Is a Canadian D7000 "Grey Market"?
I found a good price on a new D7000 from a Canadian On-Line store from which I've purchased lenses before. If I buy that camera, can I get it serviced in the US? It comes with a "2-Year Nikon Canada Warranty". What is the practical meaning of that versus a Nikon USA Warranty?
I once read that if you buy a Nikon camera and lens overseas, and import it yourself, it would be eligible for warranty repair. Would this be any different?
If anybody has any advice, knowledge, or experience on this, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
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#1. "RE: Is a Canadian D7000 "Grey Market"?" | In response to Reply # 0ChrisPlatt Registered since 04th Jun 2011Tue 08-Nov-11 10:42 PM
It's not technically "grey market" which would be a product sold from a U.S. firm that is of foreign origin and not covered by a Nikon USA warranty.
However, you won't be able to get it serviced in the U.S. The practical meaning is that if you buy if form a place like Henry's and you need warranty repair, you will have to ship it back to Henry's to get it serviced under the Nikon Canada Warranty. If you are dealing with a reputable firm like Henry's, it shouldn't be a problem and probably won't add too much if any delay to the repair.
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#3. "RE: Is a Canadian D7000 "Grey Market"?" | In response to Reply # 0
>I found a good price on a new D7000 from a Canadian On-Line
>store from which I've purchased lenses before. If I buy that
>camera, can I get it serviced in the US? It comes with a
>"2-Year Nikon Canada Warranty". What is the
>practical meaning of that versus a Nikon USA Warranty?
I suggest that you call Nikon USA to get the correct word on the matter. Get the name of the person at Nikon USA who confirms the warranty, just in case of a dispute sometime later.
Don't forget that any new item shipped from a Canadian dealer to a customer in the U.S. will likely be subject to duty & taxes when the shipment crosses the border. The same is true for Canadian customers making online purchases from U.S. dealers. Shipping companies (UPS, FedEx, DHL) now reguarly charge their in-house brokerage fee to process packages across international borders and you have to pay that fee (anything from $20-$60) before they hand you your package. Sometimes U.S. Customs ignores or skips a shipment, sometimes they don't. All I'm saying is that a saving of a couple of hundred dollars can evaporate in an awful hurry because of shipper's brokerage, customs duties and taxes, which all often makes the cross-border deal actually no deal at all.
#4. "RE: Is a Canadian D7000 "Grey Market"?" | In response to Reply # 3torwood Nikonian since 06th Dec 2010Thu 10-Nov-11 03:16 AM
Thanks everybody for your input. I'm not going to do it. This started because B&H is the cheapest reputable dealer around for this camera, and they are currently out of stock. Since posting this, I found someone else in the US that is reputable, and selling for the same price. It is $50 more than the Canadian price, but that is a small premium for the peace of mind of having a USA model. $50 may not seem like much, but it's almost 5% of the cost, plus that money can be used to buy another memory card for the new camera.
I have bought lenses from Canada before, and I don't ever remember being charged customs fees and the like. I also buy a lot of stuff (non-camera stuff) on e-bay. I have bought from Chinese and European vendors on ebay, and again, not been charged anything but the bidding price. Some of this stuff was as low as $15 selling price, so I doubt they were buring it in the reserve price.
Incidently, I'm not really scared of grey market stuff - most of my small prime lenses are grey. I would probably not buy a new four-figure DSLR grey, because they are pretty complicated, but if I can save 15-20% on a $300-$400 lens that is a relatively proven and simple design, I'll take my chances.
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