"When did we get a bear rug?"
Today is Black and White Sunday blog hop, week 44 for NewfandHound! Thank you to our hosts: My Life In Blog Years, Dachshund Nola, and You Did What With Your Wiener. Please see one of their great blogs for information on how you can join also!
Today's photo tip comes from a lesson I learned this past week when I tried to buy a new camera body and I found out about grey market products. You know that saying "if it seems to good to be true, it probably is?" Well, when I saw the camera that I wanted on sale for about $400 cheaper I thought that I would finally take the plunge, but one thing lead to another and I found out that in the end that it was a grey market item and according to the reseller made in Taiwan.
According to Canon quality control is the same in all their facilities, but the company has authorized distrubuters in the U.S. and other countries to sell products with the manufacturer's warranty. Grey market products are legal, but are often bought in other countries and resold in the U.S. by unauthorized distrubuters.
So why the big drop in price? It comes down to the terms of the warranty (or the lack of a warranty), the item will not qualify for the rebate program, firmware updates will not be available, battery packs and cords may not come with the item, manuals may not be in English, and service and support may not be available. So make sure you are comfortable without those options before you buy.
Find out more information about grey market photography equipment here:
- B&H Photo: U.S. & Grey Market Items
- Ken Rockwell: The Gray Market
- Nikon: What is Gray Market?
- Pro Photo Resource: The Camera Gray Market Explained
Have you had luck with grey market photography equipment? Would you buy grey market?