58 posts categorized "retailers"

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Meta: Sony discusses Instant Rebates and Unilater pricing

In a session at PMA 2013 chronicled at PMA News Line, a Sony representative discussed with the imaging world Sony's perspective on Instant Rebates and Uniliter Pricing and such. Sony said they are experimenting and looking for alternatives to Instant Rebates, such as bundling of products or free with purchase promotions (eg free 16mm pancake with camera purchase).

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Convenience/Security: ship cameras to Amazon Lockers (varies by region)

If you are having issues with missed deliveries and such or the idea that the delivery guy will just leave a gadget on your doorstep without a signature, you may be interested in this: digital cameras are among the items eligible for delivery at Amazon Lockers. You can search for locations or request Amazon Lockers for your areas of interest at the Amazon Lockers page. Availability of Amazon Lockers varies depending on your location.

If you are not familiar with Amazon Lockers, we tested them out for you. They work like this: when you place an order at Amazon, instead of shipping it to your home/office/regular address, you ship it to an Amazon Locker facility. You must select this at the Amazon Checkout page. For security purposes, you will be prompted to enter the credit card information again. When the items are delivered, Amazon sends you an email with a delivery code (mix of letters and digits). You then drive to the Amazon Locker facility and enter the delivery code at the Amazon Locker machine. Just like that, one of the lockers magically opens, and your items are right there waiting for you in the familiar Amazon packaging. There are lockers of different sizes, so they can accommodate things big and small. There are limits on the big, for example, you can't fit an HDTV in the lockers. At least the ones I have seen.

If you want to test the waters first, it may not be a bad idea to try it with a low-risk purchase, for example, just send a book or a DVD to an Amazon Locker to get a hands-on feeling of how it works.

Amazon Lockers are available at select 711 stores and according to the internets, Amazon is also working on installing them at select Staples and Radio Shack stores.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

News: CompUSA and Circuit City websites folding into Tigerdirect

We have a retailer update. Starting December-31-2012, the websites of CompUSA and Circuit City will be folded into the Tigerdirect website (link to their weekend specials). Tiger's parent company purchased those companies when they went under a few years ago. The websites were already running almost the same specials but they had different skins. Now everything will point to the Tigerdirect website. The combination of all of the above gives them 41 brick and mortar retail stores with the latest one opening in Puerto Rico. Almost half of the stores are in Florida.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

B&H Photo extends holiday purchase returns until January 18, 2013

If you are worried about your purchases that did not turn out as expected getting lost in the holiday shuffle and not getting returned on time, fear not. B&H Photo comes to the rescue as they have extended their holiday shopping returns until January 18, 2013. For items that you purchase right now, that's almost two months! Items purchased after December 19 or so, will have their usual 30 days. Details at the B&H Return Policy page.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Black Friday News: potential strikes at Walmart on Black Friday

A new round of worker strikes at Walmart may impact their brick and mortar Black Friday sales according to a new report at Business Week (via The Verge). So if you are planning Walmart brick and mortar purchases, you may want to keep an eye on this.

Such headaches for our beloved 1-percenters. What's a 1-percenter to do? Pay employees more or lose the high-volume of black friday sales? Such headaches. [sarcasm ends]

Friday, October 12, 2012

Holiday Shopping 2012: Best Buy will price match online stores

Time sure does fly. The holiday shopping season is almost here. We are just 40 days away from Black Friday 2012. As Best Buy is trying to get more competitive with shoppers, they have announced that during the 2012 holiday shopping season they are going to be price-matching online retailers, including Amazon. This is a high-level announcement. The specifics and mechanics of the price-matching have not been revealed yet. Early details at WSJ (paywall) and Tech Crunch and Business Insider and Geek Wire et al. (via Techmeme)

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Best Buy Premier Silver increases Return Policy to 60 days

Best Buy has now improved their Premier Silver Reward Zone membership. You get a 60-day return policy along with a 60-day price match policy instead of the previous 45-day return policy. To reach the Premier Silver membership level, you have to spend $2,500 at Best Buy (online or in-store) during a calendar year. If you are not sure how this reward program works, be sure to read up on all the details and check the Best Buy and other shopping forums (or google it all).

If you are looking for one of the hot new DSLRs like the Nikon D800 or Canon 5D Mark III, you can reach the Premier Silver level with just that one purchase. Look for the Best Buy links for your camera(s) of interest at the Stock Status mini-site. As of the time of writing, they have the Nikon D800 body only in-stock for $3000 with online shipment or Store Pickup, your choice.

Please note the 60-day return policy only applies to Best Buy Reward Zone members who reach or remain at the Premier Silver level. This does not apply to everyone!

As you may recall recalling, the last few months there was a little bit of a "return policy war" among retailers, with B&H Photo increasing to 30 days, Buy.com increasing to 45 days, etc, etc.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

eBay testing $5 same-day delivery for local purchases

eBay is beta-testing a new service offering $5 same-day delivery of eBay purchases of products/retailers participating in this promotion. Of camera interest, Best Buy and Target are in on the beta running now in San Francisco. Details at Tech Crunch (via Techmeme).

Thursday, June 28, 2012

(BACK ONLINE) Alert: B&H Photo website currently down

As of a 10pm ET recheck, the B&H Photo website is back online! As of the time of writing of this post, the B&H Photo website is temporarily down! None of the links to the B&H Photo website will work while the website is down. We obviously cannot go back and temporarily update hundreds of posts with links to B&H Photo, so this post serves as a general-purpose alert.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Retailers: Ritz Camera files for bankruptcy once again

Ritz Camera has filed for bankruptcy for a second time. The first time was in 2009. Details at PMA News Line and Fox Business. More store closings and layoffs are planned.

Ritz Camera (the brick and mortar stores) is a separate business entity from the online RitzCamera.com, which filed for bankruptcy of its own in 2011. A brief history of all things Ritz via Wikipedia.

A discussion of the situation from the perspective of a photographer who had a paid pre-order can be found in the dpreview forums.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

(ENDED) Planned outage: BestBuy.com until 11:59pm Central tonite

This has ended! The Best Buy website is under previously scheduled maintenance again. They expect the website to return at around 11:59pm Central time tonight Sunday April 8, 2012. (I don't want to write midnight because that creates confusion, so 11:59pm or 12:01am are better ways to describe time in order to prevent potential confusions).

Monday, March 26, 2012

(ENDED) Planned outage: BestBuy.com Tue night to Wedn afternoon

This is over! Attention Best Buy shoppers! The Best Buy website will be undergoing planned maintenance between Tuesday 9pm and Wednesday 2pm Central time. During this time, you will not be able to make purchases. Judging by the length of time set aside, it might be a user interface overhaul, or perhaps behind the scenes infrastructure work. We will find out when they return on Wedn at around 2pm Central.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Caution: photography retailer websites under hacker attack

KEH Camera has just posted an alert on their blog that their website and at least two other photography retailer websites have been under hacker attack. The KEH website is down. Their blog is hosted separately at Google's Blogger/Blogspot. [we do not know what the other two photography retailer websites are]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

B&H extends Holiday Return Policy

B&H Photo has extended their return policy for the Holidays. Items purchased on November 20, 2011 and later can be returned until January 18, 2012 (or later if their 30-day window is after Jan-18). As you may recall, a few months ago B&H Photo increased their standard return policy from 14 days to 30 days. Check the aforelinked page for all the details.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

(DEAD) 10% off select Sigma lenses (ends Oct-12-2011) [updated]

This special has ended! Abe's of Maine is offering 10% off the current prices of these Sigma lenses when you enter coupon code DEAL10 before the end of day on October 12, 2011.

UPDATE: you can also try coupons LOYALTY15 ($15 off $400+) or LOYALTY10 ($10 off $150+) or ABESAVES5 ($5 off $75+).

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Best Buy will have third-party sellers on its website

Best Buy has now expanded their website to allow third-party sellers to sell in their marketplace. The list includes Buy.com which also has their own third-party seller marketplace - this may cause a tear in the fabric of the retailer-space continuum ;-) Details at Yahoo Finance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ritz Interactive (online) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Ritz Interactive, the company that manages the online websites of the Ritz/Wolf Camera brand has filed for bankruptcy says the Bankruptcy Beat blog at the WSJ. You know the economy is bad when they have a blog dedicated to bankruptcies :( [via PMA News Line]

Monday, August 22, 2011

(FIXED) PSA: Best Buy currently not accepting online or phone orders

As of a 7:52pm EST check, the Best Buy website is accepting orders again. Previous update after the jump for the web-hosting historians (do they exist?)...

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

B&H Photo extends return policy to 30 days!

B&H Photo has just announced a new return policy effective today, within 30 days of the day of purchase! This is great news for shoppers! Read the new return policy at B&H Photo.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Adorama explains Canon Rebates from retailer's POV: rebate or rip-off?

Helen Oster, Adorama's ambassador to the internets, has a new blog-post, "Rebate or Rip-Off? Canon price rises explained!", explaining the Canon instant rebates and price changes from the retailer's perspective.


Opinion
Just like the great thinker Stephen T. Colbert, DFA, we are big fans of letting the free market decide prices, instead of the manufacturers trying to control/manipulate prices by using "authorized dealer" status to circumvent the invisible hand of the market. And the free market works when it is not manipulated or WallStreet'ed - part of the reason the Pentax K-x [stock status page] became a big success was that its prices were going up and down, with the down ticks bringing in more buyers that would have otherwise not taken a chance on the camera. It also helps if you have a solid camera, and K-x's ISO performance certainly was a big factor.




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