No you are not screwed ... I bought 5D MK III from USA for US$ 3199 & got it shipped for US$ 65 & paid US$ 165 (for customs) - total price US$3429... while the local price was US$ 4500 (and it still is) ... so even if there is a warranty issue I can send it back to USA for US$ 65 & another US$ 65 to get it back here.
By the way it is cheaper to buy 650D (or any other camera/lens) online from America than to buy it in the middle east ... in fact it costs less to buy it and get it shipped to the Middle East than to buy it in USA ... coz you pay taxes in USA (especially in NYC) but when you ship it out of the country, there are no taxes.
+1 about the cost being less in the US but I think the warranties do not apply in countries other than US/Canada
warranties is not a must when buying high end device as 5dm3, its a small % of defects appeared.
Yeah but if something goes wrong you are royally screwed
In addition it is faster to ship it to USA, get it repaired and get it back to the middle east than to give it for servicing in the middle east. The official Canon dealer takes 7 working days to clean the camera here ... major issues take a month or longer. While the shipment to USA only 3 working days for just US$ 65 ... also, the technicians in the USA (especially in reputable stores like B&H, Adorama etc) are a lot more professional when it comes to Cameras, and know what they are doing unlike most technicians here.
Thanks. I was not too sure about sending the camera back to US and the timeframe involved ... This news is highly useful to me since I may move to the Middle East later this year.
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