>I took your advice and called Nikon. They advised that >if it is US Nikon product and >purchased it new from Ebay, my Ebay purchase printout would >serve as my proof of purchase and the warranty would be valid. >Just to be sure I called and spoke to a different associate >and this was confirm. Also, they told me that service would be >provided on a US nikon even if >there was no warranty. > >Don't gloss over these parts. If the seller is not an >authorized Nikon reseller, you are almost certainly NOT >getting a US Nikon product. Therefore you will have NO >warranty and NO service from Nikon USA - ever. The seller may >provide a warranty of some sort - that's what B&H does >when you buy an import from them - but it's worth checking >very carefully on this. > >Note also that Nikon presumes you are guilty until proven >innocent. You must prove that the product is a Nikon USA >import, and often that YOU purchased it, to get service or >warranty. Often the former is easy since many current >products include US in the serial number, but sometimes it is >NOT so easy, especially if you give Nikon some reason (rightly >or wrongly) to believe that something is a grey market >import.
Thanks for your reply. Does the D5000 have US in the serial number? The seller has sold at least 20 of these cameras in the past week w/ very positive feedback. Since the seller's ebay ID doesn't appear to be a name of a store it is impossible for me to verify if he is an authorized seller. Based on his feedback it appears that he sells primarily the Canon and Nikon DSLRs. He has 40 of the Nikon D5000 kit left.