Well... Yes and no.zhang3feng said:does that make grey sets a disadvantage??
Masterdiver said:For the benefit of Newbies/those who are not sure/skeptical about "export/grey" sets, I shall explain the meaning of it in my context.
Generally, "Export/grey" items cost less than their "Warranty" counterparts.
A warrantied item is a manufacture's warranty that would be repaired by any manufacturer's authorized service facility worldwide if the item required in-warranty service. A "grey" item would have to be returned to any repairing shops if it required in-warranty attention for a fee. One may wish to make the buying decision based on price. One should also consider the cost of sending the "grey" item to repairing shops for servicing, compared to the expense of buying the "Warrantied" item and having warranty service available locally.
Simply put, "grey" means that the item is not covered by the manufacturer's warranty, because the manufacturer's licensed or authorized agent or representative did not import that item into the country and did not sell it to the retailer to sell it to you. These items are imported directly from the overseas manufacturer or distributor, bypassing additional distribution levels. Many manufacturers and distributors therefore coined the negative sounding term, "grey market", for this perfectly legal money-saving activity, namely "export/grey".
There is no difference between the "grey" item and its warrantied counterpart. They have the same specifications, same number of elements in the same number of groups. They were manufactured side-by-side on the same assembly line, by the same workers, to the same tolerances, using the same raw materials. They look, feel and perform the same because they are the same.
Lastly, there are no warranty cards issued as they have been taken out by the shops otherwise they would be selling you at a premium just like TCW in Singapore. There is no such thing as FOC warranty.
zhang3feng said:Hi can anyone enlighten me?
what does the term "GREY" set means?
like eg "grey set flash/body"???