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Old July 20th, 2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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Z7 no longer at B&H?

I'm getting ready for a camera replacement and the z7 is one of several models I've been following. Over the weekend it seemed to drop off their website. If you do a search for z7u you get 4 different hits, ranging in price between $5350 and $7190. They all indicate "accepting orders", but there is also a disclaimer which says "This is not a regularly stocked item. Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days."

Seems odd. Or maybe this is just boilerplate language they use when something isn't available?
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #2
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yeah I've seen that before when something is out of stock especially when it's part of the B&H kit that they package.
I can't imagine the Z7 wouldn't be stocked anymore.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 10:26 AM   #3
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I'm guessing just a temporary thing. B&H is such a big Sony dealer & the Z7 is one of Sony's prime cameras, I think it will be a long time until B&H stops selling the Z7.

Give B&H a call and see what could be going on. They're a good company & often talking to a live person instead of a webpage will give you a better answer.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 11:44 AM   #4
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Thanks Zach, you're probably right. I've pretty much decided to go with the EX1, although the Z7 has some great features which make it very attractive.

I'm guessing that one reason B&H has the disclaimer on the z7 pages is to place you on notice that they will bill your credit card immediately even though it's not in stock.

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This is not a regularly stocked item. Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days. You will be charged upon placing your order.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 11:02 AM   #5
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The Z7U IS still available - and is still carried at B&H. I spoke to B&H yesterday (Wednesday) and was fortunate to get a very knowageable video sales rep. Although I called about another camera -- the rep mentioned that the notice on their site saying the Z7U was not an item which is regulariy stocked simply indicates it's currently "sold out". It's on backorder. The guy I talked with said it's a top seller.

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Old July 24th, 2009, 06:22 AM   #6
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Obviously you are right... B&H is listing the z7 back in stock this morning!
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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:04 AM   #7
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The Z7U IS still available - and is still carried at B&H. I spoke to B&H yesterday (Wednesday) and was fortunate to get a very knowageable video sales rep. Although I called about another camera -- the rep mentioned that the notice on their site saying the Z7U was not an item which is regulariy stocked simply indicates it's currently "sold out". It's on backorder. The guy I talked with said it's a top seller.
Ian:
Thanks so much for helping to clear this up. Much appreciated. BTW, it looks like it's in stock right now.
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Old July 24th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #8
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Actually I just returned from a trek to B&H today to see the z7 and ex1 in person. It's always a real treat to visit there - if you have only used mail order in the past, you really owe it to yourself to make the trip sometime - there really isn't anywhere else like it. Great selection, staff and service!

FWIW, I decided to get an ex1, but as luck would have it they must have just sold out in the time between opening and my arrival. However I now see that the "backordered" status of my order now shows as "processing", so I take that as a good sign!
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