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09-09-2008, 07:25 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stratman Quote
I would say it is more like 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the time, B&H, Adorama, and Amazon, all ya need to know....I am sure there are a few other good shops out there, but these three are known to be legit, and have good customer service.

you are correct about these places --- I would also like to add Calumet ( and no I do not work for them ) From where I live it is next day UPS ground service from Chicago. So if Calumet is the same price ---- I order from them.

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09-09-2008, 07:26 AM   #17
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Scam resellers

I have a coworker who recently wanted to buy a digital slr. I showed him my K10D, but he decided he liked the compactness of the Olympus E-510, instead. Oh, well!

I also warned him to check out any internet advert he saw, at resellerratings.com. He didn't take my advice and saw a really, really great price at Broadwayphoto.com (rating: 1.18/10). So, he placed an internet order and received an email instructing him to call and "confirm" his order. First red flag!!!

When he called, he was told that the included battery was inferior and that he needed to buy the "upgraded" battery. They also pressured him to buy an additional Olympus zoom lens and flash. Fortunately (for him), he wanted those things anyway. Their "bundle" included a crappy camera bag and a cheap tripod.

In the end, he got essentially what he wanted, but he had a lot of hassle and ended up spending a little more he would have at B & H (I checked). Broadway also charged some ridiculous shipping charge. I think it was about $75 to ship from New York to Cleveland.

I've heard many stories from people who tried to get just the advertised camera, with no upgrades or add-ons, only to be told that the camera was suddenly out of stock. Returns and refunds can be extremely hard to get, as well.
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That happened to me too Paul, I bought a flash ( for a friend ) from Bestpricecamera.com, and I also got the "call to confirm" email. So I called them, and lo and behold, when i didn't want any of their add ons, all of a sudden the flash wasn't in stock, and was going to be sent from overseas. Took about 10 calls before I actually was able to cancel the order, lesson learned....
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I been buying stuff on-line for 7 years now and have been lucky so far..(Knock on wood). But I always look up the store's for their reviews. Most of my camera stuff I have got from Tri State Camera, They called me when I got my K20D to see If I was the person who ordered it and ask If I needed a SD card since it didn't come with one, which I thought was ok. I received my order 3 days later with no special shipping charges for the fast service.

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