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Local shop wants $500 deposit.

N80

Rock Hill, US
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N80 Silver Member Charter Member
Wed 02-Nov-05 12:01 AM

I emailed Charlotte Camera about pre-ordering a D200. They said they expected their first shipment about mid December and said after the first shipment the bodies would 'trickle' in. They said they had no idea how many they'd get in the first shipment.

They said they had a waiting list but no one was on it (I think they are more Canon-centric and he seemed to enjoy throwing that in) and if I wanted to pre-order, they required a $500 deposit.

This is a good, reliable camera shop and I've used them for years, can anyone familiar with the business tell me 1) why don't they know how many they'll get. I understand Nikon USA may not tell them exactly but they could at least let me know how many they ordered. And 2)Why do they want or need a $500 deposit? Its not like they'd lose anything if I backed out at the last minute. I could understand if I was pre-ordering a $10,000 8x10 view camera, but not a camera that is unlikely to stay on the shelves more than a day or two.

In any case, I like to support local vendors, but I also don't like getting jerked around. They do support internet orders and I didn't see anything about a deposit to put an order in over the net. Odd.

B&H, by the way, still isn't listing the D200 at all.

George Barron

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