Scam Stores - Beach/BuyDig?

Let me first say that I am not a photography hobbyist or anything of the sort. I work for a price search engine, and we are trying to figure out which photography stores we should list. After a lot of research, we have not been able to figure out if Beach Camera/Buydig are legitimate stores. They rate very highly on and bizrate, but we think those reviews may not be real as they seemed to turn from extremely negative to extremely positive a few years ago. Looking at the domain registration, they seem to be owned by the same family as Abe's of Maine, which I do not consider to be a store worth listing. For a legit store, the return policies also seem ridiculous (no returns on dvd players, tvs, etc).

Any advice on these stores would be appreciated. I am only interested in the opinion of regular, contributing members...I will look at your posting history to help determine if your opinion is reliable..

Thank you...

Comments (10)

My wife and I have bought a few thousand dollars of gear from them - no problems at all..

Some cool cats that can use your help

Even if you can't donate, please help spread the word...

Comment #1

A friend of mine bought a Canon XTi from Abes of Maine, and was very satisfied with the whole transaction...

Comment #2

Recently bought a lens from Buydig. No problems whatsoever. It even arrived the day after I ordered it...

Comment #3

A newbie with a planted question, hmmh......

If you check my posting history, you'll find I tend to recommend Canoga Camera in the L.A. area for local shopping. Periodically I'll buy from Mew York, mostly B&H, kind of depends on the balancing of shopping local, availability and the shipping times/costs compared to taxes...

Comment #4

I bought a 40" LCD TV from beachcamera. Arrived properly (maybe 1 day early), no issues whatsoever..

I registered the TV's serial in Samsung's site, so I'm fairly sure it's not gray market either.I just bought a lens from them this week, and they shipped in one day...

Comment #5

I've used Buydig several times with no problems. Often the lowest price of legit retailers...

Comment #6

Bountii wrote:.

I am only interested in the opinion of regular, contributingmembers...I will look at your posting history to help determine ifyour opinion is reliable..

If that is the case, I am only interested in helping posters that have contributed previously. Oops, looks like this is your first post. Tough luck...

Comment #7

Items I bought from Buydig:.

$840 lens, $400 scanner, and about another $300 in pc parts...

...never a problem. Great service...

Comment #8

Well said, dave_s93.

It came across a bit arrogant to me, as well - although it was probably not done intentionally. .

Why is the original poster's profile literally "empty?"....hmmm....oh well, anyone can post what they like here, as long as it isn't offensive and has something to do with photography, I suppose...

Comment #9

On the other forum the OP came bck and claimed legitimacy, that the search engine he was working with was in his profile. I didn't check..

I would have though that were they experienced enough to wonder about responders history that they'd be aware of the problems with spammers and faked entries on various forums that either tout the crooked sellers or bad-mouth the good ones..

I'm still thinking this has a bit of potential for abuse. Maybe not...

Comment #10

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