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03-11-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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K-5's from amazon ???

nice 12 month financing plan when buying a k-5, directly from amazon.... however, they won't disclose where the inventory if from.... (promised to be new, not returns of refurbished).... don't want to be the unlucky recipient of an older inventory piece sure to be a stain pain.....
has anyone purchased a new k-5 from amazon directly, recently???
(not from one of their participating retailers) fyi.. the 12 month financing is ONLY from amazon directly.... dave m

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All the recent ones from Amazon seem to be in good shape: Pentax K-5 Serial Numbers - Pentax Serial Number Database - PentaxForums.com

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Where is the special financing offer located?

QuoteOriginally posted by dcmsox2004 Quote
nice 12 month financing plan when buying a k-5, directly from amazon.... however, they won't disclose where the inventory if from.... (promised to be new, not returns of refurbished).... don't want to be the unlucky recipient of an older inventory piece sure to be a stain pain.....
has anyone purchased a new k-5 from amazon directly, recently???
(not from one of their participating retailers) fyi.. the 12 month financing is ONLY from amazon directly.... dave m
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i'd buy with confidence from b+h.... but 12 months to pay would be helpful.....
you can't get any info from amazon about their mystery stock source... they can't divulge...or provide any serial numbers of their inventory....
might be worth a shot... don't know about their return policy, gotta take a look at it tomorrow...
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Typically once electronics are sold and opened by law they cannot be sold as new. Which is why they have the warehouse deals for the opened and returned items.

I have purcashed a ton of things from Amazon and have never had trouble returning anything regardless of what it was. You have 30 days for whatever reason and in most cases they will cover the return shipping.

I would take advantage of their 12 month finance offer...why not use someone elses money for free!!!! If the camera does have a problem you can return it and have them ship you another.

While I agree B&H is great Amazon really is a good company to deal with....

Good Luck Dave....
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcmsox2004 Quote
nice 12 month financing plan when buying a k-5, directly from amazon.... however, they won't disclose where the inventory if from.... (promised to be new, not returns of refurbished).... don't want to be the unlucky recipient of an older inventory piece sure to be a stain pain.....
has anyone purchased a new k-5 from amazon directly, recently???
(not from one of their participating retailers) fyi.. the 12 month financing is ONLY from amazon directly.... dave m
Dave, when I got my K-x through Amazon, not all the paperwork was there and I had a fungus in the viewfinder. Not sure if this is from the factory or not, but I would want to make sure it is brand new. I see now that they are both priced the same through either B&H and Amazon.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dcmsox2004 Quote
nice 12 month financing plan when buying a k-5, directly from amazon.... however, they won't disclose where the inventory if from.... (promised to be new, not returns of refurbished).... don't want to be the unlucky recipient of an older inventory piece sure to be a stain pain.....
has anyone purchased a new k-5 from amazon directly, recently???
(not from one of their participating retailers) fyi.. the 12 month financing is ONLY from amazon directly.... dave m
Mine came from Amazon in late january. After all the flap late last year I waited
until they had shown to be 'out of stock' a few days, and were then reported 'in stock---and ordered one. I consider it unlikely at this point that they have old inventory. though mine came with a 392nnnn serial number which was somewhawt lower than I expected, I have no complaints. I've found it to be radically better than the K10 which I previoiusly used.

The photo quality, profoundly in low light conditions, is much improved, and the vignetting associated with the pop up flash,with the also much maligned (but IMHO excellent 16-50 F2.8) is greatly reduced as compared to the K10.

I haven't owned a K20 or the K7, and though I liked the K10 reasonably well,
the difference between the K10 and the K5 is an 'Oh my Gawd' event on the positive side.

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update.... signed up for the amazon store card.... that's what triggers the 12 month plan... better pay for it in full before 12 months is up.... the interest rate is 25.66%......
got 2 day free shipping to boot... upon its' receipt.... i'll check and post the serial number to our database.... keepin' my fingers crossed.....
this is the first time i've ever owned the latest and greatest pentax has offered in dslr's....
will update later.... thanks all, for the feedback.... what'd i do without my forum friends.... dave m

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Hey Dave - I've bought a bunch of stuff from both Amazon and B&H and find either place great to do business with (I've been happy with Adorama, as well). I buy bodies from Amazon, since they have a longer return period, giving me more "evaluation" time. I generaly buy all my lenses (too many ) from B&H.

I've not had to return anything to Amazon, but the process looks straightforward. I have returned a couple of things to B&H, including a faulty flash, and they made it pretty painless - I was impressed.

I think the policy of both companies is to ship only "factory-fresh" merchandise, but screw-ups probably happen (it was clear the flash I mentioned above was not factory sealed), but - again - the return remedy was facile and I had a brand new flash in just a few days.

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update.... signed up for the amazon store card.... that's what triggers the 12 month plan... better pay for it in full before 12 months is up.... the interest rate is 25.66%......
got 2 day free shipping to boot... upon its' receipt.... i'll check and post the serial number to our database.... keepin' my fingers crossed.....
this is the first time i've ever owned the latest and greatest pentax has offered in dslr's....
will update later.... thanks all, for the feedback.... what'd i do without my forum friends.... dave m
Congrats, buddy - you won't need the reply I just posted. I love your shots from your current camera - I can't wait to see what you do with the new one.

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Both B&H and amazon are great. Amazon's return policy and replacement policy is 30d and they'll send out a replacement without charge so long as you return any defective items within 30d. The downside is that amazon customer service is a bit more convoluted and used a lot of asian call centers. B&H has a 14 return policy but their customer service is superior and straightforward to deal with via chat, email, or phone.
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