Sure i probably didnt get top dollar, but i got a no hassle instant sale, supporting my local camera store.
Im happy, and i guess they are else they wouldnt have traded.
I would love to support local shops myself, too. But hey, if you read my above post look at the price difference.
I mean, I'm about to purchase a 5DII at about 2000 dollars only body, but at local shop they want almost 3000!!!
I mean seriously, I get the fact that they have a different flow of money and of business but this is almost like robbing, geez.
The only thing I bought from them was a used 24-105. I was on the market for a used one, seeing prices of about 800-900 dollars exactly one year ago. I entered their shop (as always to try to sneak for some good affairs, lol how i deceived I am) knowing it was not a good economical period for them (wonder why LOL). I saw it and ask the price...they told me about 1300 dollar used...LOOOL...I told them "guys I can buy it new for around 1200 (on the website mentioned in the prvious post), c'moooon". after some debates they were firm on their decision, makin some discount but not enough...I ended up leaving with angry and saying well ok, I prefer spending 1200 on a new one than 1100 (their max discount on the used one after hours of dealing LOL), goodbye.
as I was at the entrance, opening the door, they was like "ok ok ok...c'mon let's deal more"
Long story short, I ended up paying about 920 dollars for it, with 1 year shop guarantee. but c'mon, it's crazy.
this shows you that at least for where I leave the local shops are ridicolous and they try everytime to make the crest on prices, not markup, real huuuge markups.
because if it was because of their money flow the dude would have never dropped the price to 920 dollars. that shows the bad attitude.
I tried month ago to fight for a 5DII in the same shop...but as said above, they want about 3000 $, and with new equipment they are firm on their prices...I told them, sorry I will buy online, I won't support the local shop that's 10 mins away from me, spare about 950$ and have the same exact product...bye bye
that's really ridicolous.
other locals are same as far as prices go, i dunno really why, maybe it's because of their smaller economic/money flow.
And when we speak of our lovely big whity lenses the things start to get crazy.
Listen up, if you are able to find a lets say 400mm 2.8 (talking version I, not the mark II) that in US is about 8100, $ here they go nuts.
they charge, listen up, about 11500 $ for it....I'm speaking of local shops...LOOOOOOL
on the website where I buy it's inline with your prices of US and rest of the world.