New York camera stores, online purchases

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Tamales
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New York camera stores, online purchases

Post by Tamales » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:06 pm

A number of New York camera stores have an online store (B&H, Adorama, Cameta, to name a few). They all seem to have roughly the same prices on the things I'm looking at, so I wondered if folks here have had good (or bad) experiences with them for online purchases?

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Post by livesoft » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:08 pm

Only GREAT experiences at both Adorama and B&H. I highly recommend them.
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Post by mark18068 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:09 pm

I have been shopping at B&H for years and highly recommend them. Their prices are fair and customer service - even for returns - is excellent.

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Post by orlandoman » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:22 pm

Bought a camera from B & H last month, noticed the price had dropped by $50 a week later. Emailed them & they immediately refunded $50 to my credit card ... believe the price adjustment period is 30 days.
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Post by bob60014 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:33 pm

Ive used B&H (great cluster service) and to a lesser degree, Adorama. No problems with either.

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Post by HereToLearn » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:43 pm

Have shopped at B&H in person and online. Very happy with both experiences. Well....in-person is a bit frenetic, but if you want to touch a product and ask questions of a salesperson, it is the place to go.

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Post by Watty » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:50 pm

mark18068 wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:09 pm
I have been shopping at B&H for years and highly recommend them. Their prices are fair and customer service - even for returns - is excellent.
+1

I have never had any problems, including some used equipment I bought from them, so I can't comment on their customer service.

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Post by bhsince87 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:01 pm

I'been buying from B&H and Adorama for over 30 years. Started when they advertised in the back pages of photo magazines.

I have never had a bad experience. Anytime a mistake was made, they always corrected it in my favor.
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Post by TravelGeek » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:33 pm

B&H and Adorama: yes

All those other stores with “too good to be true” pricing? nope.

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Post by Candor » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:53 pm

I have purchased lots of high-end photography equipment from B&H and Adorama over the last 10 years and have always been pleased with their service. They are both well respected in the photography field. I'm not familiar with Cameta.

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Post by SevenBridgesRoad » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:56 pm

livesoft wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:08 pm
Only GREAT experiences at both Adorama and B&H. I highly recommend them.
My experience as well.
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Post by BogleMelon » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:59 pm

+1 to B&H, bought a DSLR, price was fair, few days later I saw the same camera sold with an extra battery and a memory card. I chatted with CS and they instantly approved shipping a free battery and a card to match the offer that I have missed
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Post by munemaker » Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:17 pm

I bought a couple Chromebooks from B&H. Prices were good and orders were promptly filled and delivered.

I recently bought a Fender Telecaster guitar from Adorama. Really great sale price and prompt delivery.

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Post by rj49 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:37 pm

The only strange thing about some of the NYC sites (I think i was either B&H or Beach Camera) is that online ordering can be closed from Friday evening to Saturday evening, to observe the no-work rule of the Jewish Sabbath. It's frustrating when you just have to have that techie toy right now, but I respect and admire their devotion.

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Post by tuningfork » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:07 am

B&H and Adorama are the good guys. I've been buying primarily from B&H the last few years, no regrets. I had to return an item for the first time ever recently, and their return process was as good as Amazon Prime. Submitted the RMA request online, it was approved a few hours later, and they provided a pre-paid shipping label for the return.

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Post by JMacDonald » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:04 am

I have had good experiences at both B&H and Adorama. I was in NYC last month and needed a camera strap. I went to B%H. I was amazed at the size of the store. Not your typical camera shop.
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Re: New York camera stores, online purchases

Post by MaxRN » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:12 am

I've always had great products and service with online buying from B&H. I can find specialized audio gear there more easily and cheaper than other sources, including Amazon.
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