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Imran Zaidi June 8th, 2004 01:27 PM

First Visit to B&H
 
I was in NYC this past weekend and had the pleasure of swinging by the B&H store for the first time. Man - that place is something else. Conveyor belt tracks pushing inventory up above, busy as a shop could possibly be, great inventory everywhere... it was like being at Willy Wonka's factory. Actually, it really is like being at Willy Wonka's factory - the workers there are ridiculously well organized and seem to be able to keep order in the complete chaos in the midst of all the crazy midtown hustle, but you get the feeling that if you goof up, they'll toss you down the trap door and out of the factory in a moment's notice. They're a tight ship, but they take no nonsense.

It really is a surreal but great experience not to be missed if you're up in Manhattan.

Marco Leavitt June 8th, 2004 04:11 PM

Funny. Your reaction was exactly like mine.

Jaime Valles June 9th, 2004 01:57 PM

I love that place! Whenever I get a chance I walk over there just to stare at the cameras, NLEs and plasma screens. The employees really know their stuff, too.

It's essentially Toys-R-Us for videographers (and photographers, editors, DPs, Sound Designers...)

Fun, fun stuff!

Imran Zaidi June 9th, 2004 02:24 PM

Ooooh, you're in walking distance? Lucky you!

Thom Seaman June 10th, 2004 04:39 AM

I want to second the recommendation of others here. I'd also like to point out to any other prospective tourists that finding a camera/electronics retailer in NYC like this one that doesn't seem intent on ripping you off is actually a very big deal, or so it seemed to this visiting Brit. I'm not talking about stores that are merely overpriced or unhelpful; those places naturally exist everywhere. I'm talking about stores that actually set out to deceive you by haggling down from absurdly over-inflated prices and even by misleading you as to the price they are selling something at in the first place - Times Square, anyone??

Maybe it was just my bad experience, but in any case I'm glad I found B&H!

Peace,
Thom

Paul Tauger June 10th, 2004 10:12 AM

The rip-off camera stores you saw in Times Square are, sadly, not unique to New York. I've seem similar affairs in Hong Kong and even London. The best defense to stores like this is an informed customer -- no one should buy complicated cameras or electronics without first doing something basic research as to price and model.

Steven Taylor August 13th, 2007 06:03 AM

Old thread I know..

I was going to get a friend to pick up a Canon Wide adapter for my XH A1 whilst he was in New York but it's out of stock at B&H... any other options in Manhattan?

Chris Hurd August 13th, 2007 06:55 AM

Steven, our other sponsor in Manhattan is Abel CineTech:

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