I would very much like to attend Photokina, but my travel schedule won’t allow it.
The acquisition of a D1X has taken on a life of its own; therefore I made a few rules so I won’t get scammed, see if you agree:
1. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. 2. Don’t part with any cash until I see the camera. 3. If I can’t see the camera, buy from B & H or Adorama. 4. Wait until after Photokina.
The retail segment of the photo industry on the most part seems to be overpriced compared to the online guys. I know margins are nonexistent for these folks, but I can’t bail them out. Kelly_pe made a few good points about post purchases of accessories for the D1X. I’d rather spend my bucks for accessories than for taxes and profits.
In my efforts to buy a D1X, I routinely email any auction within a three hour drive to satisfy rule # 2. Two times in as many days, sellers on Ebay have directed me to bogus escrow services.
Here is a copy of the email:
“my last asking price is $2800 it is brand new still in the box with full accessories and two lenses.
payment have to be done through (URL of escrow company)if not,then i am sorry,
let me know your shipping info in order to prepare the package ready to be shipped.
here is the lenses:
17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor
28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D AF Zoom-Nikkor”
This email is an excellent example of rule # 1. You are invited to add to the rule list!