>That's not a grey market situation. If, as a Canadian citizen >and resident, I purchase a Nikon product from a Canadian >authorized dealer, I can then move anywhere in the world with >that Nikon gear (including merely on vacation) and obtain full >warranty service from Nikon wherever I happen to be. The >situation is fully covered by Nikon's Worldwide Warranty. If >someone who lives in Germany purchases a Nikon camera or lens, >and then moves to Canada or takes a holiday in Canada and then >has a camera or lens problem during his stay, Nikon Canada >will service the products under the terms of the Nikon >Worldwide Warranty. And so on.
I am a Canadian, on a long term contract in Switzerland. I have purchased Nikon equipment in Switzerland and plan to return with it at the end of my contract (before the warranty expires). Before purchasing, I inquired of Nikon Canada and was informed that on my return I will have no warranty coverage. I should go back to Switzerland where I bought the equipment. This is in no way grey market, but Nikon Canada still says that I will be SOL.
I carefully considered the options and decided that I am most likely to have problems in the first months after purchase so it is more important to have a Nikon Switzerland warranty.
Of 14 lenses and 3 DSLR bodies I have yet to have a warranty claim. As for resale, it is not an issue for me. I have two sons who will beg borrow or well you know, any piece of kit that they figure I will not miss. (If they are reading this, I do miss my 105mm f/2 DC).