Hullo all, well after much deliberation, I am on the brink of ordering a new D7000. Quite exciting really.
Previously, I have owned a D80 and a D200, both of which served their purposes very well. Quite recently I decided to have a go at selling them both on eBay. The auctions went well, money is now in the bank, and as I said, the purchase is about to happen.
It's early in the morning here in Australia, so I am tapping this out on my MacBook in bed!
As I proceed with my new acquisition, I will participate more fully in the Forum.
I am not familiar with Nikon Cafe, but I do hang out on DPReview as well.
You're transitioning from some pretty nice hardware; I was using a D70s prior to buying my D7000. I look forward to your impressions of this camera. I love mine for sure and I am very happy with it. I cannot imagine one wouldn't be. Nonethless, I like reading feedback from others on the strengths and weaknesses of the D7000.
Now I'm going to have to look for that Nikon Cafe site...
>I am not familiar with Nikon Cafe, but I do hang out on >DPReview as well. > >You're transitioning from some pretty nice hardware; I was >using a D70s prior to buying my D7000. I look forward to your >impressions of this camera. I love mine for sure and I am >very happy with it. I cannot imagine one wouldn't be. >Nonethless, I like reading feedback from others on the >strengths and weaknesses of the D7000. > >Now I'm going to have to look for that Nikon Cafe site...
>Hullo all, well after much deliberation, I am on the brink of >ordering a new D7000. Quite exciting really. > >Previously, I have owned a D80 and a D200, both of which >served their purposes very well.
The D7000 is quite a good step forward from what you've had. Enjoy your new gear!
Got my D7000 with 18-105mm on Wednesday from RYDA. Didn't see a need to go to a camera store as there wasn't anything they could tell me that I couldn't find out on the web. Almost got it from Digidirect but RYDA offered better pricing on the SD card, etc
Paid $1728.00 so $1750 isn't too far off the mark. Mine will come in at $1556.00 thanks to the Tourist Refund Scheme.
Makes a nice upgrade from my thrice dropped, doused in Sprite D50 which was stolen in October. I'll miss you little silver buddy
That's pretty much the going rate in Australia - I got mine body-only for about $100 less. This is piracy as the A$ is at parity with the greenback. The retailers plead innocence, but someone's making a killing.
I've also been looking at tripods and heads, which we can get shipped from Amazon for about 30% less than the discounters can do here in Oz. It's time local distributors caught up with the exchange rate. They might be hedging on currency, but at the moment they look to be creaming at least another 20% out of Aussies, while whining about people going to overseas online retailers.
>>$1750 seems a bit high. Which lens is included? > >That's pretty much the going rate in Australia - I got mine >body-only for about $100 less. This is piracy as the A$ is at >parity with the greenback. The retailers plead innocence, but >someone's making a killing. >
Correct me (used to live in Victoria), but the government in Oz, slaps on what could be termed a VAT tax. Used to be items shipped in directly were subject to this tax if the authorities got wind of it.
Unless your import tax laws have changed, I don't think it's the local retailer's fault.
Sat 01-Jan-11 01:40 AM | edited Sat 01-Jan-11 01:52 AM by OzPhotoMan
I am not an expert on customs law, but my understanding is if it gets checked as it comes in, you will be up for GST on the full purchase price if it is over $1000. You are of course aware by buying direct from an overseas source you have no Australian warranty and no protection from Australian consumer law, especially the new uniform laws that come into effect from today.
Read up on what those new laws are,the important point is that if a product fails earlier than expected but outside the warranty period, you are entitled to a free repair unless it is user induced damage. That does not apply for overseas purchases. This fact has made extended warrantys sold from stores effectively illegal as they cannot charge for something that is protected by law.
The expected failure time is of course open to interpretation, a $20 watch would not be expected to last as long as a $5000 wide screen TV.
>Ron, > >I am not an expert on customs law, but my understanding is if >it gets checked as it comes in, you will be up for GST on the >full purchase price if it is over $1000.
G'DAY again Jim and thanks once again for the detailed explanation, I know it's somewhat outside the realm of this Forum, but of particular interest to me. I have been offered a full warranty with the camera. Hopefully, this will never be required.
Enjoy the New Year
Ron pic is looking through the windows of the Apple Shop in Sydney, I am a frequent visitor!
Do you know the distributor cost in Australia? The party probably responsible for the high cost of Nikon products is likely Nikon. The prices around the world are similar to the OZ price with the sole exception of the US. Nikon sets the price for each national distributor and there is a consistency of high prices in other equally large markets such as Europe. There are some local/regional retail price differences that are related to taxes, such as Denmark paying more for consumer electronics(they pay more for everything in fact, but get a lot in services in exchange)that are reflected in competing brands having similar markup. Here in Russia, which has Nikon Europe as the distributor, the prices are high but Sony and Canon are closer to US prices so taxes, VAT(18% here) are not the cause of the price difference between countries, national Nikon distributors get their prices set for them by Nikon Japan. There is also a temporary misalignment in advertised retail prices in the US where mail order or on-line shopping often avoids state taxes(but subject to use taxes which few people pay) that is putting all locally owned small stores out of business. Eventually, to stop the killing of the middle class and local community quality of life, a universal sales tax will have to be created to even the playing field. Even major retailers are for that(no law or tax change can occur in the US without being supported and lobbied for by large corporations) because if they have a retail presence in a state they much collect state sales tax, but on-line stores with no physical presence get an automatic 6-10% price advantage. When, if, the US wakes up and realizes that a strong locally owned business backbone is in the greater interest in everyone there will be more reason to buy locally. When I go back to the US and buy anything, if it is available through a locally owned store I get it there, particularly camera gear. With the D7000 being so much in demand, temporarily, the locally owned stores have the same price as the mail order stores. The pipeline much be filling now, just this last week I've found many stores here in Russia with it in stock, even some point and shot/phone stores that never carried anything higher end than a D3000. Sony is pushing heavily into retailers of all types here, they are seen everywhere in all sorts of stores; camera, computer, mobile phone, appliance, multimedia etc, but I never see anyone except tourist with one in hand. That is owned by Canon and way down the list is Nikon due solely to Nikon's wholesale prices are 40-60% more than a similar Canon
Being in your neighbourhood (NZ) I'd like to offer another viewpoint.
I am quite happy to pay a little more for Nikon gear through the authorised agent.
I have had to return some of my lenses and cameras back to Nikon for warranty issues and am glad to have sourced them through the authorised agent. It saves a lot of hassle, not to mention the cost of 'exporting' your camera to another country for servicing.
No, I am definitely happy paying a little more for the locally sourced product.
Remember also, that the first time Nikon charges you for servicing an overseas sourced Nikon is likely to be more than what you saved in buying it from overseas!
>Being in your neighbourhood (NZ) I'd like to offer another >viewpoint. > >I am quite happy to pay a little more for Nikon gear through >the authorised agent. > >I have had to return some of my lenses and cameras back to >Nikon for warranty issues and am glad to have sourced them >through the authorised agent. It saves a lot of hassle, not >to mention the cost of 'exporting' your camera to another >country for servicing. > >No, I am definitely happy paying a little more for the locally >sourced product. > >Remember also, that the first time Nikon charges you for >servicing an overseas sourced Nikon is likely to be more than >what you saved in buying it from overseas!
I'm not trying to hijack the thread, but the amount we're overcharged in Australia borders on the obscene at times. It's certainly not a small amount. For example, a D3S body from an authorised dealer in Perth costs $7,699. If I buy from somewhere in Hong Kong or Singapore, it costs me $4,546. I could have a nice couple of holidays taking it back for warranty claims with the savings I've made.