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Buying a DSLR camera in the US


Nick-T 14 45 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2006 5:43PM
If i were to buy a DSLR over in America [I am off on hols monday to Florida] would the warranty be accepted at Nikon over in the uk if anything went wrong?

It makes sense for me to get one out there as the exchange means the D200 would work out to about 1000.

Its just the warranty should anything go wrong that worries me. Anybody able to help?
Mark_Readman 15 922
6 Jul 2006 5:54PM
you can buy it online usa around 700 and have it mailed to the hotel
AngelaD 15 2.9k Wales
6 Jul 2006 5:56PM
Bought a Fuji there a couple of years ago, had no problem over here with the warranty, but that doesn't help with the Nikon - check their website and see if they offer worldwide warranties, I think most major manufacturers will.
admiles 14 241 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2006 6:21PM
Just be sure to declare it to customs at the airport when you return to the UK. You wouldn't want to deprive H.M.R&C of they're import duty and VAT would you?!?!

Anthony
cambirder 16 7.2k England
6 Jul 2006 6:50PM
As far as I can see you will save about 30. Is it worth it?

You can avoide paying US sales tax, but unless you smuggle it in (and take a risk of a big financial loss) you will have to pay VAT on importation.

Looking at the US price (1109 from B & H) and UK prices (1139 from ePz shop) the savings are minimal.
nikon5700ite 16 1.8k
6 Jul 2006 7:04PM
Since there are some fast operators looking for people like you hoping to save a buck or two so i suggest you check here to find out the reputation of the seller.

While I purchase accessories and software I don't think I would buy a camera offshore. Warranties are very important with digital gear.
Nick-T 14 45 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2006 7:18PM
Thanks for all the replies.

I have found them for $1699 which converted is around or just under 1000.

TBH if the import tax is added on then its not going to make much difference.

Is it ok to get the battery grip and speedlights from the US then?
BOB S 18 2.6k
6 Jul 2006 8:21PM
Nick,

Have a look HERE somewhat less than your 1000 mark I think you will find, and Calumet are a reputable outfit.

BOB
phil beale 17 1.5k United Kingdom
6 Jul 2006 8:45PM
A very good price shame it's the Canon 20d and not the Nikon D200 he was after which is still $1699.

I was surprised recently looking at getting the Canon 30D and epz shop is competitive with and if not better than many ebay outlets for the 30D and the 17-85mm lens also they have 9 months interest free


Phil

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