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Where do you buy your new bodies?

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Apr 20, 2009 07:45 |  #1

I know it's a bit of a silly question, but I wanted to know where everyone bought their new camera bodies because even if popular places like BHPhotovideo and Amazon are reputable, sometimes people get great deals, But it's hard to separate good deals from places that could scam you while searching around. So has anyone had any great deals lately from sites that aren't so popular? Just wondering.

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Apr 20, 2009 07:56 |  #2

B&H for me. I have been buying from them practically exclusively for about 20 years. I dont have a local photo shop. The nearest one I would visit is 45 minutes away. So they are for emergencies. Everything else is now over the internet... B&H, Adorama, or Calumet. (external link)

Joe ­ Cyr
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Apr 20, 2009 07:59 |  #3

B&H or Adorama for me as well as their prices seem to be the best. I used to use Abes of Maine, but found their prices to be slightly higher.

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Al ­ Mac
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Apr 20, 2009 08:02 |  #4

Personally, I've only used B&H, local camera stores, and also Amazon for one camera body where they had the best price including shipping. If I need advice from a retailer or need to handle the camera before buying, I only buy the camera body from local camera stores. I don't think it's fair or moral to shop the local camera store first to get advice or try the camera out, and then buy it from B&H because B&H charges $100 less.

If you want to know whether a particular web retailer is honest (and there are still way too many in the photography business who are NOT honest, and some of them buy multi-page spreads in the photo magazines and get listed in the mags' quality-sellers programs, so you can't go by that as an assurance of honesty), check out:
http://www.resellerrat​ (external link)

Don't just look at the overall ratings a retailer gets. Read the comments, but remember that some good comments may be planted by the store, or by customers who were offered a discount by the store; some bad comments may be planted by competitors. Look for overall trends. Are there a sizable number of people saying something like: "I submitted the order and everything seemed fine. They sent me an email saying I had to call about my credit card. I called and they pressured me to buy an accessory package. When I said I didn't want it, they said the camera was on back-order. That was six weeks ago. Meanwhile, no camera." When you see a bunch of comments like that, you know it's not an honest operation. You have to use your head and not your heart; ignore the lower price quote from dealers like that and not order from them, because they simply aren't going to honor the price they quote. Any dealer that comes in more than about 10% lower than B&H or Adorama on a non-clearance item is suspicious, because that's the profit margin (or more than the profit margin) that the largest retailers can get, buying wholesale. If they quote lower than that, they have to make it up someplace else, and you won't be happy when they do.

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Apr 20, 2009 08:06 |  #5

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Apr 20, 2009 08:58 as a reply to  @ blueM's post |  #6

B&H. Adorama for accessories. Both have excellent reputations. I find B&H easier to deal with, but Adorama stocks certain lines that B&H does not , e.g., Think Tank bags.

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Apr 20, 2009 09:04 |  #7

If you buy from Ebay you are able to see the feedback reliability of the seller. 98% or above is a fairly good indication that they have given good deals to past customers. I got my 40D refurbished that way, and the whole experience was perfect. The camera is perfect too.

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Apr 20, 2009 09:18 |  #8
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B&H as they have the lowest prices going on the market.

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Apr 20, 2009 09:22 |  #9

Typically, I buy from Adorama or B&H. However, with my last camera body purchase, I went with I've used the, almost exclusively, for computer h/w and, at the time, they had the best price on the body. They got the business.

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Apr 20, 2009 09:24 |  #10

B&H here also, the best pricing and great service.

local brick and mortar stores around me are much higher in pricing that I rarely even go to them anymore. They wont price match B&H either.

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Apr 20, 2009 09:26 as a reply to  @ avbcon12's post |  #11

B&H exclusively.

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Jared ­ Byer
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Apr 20, 2009 09:29 |  #12

I bought my 50D from amazon for a couple of reasons. It was about 30 bucks cheaper at the time and had free shipping and cheap two day delivery.

I always make sure it says the seller is though and not joe blow selling through amazon (unless the seller is very reputable).

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Apr 20, 2009 09:36 |  #13

B&H or Amazon, depending on who has the lower price shipped. I just got my new 5DmkII from B&H.

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Apr 20, 2009 11:30 |  #14

A great deal is SO MUCH MORE than just a low price. I have quit looking for the lowest price. I deal with 3 places; Amazon, B&H, Adorama. I know the price from them is as low as one can reasonably expect and their service is great.

I bought my 40D and a couple of lenses from Abes of Maine. I got tired of them calling me with each order and trying to sell me filters & warranties. Why put up with it when the other places are so easy and the prices are so close?

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Apr 20, 2009 13:31 |  #15

Message from Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador

n1as wrote in post #7767662 (external link)
A great deal is SO MUCH MORE than just a low price. I have quit looking for the lowest price. I deal with 3 places; Amazon, B&H, Adorama. I know the price from them is as low as one can reasonably expect and their service is great.

Thanks for the recommendation for Adorama Camera - to everyone who posted. Your kind words and support are very much appreciated.

If you ever have a query or concern regarding an order from Adorama Camera - or AdoramaPix - please don't hesitate to contact me directly.


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