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Canon Rumors General => Regional Boards => United Kingdom & Ireland => Topic started by: flbs on February 24, 2011, 06:13:12 AM

Title: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: flbs on February 24, 2011, 06:13:12 AM
I can see several adds on this site for a web based store First Camears, with about 30% lower prices than normal. Does anybody know if this is a real store, or if it is some one trying to rip your money. It is Removed, we do not publish links to scam websites, please do not post them.
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: awdixon on February 24, 2011, 06:47:01 AM
I can see several adds on this site for a web based store First Camears, with about 30% lower prices than normal. Does anybody know if this is a real store, or if it is some one trying to rip your money. It is www.firstcams.net

Too good to be true by the looks of things. They appear to be using the address and company details of Warehouse Express. Their claimed awards seem to be invented and the site seems to be based in Russia - see following link:

http://www.scamchecker.com/report/first-cameras-webpage-situated-rusia

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: flbs on February 24, 2011, 07:51:22 AM
 Thank you. That was what i thought. These sites should be closed down as soon as somebady finds out that they are fake.
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: motorhead on February 24, 2011, 08:37:43 AM
Absolutely, but where do we report them? Is there a Government organisation that is enpowered to close scam sites?

If not there should be. Although if this particular scam is Russian, it presumably gets a bit more problematic.
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: CR Backup Admin on February 24, 2011, 11:57:47 AM
Scam sites are successful due to greed.  People want to believe they can get something for well below cost, and talk themselves into believing its true.

There are online sites rating sellers, they are a place to start.
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: surfing_geek on July 12, 2011, 06:20:47 PM
i always check here:

http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/

i figure it's a good place to start and seems to be fairly accurate!

hope it helps :)
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: gferdinandsen on July 12, 2011, 07:23:18 PM
Really always comes down to, if it's too good to be true, it probably is.  The fact is, if a store is offering bodies/lenses at 20% or more off what everybody else is, there is probably something fishy
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: bycostello on July 19, 2011, 03:43:12 AM
just remember if it is too good to be true, it usually is...
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: K3nt on August 12, 2011, 02:28:38 AM
I was looking at this site too when wanting to buy the 70-200mm L Mk II, and they were *cheap*. I even sent them an email and they replied. Thank god for google street maps. I checked their reported address, called the company on the building, who nicely enough let me know it was a complete scam.
Then I went with hdewcameras instead.
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: RESEARCH_UK on August 17, 2011, 04:15:35 AM
I note HDEW are cheap too in comparison to the cheapest on Camera Price Buster.  Have you found them to be reliable, they appear to have been established some time.
Title: Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
Post by: K3nt on August 22, 2011, 02:26:50 AM
I note HDEW are cheap too in comparison to the cheapest on Camera Price Buster.  Have you found them to be reliable, they appear to have been established some time.

Yes, after the payment problems were sorted (their system didn't like my Finnish credit card), the lens arrived within two weeks and was exactly as advertised. I had a friend of mine who lives in the UK also swing by their premises to make sure they are legit and everything worked fine.
I noticed that they have cheap offers on some stuff but not all. So it pays to shop around.
As always, your mileage may vary but this vendor is someone I will consider using again.