Amazon is not selling it direct. It's through PCNation. I had a suspicion I had heard of them before. I went to ResellerRatings.com, and their record is less than stellar. It seems they're fine for products which are generally available everywhere, but when products are in short supply the reviewers seem to question the company's honesty, and apparently they've promised overnight shipping at times and not followed through.
The add says that it is shipped from and sold by Amazon.com...just wondering why it would say that if it actually is shipped from someone else. Hmmm. I know that Amazon usually says that items are stocked and shipped by them. Maybe this is their way of insuring the product is actually in stock.
Your best bet when buying from Amazon is to do a search for the item at the top of the Amazon.com page. It will then tell you how many of the items are available. Then click on that. It will then list all the vendors that have the product you can purchase through Amazon along with the price they are selling it for. If you don't search in that way it will randomly list the product from one of the vendors only.
No problem, Ned. I found this out by accident one day. I was debating about buying something and logged onto Amazon.com 3 times in one day. Each time it listed the item for sale by a different vender. It's nice to know so now I can pick and choose who to get it from.
Indeed there is a shortage in the US. No major retailer currently has any D700's in stock, which I know of. Amazon, about the only place I know of which has the camera is down to 4 in stock as of this moment. The link for Cameras Direct, in your country, which you put in your post, indicates none left.
No one has any idea of when they will get the D700 in stock again.
That being said, the D700, and the D3's have been out (for all intents and purposes) for months, in my opinion, in part due to the tsunami, and in part due to substandard forecasting by Nikon. As a result, those who have wanted to purchase FX replacement cameras, or backups, have been unable to do so. That is not good, and has reflected poorly on Nikon.
Couple that with a paucity of pro lenses for many months, and the situation for pros and advanced amateurs has not been conducive to good business.
I was able to get one from iBuysOnline.com a few weeks ago. It took them about 2 weeks to get it to me. They have some kind of "in" to getting them. They have them drop shipped. I got mine for $2499 at the time. I was told it is a USA model rather than Grey Market, but I still suspect it is a Grey Market because its cord for the charger is European with a USA adapter, and the format was default set to PAL rather than NTSC. So, you take your chances; but if you don't mind Grey Market, you can find them. I do have to say that my experience with iBuysOnline was very positive, however.
Kenneth, I've been thinking about your post and what you said about iBusOnline, that your experience has been very positive, and how to respond in such a way as to not sound obnoxious, but I completely disagree with your evaluation. OK, I've said it. Sorry.
If you or anyone purchased a D700 as a USA model rather than a Grey Market model, and were actually sold a Grey Market model that's fraud. That's a serious federal crime, assuming it was sent to you either via the US post office or across a state(s) line, as it should be. Otherwise it's certainly a state crime.
Assuming that it is a Grey Market model, that means if you need warranty work you can't get it in the US. Moreover, if you need any kind of work, Nikon USA won't do it, even if you're willing to pay for it, according to the best of my knowledge. That's a big deal! That's a huge loss of value which you paid for.
When one spends $2,500, you shouldn't be taking "your chances." So if your suspicion is true, and I'm assuming it is, what I'm taking away from your post is decidedly anything but a positive evaluation of iBuysOnline.com.
I'd immediately confirm via Nikon USA, whether or not your D700 is a USA or Grey Market unit.
If it isn't a USA model, then I'm taking away from your post that one should never, ever buy from this company, and that if you're within the statute of limitations, if I were you, I'd report them to the nearest office of the Attorney General of the US, or if they didn't ship your the camera via the USPS or across state lines, with your local District Attorney.
Yeah. I'm getting with Nikon about it when I get back from vacation. I'm not really afraid of Grey Market items. There are plenty of businesses willing to do the repairs. They did give me a full one year warranty on it, and I also have an extended warranty on it. The extended warranty is from a reputable company. So, I'm not really all that worried about it; it could simply be an honest mistake on their part. If Nikon tells me it's Grey Market, I might return after talking to iBuysOnline.com. We'll see what happens. But even if I decide to keep it rather than return it, I'm not really worried too much about it.
I've purchased "Grey Market" Nikon products myself, from time to time, though never a camera; P&S, SLR or DSLR. There's no problem with that as long as you know what you're purchasing.
But, of course, that's something else again. By the way, if the camera didn't come with a Nikon USA warranty booklet, it's "Grey Market."
That being said, maybe I'm more skeptical or distrustful than you, but if it's "Grey Market," and I think it is, especially since you mentioned they gave you a one year warranty, which wouldn't be necessary for a Nikon USA product, I don't think they made an honest mistake. This is sounding more and more crooked all the time.
I guess that depends on who you buy it from. I finally broke down and bought a gray market teleconverter from B&H, because a USA warranted unit was not available. B&H warranted it and I'm fine with that. They are starting to ask full price for gray market items too.
Some Nikon lenses offer a 5 year warranty for quickly registering. You would lose out on this and might not know that it is available unless you bought the USA model?
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
Ah, Kenneth said he got a one year warranty on it and I thought you were questioning that. I was thinking along the lines that I would not be comfortable with a seller's warranty when it is supposed to have a USA warranty (their warranty might be bunk, if they're less than honest about the item to begin with). Whereas a B&H warranty on an "up front" gray market item could be acceptable,if you are very comfortable with the dealer.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
Ok, guys. An update here. I talked to Nikon. They registered the camera, and it turned out to NOT be grey market. It is USA. So, all is ok for me on this one. However, he did say that some people have called about the same thing from iBuysOnline.com. I was his third call today regarding grey market or USA with respect to various equipment. So, I would say that it would likely be best to stay away from this vendor if you don't want grey market - if indeed, these folks that received grey market from them payed attention to what they were buying. Sometimes, people don't.
Bought mine from Sears.com ... price was $2564.95 with no interest for 18 months and free shipping! Will be here on Monday.
>Hi Peter, > >Indeed there is a shortage in the US. No major retailer >currently has any D700's in stock, which I know of. Amazon, >about the only place I know of which has the camera is down to >4 in stock as of this moment. The link for Cameras Direct, in >your country, which you put in your post, indicates none >left. > >No one has any idea of when they will get the D700 in stock >again. > >Ned >A Nikonians Team >Member > >----------------------------- >Visit my >Travel Photography Blog and >my Galleries.
I happened to go to B&H website around 1:45pm EST today and believe it or not they had the D700 in stock. I actually called them up and asked them how many do you have and they said they received 2 of them today. I ordered one and can't wait until I receive it. I just looked on the website a few minutes ago and it shows they are out of stock again. It's amazing how popular this camera still is after as long as its been out on the market.