, even free shipping usually gets shipped very quickly.

If they don't have what I'm looking for, then its Adorama who seem as good and I also wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

I would use Amazon last, although it does seem that people are satisfied with them. With my non-camera purchases shipping had not been as reliable.

Adorama and B&H are probably so good and professional that is doesn't make any difference, but I like the fact that I have a history with a company in case something 'goes wrong'. B&H can see how often and how much I've spent with them so it's pretty obvious I'm not going to be trying something stupid (like trying to return a lens that I've used for an event or something).


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Oct 11, 2013 00:36 |  #124

I bought most of my lenses at a local store. Whatever is not in stock, they ask the local distributer if they have it in stock. Usually they do and they get it to the store between same day or a few days usually (depends on the company). What the distributer doesn't have in stock, can take a while sometimes but isn't slower than any other method anyway.

Then I go to the store and try it extensively before deciding whether to buy it or not. If it works as it should I buy it.


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Oct 11, 2013 07:00 |  #125

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Adorama and B&H are probably so good and professional that is doesn't make any difference, but I like the fact that I have a history with a company in case something 'goes wrong'. B&H can see how often and how much I've spent with them so it's pretty obvious I'm not going to be trying something stupid (like trying to return a lens that I've used for an event or something).

I find that there's very little to choose between B&H and Adorama, except that Adorama seems to have more small accessories available than B&H does. I can't recall any specific examples off the top of my head, but several times I have found stuff at Adorama that I couldn't find anywhere else except eBay, and I trust Adorama a lot more than I do eBay.


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Oct 11, 2013 07:15 |  #126

Amazon usually. I have their CC and prime account so I get 3% off with CC and overnight shipping is only $3.99. Best return/exchange policy as well.

I use Adorama and B&H also, but amazon is my default.


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Oct 12, 2013 05:36 |  #127

Citiwide online (Hong Kong internet retailer) or at retail shops in Seoul, if I am in town. There is a section of town with literally dozens of camera shops all selling Canon and Nikon, both new and used. Prices are fabulous.


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Oct 12, 2013 16:44 |  #128

Usually purchase lenses new from Amazon or second hand from MPB Photographic.


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Oct 14, 2013 12:59 |  #129

ejenner wrote in post #16362097 (external link)
For whatever reason I started my larger purchases with B&H and they have been so good that I go there first now. Honestly I don't shop around much and I'm not going to bother saving 5-10% to go somewhere else (except Adorama). B&H shipping is awesome, even free shipping usually gets shipped very quickly.

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Nov 28, 2013 20:56 as a reply to  @ henryp's post |  #130

Just wanted to thank B&H for the quick sipping of my lens, and then today a nice surprise showed up in my email giving me a Rewards Card for 49.96 so I went ahead and placed an order for a Canon 200EG Deluxe Backpack (which is basically a freebie with my card) for knocking around town in.

I just wished you guys carried the Yongnuo flash line so I didn't have to order from other vendors:(


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Nov 29, 2013 17:24 as a reply to  @ hotled's post |  #131

When I first started around 6 years ago I made all my purchases from Adorama, and never had a complaint. The best photography instructor at my school soon told me about B&H, and I've been using them ever since (I basically prefer the B&H website, thats it), but not without complaint...

Since there is a B&H rep checking-in here (this thread only, first time I've ever seen one from B&H, whereas Hellen from Adorama is everywhere), I want to leave this one small suggestion with you: Take a few extra seconds packaging your products before shipping them, and H-Tape the boxes. I hate to belittle my own people as well, but it wouldn't hurt to not be so incredibly cheap with the type of tape either.

Almost all of the gear in my gear list was purchased from you B&H, and at least half of it has arrived looking like this: Torn tape on boxes, this is the most common problem, the boxes arriving half-opened, the 24L was practically hanging out of the box when it arrived, I could have pulled it out through the open hole. Completely deflated cell-o-air, basically an empty clear trash bag, what protection does that offer? Lack of sufficient support inside the box when shipping products cross-country that cost between $2,000-and $5,000.00. The Fedex guy almost instinctively files notes about the conditions that all of the B&H boxes arrive in now.

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Whereas this is the level of care and respect I show to the people buying my used equipment:
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Nov 30, 2013 08:26 |  #132

Adorama, Amazon and B/H. That's it. All dependable and fast enuf shipping to suit me. Fair price too, imho.




  
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Nov 30, 2013 08:40 as a reply to  @ hrblaine's post |  #133

People who sell used on potn normally package the items ten times better compared to the big stores because they care about the equipment they are selling.


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Nov 30, 2013 09:01 |  #134

It's all about time and the damage fail rate that determines the packaging detail. Until the rate increases, why change. Time is money. That is how it works unfortunately.


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Nov 30, 2013 09:06 |  #135

I buy the majority of my stuff from Amazon unless its something I absolutely need today (and its over $100 so I get free parking), then I buy from B&H. When I was in San Fran Calumet was my go to store for emergencies, but their prices are ridiculous. Ive bought in the past from Adorama, 17th street photo and 42nd street photo. The latter with mixed results. Also bought one lens from Beach camera.

The longer I've been into this hobby the less the human element has been important to me in terms of equipment purchase. I've had better luck researching products on the net than purchasing at the advise of a salesperson. B&H seems to have the magic mix of sales assistance and controlling prices but often they still cant compete with Amazon for cost and convenience (for me anyway). Their store is great although I don't care for the checkout experience. Cant argue with how efficient it is though I guess.


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