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IMPORTANT: If you're buying a camera
With the holiday shopping season underway I'd just like to remind everyone (especially if you are just beginning) to please, please, please know who you're buying your photo gear from. This isn't much of an issue if you shop at a brick-and-mortar store, but be wary shopping online..

IF A DEAL SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE....

... it probably is. There are a ton of shady online electronics stores that are nothing short of a scam. And their rating from eBay, ShopCartUSA and others isn't always a reliable way to determine a company's legitimacy..

IF YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF WHOM YOU'RE BUYING FROM....

... there's probably a reason for this. Many of these fly-by-night outfits stay under the radar for a reason. You owe it to yourself and your credit to check up on the retailer you're planning on buying from. One good site with a ton of feed back is:.

Http://www.resellerratings.com/rlist-s1-n2.html.

Please, buyer beware. There are a ton of horror stories on this site and others. Protect yourself..

That said, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and continue to see the world through 31mm f/1.8 eyes..

Ryan..

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Cameta Camera has several ebay auctions. I just bought through them and found them excellent to deal with. They also have a huge selection..

They're in NY; I'm in Canada. No problems with delivery..

Brenda..

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A forum member on another site just went through some hard times with one of the shady electronic resellers. Please be careful folks..

R..

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I've bought many thousands of dollars of camera equipment, from many retailers - all on-line. You can trust any of these - just check for the best price and don't forget to check the shipping, because it varies quite a bit:.

Http://www.bhphoto.comhttp://www.adorama.comhttp://www.17photo.comhttp://www.digitalfotoclub.comhttp://www.amazon.com (if you actually buy FROM amazon.com, not their "partners")http://www.sigmaforless.com.

Http://www.tallyns.com (Illinois store that will match B+H photo in price, and has great small-town service and lots of knowledge).

There are many others, too. I just haven't use them so I can't recommend them..

I've found, with free shipping, Amazon.com is usually the cheapest. Good return policy, too. digitalfotoclub is also sometimes the cheapest. But they are all about +/- 5%, so it's pretty close..

B+H photo has the best website (especially for searching), and the best selection of ANYBODY out there..

Remeber, all these are tax-free on-line (for most states). That is a significant savings over Best buy, Walmart, Target, etc..

I have bought from DELL, but have had a lot of problems with service and delayed deliver times to recommend them. Although sometimes they are the cheapest in the country when they have their "accessory" discounts going on..

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Bossier City, Louisianahttp://www.pbase.com/ericsorensen..

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I have bought from DELL, but have had a lot of problems with serviceand delayed deliver times to recommend them. Although sometimes theyare the cheapest in the country when they have their "accessory"discounts going on..

Another thing about Dell..

They are known to sell you refurbs without telling you they are refurbs!.

And you don't find out it is a refurb until you try to get a warranty repair.and it isn't covered!.

Just thought you should know..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Remember.always keep the box and everything that came in it!..

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Eric Sorensen wrote:.

I've bought many thousands of dollars of camera equipment, from manyretailers - all on-line. You can trust any of these - just check forthe best price and don't forget to check the shipping, because itvaries quite a bit:.

Http://www.bhphoto.comhttp://www.adorama.comhttp://www.17photo.comhttp://www.digitalfotoclub.comhttp://www.amazon.com (if you actually buy FROM amazon.com, not their"partners")http://www.sigmaforless.comhttp://www.tallyns.com (Illinois store that will match B+H photo in price,and has great small-town service and lots of knowledge).

I'll addhttp://www.beachcamera.com (aka buydig.com)..

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By the way..

I've purchased fromhttp://www.vanns.com.

Got the link here at DPReview..

Great service and prices!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Remember.always keep the box and everything that came in it!..

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Http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14677Regards,Hank.

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Hank3152 wrote:.

Http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14677Regards,Hank.

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Excellent list. Use the list to know who to buy from. You can't use it to know who to avoid because the scammers change names almost every day..

Bottom line is there's no legitimate price more than 1-2% less than the known-good retailers..

I personally look no further than: B&H, Adorama, Buydig, and Amazon...

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After exhaustively searching the internet for the best price, I found it on Amazon.com. This is not a plug for them b/c I know they advertise here already. It's just the truth. Free shipping sealed the deal for me...

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