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USA vs Gray Lenses

agitater

Toronto, CA
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agitater Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007
Thu 14-Feb-13 12:04 PM

>I live in Portugal and we don't have that kind off problem
>here. I have bought several gear around the world (USA, UK,
>Swiss), and never had a problem with Nikon. They accept the
>international warranty and don't care where it was bought.
>Every time i go to B&H, i only buy grey market if the
>price is better. As i don't live in the USA, it is useless to
>pay to have the 5 years warranty if i'm not going to use it
>anyway.

You identified an important point José. The care for and cost of any 90 day-1 year warranty typically offered for a wide range of electronic and optical gear made by all sorts of different companies, is a cost that has been built in to the factory price of manufactured goods for over sixty years. All distributors responsible for specific products will honor an international warranty in the first 90 days or the first year (however long the basic warranty happens to be).

It's the regional warranties (2 years, 5 years, whatever the length) offered in certain regions by different Nikon distributors, that cost significant amounts of money to support. But those 2 year and 5 year warranties are also part of what attracts people to the products in those countries.

There's a premium to be paid for such products as you've pointed out. If a person is willing to give up a longer warranty period in return for a slightly lower retail price, that's a simple risk assessment before making the purchase.

I buy Nikon gear from a couple of dealers local to me in Toronto. I get full warranty coverage, neogitate purchase prices that are sometimes very close to that of grey market products advertised online. The benefits for me personally - excellent support from the store owners and their staff, extended warranty coverage from Nikon Canada, and so on - significantly outweigh the relatively small price difference for a grey market product.

I'm not suggesting that people should always pay a higher price - not at all. I'm only suggesting that a product which carries only a 1 year warranty (or only a 90 day warranty for some grey market products, or no warranty coverage at all for some other grey market products) costs less for that reason. It's not any sort of bargain deal though. You pay less because you get less warranty (or none at all), and consumers who are considering grey market products should think about that very carefully before they decide to click the "Buy Now" button.

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