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K30 + 18-55WR = $479 Hunt via eBay
Posted By: Docrwm, 08-19-2013, 03:49 PM

Pentax K 30 Black Kit w 18 55mm F3 5 5 6 Al WR Lens 027075224940 | eBay
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08-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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I saw they had it I'm stock. I really want to get my wife the red one. I can get a red one for that price without the lens. I'm crazy aren't I?
08-19-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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damn this price can't get any lower with the WR lens bundled with the camera...
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Hmm.. I'm only interested in the body only. How much are those lens fetching for? Anyone wants to split the kit? lol

Really tempting at this price. But something tells me it can go lower, especially when K50 is widely available.

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I bought this kit on Friday through their website for $499. Any chance they'll refund me $20? They seem like solid merchants.
08-20-2013, 12:02 AM   #6
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wow! and i thought that their $499 deal was a steal!
this is crazy!
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QuoteOriginally posted by brelip Quote
Really tempting at this price. But something tells me it can go lower, especially when K50 is widely available.
it will go lower. However, if you want a camera now... I would get this deal for two reasons:

1- Prices wont continue to reduce at the same rate. That means if it came down $20 since last 1 or so months, don't expect it to reduce its price every month at the same rate. Otherwise cameras like the k10, or even k7 would be sold for $10 or -$20 (minus 20) and they are NOT sold for these prices!. In fact, consider that it makes way way more sense to buy a K-30 for $470 than an older one for $400 (common price to see bodies being sold in the forum based on what I've seen) and 2 years later they're only separated for $70!.

2- The stock is not infinite. These prices are like this to get rid of stock. Today they are here, tomorrow will not. As you mention K-50 is there and widely available. But K-30 is less and less available. in fact, just try to find other deals for $499 with the WR let alone $479!.

so, will it go down? yes!
within the next month or two? YES
how much will you save? MAYBE $10 or $15 in a good day (i doubt any more than that)
Will you be lucky enough to buy it and save an extra $10? who knows! They might get out of stock before they hit that low.
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You're probably right. Why don't they sell a body only version - might have sold out?

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Package Deal?

QuoteOriginally posted by brelip Quote
You're probably right. Why don't they sell a body only version - might have sold out?
Hello brelip,
They may have sold out of body-only deals, but that's probably not why this deal is being offered.
Not only Pentax, but all the major camera makers sell the majority of their entry/starter cameras as a package, typically with the 18-55mm zoom. There's usually an upgrade, adding the 80-200mm zoom, also featured. If you check B + H, Adorama and other big stores, you'll see these packages everywhere.
So, it means the major sellers have a huge stock of starter packages on their warehouse shelves. My understanding is that the lenses come in a separate box, a 'white' box and the dealer hooks up whatever package they're promoting. To sell as a complete unit.
Now, Pentax announces a new model at (around) the same price! The dealer is sitting on a stock of K-30's and white box 18-55's. What to do?
Sell' em at the lowest price they can live with.
Another factor is that buyers who already have $$ invested in a system may need a newer body, but they want an upgrade, not the starter body. So, not as many K-30's are sold body-only as (for example) K-5's, K-5II and IIs.
At least, that's the way it was explained to me!
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Looks like the price just went up to $539.99. I hope you guys got your orders in already.
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Shows out-of-stock on the official Hunts store website as well.
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I tried warning about this

QuoteOriginally posted by devorama Quote
Looks like the price just went up to $539.99. I hope you guys got your orders in already.

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On one of the photos on the auction, it shows the K-30 with the DA 18-135mm WR lens.

Wonder if that is why the price increased, to accommodate a 18-135 lens?

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You can always try to call them to confirm. When I bought mine from them the picture they had was the AL lens (not even the WR lens) so I wouldn't really trust the picture alone.
They also had the 35mm 2.4 for 150. Now is 229 i think. It seems they get awesome deals on limited quantity of their stock.
You can try calling and see if they would honor the 479 price... You never know
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oh man.

Thanks Ron for explanation.
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