Canon SLR Buying Question, How can they offer the price so much less?

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  1. macsrules macrumors regular

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    Okay, here is the question. I am ready to buy a Canon 50D. I have priced them and the best price I have found comes from:

    1. Newegg, there price is $1199.


    Then I found another company on the web offering the same camera for 599.

    2. shopdigitaldirect.com there price is $599.

    Here is my question, how can they offer the same camera that much cheaper than everybody else?

    What am I missing?

    Thanks for your input
     
  2. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    http://tinyurl.com/af66m9
    Check that out.
    Don't worry, it is actually gonna give you some info. 3rd one down.
    Perhaps it will give you some info.:D
     
  3. macsrules thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the link, I should have done that to start with. From what I read they rip you off by sending incomplete items and then charging you for the rest of the parts.
     
  4. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    You know what they say... 'if its too good.. it cant be true!
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    shopdigitaldirect.com is hardly a keyword. Thus your letmegooglethatforyou was pretty stupid...
     
  6. taytho macrumors 6502

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    as folks have said it is basically a too good to be true situation... you are really gambling there. The last two canon SLRs i bought were online from buydig.com
    i have had no issues.

    i got my canon 50D w 28-105 canon lens bundle for $1244

    That price included tax, shipping and a 4g CF card. i am/was very happy with it all. quick shipping too.
     
  7. CodeRaven macrumors member

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  8. Narcosynthesis macrumors member

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    check out reseller ratings before ordering from anywhere like that.

    As you pretty much guessed yourself, selling the camera for that low a price pretty much always indicates a scam going on - to think about it logically, how can they make money selling it for that much? If a small reseller could get stock from Canon at a low enough price to sell it for that amount and still make a profit, how come some of the bigger companies like Amazon are not selling it that low?

    The way the scam normally works is that for the price quoted you get the camera, and that's pretty much it - everything else in the box like batteries and chargers are stripped - you often hear of them calling you up to confirm the order, and 'pushing' all these extras on you (which you pretty much need to have a working camera) so in the end the great deal disappears in a puff of smoke.
    After all of that, you are generally pretty lucky to actually get anything delivered after they have taken your money...

    As with any buying online, and especially for something expensive like a camera, stick to a well known company with a good reputation - places like Amazon or B&H and the likes.
     
  9. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    B&H and Adorama are perhaps the most reliable. Newegg is reliable, too. I buy computer stuff from "newegg," and camera stuff from B&H.
     

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