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Old November 7th, 2006, 02:11 PM   #1
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Z1U Prices???

Okay, what's the deal. I'm ready to buy a Z1 any minute now... so I do a search online and find this place: http://www.royalcamera.com/snhvrz1.html

Their price at around 10a this morning was listed $2179.00! I called and the rep said the camera comes with a 90-day parts warranty, no battery, etc.

Now I go back and the price is $2849.00. WTF? Anyone have experience with places like this? Seems like prices change by the minute? Same thing at bestpricecameras.com - this morning= $3799., now = $3599. About 2 weeks ago = $3369. Not kidding, I've got printouts of some of the variances.

Doing a search online, the prices range from this being the lowest to of course upper $4,000's. What's legit to pay??

Thanks all for any help.
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Old November 7th, 2006, 02:47 PM   #2
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According to

http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1895.html

royalcamera.com is one of the many bait-and-switch scam shops. Before you buy check with

http://resellerratings.com

B&H is your best bet for a decent price with no risk of getting ripped off.
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Old November 7th, 2006, 03:16 PM   #3
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Thanks Dan.
What do these bait and switch places actually do?
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Old November 7th, 2006, 03:42 PM   #4
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> What do these bait and switch places actually do?

Bait and switch means to lure in a customer with a good deal on one product yet try to sell them another, usually with a higher profit margin for the store.

Generally, these places advertise a price for a camcorder that is only available to if you buy it in a kit with a number of overpriced accessories. That is, you are unable to buy only the camcorder for the too-good-to-be-true price.

Sometimes, these places will sell you returned, grey or even refurbished merchandise when you think that you are paying for a new unit.
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Old November 7th, 2006, 03:44 PM   #5
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> no battery, etc.

or sell you a unit stripped of accessories so that you *have* to buy their accessories.
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Old November 7th, 2006, 05:34 PM   #6
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As a consequence of several unpleasent experiences over the years, my rule of thumb is: if the advertised price is more than 5%-10% lower than B&H, don't go there. If it's too good to believe then it's probably not gonna happen.
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