I'm Callie from Michigan.
I have a 35mm Nikon SLR and have recently decided to make the leap to a DSLR - yea!
I only take photos for hobby, and mainly of family and my very active 4 year old boy. Thus prompt shutter response is a must!
I'd like to ask your advice on where to buy.
I have narrowed it down to 3 options based on best bargain. They all offer the same package and it's the same model I'm looking at (D3000).
I'd like to know your experience with any of these Authorized Dealers please.
Lowest price - Adorama - refurbished - on-line order
Mid price - Amazon (shipped from Samy's in CA) - NEW - on-line order (approx. $50 more than Adorama).
Slightly higher - Best Buy - New - local pick up (I have $95 in Reward Zone points I can use toward this purchase which puts the price slightly above Amazon/Samy's.
I've read so many rave about refurb's from an Authorized Nikon Dealer. So I'm tempted to say "why not save the most possible?"
What do you think?
I initially went to EBay to look for a "New in Box" package. Then I started reading about the warranty only being valid with a receipt from an Authorized Dealer. I have found two people thus far with receipts and the camera has never been out of box - no actuations. I'm still skeptical. Any opinions on buying this way?
Thanks for your input! I can't wait to get to the DSLR world.
#1. "RE: Oh...where to buy...." | In response to Reply # 0jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Fri 01-Oct-10 08:55 PM
It sounds like you are a good shopper, and in this economy, you should be.
All of your sources sound good. Keep in mind that your local Best Buy is going to charge sales tax, whereas you'll probably get free shipping and no sales tax with an online seller.
Since you have your $95 reward with Best Buy, and unless you have something else that you intend to buy there, it might be worthwhile to "work" that seller. I have found that Best Buy will match prices quoted by "Brick and Mortar" sellers such as Adorama and B&H. There's no harm in asking, and if the salesperson says "no," ask to speak to a manager. Print out your quotes and take them with you.
I hope that it works out for you. I'm sure that you'll enjoy the DSLR world.
#2. "RE: Oh...where to buy...." | In response to Reply # 0Nikon D Registered since 02nd Oct 2010Sat 02-Oct-10 10:21 AM
Hi Callie from Michigan, I would suggest going for the Nikon D5000. Its a camera that I personally own and I think its a fantastic camera for a first time DSLR.
This is my first DSLR and I have done a review for it at Nikon D5000 Review
Kind Regrads, Sean.