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  1. jgeesey

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    I just sold my Canon XTI and am looking to upgrade to a 50D. I am looking to purchase one online but am really confused as to why their is such a huge price difference. They range anywhere from $239. to $1300. From what I can gather they are all manufactured at the same place and the only difference is the warranty. Can anyone offer any insight?
     
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    Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Calumet. If you find a price that's not within a stone's throw of what those guys are selling, it's likely a scam.
     
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    You have to be careful while buying online. If you see a camera listed for a severly lower price, chances are its either a refurbished model, a knock off ( camera built using plastic parts) or something stolen, there is a great site called RegisterYourCamera.com (RYC) An online registry for photographic equipment. that talks about stolen cameras.

    I have also heard stories that people bought cameras for a low price thinking they were getting a good deal, all they got was a box of parts not assembled and thrown into a box. Selling your camera was a mistake. Because now you are left with out one while you wait to purchase a new one. Buying the 5D is an investment. Dont try and short yourself when it comes to a camera of this magnitude. Save if you have to, part time job or some other resource to afford it, because in the end buying new will be better than something used or cheap.

    Good luck
     
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    Whoa! $239 for a 50D? That's gotta be one "HOT" camera or broken :lol::lmao:
     
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    I've never heard of a shop selling a dSLR make from all plastic parts or in pieces (doesn't mean it hasn't happened ... just I've never heard of such actions) ... most likely the store is offshore, it will take your credit card number, charge you for the item, then never ship. On-shore scams are a low price and they try to upgrade you, sell you stuff you don't need or want at an inflated price ... or they piece meal the deal, the strap, manuals, software, cables, et cetera are sold separately ... and worst of all ... the camera is always on back-order, so they have weeks of trying to get you to upgrade ... a NIB 50D for $239 ... you never see that camera.

    As always, buyer beware, and do your research before you buy online as these are just my personal recommendations only.

    1. Pricegrabber: A great place to compare prices among various stores.
    http://www.pricegrabber.com/

    2. Reseller ratings: Probably the best place that compares how the various stores rate. Always worth checking the store before you order.
    http://www.resellerratings.com/rlist-s1-n2.html

    3. Brooklyn Storefronts: A gallery of many of the online stores in Brooklyn. You may want to see what the store you are ordering from looks like before you actually order.
    http://donwiss.com/pictures/BrooklynStores/

    4. 47th Street Photo: Usually the cheapest price for US Sigma lens.
    http://www.47stphoto.com/default.asp

    5. Amazon: What more is there to say? They usually have great prices.
    http://www.amazon.com/

    6. B&H Photovideo: The standard by which all others are compared by.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

    7. Beach Camera: Has great prices on cameras and common lenses, often with free shipping.
    http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/home.aspx

    8. Buydig: Same store as Beach Camera but often has different prices.
    http://www.buydig.com/shop/home.aspx

    9. Canoga Camera: Local store in Canoga, CA. Great prices and no pressure sales folks.
    Canoga Camera | Lenses, Cameras & Accessories | Canon, Nikon, Sigma & Sony Camera Store

    10. Diamond Back Batteries: Great prices on batteries with no over inflated mah ratings.
    http://www.diamondbackbatt.com/

    11. Digitalfotoclub: An honest store in Brooklyn with great prices, especially on grips.
    http://digitalfotoclub.com/

    12. HV Star: Usually the best deals on filter from a Hong Kong seller. Often much cheaper than US sellers.
    http://hvstar.net/

    13. Newegg: A local online store with usually the best price on memory cards.
    http://www.newegg.com/

    14. Promotional Codes: Often has discount codes or free shipping promotional codes for stores like Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Beachcamera, Buydig, Neweggs.
    http://promotionalcodes.com/index.aspx

    15. Samy's: A local chain. Usually more expensive but their sales, often with no tax, can be a great bargain.
    http://www.samys.com/

    16. Sigma 4 Less: Another honest Brooklyn store with very low prices. Some items may be a Grey Market item though, so check if it's imported or a USA model.
    http://sigma4less.com/
     

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