Purchasing a new camera, reliable source?

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  1. Sharpe

    Sharpe TPF Noob!

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    Ok guys, im new here. I generally hang out around on dieselstation as im into automobile photography.

    i haven't bought a camera in a long time. Been using a Minolta Maxuum 5 and a small Kodak point and shoot for some time and i need to upgrade to something more serious. I am pretty set on the Sony a700 because of its price compared to competitors plus i already have some minolta glass. (any feedback on this camera would be great.)

    So, i can go to Adorama or B&H and spend $999, but there seem to be some decent prices on eBay as well. I am aware of the common bait & switch but some of the eBay sellers i cant rly tell. The prices are pretty good. Here is a source i am considering...

    [​IMG]http://cgi.ebay.com/Sony-DSLR-A700-A700-Digital-SLR-Camera-8GB-BODY-KIT-NEW_W0QQitemZ230330199800QQihZ013QQcategoryZ31388QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    -Edit, link wasnt working, so here is the url.

    i cant rly tell if its grey market and/or a bait and switch place.
    any feedback is great.
     
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    Ebay is ok, but you need to check feedback.

    Cameta is good to deal with on ebay.

    BH, Adorama, KEH, are all good. And btw that links fails.
     
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    You can gamble with other retailers, but it's fairly well agreed that the bulletproof sites are B&H and Adorama (new) or KEH (used). I've gotten burned on eBay a few times now (over vintage 35mm stuff), and I can't say I'd spend that much money there. They call it "fleabay" for a reason.

    That said, I'll admit that I'm a hypocrite. Last night, I ordered a camera body from Best Buy. When they're going for close to $200 below the used price, it's tough to pass up.
     
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    fixed the broken link.
     
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    B&H, Adorama and Amazon, in that order.
     
  6. HelenOster

    HelenOster No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Wherever you finally end up buying, please check reselleratings.com, first, for example: Time2Envy - stores.ebay.com - Reviews, Ratings and Prices at ResellerRatings (I think this is the store you are thinking of buying from.....)

    Sincerely

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    helen.oster@adoramacamera.com
    www.adorama.com
     
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    I always use B/H for equipment and Adorama for my prints. Im very happy with both:thumbup:
     
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    HelenOster No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you for the feedback - very much appreciated.

    However, if you ever have a query or concern regarding an order from Adorama Camera - or AdoramaPix - please don't hesitate to contact me directly.


    Sincerely

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    Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador


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    Thank you. This is very gratifying and much appreciated.
    BTW, +1 for resellerratings.com -- great site and they're very pro-active about keeping the ratings and reviews legit.
     

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