B&H or Adorama price match?

1 year 8 months ago #583903 by henryp

Olivia wrote: So if all are given the same price, if lower on Amazon, would that suggest grey market or else?

If all or almost all retailers quote the same price there's a chance the item's price is covered by a unilateral price protection program. These are imposed on authorized retailers by manufacturers or US distributors and limit the lowest permitted selling price. Can't hurt to ask. If one shop is substantially lower I'd definitely ask. YMMV

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1 year 8 months ago #583964 by garyrhook
Which product are we talking about? It matters.

For the main camera manufacturers, the answer is yes. They engage in what I like to call "price fixing". You'll never find a lower price on any Nikon or Canon for a legit, US model that isn't dictated by the company. Which means everyone gets the same discount.

The only gimmes you get are add-ons. You won't find a legit discount price from an legit vendor.

Or, I could be wrong.


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1 year 8 months ago #583987 by fmw
I don't know the insides of the camera industry but my industry has MAP (minimum advertised price) policies from about half the manufacturers.  The way we deal with it is to invite phone orders.  We may not be able to advertise a certain price but we can sell at any price we wish.  We just put "call for price" where the price would normally go.  B&H and Adorama used to do that in the photography magazine ads.

My understanding is that high end cameras have a pretty small margin for the dealer so there isn't much to give up on the dealer's part.

I recommend buying gray market.  It cuts out the national distributor and can provide a pretty good discount.  I've been buying gray market (from both B&H and Adorama years ago) for a long time.  I have had only one warranty failure and had to send the camera to Japan for service.  It was a Nikon F5 that I bought from Adorama.

Another money saving thing is to buy cameras used by amateurs.  Some of them are in like new condition and sell at a significant discount from new.


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1 year 8 months ago #584017 by Hawkins
B&H do you still send out catalogs?  


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1 year 8 months ago - 1 year 8 months ago #584039 by garyrhook

Hawkins wrote: B&H do you still send out catalogs?  


Yes, they do. I received one just a few weeks ago.


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1 year 8 months ago #584081 by effron
I used to receive the B&H catalog (might still) but I think my wife intercepts that and the Bass Pro Shops catalogs and hides them from me....:angry:

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1 year 8 months ago - 1 year 8 months ago #584425 by henryp

fmw wrote: I don't know the insides of the camera industry but my industry has MAP (minimum advertised price) policies from about half the manufacturers.  The way we deal with it is to invite phone orders.  We may not be able to advertise a certain price but we can sell at any price we wish.  We just put "call for price" where the price would normally go.  B&H and Adorama used to do that in the photography magazine ads.


MAP has been part of the camera retail industry for 20+ years. it dictates the lower ad price and dictates how we can reveal the real (usually lower) selling price online or otherwise.

My understanding is that high end cameras have a pretty small margin for the dealer so there isn't much to give up on the dealer's part.

Indeed,

B&H do you still send out catalogs?

We do. See bhpho.to/2JanYY5

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1 year 8 months ago #584499 by Prago
Love your catalogs, my wallet is the one that doesn't care for them! :rofl:

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1 year 5 months ago #601387 by Olivia

henryp wrote:

Olivia wrote: So if all are given the same price, if lower on Amazon, would that suggest grey market or else?

If all or almost all retailers quote the same price there's a chance the item's price is covered by a unilateral price protection program. These are imposed on authorized retailers by manufacturers or US distributors and limit the lowest permitted selling price. Can't hurt to ask. If one shop is substantially lower I'd definitely ask. YMMV


Just noticed your response to my question, thank you!


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1 year 5 months ago #601407 by Garbo
It's becoming that season soon.  Shopping season for deals!  

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1 year 5 months ago #601519 by Scott Klubeck
I'm waiting for Black Friday this year! 


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1 year 5 months ago #603278 by Nefarious
How do you guys get the B&H catalog?  Do you need to order something or will they just send?


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1 year 5 months ago #603369 by Roman Omell
If you want deals, hold off, Black Friday is only a couple months away.  


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1 year 5 months ago #603442 by KenMan
OMG I can't believe we are already talking about Black Friday.  Seems like we just got past Christmas!  WOW, 90 days or so.  Yikes!  


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