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Mar 04, 2010 04:47 |  #1

Hey guys!

Those of you who are from New York, or have been to the BHPhoto store there, how are the prices compared to the online prices?

I've downloaded the catalogue from their site, and the prices there are slightly higher than the online store, so I figured they must be store-prices, but not quite sure!

Going to NY in the summer, so big plans big plans!

Also, anynoe have recommendations for camera and photo stores with good prices except BH?




  
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Mar 04, 2010 09:46 |  #2

if you're coming here you can check out adorama as well... i've actually never been to B&H but from what i see online their prices are pretty much the same... i just happen to go to adorama bc it's a lot closer to me...


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Mar 04, 2010 11:26 |  #3

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syphlix wrote in post #9727206 (external link)
if you're coming here you can check out adorama as well... i've actually never been to B&H but from what i see online their prices are pretty much the same... i just happen to go to adorama bc it's a lot closer to me...

We sometimes have apparent price discrepencies, which can generally be explained two ways:

  • catalogs are printed up ahead of time, so prices can change
  • MAP regulations restrict us from posting some low prices on our site - you need to place an item into the basket to see the lower price that you will actually be charged


  
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Mar 04, 2010 11:31 as a reply to  @ HelenOster's post |  #4

Don't forget about taxes v. no taxes for online / out of state.


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Mar 04, 2010 11:37 |  #5

I'm pretty sure their in-store prices are the same as on their website... They were for me when I bought my last lens from them. As noted, when there you pay NY State and City sales tax.


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Mar 04, 2010 12:35 |  #6

If you happen to have access to the Internet while you're in NYC, go through Bing Cashback and order what you need. You'd probably save on tax too. Then call B&H and say that you'll pick it up. Show up with your driver's license and the card you paid with - voila, you are on your way.


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Mar 04, 2010 12:50 as a reply to  @ prosperity's post |  #7

Can you go into the BH store in NYC, get help picking out things, and then go over to a computer and order them on line to be shipped to your home?
That way you wouldn't have to carry the stuff home. Also could save on sales tax in some cases. Of course there would be a shipping charge unless you got lucky and the item(s) was on sale as free shipping.

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Mar 04, 2010 12:53 |  #8

CanonHowitzer wrote in post #9728399 (external link)
Can you go into the BH store in NYC, get help picking out things, and then go over to a computer and order them on line to be shipped to your home?
That way you wouldn't have to carry the stuff home. Also could save on sales tax in some cases. Of course there would be a shipping charge unless you got lucky and the item(s) was on sale as free shipping.
:cool:

I wouldn't expect any luv from the salesperson, but why not? The in-store sale is not final until you finalize it by paying for it.


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Mar 04, 2010 12:57 |  #9

CanonHowitzer wrote in post #9728399 (external link)
Can you go into the BH store in NYC, get help picking out things, and then go over to a computer and order them on line to be shipped to your home?
That way you wouldn't have to carry the stuff home. Also could save on sales tax in some cases. Of course there would be a shipping charge unless you got lucky and the item(s) was on sale as free shipping.

:cool:

It sounds like a good question but I don't think the people in the store have the same setup as online sales. You wait in a little line till a rep is ready, you tell them what you want, they make an order ticket and the item is pulled from inventory and sent downstairs for processing ( packaging ) . What I used to do when I worked around the corner from teh store was call ahead and make sure the item was in stock before I went there and had them pull it to the side for me. As stated though in NYC you'd have to pay the tax on the item.


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Mar 04, 2010 20:31 |  #10

HarrisonClicks wrote in post #9727859 (external link)
Don't forget about taxes v. no taxes for online / out of state.

Just to be on the safe side...

Taxes are the same either way, but instead of B&H collecting them and submitting them to your state and county, you are responsible for tracking and submitting them.

I'm not claiming any high ground; I'm the same as everyone else. But lets make sure we understand, is all.


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Mar 13, 2010 21:27 as a reply to  @ Mosca's post |  #11

I went to B&H was able to demo just about anything. Bought an I pod touch for my son and was advised by the clerk to ship it to my home address (out of state) and avoided the NY state and city tax (I would assume other items would be the same). Just had to make my son wait a week until we returned home. :D


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Mar 14, 2010 11:45 |  #12

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ncgator wrote in post #9791670 (external link)
I went to B&H was able to demo just about anything. Bought an I pod touch for my son and was advised by the clerk to ship it to my home address (out of state) and avoided the NY state and city tax (I would assume other items would be the same). Just had to make my son wait a week until we returned home. :D

I just checked, and we can also ship items purchased in store - however, due to dealer restrictions this applies to any products except Apple!



  
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Mar 14, 2010 11:55 |  #13

Mosca wrote in post #9731155 (external link)
Just to be on the safe side...

Taxes are the same either way, but instead of B&H collecting them and submitting them to your state and county, you are responsible for tracking and submitting them.

I'm not claiming any high ground; I'm the same as everyone else. But lets make sure we understand, is all.

Just echoing the thought; with the way some states' finances are these days, you'd think people would be willing to help out a bit and pay what they owe. (And I am going to take a bit of high ground on this, as I have paid the state tax man the past two years (the only 2 years I've bought new on the web); this year it wiped out my entire State return! :lol: :D)


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Mar 14, 2010 22:50 |  #14

I protest regressive sales taxes by not paying them whenever I can. Plain and simple.


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Mar 14, 2010 23:41 |  #15

Mosca wrote in post #9731155 (external link)
Taxes are the same either way, but instead of B&H collecting them and submitting them to your state and county, you are responsible for tracking and submitting them.

:lol:


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