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John C. Bond

where to buy from?

i am looking to buy a nikon d80, and I just have questions about sites such as:
how are these sites so cheap, they look somewhat shady to me and I was just wondering is anyone has bought from them so see how the products turn out.

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4/29/2007 10:39:23 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  bestpricecameras is shady. Funny that you bring them up right now; someone just mentioned being ripped off on another forum I go to.

Some of these companies offer things so cheap because they buy them from China and other places ... which means they don't come with ac adapters.

And after ordering from these companies you'll find that they aren't as cheap as they claim to be. They will have you call in a couple of days after placing your order to confirm or whatever reason it is that they give. Then they tell you that your package doesn't come with some of the necessary items and that it will cost you extra to get them. Then they push really hard to get you to buy other things that are expensive.

On top of all that, some people don't even get their merchandise .... seriously. They pay for it but never receive it.

Before you purchase from any site online, make sure you check them out from a reliable source. I go to There are some bogus rating sites out there but resellerratings is for real.

I bought my Canon Rebel a few years ago from (they checked out on resellerratings). I also trust (but that is partially because their local shop is located where I live, and they have a fantastic reputation. I've met the owner and he is a swell guy). also checks out on resellerratings.

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4/29/2007 10:57:08 AM

Willie  L
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/28/2006
  Make sure you check out
Those other "too good to be true" places will give you that infamous "sales call". They will try to sell you more in order to make up for that low price.
Good Luck and remember...

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4/29/2007 1:10:54 PM

Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  I have used bhphoto and never had a problem. Their prices are usually the lowest and you can count on what your are ordering.

Amazon is also actually pretty good sometimes only because of freight. Their prices are a little higher, they don't always have the inventory in stock, but in the end the savings in freight can make the difference. Just be careful that you are actually ordering from them and not one of their 3rd party vendors.

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4/30/2007 7:12:36 AM

Are you actually considering buying a high-tech 1,000 bucks apparatus over the web? Without having physically handled and felt it? Without having looked the salesperson in the eye?

Do you buy a car without a test drive too?

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4/30/2007 8:25:58 AM

Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  Where are you lucky enough to live that there is actually a camera shop around other then Ritz/Wolf? I have one private one in my area. He sold me a Promaster when I started out; naive as heck?? Won't even think of going back!!

Best Buy is actually stocking the 30D and 5D now, but I use them only to play. I wouldn't think of asking them a question. Actually it is quite comical to ask them a question and listen to their unbelievable responses.

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4/30/2007 9:15:33 AM

Who Me? 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  don't be a cheaps#!t or you'll get cheaps#!t.

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4/30/2007 11:35:38 PM

Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  I have spent so much through Adorama, I should get stock options. They are very fast and reliabe. has some good deals too. I bought a D200 through Amazon; it was the best deal I found online.

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5/1/2007 4:45:30 AM

Ted L. Craig
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2007
  John, I attempted to buy from Express Camera last December. I am very wary of buying on-line so I usually check and double check and bug them to death to keep things going. It was that which helped to make them tell me they didn't have any cameras in stock. They wouldn't have told me if I hadn't persisted. I cancelled the order and went to a place called Preferred Photo. I got what I paid for except in some extras. In short I wound up paying a reasonable price - but it was not the bargains as suggested by Express Camera. By the way - I love my Nikon D80. Simon Stafford teaches a 4 week class getting you use to the camera. I recommend that as well. I'm just finishing up.

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5/3/2007 7:27:36 PM

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