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March 12th, 2007, 05:04 PM
I'm looking into buying the Nikon D80. I found a website that has this camera for $1,098.00 and it comes with a lens that is 18-200 mm. #1 - whats your idea about buying on the web? #2 - what do you think about this lens? It is the bestprice.com and it does come with a U.s. Warranty.
March 12th, 2007, 05:11 PM
Colleen; It sounds to good to be true. Do a through check before committing your hard earned money. Get full specs of the offer and then check the know reputable stores, such as B & H, Adorama and Beach, just a few I have delt with. Good luck.
ED - Taxman3043
March 12th, 2007, 05:42 PM
I concur with Ed!
The D80 body is going for close to $1000, and the Nikon 18-200 for around $750.
March 12th, 2007, 05:49 PM
Carol, I put in the website you mentioned and got an insurance quote web site. I agree Ed, check them out first.
March 12th, 2007, 05:52 PM
I just bought the D80 with the Nikon 18-135 zoom for $1100 from JR Photo. Check and make sure this is a Nikon lense you are getting. I researched the net for a couple of weeks and what I paid is about average, within a few dollars between dealers. When I priced it with the 18-200 mm it went out of sight. The lense is about $700 or so, the D80 is about $900 or so, so if you do the math, something doesn't sound right:D BUT IF IT IS THE NEW NIKON 18-200mm LENSE JUMP ON IT, you got the deal of the 21th century:)
March 12th, 2007, 08:03 PM
Kim, I might have given the wrong website, I'm sorry. Here's the exact address: http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.aspx?prodid=706565&up=679296 They do give a 1-800 phone #. I'm a little leary because you want to make sure to get a US Warranty. They said there is some grey market merchandise on the web and I sure don't want to get that. Thanks for your double checking for me.
March 12th, 2007, 08:50 PM
Im surprised no one has mentioned ResellerRatings.com (http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Best_Price_Cameras_6). Just type in BestCameras.com and you see that they have a lifetime positive rating of 0.14 out of a possible 10. Not exactly a stellar reputation. Read the reviews by all the disgruntled reviewers. Use this site to check up on many US retailers.
March 12th, 2007, 08:55 PM
THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! I will definitely not order from them. I'm so glad I ask your opinion. Great website for checking things out. Thanks again. Will keep looking for a price I can afford but have an honest deal.
March 12th, 2007, 09:01 PM
Any time you see offers like that, that are too good to be true, you will find either you are buying gray market items or you will be bombarded with bait and switch offers. Many times the lenses in these kits are not real Nikon lenses, but instead are a cheap make of Tokina or something. Then they hassle you to buy extended warranties, extra batteries, flash etc etc. When you refuse to buy all those other things, they will lead you to believe they are processing your order when in fact they just cancel it without your knowledge, sometimes charging your card in the process. Then you have to fight with them for over a month to get your card refunded. There are many shady operations tucked away in Manhattan. Stick with reputable dealers like BH Photo or Adorama. You may pay a bit more, but you don't get hammered with all the other 'offers' that are made only to sweeten their profit margin.
March 12th, 2007, 09:20 PM
Lee, thanks for the link. I have bookmarked it for future reference.
March 12th, 2007, 09:43 PM
One company that had a good price on the D80 was H1photo. I looked it up on Reseller ratings and they scored a whopping 10. Even the BH Photo didn't score that high. Thanks again for that website.
March 12th, 2007, 11:30 PM
Carol & Kim,
Glad you found resellerratings.com to be of value. A word of caution, I've never heard of H1Photo but always take into consideration the number of transactions reviewed. For example, H1Photo has a perfect 10 on 16 total reviews while B&H has 9.5 on 3500+ reviews. Be sure the vendor hasn't "salted" the reviews. Resellerratings is supposed to be pretty strict about "salting" but unscrupulous vendors can be very creative.:mad:
March 12th, 2007, 11:46 PM
See thats another thing I had not thought of. Glad you know all the loopholes. Its nice to have someone that knows these things because if I am able to get this camera it will be a sacrifice (money wise). You sure do want to get what you pay for. Thanks again for your help.
March 12th, 2007, 11:52 PM
You might want to check this website before you do business with bestprice.
March 13th, 2007, 12:41 AM
As already said watch out. Also that lens is not a Nikkor nor is it the 18-200 Nikkor "VR" lens (look at the speed of the lens).
March 13th, 2007, 07:29 AM
Another good way to check up on a reseller is the Better Business Bureau - go to www.bbb.org (http://www.bbb.org) and the search business page and enter the URL of the web site (eg www.bestpricecameras.com (http://www.bestpricecameras.com)). This is what you get:
Take note of the 11 other names under which the company does business. There are some horror stories over at Nikonians of people finishing up with a $2000 charge on their credit card and no camera.
Sadly you have to take the approach that if it looks like a good deal then there's most likely something wrong with it. Buyer Beware :(
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