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Old September 24th, 2003, 06:21 PM   #1
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Anyone used globalmediapro.com for purchases?

Hi all. I'm looking around at selling off my XM2 and moving to a DVX100 and I found a place, here in New Zealand actually that has very good deals on them. Unfortunately, they are internet only orders and I do not like buying online from outfits I haven't had recommended to me.

I know that "Very good deals" tends to mean "We'll rip you off" but in the case of NZ in this case it *may* not be that. The street prices of the DVX100 here is NZ$10,200 which is US$6000. Yup, damned expensive! global media will do it for NZ$6250 which is more in line with US prices.

Anyway, has anyone dealt with these guys and have an opinion?

Here is there site http://www.globalmediapro.com


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NOTE: Would have gone through a site sponsor (I've had good dealings with them) but ZGC doesn't sell Panny cams and Zotz can't get the PAL version.
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Old September 24th, 2003, 07:22 PM   #2
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One place to check is resellerratings.com

What you can do is try calling them and asking certain questions to see if they are a scam outfit. see http://medfmt.8k.com/mf/gcwol.html

B&H should ship to your country, but you could get killed on shipping, tariffs/customs, and taxes.
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Old September 24th, 2003, 07:54 PM   #3
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Thanks Glen. resellerratings don't have these guys on them which is a shame. Even though I cannot collect from their store/warehouse, they said that I can go to their office and view the camera. I guess if they rip me off, I can at least find them..;)

Regarding B+H I can't find a PAL version on their site and havn't had a reply from their sales people about whether they can get one.


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Old September 24th, 2003, 08:35 PM   #4
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B&H seems to sell a PAL version. Search for Panasonic DVX

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=283136&is=REG
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Old September 24th, 2003, 09:48 PM   #5
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I think the thing that bothers me is that they won't sell you one from their office. To my thinking, if you can walk out of their office with the unit under your arm, its pretty hard to be ripped off. Certainly for the money you'd think they would bend over backwards to get you to drop by with the money.

Then again, maybe I just don't know the laws of NZ.
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Old September 24th, 2003, 10:06 PM   #6
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B & H is one of our sponsors now and for their continued support of our community it is important that they be contacted through this link

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/?BI=155

Thanks for your help in this matter. Also we are coming up to some important Holidays and many retailers (including B & H) are closed. The Holidays are as follows

Rosh Hashana Eve
Friday, September 26
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Old September 25th, 2003, 12:47 AM   #7
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Nathan, after some email negotiation they said I could come pick it up from them.

Ahh Jeff, I didn't realise that B&H were a sponsor. Thanks for that.

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Old September 25th, 2003, 06:52 AM   #8
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That's good news, Aaron. Most companies don't want to turn down $6,000 NZD.
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Old September 30th, 2003, 05:04 PM   #9
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Ok, it looks like, after some investigation the company are selling grey market (parallel imported) goods. They aren't authorised dealers but they offer the Mack extended 2 year warrantees with their cameras.

Does anyone have an opinion on these sorts of places? I can go get the camera, and I can try it before I buy it. But still, I am hesitant - call me untrusting.


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Old September 30th, 2003, 05:41 PM   #10
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B & H has a FAQ on "grey market" goods. Basically, the manufacturing companies set up distribution monopolies in certain countries so they can extract more money from customers. They will charge more in one country than another. To get around this some retailers import "grey market" goods from another country where it's cheaper and they sell it to you for the cheaper price. Typically the warranty on that piece of equipment is not global, but you should be able to pay for repairs.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...rketStatic.jsp

For the Mack warranty you have to ship your equipment to New Jersey for repairs. If there are good local repair shops then the Mack warranty may not be worth it considering rental and shipping costs.
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Old September 30th, 2003, 07:32 PM   #11
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You have to decide if you are saving enough to justify the risk.

Sometimes you may have to do a little digging to find out if someone is really an authorize dealer or not. When I was getting my XL-1 I asked Canon which vendors were authorized. At first they told me the vendor wasn't and then they said he was. Canon said their list wasn't always complete.
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