What are the steps involved in buying a camera, etc?


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Ok, i mean before u flash ur stack of cash or plastic to the smilling cashier, what to do and what to watch out especially so as not to be slaughtered unknowingly?

I'm going to buy a camera this week, and i know exactly what i need. if i go in to the shop and ask for it and head for payment, will i be risking sth like missing component, refurbished part, grey set, etc, or missing opportunity to bargain a bit since they know they will sure get this deal?
 

ahbian

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Since you know more or less what you want, I would say the tough part is solved.

1) Stick to the reputable shops if you can
2) Call or get an equote
3) Check the CS forums for the latest prices
4) Ask about the exchange policy (for faulty items) during the purchase

Points 2-4 should not be a problem at the more reputable shops.
 

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Do your homework.

When anticipating buying a new camera, naturally most people are filled with eagerness and lots of excitement, so it's easy to overlook things.

Google XYZ camera what's in the box for a reference. If it's supposed to be in the box, it HAS to be there and no one should try to take or retain ANYTHING, not even a piece of paper or cable. Some shops try to pull fast ones like saying they must keep the warranty card to register for you etc etc etc. It's all BULLSHIT!

SEARCH carefully on CS's listings for an idea of prices at different shops.

Don't get seduced by the quantity of freebies - most of them are cheap useless junk that you pay for in terms of inflated package pricings.

SEARCH here in CS for blacklisted shops and feedback. Even some of the so-called 'reputable' shops will seize an opportunity to chop head a newbie who don't know street pricings and practices. They are only reputable because the people that patronise them know prices, brands and products and cannot get conned.

Don't be tempted to save a bit only to find out later that you should have bought better accessories and then end up wasting your own time, get frustrated and pay more in the end.

RESEARCH what are acknowledged to be established and reputable brands. For example, don;t fall for the "I tell you ah ... A-1 filter is the best in the market lah! Only real photographers know about it! That's why you don't see it sold everywhere because it's soooo good, that very rare! Aiyah...Hoya and B&W all is used recycled glass one lah! Here, since you look like someone that can appreciate quality, I give you special price: 52mm UV A-1 filter is ONLIIII $95!"

If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't true.
 

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Octarine

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or missing opportunity to bargain a bit since they know they will sure get this deal?
There are people bargaining like mad to save 20 dollars when the total purchase it >1000. Does it sound nice? If you know the street price and the offer is already in this range then look at the shop's attitude. If they are friendly and helpful, explain all things and let you try everything then give them the 'tip'. Service is more than just getting the box from shelf and a plastic bag from below the table. Don't show them that you are eager to get it.
Rather then squeezing down the price I prefer to get good package deals. Check prices for other accessories that are essential (cleaning kit, 2nd battery etc) - but don't forget to check the prices BEFORE according DM's advice. Then see how much they offer for the package. Finally, get only what you need, not what you want :)
 

nice1888

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Don't buy from the shop if the sales representative don't smile with you. Bad fengshui.:nono:
 

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hi all, thanks for all advices. usually one has to pay quite a price to learn this. i always thought that once in the shop and reveal that ur heart is fixed at their products, it's easy to get "unconcious" of what's going on at the same time. so that's why if not on alert, afraid will kena tikam... :sweat:
 

erictan8888

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another thing you can do is to walk around singapore and go to a few shops and get the quotation before you commit....
some shops you might want to try: Lords, MS color, OP, 3:16, CP
dun be afraid to walk out if you are not comfortable about the price and they refuse to lower despite bargaining...
a lot of people forget that it is the right of the customer to walk away if the price is not right....
(but then a lot of people buy things without knowing what is the "right" price)
 

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