I am going through the Black Friday Ads and price-checking to see which cameras have already been price-matched by the internets. The Sony a5000 w/16-50mm is advertised for $350, and the internet has matched the price, but that’s not all, Adorama is bundling it with lots of free accessories including the Corel software bundle (Aftershot X2, PSP X8), Bag, SD, Filters, etc). The same price is at B&H Photo and Amazon itself but no freebies.
On the other hand, if you want to optimize for a lower price, you can get it in open-box condition for $298 at B&H Photo with a 1-year warranty from B&H (not Sony USA).
PS: while I’ll try to price-check as many things as I can, I won’t post individual alerts for every single one of them. But they will be added to the Black Friday Ads digest post.
If you are comfortable with open-box camera-gear, B&H Photo is offering the open-box Sony a5000 with 16-50mm for $379 plus shipping and handling. My three test zipcodes (east coast, west coast, in-between) all show $9.01 shipping but I can’t test every zipcode… To see how it stacks up price-wise, check the Mirrorless Price charts, especially the bottom chart, the “Take Pictures With Kits”.
The Nikon D810 with the 24-120mm standard kit goes for $3200 with some free accessories at authorized dealers (eg Adorama), but if you want to save some and don’t need the extra accessories, B&H Photo is offering this kit in open-box condition for $2900 plus shipping and handling. It comes with a 1-year warranty from B&H Photo, not Nikon; a plus if you don’t like to deal with Nikon’s warranty service 🙂
More open box action, this time we fly to Adorama where they offer the open-box Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III for $80 with free shipping and full warranty since Adorama is an authorized Canon USA dealer. Note that this is NOT a stabilized lens, and it is NOT a USB lens. You also get $1.60 in promotional rewards to use in future purchases.
Back to the land of eBay where the Samy’s Camera store is offering, for a limited time, the open-box Sigma 1.4x DG EX APO Teleconverter for Canon for $219 with free shipping. Warranty is included as they are authorized dealers… The new condition price for this is $250 at authorized Canon dealers (eg Adorama with 4% promotional rewards).
The Canon 70-200mm f2.8L II IS USM goes for $1950 in new condition at authorized dealers (eg B&H Photo) but if you are comfortable with open-box lenses, you can get it for $1700 with free shipping and original accessories and 1-year warranty at Adorama.
On the other hand, if you prefer the new condition lens and also want the Pixma PRO 100 printer, you can get them bundled together at Adorama for $2050 after a $250 mail-in rebate (prepaid AMEX gift card). In addition to the lens and printer, you also get the printer’s sidekick (50pk 13×19″ paper), a ProOptic 77mm filter kit and a lens care kit.
The Sony RX100 III currently goes for $750 at authorized Sony dealers, but as one of the daily deals at the Best Buy website you can get it bundled with a $50 Best Buy gift card…
If you don’t want to deal with Best Buy, it is available in open-box condition for $679 + shipping at B&H Photo, however, Best Buy may have it in open-box condition for $600. Click on the open box link at the Best Buy page to check availability. No gift card for the open-box.
PS: the latest model is the RX100 Mark V which is scheduled to be released by the end of the month (see bottom row in the Stock Status Tracker).
Adorama has a sale on a variety of open-box Canon camera gear featuring 32 DSLR and mirrorless camera kits, and three EF-M lenses, and one EF 1.4x III extender.
Not as fragile as a pancake but more sensitive to syrup, pancake lenses are one of the lower risk type of purchases if you want to go the open-box or used/refurbished route. Which brings us to the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens available in open-box condition for $119 with free shipping and the full 1-year Canon USA warranty at Adorama as one of their many clearance items.
In addition to the previously mentioned Canon 70D body only kits, there’s another open-box option at Adorama, you can get the open-box 70D with 18-135mn EF-S IS STM for $1000 with free shipping and a one year Canon USA warranty.
More eBay Deals action, we return to the Get It Digital eBay store with an imported grey-marked DSLR that was part of a Kit With Lens but was separated from the lens and sold separately. This time it is the new condition Canon 70D body only going for $650 with free shipping with a limit five per customer. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.
At authorized Canon USA dealers, the 70D body only kit goes for $1000, but it includes various free accessories and promotional rewards at some retailers such as B&H Photo and Adorama.
Another option, somewhere in-between, you can get it in open-box condition with a 1-year Canon USA warranty for $800 at Adorama.
The Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens is available in open-box condition for $119 with free expedited shipping from Adorama. This is described as “Open Box-Packaging may show some wear and tear. Includes all original accessories and full 1 year Canon USA warranty.”… This is one of 500+ Camera and Photo Specials at Adorama…
To the Trending eBay Deals we go, where eBay seller “GetItDigital” (99.5%) is offering the imported grey-marked new-condition Canon 6D body only for $1000 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer.
Based on the eBay listing, this does not specify whether it comes with seller’s warranty. It definitely does not come with a Canon USA warranty. This camera was part of a Canon 6D with Lens kit, but they are selling the camera and the lens separately to “share” the kit discount with the customers 🙂
In new condition from authorized Canon USA dealers, the 6D body only kit goes for $1400 but it also comes with a variety of free accessories and promotional rewards at B&H Photo and Adorama.
Yet another option (if you have no use/need for the extra accessories) is open-box condition of the Canon USA version with a 1-year Canon USA warranty going for $1270 at Adorama.
If you are a fan of open-box camera gear, the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM is available in Open Box condition for $450 with free shipping at Adorama. Per the description there, this is:
“Open Box-Packaging may show some wear and tear. Includes all original accessories and full 1 year Canon USA warranty.”
To the eBay Deals we return, where we find the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC120 superzoom (21x, blue color scheme) in New-Other Condition on sale for $105 with free shipping by eBay seller “Guarantee Cellular” (98.4%) with 220+ units sold so far.
This is an Android camera with a SIM slot for cellular coverage. But no contract, you don’t even have to use the cellular part if you don’t want to. The product details there say “GC120 Verizon” which suggests this is the Verizon version. The listed model number is EK-GC120BKAVZW.
The condition is described as “New Other” with this blurb:
“The device is in new condition in original retail box with everything included (not sealed). Clean ESN”
IF you are comfortable with open-box camera gear, the black Panasonic GX8 body only is available in “Used – Like New” condition, described as “Only taken out of box once like new with Panasonic USA warranty”, for $950 by Cardinal Camera through Amazon. It ships from Cardinal (Pennsylvania).
UPDATE (9/30/15 PM): as of this check, the price jumped from $2700 to $3000…
Flagship action too at the eBay Deals, where BuyDig’s eBay store (authorized Sony reseller) is offering the open-box Sony A7R II body only with a one year Sony warranty for $3000 [was $2700] with free shipping with a limit of five per customer.
The description there has it as “New-Other” condition with this explanation:
“This item includes all original packaging and comes with a full 1 Year Sony USA Warranty. Box was opened and simply not able to be sold as Brand New”
At new condition, this goes for $3200 at authorized retailers such as Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon.
And we are finally back, and back to the eBay Deals where the GetItDigital eBay store (99.7%) is offering the imported grey-market new condition Canon 5D Mark III body only for $1900 with free shipping with a one year warranty provided by GetItDigital (not Canon USA). Limit five per customer.
At authorized Canon USA dealers, in new condition, this goes for $2500, along with a variety of free accessories and extras and promotional rewards, such as B&H Photo and Adorama (multiple bundles with different freebies) and Focus Camera and Amazon itself.
Somewhere in the middle between the two price-wise is an open-box version for $2250 at Adorama (no freebies but retains the one year Canon USA warranty).
The Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BHC BeFree travel tripod is currently on sale for $179 with free shipping in new condition by OneCall.com or if you have Amazon gift cards to spend, by OneCall upon Amazon.
On the other hand, if you are comfortable with open-box purchases, you can get it for $170 with free shipping by Focus Camera on eBay (five units left as of the time of writing) [don’t forget the limited time 5X eBay Bucks offer if you are eligible for that].
The Sony a6000 with 16-50mm goes for $700 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you are comfortable with not-new, there are a couple of options floating on the internets right now:
- this sold-out:
manufacturer refurbished with 90 day warranty for $500 by Secondipity thru Amazon
- open-box by Best Buy in “Open-Box Excellent” condition for $560
If you are comfortable with open-box lenses, Best Buy currently has the open box Sony 28mm f2 FE lens for $364 with free shipping. Their description is as follows: “Returned, used as display model in store, or opened due to packaging damage but remains in like-new condition.” You can locate open-box options on the top line, between the product name and price box (annotated screesnot crop below):
The new condition price at authorized dealers is $450. Some retailers offer extra free accessories with it at $450, making the decision more difficult. For example, Adorama includes a 3-filter kit, lens pouch, lens wrap, cleaning kit, and Corel software (including Aftershot Pro 2 and Paintshop Pro X7).
Back to the eBay Deals we go where we find the new condition imported-by-seller grey-market Canon 6D body only offered for $1194~ with free shipping and a one year warranty from the seller “GetItDigital” (99.6%), not Canon USA. Limit three per customer.
If you don’t feel comfortable with imported (grey market) cameras, but you are comfortable with open-box Canon USA blessed cameras, you can get the Canon 6D body only for $1270 with free expedited shipping by Adorama. The listing says it includes all accessories and comes with a one year Canon USA warranty.
If you prefer new condition from authorized dealers, it goes for $1400 with a variety of various freebies at Amazon and B&H Photo and Adorama.
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 don’t feel comfortable with the above, the 6D body only goes for $1400 with Canon USA warranty and various extra accessories at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself.
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.
If you are comfortable with open-box camera gear, the Best Buy website is offering the open-box Sony a7 with 28-70mm for $975 with free shipping.
The new condition price is $1300 at authorized Sony dealers, some of which include free extra accessories at that price (eg Adorama).
This daily deal expired…
The Sellout Woot deal of the day ending by 1am ET on Sunday 2/8/15 is the open-box black Sony NEX-3NL/B with the 16-50mm lens for $250 plus $5 flat shipping, with a limit of three per customer.
The eBay action continues with the New (Other Condition) – that’s eBay’s term – red/black waterproof/elementproof Pentax Optio WG-2 offered for $126 with free shipping by Roberts Camera on eBay with a limit of five per buyer. The description says “100% NEW product, open box / store demo”. It comes with a six months warranty from Roberts Camera, not Pentax.
Speaking of this segment, the Woot Electronics deal of the day ending by 1am ET on Thursday is a sale on various GearPro action cameras. Note these are GearPro, NOT GoPro.
BuyDig has a new coupon, use coupon code CLOSEOUT15 to get 15% off the current prices of nearly 500 clearance items. Coupon expires 2/2/15. Peruse the listings or use the Guided Search on the left side of their website to check product categories or by manufacturer. Some of the items are open-box. There’s a variety from converter lenses to Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 to Sony RX1 and A99 and NEX camcorders to Tamron 17-35/4 and 70-200/2.8 and more. If you sort the listings by price, you can check the various high-end camera gear available.
This daily deal expired…
The Woot Electronics deal of the day, ending by 1am ET on Monday, is the new (open-box condition) black Sony NEX-3N with 16-50mm offered for $280 plus $5 flat shipping. Limit 3 per customer during this promotion. Note this is a new condition camera but not in the original retail packaging. The listing says it comes with a 90 day Sony warranty.
BuyDig is having a clearance sale on their clearance items 🙂 Use coupon code CLOSEOUT20 to get 20% off the current prices of these 400+ clearance items. Use the Guided Search box (top of the left sidebar on their website) to further drill it down. They have various categories, for example, “Canon EOS Lenses”, “Compact System Cameras”, etc, so peruse the whole scrollable list to see any of the cameras, lenses or accessories of interest are there… Note that a lot of the items listed there are Open Box… The 20% off coupon code expires 11/2/14…