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02-15-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Camera Kings Import model?

Looking to buy a Pentax K-x. Camera Kings has it for 450, but I noticed it was an "import model" rather than the USA model and that the warranty is through them rather than the manufacturer, 1 year on labor, 90 days on parts or vice versa. Anyone have any dealings with this company? Also, if something is amiss with a DSLR, does it usually present itself early on? They've got it for no tax and no shipping for 450, so I was about to pull the trigger until I noticed this little caveat.

02-15-2010, 04:16 PM   #2

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Glad you asked!

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Then buy from a Pentax-authorized dealer.

02-16-2010, 12:44 PM   #3

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Camera Kings (,,,, more..) - - Reviews, Ratings and Prices at ResellerRatings gives them a 6.87 out of 10. That's a very mediocre rating. Its not nearly as bad as the known scammers from Brooklyn, but not nearly as high as the known best retailers, such as B & H or Adorama.
02-16-2010, 03:32 PM   #4

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The average is mediocre. That's only part of the story.

The reviews themselves are telling. Too many appeared to be modified only after the buyer posted a poor review. And too many spoke of missing warranty cards, missing parts/gifts, and "helpful" sales people who sold them a hi-power memory card. For a ridiculous price.

I expect these folks are, in fact, among the Brooklyn lot. Just look at all the company identities. And look beyond the simple score.


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