I used up my quota of filibuster posts today, back to quick strikes, among the latest eBay Deals you can get this seller refurbished replacement GoPro Standard Housing for $8.79 with free shipping, and 30 day returns. This is model AHSRH-301 with a limit of 50 per customer.
Prime Hack (YMMV): have Camera Gear Hand-Delivered to your by AmazonFresh with One Hour Delivery windows
This is a YMMV hack. Success depends on the following:
- AmazonFresh (the grocery delivery service) must be available in your region
- the Camera Gear you want must be available at your local Amazon facility
- you have a Prime membership (or 30 day Free Trial) or Prime Fresh membership
ARE YOU FROZEN OUT OF YOUR MIND?
AmazonFresh is Amazon’s fresh produce and grocery delivery service. It delivers frozen and refrigerated and room temperature foods. But that’s not all. It also delivers a number of items that are available at nearby Amazon warehouses. This includes all kinds of things (books, movies, office supplies, etc), including cameras, lenses and other related accessories.
Because it is geographically limited, only items that are available and in-stock at the Fresh facility can be delivered this way. To find out what’s available, use the search bar at fresh.amazon.com. You can login using your regular Amazon account. A quick search found things like a variety of Canon and Nikon and Sigma and Tamron lenses, the Sony a7S, etc. Again, this is YMMV because it depends on what is physically available right now at your local warehouse.
I FOUND the CAMERA GEAR I WANT to BUY – NOW WHAT?
You can order AmazonFresh items two ways:
- you have an Amazon Prime membership ($100/year), delivery is $8 flat on orders of $50+
- you have an AmazonFresh membership ($300/year), delivery is free on orders $50+
It won’t let you place an order under $50, which is not a problem for most cameras and lenses.
Add the items of interest to your shopping cart. You don’t even have to have any groceries, but it may be hard to resist the temptation of a new camera or lens without some celebratory Ben and Jerry
You have two options for scheduled delivery:
- attended delivery – handed to your IN PERSON – you have One Hour Delivery windows YOU select
- unattended delivery with 3 hour windows (eg from 7am to 10am) – they will drop it off at your doorstop or per the instructions you leave them. They won’t bother you unless requested or required (eg alcohol)
YOU schedule the time and date based on availability. You get a schedule widget that shows the dates and times available. You pick what you like from the open spots. Below you see an annotated screenshot for the Attended Delivery (delivered to you in person). Notice the lovely One Hour Delivery windows. No longer need to take a day off or take a sick day or do any other logistical or sociopolitical maneuvering.
Being a poor blogger, I couldn’t afford to buy a Sony a7S or a Canon f2.8 zoom lens to test this. So instead I picked a mix of frozen foods, refrigerated foods, room temperature foods and non-foods (such as memory card and phone case and yellow sticky notes).
With unattended delivery, they all arrived, in three bags, which each major temperature-dependent product category getting its own bag. Frozen foods with dry ice in their own outer AmazonFresh bag. Refrigerated foods with dry ice in their own bag. Room temperature foods and non-food items in their own bag. The frozen/refrigerated items come in a recyclable and dissambleable lightweight poly-something box. All items inside the outer bags/boxes have another level of protection, they are inside see-through kitchen bags per temperature category. The packaging material, you can reuse, recycle or leave out for Fresh to pickup on your next delivery (if you do a future delivery and if you remember). There’s no fee or deposit for the packaging material.
Back to the eBay Deals we go where RedTag Camera (99.9%) is offering the new condition Canon 6D body only for $1100 with free shipping. Limit five per buyer. Over 300 units sold from this listing so far. There is no mention of warranty on the eBay listing.
This is what some call a “broken kit”, not broken physically but virtually:
“The Canon 6D camera Body for sale is 100% Brand New, Never Used. Lens has been removed from Kit box and sold on a separate auction.”
If you are looking for something in-between, Adorama has an open-box Canon 6D for $1280 but no freebies and no promotional rewards. Their open box includes the one year Canon USA warranty.
As part of the 4th of July festivities, the Walgreens Photo is offering 50% off everything photo related (prints and such, NOT cameras and gear) when you enter coupon code ALLPHOTOFIFTY at checkout by the end of day on Saturday July 4, 2015. The terms of the offer are at the bottom of that page. Funny how companies still do “fineprint” (as in tiny small fonts) on the web, where space is infinite! We need that Septa from Game Of Thrones to tell them: “Shame, Shame, Shame!”
If you are comfortable getting flagship cameras as imported grey-marked, among the latest eBay Deals, seller GetItDigital (99.6%) is offering the new condition imported grey market Canon 1D X body only for $4000 with free shipping and $80 eBay Bucks (if you are a member of ebay’s free rewards program). Limit 5 per customer. Over 230 units sold from this listing. Again, note this is imported, the one year warranty is provided by the seller GetItDigital, not Canon USA!
At authorized Canon dealers, this goes for $5300 but you get some free accessories. For example at Adorama you get a free 128GB CompactFlash and two extra batteries, while at B&H Photo you get a different set of freebies. You also get 2% promotional rewards (=$106~).
If you don’t hate mail-in rebates, Adorama has the usual 1D X Pixma Pro 100 bundle with the usual extras for $5300 after $250 MIR (prepaid AMEX gift card, not check).
Amazon itself is stingy on the freebies, but if you qualify for their Store Credit Card (not the Chase VISA), you can get a 12-month 0% APR financing (you have to make equal installment payments and pay in full by the end of the 12 months in order to avoid interest. They have long Terms and Conditions.
So the trade-offs is $4000 without Canon USA warranty vs $5300 with Canon USA warranty and extra accessories or financing.
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To the eBay Deals we travel where you Pay $40 to get a $50 iTunes Gift Card (via email). A 20% off discount. The seller is PayPal Digital Gifts with a limit of four per customer. You can use these on iTunes content (apps, ebooks, music, video, etc).
Speaking of eBay, Acer’s official Outlet store is offering the manufacturer refurbished 11.6″ Acer Chromebook for $110 with free S&H and 90 day Acer warranty, limit 5 per customer (2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, model CB3-111-C8UB).
From the “Bag The Bags” department (how come no one came up with a bag for storing bags?) there’s another deal with free shipping, the Lowepro Photo Sport 12L Shoulder Bag (Purple/Gray) is on sale for $15 with free shipping at Adorama. You can buy as many as you like. If your order total is $49+, you get upgraded to free Expedited shipping.
For Prime members only, Amazon has a new promotion for Camera and Photo gear shown at their Camera and Photo page. If you make a purchase of $50 or more on Camera, Photo and Video products, and enter coupon code CAMERA15 you will receive $15 off the total of your order. The items must be sold and shipped by Amazon herself (not marketplace sellers) and sent to the same shipping address. The offer ends 7/12/15 at 11:59pm pacific. Here is the banner promoting it:
You can easily test if your shopping cart is eligible. Add your items of interest, and enter coupon code CAMERA15. If all is well, your total in the Shopping Cart will drop by $15. The example below shows a $250 lens, discounted to $235 with the coupon:
These are the Terms and Conditions. One use per customer during this promotional period. Remember this offer is for Prime members only!
Offer ends 7/12/15 at 11:59pm Pacific.
A new limited time offer at B&H Photo, they are offering the Litepanels 1×1′ Mono LED Tungsten Flood Light (100-240VAC) for $746 with free expedited shipping, while the Litepanels 1×1 LS Traveler Trio Plus Kit is offered for $3000 with free expedited shipping.
If you are comfortable with third-party camera batteries, the Watson brand battery that is lieu of the Canon NB-5L is currently on sale for $5 per battery at B&H Photo. You can buy as many as you like at this price during this promotion. This is not their daily deal. The list of compatible Powershots is shown over there.
For more specials, check the B&H Featured Deals page.
If you like to read or flip through free e-books, I spotted a couple of fairly new ones at the Kindle store. As of the time of writing, they are $0.00 to buy (but I don’t know for how long they will remain free). First up, with a June 21st publication, a 37 page Lighting Tips ebook by James Carren. Next up, the 79 page Photoshop Set for Beginners by Dwayne Brown.
Zoom-zoom super-zoom fans! The Panasonic FZ200 (25-600mm eq f2.8 constant aperture) has now zoomed down to $400 with free shipping at Adorama.
Adorama has a memory card sale good until 7/11/15 or earlier if sold out. It features a variety of SD*, Compactflash, microSD*, card readers, and USB flash drives. The sale includes 47 Sandisk options and 28 Lexar options. There are multiple pages of listings for each promotion over there, so check the “Next Page” there as well. Some as 2-packs, some are singles.
Olympus has a new round of instant savings on various M43rds lenses of their own brand. They are marked with a caramel-y “SALE” sign. They also earn Points as part of the Get Olympus Rewards program. The rewards are on the list price of a lens, not their sale price. For example, 12-40/2.8 lists for $1000, is on sale for $800, but you still earn 1000 rewards points. Some potential questions about their rewards program is answered in their FAQ page.
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The Discount Mags Deal of the Day for Monday June 29 is Popular Photography and Imaging going for $5 per year when you enter coupon code 629376 over there. The usual terms apply, up to three years, renewals/gifts/new-subs, no auto-renewals, printed magazines by mail to US addresses, etc. Offer ends Monday 11:59pm ET.
The DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone with 4K UHD Video Camera is currently in-stock and ready to ship for $1260 with a limit of three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself.
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If you are comfortable with imported cameras without Pentax USA warranty, there’s rare Pentax DSLR action at the eBay Deals, eBay seller “Photo4Less” (99.8%) is offering the new condition Pentax K-3 II body only for $900 with free shipping and a limit of five per buyer. The price at authorized dealers such as Adorama and B&H Photo is $1000.