I bought a Nikon 24-70 less that 3 weeks ago at the B&H full price ($1,886.95). In light of the current sale, I called B&H Customer Service this morning and inquired about consideration for a refund to reflect the difference from current sale price of $1686.95..
The $200.00 refund should appear on my CC within 2-3 business days and will, likely, be re-spent with B&H soon thereafter.
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I just bought the 24-120 f/4 at just under $1000. I scrolled down to find the kit at the same price as the lens alone. I really wanted the 70-200 f/4. I have the 70-300 VR. Good to know my 24-85mm VR is worth even less now than after it was included free with the D600 for a while. What Nikon seems to be saying is never pay a non-rebate price for a lens unless you have to have it for some specific purpose. I will wait until summer to buy the 70-200mm f/4 as I will not actually need it until then.
Sun 17-Feb-13 03:30 PM | edited Sun 17-Feb-13 03:32 PM by mklass
>What Nikon seems to be saying is never pay a non-rebate price for a lens unless you have to have it for some specific purpose. >
Actually, that's what you are saying.
Manufacturers have sales almost all the time for a variety of reasons. They are rarely on the hottest items. Nikon is no different.
Sometimes the retailers make good on the sale price, as B&H did in the example above. But they are under no obligation to do so.
Presumably when someone buys a lens at full price, they have decide it's worth it and spend their money. Funny how it isn't worth it when the price goes down.
However, I am all for saving money. The other day I bought a Nikon reconditioned lens through KEH since it was the best price that I could find and 15% less than the cost of a new one. Next day one came up for sale in the I Want to Sell forum at an even lower price. Yesterday the sale price comes out and the lens is available for even less. I haven't even received the lens from KEH yet, but will return it and buy a new one at the sale price. On the other hand, if they offer to match the sale price on the reconditioned one, and I don't have to pay to return it, I probably will just keep it. Life is complicated enough.
This does certainly disrupt the market for for used lenses, but nobody says it has to be orderly. Unless you are a professional lens trader the lenses are no less valuable as photographic instruments today than yesterday.
+1 to what Mick said. On another note, the rebate is temporary and all lenses whether new or used will "regain" their original prices within a month, so basically it's a win-win situation for everyone except those who buy lenses with the purpose of making profit.
I would have never thought of getting the 24 1.4G or the 24-120 f/4 but now I might jump on the 24-120 and who knows maybe a used 24 1.4G will show up for $1300... Please, anyone!
Have been interested in a Nikon 28-300 VR to use with my D700 for awhile now, checking the bay and F/S forum here from time to time. Glad I waited, will probably pull the trigger on a new one this week.