Amazon Singapore cheap camera gear


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I see a lot of Camera bodies and lenses at really low prices in Amazon Singapore. They seem to be pricing down gear for clearance or something. Because once a few products are sold, the prices are rising again. I bought a few items and they are brand new items (some of them are local with Singapore warranty while some are Canadian sets with Canada/US warranty).

These are sold by Amazon themselves by the way and they do accept returns in the 1st 15 days. I returned a couple of items and they did credit me the full amount back.

Below is some Canon EF gear i found for really low prices.

https://www.amazon.sg/dp/B01KURGS9Y/ (5d Mark IV with 24-105 for 2900)
https://www.amazon.sg/dp/B01LXTX4WY/ (70-300 IS II USM for 373)
https://www.amazon.sg/dp/B01BUYJX6G/ (80D with 18-135 for 1045)
https://www.amazon.sg/dp/B0040X4PQI/ (70-300mm L for 945)
https://www.amazon.sg/dp/B001GNCWCE/ (24 f1.4 L for 1100)
https://www.amazon.sg/dp/B0749NNMYT/ (6D Mark II 24-70 Kit for 1886)
https://www.amazon.sg/dp/B07STH2LJX (Tamron SP 35 1.4 EF for 718)
https://www.amazon.sg/dp/B07B894YSG (Tamron 70-210 F4 VC for 493)
https://www.amazon.sg/Canon-24-70mm-2-8L-Standard-Zoom/dp/B0076BNK30 (Canon 24-70 2.8 L II for 1587)
https://www.amazon.sg/Canon-16-35mm-2-8L-III-Lens/dp/B01KURGS8U (Canon 16-35 2.8 L III for 1592)

There are other items with low prices too. I also saw the Sony Zeiss 16-35 mm f4, 24-70 f4 and Samyang 18mm f2.8 going for pretty cheap.
 

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The 6D Mark II with 24-70mm is a good deal at $1,8xx because it is local set but all snapped up by resellers. Now the resellers are selling in the forum for $2,3xx.

Amazon's deals are limited with a few quantities only to lure traffic, so you won't find such a price after those units are sold.
 

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5d mark iv with 24-105 seems to be still available under 2900. It's a local set too.
 

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EF 70-300 IS II USM is now for S$ 443.70. Dynamic pricing :D
 

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5d mark iv with 24-105 seems to be still available under 2900. It's a local set too.
No more. Now is $5,100.49. Amazon is smart to have a few sets for sale at insane prices in order to bring in huge traffic. These prices are not SRP or street prices. They sold them below market as part of their marketing costs to attract traffic. This is very effective marketing.
 

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Tamron 35 1.4 now even cheaper for S$677.45.
EF 11-24 f/4 for 1,881.
 

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Tamron 35 1.4 now even cheaper for S$677.45.
EF 11-24 f/4 for 1,881.
Tamron 35mm from Amazon does not with any warranty as compared to a local set with 3 years warranty. Therefore, the price difference is the insurance premium that priced in. If one does not need any warranty, purchasing from Amazon is the way to go.
 

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No more. Now is $5,100.49. Amazon is smart to have a few sets for sale at insane prices in order to bring in huge traffic. These prices are not SRP or street prices. They sold them below market as part of their marketing costs to attract traffic. This is very effective marketing.
Actually i don't think thats why they are doing it. From what i see, they have too much stock for some products in their warehouses here. I see it for non camera gear too. They are trying to clear their stock using dynamic pricing.
 

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Tamron 35mm from Amazon does not with any warranty as compared to a local set with 3 years warranty. Therefore, the price difference is the insurance premium that priced in. If one does not need any warranty, purchasing from Amazon is the way to go.
Considering that local set with warranty costs more tha 1000, even without warranty 677 is really cheap
 

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Tamron 35mm from Amazon does not with any warranty as compared to a local set with 3 years warranty. Therefore, the price difference is the insurance premium that priced in. If one does not need any warranty, purchasing from Amazon is the way to go.
Considering that the local service practically does not exist (last time it was some funny warehouse office in Changi that would just ship everything to Japan) we can easily skip this point. To pay $300+ I expect local technicians and solutions.
 

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Actually i don't think thats why they are doing it. From what i see, they have too much stock for some products in their warehouses here. I see it for non camera gear too. They are trying to clear their stock using dynamic pricing.
I beg to differ. There is no such thing as too much stocks. It is just a marketing stuff.

The Canon 11-24mm is also sold out for 2 pieces left. Now is back to $4000++. The stocks are not from Amazon. They belong to dealers, resellers, etc.
 

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Considering that the local service practically does not exist (last time it was some funny warehouse office in Changi that would just ship everything to Japan) we can easily skip this point. To pay $300+ I expect local technicians and solutions.
The manufacturers understood it over time. For example, Canon Singapore imposes double charges on servicing on products not purchased from Singapore; while Nikon Singapore won't entertain export/grey set. If not, nobody will buy from retail stores. Cathay Photo, TK Foto, MS Color and others can close shops.
 

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Amazon only has very limited stocks on each product at below market prices. You cannot buy 30 pieces (example 16-35mm) at such a dirt cheap price.

Once these very limited quantities are sold, the price will go back to SRP or street price, making it no incentive to buy from Amazon at all.
 

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Amazon only has very limited stocks on each product at below market prices. You cannot buy 30 pieces (example 16-35mm) at such a dirt cheap price.

Once these very limited quantities are sold, the price will go back to SRP or street price, making it no incentive to buy from Amazon at all.
My intention in posting these is to inform users here that there are some very good deals in limited quantities on Amazon. I clearly mentioned that

Because once a few products are sold, the prices are rising again.
I don't know why you are so hostile to buying something from Amazon if there is a good deal there. Once the prices are back to normal, of course it doesn't make sense to buy from Amazon. But if something is half price or 60-70% of retail value, it makes good sense to buy it if you are interested.
Also if its just marketing stuff, these deals aren't easily discoverable on Amazon. Its not like they are advertising these on the front page. I also see random products ranging from hard drives to usb sticks to cables discounted down
I beg to differ. There is no such thing as too much stocks. It is just a marketing stuff.

The Canon 11-24mm is also sold out for 2 pieces left. Now is back to $4000++. The stocks are not from Amazon. They belong to dealers, resellers, etc.
All the deals i posted are from Amazon SG shipping from Amazon warehouses (not from other sellers on amazon). Its definitely not a marketing thing because amazon aren't really advertising these on their front page. For most of these, they aren't even showing them as discounted. I found most of these by going into their outlet store tab and looking up all the Canon gear. If they are doing it for marketing, they would do a better job of actually advertising the discounts on the front page. I think they just have excess imported stock in their warehouse (especially as apart from the camera bodies most of these are US/Canada stocks) and instead of shipping them back which does cost them and with demand for camera gear being very low for the last 6 months, they are just applying demand based pricing to clear stock. Also the deals aren't just for camera gear. I found a lot of this demand based pricing thing going on for other stuff too in their outlet store.
 

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It also looks like old stock clearance: The 70-200 f/4 IS USM they list on the page for S$700+ (https://www.amazon.sg/Canon-1258B002EF-70-200mm-USM-Lens/dp/B000I1X3W8) is actually the Mk1, while Mk2 is the most recent version. Good to see with a release date of 2006. So, it pays to check the details and then decide whether it is a good deal or not.
 

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Amazon seems to have removed dynamic pricing now. Almost all the price cuts have gone away this evening.
 

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Amazon is "blessed" to have a customer like you.
 

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