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Old March 18th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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BH vs. Adorama

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Nikon | AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens | 2185 | B&H

And both BH and Adorama have it for the same prices. Soooooooo, am I supposed to flip a coin? Why have the same price? It reminds me of gas stations.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #2
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Not only is B&H a trusted sponsor here, but they have better feedback at resellerratings. So for me it's no contest.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 03:34 AM   #3
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B&H for me every time, I have a running wish list that never seems to empty
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Old March 19th, 2010, 08:57 AM   #4
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Adam & Paul:
Thank you. Much appreciated.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:20 AM   #5
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I thought Adorama was a sponsor as well. My question still remains; I've talked to BH sales people before about price 'beating' heck, even by 10 bucks, I always get a flat response.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #6
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Adorama does not support DV Info Net. B&H does. That should be enough to sway your decision.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:49 AM   #7
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Thanks Chris. I was really just asking a question about how camera stores market. But thanks again. My memory failed me, I thought Adorama was.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:54 AM   #8
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No big mystery: product makers have a wholesale price and dealers have a markup. Companies of a similar size will likely have the same wholesale cost and need for profit. Best Buy counts on the convenience (and the 'knowledgable' sales staff) to justify the increased markup.

There is something of a disagreement between makers and dealers over the 'lowest advertisable price' which leads to 'add item to cart to see the discount price' thingy.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 12:06 PM   #9
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Minimum Advertised Price = MAP. This is a different thing from MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price). MSRP is the high end of the price range while MAP is the lowest price that a dealer can advertise, per agreement with the vendor or manufacturer. Andy's right, when you see "add item to cart to see price," that is the dealer's way of showing a price lower than MAP without actually breaking that agreement.
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I thought Adorama was a sponsor as well. My question still remains; I've talked to BH sales people before about price 'beating' heck, even by 10 bucks, I always get a flat response.
B&H considers each price match inquiry individually and even has a sales exec dedicated to this task. We say yes as often as possible and regret when we cannot. We consider a variety of issues including our price and theirs, who the other retailer is (and we check ressellerrsatings.com, which you should also), the total out-the-door pice including required but not included accessories, s&h and so on.
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Old March 21st, 2010, 10:52 PM   #11
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B&H hands down. their website is better and they seem to carry everything under the sun.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 10:57 AM   #12
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B&H hands down. their website is better and they seem to carry everything under the sun.
Plus the B&H superstore on West 34th is one of those places you have to visit at least once in a lifetime :-).

I've been a happy B&H customer for years and years.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 12:16 PM   #13
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Been buying from BH Photo for 6 years. Good prices, fast shipping, good with returns/exchanges. Only complaint I have and it's not really legit is that they take too many holidays. Wish us Christians had that many Holidays. ;)
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Placed another order today at B&H ...
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Old March 26th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #15
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B&H is hands down better. I've ordered a few times from Adorama. One time I returned some items. They only counted one item in the box for my return credit. I had to call them numerous times to get credit for some of the other items. Some items I never did get credit for. I probably lost about $100 on the deal. A second time I ordered something from them off of eBay. The item description was wrong. They didn't refund my money after the product was returned until I called them. Will never buy from them again.
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