imported grey market vs. USA

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  1. Riggaberto

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    I've noticed on adorama and other sites that they often have the same product 2 ways, USA, and imported. My question is if there is any quality difference whatsoever. The difference in cost is small enough to where I will just get the USA model unless for some reason imported would be different. So is there any quality difference? I'm assuming they are all made by the same factories?
     
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    Grey market is typically not covered by manufacturer warranty in US.
     
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    Unless you HAVE to have the manufacturer's warranty, there is no reason not to save the money and go for the grey market.
     
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    Is not having a warranty worth saving $15 bucks on a $1000 lens? I'm kinda thinking a resounding no.
     
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    I always been a lot more than $15 for me.
     
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    In some cases it can also mean availability. For example Ritz and Adorama are BOTH telling me that they are having a backorder situation on the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lenses from Nikon themselves... However some sites have the non-US version (for 10 dollars less) available.
     
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    BHPhoto has their own warranty for Nikon grey market products.
     
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    Just Nikon though?

    Well either way I'm just going to get the USA one, because the canon ef 24-105 L is only a 15 buck difference.
     
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    I thought that B&H had their own warranty for Grey Market for other brands as well as Nikon, so long as the equipment in question was bought from B&H?
     
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    All equipment bought from either store comes with a warranty.
    Grey import stuff will have to be returned to the vendor for any warranty work. Non import items can be taken to any Canon/Nikon repair specialist for warranty work.
    At least that's my understanding of it.

    As for price difference, i've seen price differences of $10-15 quite often but occasionally it's more. I suppose it all depends on what item you're looking at.
     

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