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NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Sat 04-Jun-11 04:06 PM

I've got a P7000 back ordered through the Army-Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and I'm having a difficult time determining if I'll be getting a USA or gray market camera. Once they start filling orders the camera will ship from Japan. My concern is based on my purchase of the Sigma 150-500 a year ago from AAFES which did not include a sales receipt, only the lens. I was told my receipt was my printed online order form which does not include a serial number. What to do? Cancel my order? Take receipt of the camera and send it back if it's gray market or cancel my order? If it matters, the Sigma lens is a late serial number and functions perfectly and I'm sure they will service it out of warranty if there's any issues while Nikon will not touch the P7000 with it's many problems.

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Covey22

US
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#1. "RE: Gray market P7000" | In response to Reply # 0

Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter Member
Sat 04-Jun-11 06:41 PM

I would personally wait for the unit and see what serial number you get. Usually federal exchanges aren't into gray market.

NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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#2. "RE: Gray market P7000" | In response to Reply # 1

NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Sun 05-Jun-11 11:45 AM

Okay and thanks. How would I prove to Nikon or Sigma that I purchased a USA lens? I'm worried that without a valid USA sales receipt warranty service will be denied.

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Covey22

US
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#3. "RE: Gray market P7000" | In response to Reply # 2

Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter Member
Sun 05-Jun-11 07:53 PM

For Sigma, I have found that the serial number requirements are less stringent. They seem to be more willing to deal with any Sigma product regardless of the market assignment. Nikon USA - way different story. For them, you may just have to go to a third-party authorized repair center; there are many around - they have the parts and expertise same as Nikon.

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