I'm simply overwhelmed with all your good wishes - so glad I'm able to be here and provide personal support and advice.
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This isn't a rumor, right?
I do not know. I never give forums my correct date of birth for security reasons, so maybe sanj has some inside info or it is her "forum's profile" birthday!
Would love to order from Adorama sometimes. But their shipping to Canada just isn't on par with B&H. I just tonight loaded up a cart at both Adorama and B&H. Many similar or identical items. Only difference is a refurbed SL1 in the cart at B&H.
Adorama total = $1079 + $244 shipping (UPS which I hate)
B&H total = $1544 + $228 shipping (Purolator)
Both including customs clearance.
Not sure why shipping from Adorama should be more on a smaller $$ order than B&H. My guess is because they are using UPS shipping to Canada which everybody knows is pretty much the biggest ripoff around.
So, B&H continues to get my monies.
......the inconsistencies experienced for stock status is a real missed opportunity and I hope it gets resolved soon.
Either company is fine. Both have excellent salespeople with the knowledge to get you what you want, and shipping to get you it when you need it. However, there are bad employees at each, too.
That's never happened to me... but it would be frustrating. I live about 3 hours away from Adorama and B&H and I expect when I order and it is instock that I get it either the next day or the day after. If you want and need something for the weekend... waiting a few extra days (unknown quantity) can be incredibly frustrating. Especially since you could have bought it from another for a comparable price and it would already be in your hand.
Anyone else in Canada having trouble getting product
From Adorama in less than 7-10 days? Was going to order couple
Of Canon lenses but have a small order I placed last Wed afternoon. App
Didn't ship till Friday and now in the hands of Bilsi
Who usually hang on to it for 3-4 days before
Contacting Fedex. Product from B&H by Purolator
Gets to me in 48 hours
......I got a monopod head that came in crumpled-up packaging. I think it was a thin layer of foam that was wrapped around the monopod head's packaging, then had the air vacuumed out. The head arrived intact, but I would have preferred one of those envelopes with bubblewrap lining or a box.....
At the risk of my sounding real stupid (if the simple answer is easily there to be seen) is there any way to tell from an items webpage on Adorama.com whether or not the item is in-stock?
It is really really sad. I feel especially bad for Calumet's employees.......
What about Calumet?
No, we don't offer Purolator - the Adorama low cost shipping option to Canada is from http://www.bilsi.com/
Thank you Helen, i appreciate this. However, when i try to do my checkout, i do not see this low cost shipping option. Maybe I am missing something. Not long ago I was shopping for a smaller softbox for a speedlight and was looking at Glow HexaPop 24" priced at $140. The lowest shipment (UPS Worldwide Express) would've cost me almost $50. I checked my cart now and I still do not see any less expensive options for shipment. Also, with UPS option I still do not see if the tax is already included in it (I think I went all the way through checkout but did not finalize it). When i shopped for a similar item (a bit more pricey) at B&H, their Purolator option costs me close to $30 which includes delivery, tax, customs, etc, etc.
Like I said, maybe i am missing extra shipment options, so any advice will be appreciated.
I'm in Canada, so for me its 90% B&H and 10% Adorama just because of the shipment options. Adorama's shipment to Canada is more expensive, last time I checked. Buying smaller (less expensive) items there does not make any $$ sense.
While on the topic. I am curious why Adorama doesn't seen to carry Transcend CF cards and very few SD cards.