B&H Photo makes no sense!

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by malic, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. malic

    malic TPF Noob!

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    Okay, so I am going to by the D50 as stated in another thread, and I want this forum to get commission for the help... but honestly, B&H has me a bit worried. Everyone says to use them... but it seems that they can't even add...

    I was going to get the D50, 6.1 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera with Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6 ... this kit along with sandisk 512MB card... all of this was going to be shipped overnight for a total of:
    $762.15

    However, just out of curiousity I decided to pick the same exact items without the "kit" name.... everything was the same. The body, the lense, and the 512MB card... but when put into the shopping cart seperately the cost for THE SAME ITEMS, comes to:
    $743.35


    [​IMG]That's a difference of $18.80. So in essence they are ripping off every customer that buys the kit. Why on earth would I want to buy from them again? Please fill me in, because either one of those prices are better than Circuit City... but seriously, that is a straight rip off for the kit.

    Help me out here.
     
  2. 'Daniel'

    'Daniel' TPF Noob!

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    You may get extra stuff with the kit.

    It could be a mistake. I think they are trust worthy so contact them and they'll probably fix it.
     
  3. malic

    malic TPF Noob!

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    As far as I can tell, there is nothing extra in the kit.
     
  4. Dave_D

    Dave_D TPF Noob!

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    They may have an across the board mark up for specific items such as the "kit" that may not neccessarily coincide with the mark up of the items indivdually. They probably don't even realize it.
     
  5. hobbes28

    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

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    Like Daniel said, you can send them an email asking about it and they'll let you know what the difference is. It could also be a misprint on their prices. Of all the sites out there, B&H is one of the ones that I trust the most. I've been ordering from them for years. For that matter, we wouldn't have them as an affiliate if they weren't trustworthy.
     
  6. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    I second that! :thumbup:
     
  7. Rob

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    It's also possible that they have a different channel level for individual items. A shop like B&H will probably shift more bodies than say a normal high-street electrical retailer, therefore it's possible they are working on a fixed markup on everything and they get the bits cheaper. It's unlikely though. In my opinion there will either be something in the kit which isn't listed on the site, or it's just a simple price mistake. A difference of $18 isn't really ripping anyone now is it?
     
  8. digital flower

    digital flower No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Having gone to the B&H store in Manhattan a couple of times it is kind of a madhouse. They have everything. All the big pro stuff and the little point and shoots. The technical advice I got there was great. I doesn't surprise me that there is a small difference in prices. CF is a volatile priced commodity. It is less than 2.5%. Just buy the items separately or shoot them an email asking for the same deal on the kit.
     
  9. I doubt there's any neferious intent - just consider yourself smart: your effort at poking around has freed up another discount for you, something most shoppers don't get.
     
  10. uberben

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    like the others have said, shoot them an email. If I dont buy from a local shop, BH is the only online place I buy from. Never once have I been let down by them.
     
  11. malic

    malic TPF Noob!

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    I called them and this is what they told me...

    When I add the additional memory card to the kit it adds more for shipping, because that card is in a different warehouse, in a different state.

    However, when I pick everything separate they are able to ship all of the items from the same warehouse, which saves $18 on overnight shipping.

    I'm not sure why they can't just match the price for me...
     
  12. Dave_D

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    Kudos for you for catching that and saving yourself some bones:thumbup:. Some people can't think past what they only see in black and white.:er:
     

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