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Caution when buying on eBay: “1yr US warranty” does not necessarily mean Authorized Dealer

eBay is the wild west of the civilized shopping internet, and as such, one must needs pay more attention to the fineprint of listings, because pretty much everyone can sell on eBay, and the level of professionalism among eBay sellers runs the whole gamut. Even among the featured eBay Deals.

One semi-disturbing trend is that some un-authorized sellers are using tricky language (accidentally or intentionally) when describing the warranty situation. For example, when one reads “1yr US warranty”, they may equate it with a manufacturer’s warranty. But that’s not necessarily so. In some cases, what a seller may be saying is that the seller is physically in the US and they are providing an equivalent warranty to the manufacturer warranty, and the people providing the warranty are residing in the US. But the camera is an import model. Sometimes this is explained further down in the listings, sometimes it is not.

For example, here is an annotated screenshot of a listing of this nature, explaining it:

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Needless to say, the whole authorized dealer status situation is a complicated topic. This post is only intended to help consumers protect themselves from confusing verbiage, it is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of the situation.

eBay could help the situation if they insist that sellers describe this clearly in the listing title and not bury it in fineprint. For example, if a camera is an import model, write “Imported” or “Grey Market” or something self-explanatory in the product title of the listing.

If you are not sure about the authorized dealer status of a seller, look it up on the manufacturers website, or call the manufacturer’s customer support, or search photography forums or use search engines. The higher the price of an item, the bigger the potential risk.

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Refurbished Nikon D7100 body for $700

If the price of the brand new Nikon D7200 body only ($1200) is too high, but the good old D7000 ($500~) is deemed too old in DSLR years, one possible way to triangulate between the two is the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D7100, currently on sale as such for $700 with free shipping by Adorama. This is “blessed” by Nikon USA with a 90 day warranty.

Adorama has a number of other refurbished Nikon DSLRs on sale. Peruse the listings looking for prices printed in red ink instead of the usual black ink (on the right side of the page in the aforelinked search listings).

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Canon 6D body + Pixma Pro 100 + Paper + Extras for $1330 after $250 MIR

BuyDig.com has Canon 6D bundles, which require mail-in rebates (prepaid American Express gift card). You have to add to the shopping cart to see the sale prices (you don’t need to login). You get the Canon 6D (body or with 24-105), the Pixma Pro 100 printer, 50pk of Canon 13×19 photo paper, 32GB card and camera case.

For the Canon 6D body only bundle the price displayed on the page is $1798 before rebate (and $1548 after rebate). After you add it to the shopping cart, the price before rebate is $1579. When you submit/receive the $250 MIR, it will become $1329 after MIR.

A similar offer is available for the 6D with 24-105 bundle with the after add-to-cart and after MIR price of $1830.

These in-cart discounts expire 3/8/15. The mail-in rebate promotions continue per Canon’s schedule.

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Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 ATX Pro DX II for $430 (C/N/A)

The Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 ATX Pro DX II lens is on sale for $430 with free expedited shipping and 4% promotional rewards (=$17~) at Adorama in the Canon mount or the Nikon mount or the Sony Alpha mount.

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Pentax K-3 w/50mm f1.8 and BG-5 grip for $950

K-temptations at B&H Photo, where this Pentax K-3 bundle is offered for $950 with free shipping as part of their WPPI specials. It includes the K-3 body only kit, the 50mm f1.8 prime lens, and the BG-5 battery grip.

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Pentax 645Z with 55mm f2.8, 3yr Spills/Drops for $8500

Digital medium format is more affordable these days. If you are a fan of the Pentax 645, the 40mp Pentax 645D currently sells for $4500 with 4% promotional rewards (= $180) at Adorama and B&H Photo.

But if you want the latest model, the 645Z, Adorama has created a special 645Z bundle for WPPI that goes for $8500, the standard price of the body only. Adorama is including the following extras: 55mm f2.8 lens, 3 year New Leaf Spills and Drops warranty for the Camera, and a similar warranty for the Lens, and a ProOptic filter kit.

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Nikon DSLR Combined Purchase Discounts return (one DSLR, multiple lenses)

The Nikon combined purchase DSLR + Lens discounts are back at Amazon. You can purchase one DSLR and multiple lenses in the same shopping cart transaction, and receive a discount for each eligible lens. You can see all options at the Amazon promotional page.

TIP #1: not every lens is eligible for every dSLR. This is mentioned on the aforelinked page, but to be on the safe side, add the items of interest and check and double-check the discounts on the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page

TIP #2: some of the bundles with free accessories are also eligible for this promotion. For example, when looking at the D5300 options page, carefully peruse to find the color/kit combo with the free extras. The extras are typically an AmazonBasics DSLR bag and 32GB SD card.

TIP #3: the just announced Nikon D7200 shows this promotion on its product page, but when I add it to cart with various lenses there are no discounts. There are two possible explanations: 1) because the camera is not shipping yet, the discounts are not working or 2) the promotion has not yet been activated in the shopping cart, or 3) both or 4) something else

In case you haven’t seen or done one of these promotions in a while, here is an annotated screenshot shot of the top right corner of the Amazon Checkout page with one DSLR and a few lenses added to the shopping cart.

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Pre-order new Nikon D7200 for $1200

The Nikon D7000 was one of the milestone DSLRs in the APS-C segment. Fast forward to today, and Nikon has revealed the third generation model in this series, the D7200, with a body only starting price of $1200, and a with 18-140 starting price of $1500. Pre-orders are available for this at Amazon and Adorama and B&H Photo.

In parallel, they launched the $250 ME-W1 wireless microphone (Bluetooth).

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Pentax K-50 two lens kit with either $50GC or Flash for $527

There are many Pentax K-50 colors and kits around. At the lowest point, $367 gets you the red K-50 body only with bonus AF-200FG flash and 32SD and 4% promotional rewards (= $14.xx~).

The bang for the buck is the black K-50 two lens kit with the 18-55 WR and 55-200 WR lenses and AF-200FG flash and 4% rewards (= $21~) going for $527 at B&H Photo and Adorama.

However, if you don’t want/need the flash, Adorama has another bundle that substitutes the flash with a $50 Adorama gift certificate for the same $527 total price.

If you prefer other body colors or kit combinations, Adorama has a total of 18 different kits to ponder over. You can try sorting by price (low/high or high/low) or other factors to get a better handle of the many and more options.

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New Canon Lens Mail-In Rebates (exp 3/28/15)

A new round of Canon Lens Mail-In Rebates has gone live, covering the period of March 1-28 in 2015. Just like before, the rebates are in the form of a prepaid American Express gift card (not a paper check). You can see participating lenses at Amazon. Each eligible lens has the mail-in rebate offer on its product page. This is a direct link to the PDF form.

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Canon 5D Mark III drops to $2500 without rebate [even less with mail-in rebate bundles]

The previous round of Canon mail-in rebates ended on 2/28/15. The camera rebates were not carried forward, but the price of the Canon 5D Mark III body only officially dropped to $2500 (without rebate) at various authorized dealers such as Amazon and Adorama (page down to see all the bundles with various free accessories).

However, if you don’t mind mail-in rebates, and you have use for a Pixma printer and photo paper, you can get a lower after mail-in rebates if you do one of the bundles. At B&H Photo your price is $2250 after a $250 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express gift card) with the 5D Mark III body only and Pixma Pro 100 and 50pk Canon 13×19″ photo paper and camera bag and 32GB SD and extra Watson battery. Adorama has their own $2250 after $250 MIR bundle with 5D, printer, paper, Adorama camera bag, 64GB SD, extra Canon battery, 1yr New Leaf spills/drops warranty.

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(ENDED) Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS for $250 (C/N/A/P)

As of a 3/1/15 recheck, the price jumped to $350…
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Canon 7D body for $850 (with 28-135 for $950)

If of all the Canon DSLR options it is the 70D the one you want, B&H Photo has them on special until 2/28/15, you can get the 70D body only for $850 with free shipping and the 70D with 28-135 for $950 with free shipping… UPDATE: they also include a free introduction to the 70D instructional DVD…

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Flashpoint TTL Mini Speedlite (C/N) for $46

Adorama is offering the Flashpoint TTL Mini Speedlite for $46 with free shipping in either Canon or Nikon flavor. Thanks to one of our readers for the alert!

Speaking of Adorama and Flashpoints, they have revealed their new Flashpoint Commander Transmitter and Receiver Set for the Zoom Li-on Flash with a pre-order price of $70. You can see all related products in their line-up.

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Pentax K-3 with 50mm f1.8 and D-BG5 grip and 4% rewards for $1134

This Pentax K-3 bundle (K3 body only, 50mm f1.8 prime, D-BG5 battery grip) and 4% promotional rewards are offered all together in one add-to-cart bundle for $1134 at Adorama. They also have various other K-3 bundles with variations on a theme.

UPDATE: speaking of Pentax, a number of Pentax binoculars are on sale at Woot Plus (expires by 2/23/15 at 12am Central).

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Refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS for $700

Adorama is offering the refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS lens for $700 with free shipping and a one year Canon refurbished warranty.

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Refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR for $310

Adorama is offering the refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR for $310 with free shipping and with a 90 day Nikon warranty.

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Nikon D5500 w/18-140 & 55-300 DX VR and extras for $1400

BuyDig is offering the Nikon D5500 with 18-140 and 55-300 DX VR lenses along with free accessories (32GB SD, 57″ tripod, bag, cleaning kit) for $1400 with free shipping. Offer ends 2/23/15.

BuyDig is also offering this MediaFlair Portable Wi-Fi Streaming Storage plus a 8GB SDHC Card for $23 with free shipping. Offer ends 2/22/15. This streams digital content stored on SD* memory cards. Useful if your phone/tablet is almost full and have extra SD* cards lying around. It has 33 reviews at BuyDig and 11 at amazon.

Speaking of BuyDig, coupon code DIG5 continues to get you $5 off an order of $99 or more at BuyDig.com (coupon ends 2/28/15 unless extended later).

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(ENDED) Imported Canon 5D Mark III body for $2000 [grey market]

As of a 2/19/15 recheck, this limited time eBay offer expired (the price increased to $2250)…
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Refurbished Canon Speedlite 270EX II for $95

Adorama is offering the refurbished Canon Speedlite 270EX II for $95 with free expedited shipping.

Meanwhile the refurbished Canon Speedlite 320EX is offered for $150 with free expedited shipping.

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Lensbaby 5.8mm f3.5 Circular Fisheye for $230 (4% rewards)

Babies poop all the time, but Lens Babies do not. In case you were wondering ;-) The Lensbaby 5.8mm f3.5 Circular Fisheye is currently on sale for $230 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards (= $9.2) at Adorama. Offer ends by 2/28/15. It is available in the four major SLR mounts and three of the four major mirrorless mounts (M43, NEX, NX).

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New Rokinon Lenses now shipping: 50/1.4 and 135/2

Two new Rokinon lenses are now in-stock and ready to ship at B&H Photo is some of their many mounts. The 50mm f1.4 AS IF UMC goes for $400 and it is in-stock in the Canon, Nikon, Pentax K and Sony A SLR mounts (the E-mount remains in pre-order at the moment).

Meanwhile the 135mm f2.0 ED UMC Lens goes for $550 and it is in-stock in the Canon EF, Nikon F chipped, Fuji X and M43rds mounts. The others (Pentax K, Sony A, Sony E, Samsung NX) remain in pre-order status.

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Refurbished Canon T3 w/18-55 for $252 or T3i w/18-55 for $336

Canon’s official online store is having a sale on refurbished Canon DSLRs including the T3 w/18-55 for $252 and the T3i w/18-55 for $336. Sort by lowest price to see the T3 and T3i offers. Sort by highest price to see the full frame DSLRs. Thanks to one of our readers for the alert!

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Refurbished Nikon D5200 w/18-55 & 55-200 (both VR) for $500

Back to the eBay Deals we geaux, where BuyDig’s eBay store (BuyDig is an authorized Nikon dealer) is offering the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D5200 two lens kit (18-55, 55-200, both VR) for $500 with free shipping, with a limit of three per buyer.

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New round of Nikon DSLR and Lens Instant Savings

A new round of Nikon DSLR Instant Savings went live today, featuring DSLRs and Lenses and combined purchase discounts. See them all at Adorama and B&H Photo (DSLRs and Lenses).

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