20th August 2003, 12:40 PM
20th August 2003, 01:15 PM
Bravos for posting this note. Such beligerent practices are unacceptable and kudos to purple for bring this to our attention.
Such shops should beware, word of such misdeeds quickly gets around.
20th August 2003, 01:33 PM
I'd recommend to buy only from the bigger name shops. Saving $10-$20 sometimes if worth it if the shop is trustworthy and has a good reputation. Sometimes the smaller shops switch the original accessories with compatable ones, or sell without battery charger or Li-Io battery, and make you pay more for it in the end. Is it's $100 less, I'd advise you to smell a rat. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I've had experience with shops like Alan Photo, Cathay Photo and John 3:16, where I do most of my shopping now. All highly recommended.
20th August 2003, 01:45 PM
20th August 2003, 01:58 PM
As this thread is not related to any MOs, photog services and so on, i've moved it to a more appropriate sub-forum.
Consumers Corner and Services
20th August 2003, 02:05 PM
At least you didn't buy it, imagine you go home found scratches on the body, or the pixel problem. They'll smile at you when you purchase. When you return to them to complain, you'll find their smiles will turn to ugly faces.
That's one reason I rather pay $50-$100 more, get from more reputable shops and get the service as well. You're not paying for the product alone, you're paying for their service and attitude also.
20th August 2003, 02:11 PM
oh great just dump it in here... that what you all do all the time.,....
Originally Posted by Larry
Yes I do realise that here is a better place for treads like this!
20th August 2003, 02:17 PM
wonder why these type of shops still surviving with such a bad service, but Fotoguide had closed down
20th August 2003, 02:30 PM
20th August 2003, 03:45 PM
Yup, that is a real pity.......
Originally Posted by wong_se
BTW, I had heard a few complains against John 3:16 in the area of
after sales service, bad enough that the people involved swore never to deal with them again. (None pre sales ones)
Wonder what is other people's experience about them?
20th August 2003, 03:59 PM
20th August 2003, 04:12 PM
so far hv good impression of John 3:16
enuff for me to be willing to pay $50-$100 more for their products.
20th August 2003, 04:35 PM
Actually i request a reconsideration of moving this thread. I think that such experiences fall under the general heading "Consumer's Corner" as it is a relevant thread educating consumers on the unfair practices of various shops. I believe that Consumer's Corner and serivces should not be restricted to only MOs or photographic services.
In fact, Consumers Corner and Photographic Services used to be separate. Consumers Corner was then the sub-forum used to post threads which may be of interest and related to consumers. Not only MOs, but anything which may be classified as being of interest to consumers. Just doing a quick check on the front page of this sub-forum would show threads not related to MOs or photographic services.
In the light of the points above, i believe that this thread should be restored to the "Consumers Corner and Services" sub-forum, for hte simple fact that its definitely of interest to consumers. I believe that there are others who would share this view as well.
Originally Posted by Larry
20th August 2003, 05:37 PM
Maybe a BlackList corner should be started where shops, services and products are posted for interest of all.
Can imagine paying for something because of reviews but discover products have quirks later.
My 2 cents worth
21st August 2003, 11:01 AM
I had originally posted it there because I also thought it would be of most interest to consumers. Alternatively, a blacklist corner as suggested by Jay would be a good idea (just my view).
Originally Posted by vince123123
I agree fully with the many suggestions that paying slightly more to buy from reputable shops would be a wiser choise. For my case, I had wandered into the shop because AP didn't hav the A70 I was looking for & "too busy" to even talk. I thought being careful & doing your homework wld be enough, never count on meeting irrational people.
21st August 2003, 11:19 AM
Sorry that you got such bad experience. I had my fair share too, years ago when I was still a bug eyed student trying out cameras at Worldwide cameras (in Peninsula). The guy (I still see him around nowadays) was friendly about selling the unit, but when I said I wanted time to consider he actually used threatening tactics to 'force' me to purchase the unit.
His tactics actually reached a point of being very aggressive that I succumbed to his demands.... I still regret giving them the revenue to this day.....
21st August 2003, 11:29 AM
21st August 2003, 12:24 PM
in the meantime, should this thread be moved to the Consumer's Corner where it would receive more views by the relevant sector?
Originally Posted by AdamGoi
21st August 2003, 12:33 PM
21st August 2003, 12:39 PM
i agree with Adam... in addition, IMHO there will always be good and back feedback about shops and camera stores. take the famous CP and AP for eg, i've heard people who swear by either or both, but i've also seen others who swear they will never go back as long as they live. so, it's really a very grey area as to which shops should be blacklisted or not.