« on: March 06, 2012, 01:06:24 AM »
honestly I'm a bit confused about this grey market thing. these products are sold by well known companies so I suppose they're not illegal, we also get the same product as being sold by local big retailers with the same 1 year warranty and I believe these products are from the same manufacturer which is CANON, so what's the difference?
in addition to what 4thchicken said, i see it this way:
local stores bring products like the 5D Mark III to a store near you. support them in this effort. they don't like the ridiculous prices that Canon puts out anymore than customers do, so don't punish them by withholding your business because they aren't the ones who set the prices.
just my opinion on the whole "let's go gray!" thing.
You do have a point!
But my nearest camera store is Ted's
I agree. In fact I just placed my order with http://www.leedervillecameras.com.au/ (which was recommended by simonxu11 - thanks) for the 5DIII at $AU3599 (inc GST) which I think is reasonable compared to RRP's we're seeing. I ordered via telephone, spoke to a friendly staff member and left a $400 deposit. They expect to have stock by the end of the month. They also offer the 24-70II kit for an extra $2200 (if I remember correctly) and I was very tempted but I think I'll wait. They also offered an extended Canon warranty (extra 2 years) for $199.
Edit: I've bought grey before but if I can help it I'd rather buy local. It's no good for anyone for local businesses to go down.
After going out for a weekend shooting and getting home Sunday night to find a lens cap or other bits missing, being able to walk into a store on Monday morning and buy replacements then and there has enormous value.