I went and did it!

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  1. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I ordered my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR even though I said I was going to wait until after the holidays... nope, I had to look around and finally decided to just get it.

    Not sure if anyone noticed, but as of a couple days ago they were freaking hard to find at a reasonable price... anywhere! All I saw was "out of stock" at about 90% of the places that normally carried them!

    I placed a "buy it now" bid for $1499 at Cameta (a Nikon Refurb)... click refresh and its suddenly $1599! I call them up asking whats up... and decide to check elsewhere. I found a BNIB for $1630... sorry Cameta, but for $50 more (delivery included) I know its a new one and not a refurb!

    Not nice what Cameta did!

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    This takes the stress of waiting to a whole new level! :confused: :lol: :lmao: ​
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Congrats. :D

    I would have waited until after X-mas...if only because of the super high volume of mail & packages being shipped everywhere. Your lens may end up at the north pole :er:
     
  3. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I sure hope not... but if it does, I know where to get it... becuase the north pole moved into our neighborhood this past weekend!

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    At least I'll know where to go pick it up... lol
    (this pic was taken less than an hour ago!)
     
  4. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm confused. Did you wind up paying the elevated price $1680 (w/ S&H) for a new one at Cameta?

    I had been looking at the B&H site for weeks...she loves me...she loves me not... So I look again on a Monday, drool some more and close the window. The next morning I said the hell with it and was going to order it any way. "ON BACKORDER" I called and they confirmed and had no idea when it would be stocked again. On the next morning it was available. Logged in as quick as my little fingers would fly, place the order and paid extra for the 2 day shipping. I received it the next day. Woo Hoo.

    Enjoy!
     
  5. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nope, I went for the $1619.95 + $33.54 for shipping from Sigma4less (http://www.sigma4less.com/sess/utn;jsessionid=15474c3c7b85e19/shopdata/0010_Lenses/0010_Zoom/0040_Tele+Zoom/product_details.shopscript?article=0180_Nikon%2BZoom%2BTelephoto%2B70-200mm%2Bf%3D26slash%3D3B2%3D252E8G%2BAF-S%2BIF-ED%2BVR%2B%3D28Vibration%2BReduction%3D29%2BAutofocus%2BLens%2B-%2BBlack%2B%3D28NI70200F28GI%3D29).

    Grand total: ~$1653US to my door (sorry, I was a bit off in the initial post. I was after all, quite excited).

    Cameta had it on Ebay for $1499 all day...I rushed home, found the page at $1499, went for a coffee (5 min) and decided to get it, came back and clicked on BUY NOW, and it refused me... a refresh showed me they had raised the price of their 70-200 Nikon refurbs by $100 to $1599. I called to see if it was a mistake, they refused to honor the price. I was not even put off very much (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=350005655806&Category=3343&_trksid=p3907.m29).

    I scouted around and found a price for a new (not a refurbished) version at $1619.95 (thats a mere $20 more for a NEW lens, not a refurb). Thats what I paid and ordered. The shipping was more expensive at ~$33 vs $16 at Cameta, but still.

    If Mike's prediction doesn't come true, I think I found the best deal on the net for this lens... at least for me.

    Here is a cut and paste of the confirmation email:

    Quantity Name Item Number Unit Price Total Price Sales Tax
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    1 Nikon Zoom Telephoto 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S IF-ED... NI70200F28GI USD 1,619.95 USD 1,619.95
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    Amount: USD 1,619.95
    Shipping Costs: USD 33.54
    Total Amount: USD 1,653.49

    Oh.. I called them to verify that they were in stock, and they assured me that they had stock and it would ship out ASAP... and that it was *possible* that I could get it as early as the end of the week, but more likely next week.
     
  6. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nya Nya NA na naaaa na

    I got mine for $1100 new 2 years ago.
     
  7. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    My total was $1653.20 with 2 day shipping and like I said, it arrived the next day.
     
  8. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    LOL! 2 years ago, I was putting money into my 9.5 second street legal Corvette (well, kinda sorta street legal... it passed the smog test and was licensed and insured)... I had no idea I could have this much fun back then with something so small. :lol: :lol:

    Honestly, I don't regret paying the few extra dollars... but looking around today and seeing people selling it for $2500+... that was TOO MUCH!
     
  9. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I would gladly have purchased it from B&H even if it was a little more, just to support a forum sponsor... but they don't have stock. Near no one does.
     
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    Go away, just go away. :lol:


    Wait... is it the AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.6 G IF-ED?
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :lol:

    Wait... 2.6??? :confused:
     
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    No no no it was the same one the OP posted But I was a Ritz employee at the time and I ordered it direct from Nikon.
     

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