B&M only: Load $20+ Cash to your Amazon Account, Get $10 promo credit

This may sound a bit counter-intuitive if you hadn’t heard of it before, but Amazon has a new feature where you walk into a brick and mortar chain store, you hand them cold hard cash, and said cold hard cash magically appears as a balance in your Amazon.com account. You pay no fees for this service (take that PayPal!).

To encourage people to use this relatively new Amazon Cash service, Amazon has launched a new promotion. If you load $20+ before 7/31/17, you will receive (later via email) a $10 Amazon promotional store credit to spend in the future. So if you load exactly $20, it’s like getting 50% more. The $10 promotional store credit must be spent by 8/31/17. The $20+ balance is a gift card balance, it never expires.

A barcode is generated that is a link to your Amazon account. You show that barcode at the B&M store when you load your cold hard cash. The bar code can be generated with a web browser or using the Amazon app. Details on how to generate and save it at the linked pages. You can even print it.

A number of chain stores are participating in this promotion, including GameStop, CVS, Fred’s, Speedway, KwikTrip, and more.

Make sure you get a receipt of the transaction ~ in case any enterprising employees decide to be “adventurous” with the promotion during the early days 🙂

I will attempt this promotion the next time I’m near one of the participating stores. I will post another post chronicling my “adventure” 🙂

It is interesting how Amazon is sending foot traffic to brick and mortar stores in order to encourage customers to shop online 🙂

Petcube Camera for $78 [Prime members only!]

You are a photographer and have your arsenal of camera gear but what of your pets? If you are a Prime member, you can get a $20 off discount on the Petcube Camera. Simply add to cart (while logged on to your Prime account) and the price will automatically drop from $98 to $78 by the time you get to the Checkout page. Screenshot of that below:

Exclusive discounts on select products is one of the many and ever-growing list of Prime benefits.

Sony a6500 with 16-50 and 55-210 and various freebies for $1594

Accessories time! If you are interested in the Sony a6500 with the 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses, it is bundled with a variety of accessories for $1594 with free shipping as follows:

At B&H Photo you get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC card, a Watson extra battery, and a Ruggard shoulder bag.

At Amazon, sold and shipped by Focus Camera (but at Prime-like speed for Prime members) you get a 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC card, two Wasabi batteries (do not eat!), a 3rd-party two-slot charger, a Tiffen UV filter, and a Focus Camera branded bag with trinkety accessories inside (cleaning kit, card reader, etc).

PS: the Adorama website is currently down so I can’t check there.

AdoramaPIX coupons: 15% off Photo Prints, Metal Prints, Custom Cards

More coupon action at AdoramaPIX. A trio of new 15% off coupons are running until June 18 (2017) at 11:59pm pacific time as follows:

+ PXFPRINT15 for 15% off Photo Prints
+ PXFMET15 for 15% off Metal Prints
+ PXFCARD15 for 15% off Custom Cards

Coupons cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid on Posters. Free shipping for orders of $49+ after the coupons are factored in and before taxes and shipping.

Panasonic GH4 Body with Free Mic or Free V-Log software for $1000

If you are not tempted by the more expensive siren’s song of the Panasonic GH5, there are a couple of promotions on the Panasonic GH4 body only for $1000.

At B&H Photo you get a FREE Polsen VM-180M DSLR/Video Microphone included by B&H automatically.

At Adorama, you have two options for freebies: with the Rode VideoMic Pro R Cardioid Condenser Microphone OR with the Panasonic DMW-SFU1-VLOG V-Log L Function Firmware Upgrade Kit.

12pk AmazonBasics Rechargeable AAA for $12

To the rechargeable batteries we go, where the 12-pack of AmazonBasics pre-charged AAA rechargeable batteries is on sale for $12 by Amazon itself. You can buy as many as you like. It is not a lightning deal. It is also available through “Subscribe and Save”.

If you don’t need that many, the 8-pack goes for $10. They ship in the typical frustration-free AmazonBasics cardboard boxes which are almost always repurposable and recyclable.

8GB Sandisk Ultra Class 10 SDHC for $7 with free S&H [and more eBay action]

To the eBay Deals we go where the Ritz Cameras eBay store is offering the new condition 8GB Sandisk Ultra Class 10 SDHC card, model SDSDUN-008G-G46, for $7 with free shipping (from New Jersey). You can buy as many as you like. You get free shipping whether you buy one memory card or a trillion.

Speaking of eBay, if you want baseball caps to color match your shooting location, a variety of colors is offered for $6 with free shipping each. They ship from New Jersey. They have almost 30 different color schemes. They are the typical one size fits all. Details and size charts further down the product description.

Meanwhile the official Google eBay store is offering new condition Chromecast devices for $30 with free shipping, with a limit of up to five units per customer.

Factory Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ for $700 with USA warranty

The official Samsung eBay store (yes, almost everyone is on eBay these days), is offering the factory unlocked new condition Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus; the larger model), model SM-G955U, in the Midnight Black color scheme, with 64GB on-board storage, for $700 with free shipping and a Samsung USA warranty. Limit up to five per customer.

You own the phone and you can use it on any carrier, it is one of only a few smartphones that are what I call “uber carrier”, they work with all four major USA carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) and their various MVNOs. There are many benefits to getting an unlocked no-contract phone, but historically Samsung has not been giving their previous unlocked flagship phones OS updates as fast as they did the carrier-branded ones. There’s only one unlocked color at the moment.

On the other hand, if you want an “uber carrier” phone without breaking the bank, B&H Photo comes to the rescue! They offer the Motorola Moto G (4th Generation) for $160 in the 2GB RAM / 16 GB storage) option, or for $200 you can get a better value/performance combo with the 4GB / 64 GB storage. RAM being the more important factor as you have a lot more flexibility in terms of multi-tasking and using big apps.

Rokinon Sale: 16mm f2 for $319, 10mm f2.8 for $349, 24m f3.5 Tilt Shift for $679 [various mount options]

More B&H action, this time it is a Rokinon Lens Instant savings sale featuring 16 different options in various mounts as follows:

+ 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS for $319 in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Fuji X, M43 Sony E

+ 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS fro $349 in Pentax K, Samsung NX (!), Fuji X, M43, Canon
+ Nikon version for $399

+ 24mm f3.5 Tilt Shift ED AS UMC for $679 in Sony E, Canon, Nikon and Pentax

+ they also earn 2% promotional rewards

Pentax Lenses Instant Savings (20 options, $272 to $1997)

B&H Photo is running a Pentax Lenses Instant Savings promotion with a total of 20 lenses featured with prices ranging from $272 (35mm f2 FA LA LA LA LA LA) to $1997 (150-450mm f4.5-5.6 DC AW D FA HD). The price you see is the price you pay. It is a mix of primes and zooms, with primes having a government-forming majority.

10% off entire B&N order with coupon

Another coupon is live at the Barnes and Noble website, get 10% your entire order with coupon code BESTDAD by the end of day on 6/13/17. Strategically this is good for items that have the same prices everywhere or rarely go on sale. Free shipping with $25+ orders or if you are a paying member ($25/year). Some exclusions apply (no Nooks, no ebooks, no Lego, etc).

The Clearance section is another place to look for deals. You can drill down the sub-categories or go directly to the Photography Clearance section.

Used Fuji X-T2 with 18-55 for $1662

This begins a burst of Stock update posts after updating the Stock Status Tracker. We start with the Fuji X-T2 with 18-55mm kit, out of stock in new condition, but available in “Used – Very Good” condition (repackaged) for $1662~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself. This is Amazon’s own USED sales persona, not 3rd party sellers.

Open-Box / Used Fuji X-T2 body for $1400

Various options are available for the Fuji X-T2 body only during this update of the Stock Tracker.

On the USED front, the price seems to have settled at $1400
+ OneCal (OPEN BOX)
+ Adorama (USED)
+ eBay (USED)
+ Amazon Waerehouse Deals (USED)

New Condition remains $1600
+ Adorama
+ Amazon (various)
+ OneCall

Panasonic GH5: USED for $1748, Grey for $1893, Authorized $2000 [or less]

And now it is the Panasonic GH5 time for updating in the Stock Status Tracker and you have many options here.

+ USED condition for $1748 at Amazon Warehouse Deals in “Used – Very Good” condition (repackaged, tested, no cosmetic imperfections, two pictures of the actual camera included)
+ this is by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself, not 3rd-party sellers
+ below that, there’s a “Used – Like New” for $1799 by Cardinal Photo

+ GREY MARKET (new condition) for $1893 by 6ave on eBay)

+ NEW CONDITION ($2000 or less): make a “Best Offer” using the eBay “Make Offer” button by Willoughby’s (eBay)

+ NEW CONDITION for $2000 at Adorama and Amazon itself and various on eBay

IN-STOCK: Fuji X100F Silver for $1300 [also: eBay Auction In Progress]

And now we have updated the Fuji X100F segment of the Stock Status Tracker. The black X100F is out of stock everywhere at $1300, but some places sell it with the usual “limited availability premium”.

However, we have good news for the silver X100F. It is in-stock and ready to ship for $1300 by Best Buy (eBay) with a limit of three per buyer.

Also, if you are a fan of eBay auctions, one individual (100%, West Virginia) has an eBay AUCTION for this. It is currently at $920 with 28 bids and the auction closed on Thursday at 9:25pm ET. The condition is USED with 280 shutter actuations. Half a dozen pictures of the actual camera are also included in the listing.

IN-STOCK: Nikon D7500 Body for $1250 [Not Yet: w/18-140]

A new update of the Stock Status Tracker has the Nikon D7500 with 18-140mm out of stock but getting closer at the discounted price of $1550 (Nikon’s original price was rather crazy at $1750).

Meanwhile the D7500 body continue is in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $1250 (actually, $1247 but I try to round numbers) at Amazon itself and Adorama and various eBay dealers.