The Sony a3000 with 18-55mm is currently on sale for $300 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon herself with a limit of two per shopping cart during this sale…
Optionally, it is part of the Combined Purchase Discounts. The a3000 is only eligible for one lens, the 55-210 and the $200 off combined purchase discount happens automatically when you add both the a3000 kit and the 55-210 to your shopping cart. Here’s an annotated screenshot crop of the top right corner of the Amazon checkout page with the a3000 w/18-55 and the 55-210 added to the shopping cart:
Note: the other E-mount cameras participating in this promotion (NEX-5T, a5000, a5100, a6000) get smaller discounts on the 55-210 and require promo codes.
Woot Plus has a refurbished camera sale featuring mostly old and refurbished cameras, including the refurb Sony NEX-3 with 18-55 for $240, refurb Sony a3000 w/18-55 for $250 (limit 1) – note that it currently goes for $300 in new condition at Amazon (limit 2) – refurbished Fuji S4830 superzoom for $80, and a few other superzooms and P&S cameras (Samsung, Sony, Pentax, Fuji, JVC). They also feature Gitzo and Manfrotto tripods and camera bags and Monster brand memory cards (Dr. Dre not included!), and these are new condition. Shipping is $5 flat regardless of how many you buy. Promotion ends on 11/1/14 at 12am CT (I don’t know if they mean 11:59pm or 12:01am) or earlier for any items that sell out.
The Sony a3000 E-Mount (don’t-call-me-NEX) camera kit with the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens is currently on sale for $300 with free shipping at B&H Photo when you add it to the shopping cart and do the login to your B&H account song and dance.
This bonus round of Amazon Camera and Photo Lightning Deals ended. The deals were worthy of their name this time! The NEX-6 w/16-50mm finally went live and it was at an even better price, $425! It was 97% claimed. So it turned out to be a good idea to wait for the Lightning Deal to finally materialize (in retrospect, it’s easy to say that).
The Samsung NX30 w/18-35 (so easy to mistype 18-55) went for $680 and was 100% claimed, while the NX3000 w/16-50mm went for $425 and was 53% claimed. Wouldn’t it be nice if every lightning deal round was filled with cameras like that? :)… Expired offers after the jump for the deal historians…
UPDATE (Monday at 10:23am ET): it looks like the oomans at Amazon intervened and the NEX-6 with 16-50mm was removed from the Lightning Deals, perhaps because the current price would be same or better than what the lightning deal would have been. So no more indecision, the Sony NEX-6L/B kit (NEX-6 with 16-50mm) is on sale for $500 with free shipping, with a limit of two per shopping cart at Amazon by Amazon herself. This may be a price-match of someone else’s sale promotion…
Which further complicates things for people who are trying to decide, because starting at 10am eastern on Monday, this kit is going to be an Amazon Camera & Photo Lightning Deal. I have no idea what the lightning deal price is going to be, or how many they will have. So while we typically have a “Strategery” section, in this case, we have a “I have no idea what to say” section
This round ended. Check back on Mondays and Fridays for more semi-unpredictable Amazon Camera and Photo Lightning Deals… Expired items after the jump
Tempted by the Fruit of the Alpha? Adorama has a new trade-in offer for the Sony a7 and a7r cameras. The offer has two legs. First you purchase one of the aforelinked Sony a7 or a7r kits. Then you receive the camera along with a prepaid shipping label from Adorama. You use that label to ship to Adorama your old working trade-in DSLR (any model, any year, any manufacturer). More details at the promotional page. You receive your trade-in discount when you place the order.
With the DSLR Trade-In Discount factored in your shopping cart, you pay:
+ $1243 for the Sony a7 body only
+ $1500 for the Sony a7 with 28-70mm FE
+ $1753 for the Sony a7r body only
The Trade-In bonus amount is factored in the prices above and it is variable depending on which model you select. Promotion ends by 12/31/14.
That Nikon D40 KR convinced you to buy a few centuries ago? Trade it in
Please note Adorama will be observing Sukkot, so factor that in the timing of your order.
The current wave of eBay Deals includes the manufacturer refurbished Sony NEX-5TL with 16-50 & 55-210 and a free bag for $450 with free shipping. This is sold by Secondipity’s eBay store and comes with a 90 day warranty and 30 day returns per the eBay listing.
Speaking of the eBay Deals, you can find a lot of last year’s flagship smartphones refurbished no-contract for under $250 (LG G2, HTC One M7, Moto X, etc).