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@ebiggs1 wrote:

"... I only purchased directly from Canon or B&H."

 

I love B&H and Adorama.  Good relationship with Henry at B&H and Helen at Adorama. Both top notch people and stores.

 

But buying local has its benefits and rewards too.  People go the the big NYC stores for one of two reasons. First price and second they have everything.  Local outlets can't compete in those two areas usually. Hopefully your local outlet offers service and hands on which is hard to put a price on but well worth something.

 

A lens, for instance, at my local camera shop or even BB may be $50 bucks more tha NYC but I get to feel it. I get it instantly, right now. Sometimes that is worth it to me.


Buying locally can also have its' downside, too.  After dropping several hundred on a new lens, I could not register it online with Canon because the local shop was not a factory authorized dealer.  Canon told me as much.

 

BTW, if a local shop is selling stuff at a higher price than the NYC superstores, then that should be a red flag that they might not be a factory authorized dealer.  All dealers are supposed to all Canon gear at the same price.  

 

BB should always be offering Canon products at the same price as Canon does online.  If not, then someone is not doing their job to check prices, and such.

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" I could not register it online with Canon because the local shop was not a factory authorized dealer."

 

Perhaps you should become a more informed shopper if you didn't know whether the store was a real dealer or not. Local stores rarely have the best prices on camera gear, since most of what they sell is “MSRP".  You probably do not shop locally very often. What a shame, too, as some local dealers do offer good service.  You might want to know Best Buy is not the only local camera store.  And, Canon is not the only photography gear that local stores sell. Local shops often have used gear for sale, too.

 

"... if a local shop is selling stuff at a higher price than the NYC superstores, then that should be a red flag ..."

 

Authorized Canon dealers cannot (under most circumstances) advertise a price below the minimum advertised price. This doesn’t stop dealers from having their pricing or deals and specials, it just prevents them from advertizing about it.

 

"...then someone is not doing their job ..."

 

This you are correct, sir.  Get out more locally, you might like it and your community will love it. Smiley Happy

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@ebiggs1 wrote:

" I could not register it online with Canon because the local shop was not a factory authorized dealer."

 

Perhaps you should become a more informed shopper if you didn't know whether the store was a real dealer or not. Local stores rarely have the best prices on camera gear, since most of what they sell is “MSRP".  You probably do not shop locally very often. What a shame, too, as some local dealers do offer good service.  You might want to know Best Buy is not the only local camera store.  And, Canon is not the only photography gear that local stores sell. Local shops often have used gear for sale, too.

 

"... if a local shop is selling stuff at a higher price than the NYC superstores, then that should be a red flag ..."

 

Authorized Canon dealers cannot (under most circumstances) advertise a price below the minimum advertised price. This doesn’t stop dealers from having their pricing or deals and specials, it just prevents them from advertizing about it.

 

"...then someone is not doing their job ..."

 

This you are correct, sir.  Get out more locally, you might like it and your community will love it. Smiley Happy


They had Canon and Nikon window decals.  I was just getting back into photography.  So yeah, I didn't know what I was looking at.  The decal did not say authorized dealer.  All they said were Canon, Nikon, and a couple of others.  They have since gone out of business.  

 

They earned a bad reputation.  I suspect that they may have been formerly authorized dealers.  I think Canon told me that on the phone.  

 

I am not talking about advertising prices.  You walk into a store, and the item has a pricing sign next it.  As far as special bundles go, I think Canon may have some say in that, too.  You're not going to see any bundles with bags and memory cards at B&H on the R5 and R6 until Canon gives a green light.

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Because you had a bad experience at one local shop doesn’t indict all of them. B&H does offer packages just not on the scale of Amazon and all it’s junk.
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@ebiggs1 wrote:
Because you had a bad experience at one local shop doesn’t indict all of them. B&H does offer packages just not on the scale of Amazon and all it’s junk.

I did not condemn all local shops, nor did I say B&H does not create bundles.  I actually said the opposite.

 

I simply warned about checking to make sure your local store is factory authorized before you buy big ticket items.  A Canon sign in the window does not mean anything, except that they have a Canon sign in the front window.

 

And, you will not see the R5 or R6 offered af B&H in a special bundle they put together for a few months.  Any bundles you might see at B&H for the R5 or R6 will be identical to what Canon USA is offering on their web site for a few months.

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"I did not condemn all local shops, nor did I say B&H does not create bundles. "

 

You implied as much. Smiley Frustrated

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@ebiggs1 wrote:

"I did not condemn all local shops, nor did I say B&H does not create bundles. "

 

You implied as much. Smiley Frustrated


"Buying locally can also have its' downside, too."

 

That is a pretty weak statement to be considered a condemnation of local photo shops.  It is clearly a warning.  

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Along with, "... I only purchased directly from Canon or B&H."

The implication is clear. You are saying the only place you trust is Canon web store or B&H which is fine. There isn't anything wrong with that.  However, there are other fine retailers.  Not at all like the single local one you experienced. It is also good, if that store is still in business, you warn others of the fact.

 

My main most thing was to offer the advantage of buying local not just because of any  convenience but because it is local. You are supporting your local economy. I try to use small shops a much as I can.

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@ebiggs1 wrote:

Along with, "... I only purchased directly from Canon or B&H."

 

The implication is clear. You are saying the only place you trust is Canon web store or B&H which is fine. .


Where did you find that quote?  It is totally out of context.  This is what I actually wrote.

 

"Buying locally can also have its' downside, too.  After dropping several hundred on a new lens, I could not register it online with Canon because the local shop was not a factory authorized dealer.  Canon told me as much.

 

BTW, if a local shop is selling stuff at a higher price than the NYC superstores, then that should be a red flag that they might not be a factory authorized dealer.  All dealers are supposed to all Canon gear at the same price.  

 

BB should always be offering Canon products at the same price as Canon does online.  If not, then someone is not doing their job to check prices, and such."

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