When in doubt...Buy from B and H or Adorama and never worry!
Nice photo store safari. So question. Butterfly seems to have some good remarks on resellerratings.com
Also, buyersedge.com seems to have good comments.
I'm not affiliated with either nor bought from either, but will be shortly from one or the other.
Living in New York I have to say that its nice having B&H when you need something on sunday or you just have a huge gaping hole in your pocket as you can find EVERYthing under one roof, but when it comes to buying camera stuff I'm a firm believer in building a relationship with a smaller reputable local place. Not only am I a huge advocate of supporting small local business, but lets be honest, at B&H you are a number not a customer. They could seriously care less about you as a person or if you return. Also, if you have a problem while on a shoot your sol. A smaller company like calumet or photocare will be there to help you if you need them and are in a bind. I personally am a huge fan of Calumet Photographic. Yes, B&H might be cheaper on a few things here and there but to me its worth sitting and talking with someone who a, knows what they are talking about and b treats you like a person not cattle. I love to hate B&H and rumor has it, they are thinking of opening another bigger store in brooklyn even closer to me which has my wallet shivering in its boots...
Needed a battery in the worst way today Called B&H and Adorama and both were closed. They close early on Fridays (1:00) and are closed Saturdays.
Googled "Camerashop in NYC" and the closest one to me was 42nd Street Photo (a small store, mom and pop type joint). I called them asked for a specific battery, they told me they had it, quoted a price of $49.99 (same as the big boys but closer to me)--I ran over on my lunch hour and asked for the battery. Not only do they bring out the wrong one, they also say "since you were coming over I decided to charge it for you"--um ok I didn't ask you to, but I suppose it's going the extra mile, that or you are selling me a used one--then I tell them it's the wrong battery. 20 minutes later the right battery comes out, I'm at the register and I get a call on my cell, the old man at the register eyeballs the guy who brought out the battery and mouths "how much" the guy whispers back "$64.99, I hang up the phone and the old man at the register says"$79.99!!! Can you believe that?
So I told them I was quoted $49.99 over the phone, I showed them my printouts of the prices at the other stores and then I started walking away, he says "ok ok you can have for $54.99--I said no $49.99 he said ok with tax $54.99 (tried to rip me off every step of the way) If i hadn't been desperate I would have walked away, now I hope the battery works when I get it home.
B&H and Adorama rule!
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