Anyone bought cheap cameras from Amazon?


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muvouser

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Some say buy from Amazon is much cheaper than in Singapore, even after shipping and insurance.

Anyone has experience? Pls share.
 

darkness

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If you browse thru the prices of bodies and lenses in Amazon, I don't find them much cheaper. But accessories such as mem cards, flashes do seem to be cheaper.
 

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if you can arrange for it to be transported back (cheaply), some cameras are very much cheaper from US online retailers. i've picked up a Canon compact that way for less than the second-hand asking prices on CS buy & sell.
 

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Amazon doesn't ship electronics, so one way is to use vpostusa.

To give you an idea of the cost, shipping for a bluetooth mouse came up to about $30.
Use the online calculator on their site for more detailed figures.

If the total cost (Cost+insurance+freight) is above $400, the package is liable for GST.
 

waynechai

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If Amazon doesn't ship, you can do it through Vpost.

It need to really make sense for the savings though...so far, so camera items, not really so. Beside, digital camera is not under international warranty...so be warned.
 

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I shipped a lens from amazon and via vpost to singapore before. You have to do the math on the price difference. I do not bother about the smaller priced items.

Ryan
 

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If you browse thru the prices of bodies and lenses in Amazon, I don't find them much cheaper.
Yeah, most are cheaper here.

It was only when the exchange rate hit a low of 1.35+ that it was more worthwhile.

At that time, you could save almost $500 (before factoring in freight) on the AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX if you bought it on amazon.
 

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I recently bought a SB-600 from Amazon and used borderlinx to ship. Amazon will indicated on their item description what is their shipping weight (which could be actual weight or volumetric weight) and it seems to be quite accurate. The actual product is very light but it indicated the shipping weight as 2 pounds (which I assume is volumetric weight) so I used this to determine my shipping cost. Got it during the GOLD BOX discount (extra 3%) and total damaged is about S$280+. Comes with 1 year international warranty.

Note only items ships direct from Amazon comes with free US shipping, other 'reseller' on Amazon will have shipping charges (usually) so take that into your calculation.

VPOSTUSA actually has a lower shipping charges (after factoring 15% discount for UOB Card Holder) by about $4-5 I think but I have used them before and they are quite slow. Sometimes take up to 1 week after items arrived at their depot before they are updated on your account. Then can take up to 2 weeks for delivery (though usually within a week).

So I tried borderlinx since is DHL end-to-end. I was quite impressed. Items shipped out from Amazon on 21 Nov, reach borderlinx on 22 Nov, was notified immediately, hit a slight hiccup for their routine credit check so on 24 Nov than I was able to pay and activate shipment, item left on the same day and reach me on the 27 Nov morning. Was not around at home, called DHL Singapore and re-arranged for shipment the same night.

I could never get this kind of service from VPOST and will probably have to pick it up from the post office myself.

BUT you will need to be a citibank holder to use the service and ALSO pay your items with citibank card or they may have the right to charge a fee for processing the delivery (as stated in their T&Cs, yes, I actually read them, and good thing coz I initially paid with other bank card but changed it before Amazon charge the card).

Overall experience: EXCELLENT.
 

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