Over the many years I have been taking photographs and have been into photography, I have purchased cameras from many different places. I have bought from camera shops, department stores, online stores and directly from other people. I have been asked “Where is the best place to buy a good camera?”, “Where is the cheapest place to buy a camera”?,”Who is the best place to buy from?, etc. Sounds like easy questions but there are many things to think about.
If all you are worried about is price, then Amazonhas far better prices on just about any camera you would ever want to purchase. All of my latest cameras have been bought there. I had shopped around and could not find prices any cheaper. On my DSLRs, they were a couple of hundred dollars less than any of the electronics stores but, the prices go up and come down so you need to watch.
Buying from an electronics store is okay, but you are not going to get the best deal. I’ve seen sale prices in the electronics stores that still cannot even compete with my online buys. If anything goes wrong with your camera though, you do have a place to take it back to. If you buy online, you have to send it back which is a bit more of a hassle. Luckily, I’ve never had to send one back. I am a bit disappointed with the prices in the big electronic stores for a decent DSLR. You would think that they could beat anyones price since they can buy in large bulk quantities.
Large department stores is okay but you get what you pay for. They may run one cartain make and model of a camera on sale but again, the sale price always leaves something to be desired. I also think the choices are rather limited. You do however have a place to return your camera to if it does go bad.
Camera stores are one of the best placers to buy your camera from if you are going to need support and help. You are not going to get the best price on your new camera but most camera or photography stores will help you with anything you need help with. You also have a place to return your camera to if it breaks. Price though is always going to be an issue with a local camera store.
So as you see, where you buy your camera from really depends on your needs…
1. If you want a really cheap price and don’t need support and you don’t care to send things back if they are broke, buy from Amazon.
2. If you want an alright price and want a local place but don’t need too much support, buy from a big electronics store.
3. If you just want a camera and don’t need a particular model and want a good price, buy from a department store.
4. If you don’t care about price, want a good camera and want really good help or support, buy from a local camera shop.
As I said, I buy online now almost always for my cameras and supplies but don’t count out other sources if your needs require more than just purchasing a camera.
Here are some of the cameras Amazon has to offer just so you can compare these prices to other stores or shops.
What do you think? What’s your experiences with buying cameras?