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Old August 3rd, 2002, 07:10 AM   #16
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Ah, all right. Maybe I didn't get screwed too much after all. What does the XL1s typically run these days? I've seen it advertised a lot for $3300, and I don't know if this is the bait price or if it's legit.
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Old August 4th, 2002, 03:19 AM   #17
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Sony PD150 successfully purchased

Just received Sony PD150 from Citywide Digital ( for $3229

B&H quoted $3450 but none in-stock

Adorama quoted $3550

I use to find low prices but the lowest quotes were from disreputable merchants doing a bait-and-switch. For example, Digital Liquidators ( advertised their USA version of the camera for $2700 but after getting me on the phone for a bit 'discovered' that their PD150's were already in bundles so I had to buy another $1300 of ambiguously described accessories or I couldn't get the camera for a while.

After reading horror stories, I've decided to avoid Mack extended warranties and RepairTech seems like Mack but lacks any feedback (pro or con). Sony offers an extended warranty
Sony Extended Warranty Center: (800) 378-4590
This turns out to be an independent company, AON, but since it's marketed by Sony, it might be a little better. $274.95 for additional 3yrs. This is transferrable for no fee and includes parts and labor. Need to purchase before mfgr's warranty expires (1yr).

Decided to go for USA version despite the price differential (advertised as low as $2200) because I didn't want to be stuck without support and my MasterCard standard extended warranty would double the 1yr parts and labor mfgr warranty to 2yrs, but only if it had an original USA warranty. One might try to argue that one could buy a 2yr warranty from Mack for a few hundred but I value a Sony warranty MUCH more than one from Mack and the MasterCard extension is just as valuable as the Sony one since I can send it directly to Sony for repairs.


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