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Safe to buy online?? HELP!

I am ready to buy my new camera (Canon Elan 7 with a Canon 28mm-105mm USM lens II, 54MZ3 flash and vertical grip) and just can't decide whether or not it's safe to buy online!!!! Obviously I can save a BUNDLE of money, but in doing so may put myself at risk of getting a "gray market" camera etc. Have had several "lectures" from retailers, so I'm now scared of going the online route... but wondering if YOU (the consumer!!) bought online and if YOU have had any problems. If you did, in fact, buy online, who would you recommend??? THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING me with this dilemma. Stacy

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11/26/2003 10:04:05 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  I bought a lot of my stuff from adorama. Haven't had any problems and have been a repeat customer. They have u.s. market and gray market items listed, so that may make you say, "well how do I know that just say it's u.s. market". All I can say is I like them. They don't give the hard sale and try and get to buy something you don't want like other places I've looked into. They may ask you if you want an extended warranty or some filter specials they have, but if you say no, they don't keep hassling you.'
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11/26/2003 3:28:13 PM

Ronal Jeffries   I purchess on line some. The main thing to know is, who are they? It is always a good idea to know who you are dealing with. Say go to Wolf Camera who might cost a little more than XXX camera where the price shows to be cheaper. The cheaper price could cost you more in the long run.

The local merchants are telling the horror stories because they want your business. I live in a small town and try to support local merchants as much as possable. However, when it comes to photo stuf it is either Wal-Mart or drive an hour to Winston-Salem. The internet has helped me a lot.

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11/26/2003 6:56:58 PM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  It's safe to buy online, but do your homework first. I just bought a new camera (went through Ebay) and had no problems. It saved by a lot of money and I got more product than I would have buying local...

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11/27/2003 2:28:12 PM

Patrick J. Whalen   Stacy, I agree with these responses. It is safe to buy online. My family and I have purchased many items and have been very satisfied with all of them. Like everyone has said though, do a little homework first, check return policy,get as much info as possible about the company you are dealing with,such as names and phone numbers, if you are dealing with a company check the B.B.B.
for the state they are doing business in. This will probably cost $3.00 on your phone bill,a whole lot better than sending huge amounts of money. Also send by registered mail with confirmation of delivery. Hope this helps.... Pat

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11/28/2003 8:08:47 PM

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