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Title: cheap camera gear
Post by: litifeta on February 12, 2007, 18:19
I have been looking around for a little business opportunity, and just found out about drop shipping.

Not sure if you guys know about this. This is where a wholesaler lets you sell their stuff - on eBay for instance - and pays you the difference between the sale price and the wholesale price.

They handle all the stuff, postage etc.

I joined one group in Hong Kong and the Canon gear was about 20% less than the prices on eBay.

Anyone else got any experience in this?

Might be a way just to get cheap gear for  yourself, since there is no minimum purchase numbers.
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: ichiro17 on February 12, 2007, 19:50
I'd be interesting in reading up on this
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: yingyang0 on February 13, 2007, 00:44
Is it actually cheaper after calculating in shipping? If you look on ebay you'll see a lot of these drop shipping operations that sell the item for about 20% less but then the shipping costs more than makes up for the "savings."
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: litifeta on February 13, 2007, 00:49
yes it is. this is buying from the people the drop shippers buy from. so you are saving one set of margins.
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: Bateleur on February 13, 2007, 02:47
There's an article on it here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_shipping
 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_shipping)
Watch out! Whilst it can be legitimate, there are scams involved.
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: litifeta on February 14, 2007, 17:15
check these prices in your country and let me know:

Sony A100 (with DT 18-70 lens) $US749
Canon EOS 5D body only $US2454
Canon xti (single lens kit) $US755
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: yingyang0 on February 14, 2007, 17:34
check these prices in your country and let me know:

Sony A100 (with DT 18-70 lens) $US749
Canon EOS 5D body only $US2454
Canon xti (single lens kit) $US755
Well those are only around a 13% savings on B&H's prices. Not including the large difference in shipping cost and the fact that you don't get a US warranty. I think I'll stick with US companies that I know I can get my money back from if something goes wrong.
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: Freezingpictures on February 15, 2007, 05:53
The cheapest prices I found. (In Germany)

The Sony: 643,  ~ 844 $
Canon 5D: 2227,50 ~ 2926$
CanonXTI 660 ~ 867$

Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: GeoPappas on February 15, 2007, 07:26
check these prices in your country and let me know:

Sony A100 (with DT 18-70 lens) $US749
Canon EOS 5D body only $US2454
Canon xti (single lens kit) $US755

Here are the cheapest prices that I could find.

Sony A100: $670 (bhphotovideo.com)
Canon 5D: $2789 (Buydig.com)
Canon XTi: $680 (bhphotovideo.com)

So I was able to find both the Sony A100 and Canon XTi for cheaper.

I am a little skeptical on the price on the Canon 5D.  Is that after rebate?
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: litifeta on February 18, 2007, 17:23
here are the prices i get from NewEgg. Like I said. I am new to this and just asking for feedback.

5.Olympus Digital Cameras
Olympus Camedia C-7070 : $333
Olympus Camedia C-8080 : $5504
Olympus Camedia E-1:  $495
Olympus E1 Digital SLR : $2265
Olympus EVOLT E330 Body : $539
Olympus EVOLT E-500 : $378
Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom:  $405
Olympus Stylus 600 Camera:  $315
Olympus Stylus 800:  $252
4.Fujifilm Digital Cameras         
Fujifilm Finepix E510 E500 UV : $232         
Fujifilm FinePix E550 : $113         
Fujifilm FinePix E900:  $2232         
Fujifilm FinePix F10 : $2239         
Fujifilm FinePix F11 : $1162         
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro : $945         
Fujifilm FinePix S5200 S5600:  $2268         
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 9000:  $348         
Fujifilm FinePix V10:  $239         
3.Nikon Digital Cameras         
Nikon CoolPix P1 : $197         
Nikon CoolPix P3 Digital : $268         
Nikon Coolpix P4 News Release:$205         
Nikon Coolpix S3 : $160         
Nikon CoolPix S4 : $196         
Nikon Coolpix S5 : $2256         
Nikon D2Hs digital SLR:  $1890         
Nikon D2Xs Digital SLR:  $1745         
Nikon D50 Digital SLR:  $440         
Nikon D70S Digital SLR : $617         
Nikon Rangefinder SP Black : $2305         
2.Sony Digital Cameras          
Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 : $269         
Sony CyberShot DSC-N2 : $279         
Sony CyberShot DSC-N1:  $206         
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 : $374         
Sony Cybershot DSC-T9 : $198         
Sony CyberShot DSC-T30 : $242         
Sony Cybershot DSCW70:  $138         
Sony Cybershot DSCW100 :  $178         
Sony DCR-SR40:  $265         
Sony DSLR-A100K : $449         
Sony α alpha DSLR-A100 : $419         
1.Canon Digital Cameras         
Canon EOS 1D : $1581         
Canon EOS 5D : $1674         
Canon EOS 20D : $711         
Canon EOS 30D:  $559         
Canon EOS 350D : $459         
Canon EOS 400D : $576         
Canon EOS Digital Rebel SLR : $612         
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT:  $495         
Canon PowerShot S2 IS:  $206         
Canon PowerShot SD400:  $160         
Canon PowerShot SD450 : $197         
Canon PowerShot SD500 : $178         
Canon PowerShot SD550 : $184         
Canon PowerShot SD600:  $1160         
Canon Powershot  SD630 : $197         
                           
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: eendicott on February 18, 2007, 21:29
There is a thread (I won't mention the originator) on DP Review that passes on the discount code "show" prices at B & H.  All of the products available at the show price are currently starting with the prefix "PSJAN".  I just ordered my 1DS MKII.  The show special code is PSJAN07002 which is $50 cheaper than CAE1DS2.

B & H caught on to the fact that folks like myself have learned about this.  If you want to see what the specials are, type PSJAN07 and then a three digit code (like 001, 002, 003, 004, etc.) to see the show special price.

This special has been going on for about a month and a half and may change at a moments notice.  The previous code was PSDEC.....

Also, as fair warning, B & H caught on to people hearing about this - you used to be able to search by just typing PSJAN into the search area to see what comes up.

Don't tell anyone  ;)
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: ChrisRabior on February 25, 2007, 10:11
I've used newegg for all sorts of electronics gear.  It's a thrill that they're getting into camera equipment now.  Not everything there is the cheapest.. but I'd say about half of the electronics stuff I've ever ordered has come from there as they've had the best deals.  The 3-day shipping certainly doesn't hurt how I feel about them either.
Title: Re: cheap camera gear
Post by: maggieddd on February 25, 2007, 11:32
I have been looking around for a little business opportunity, and just found out about drop shipping.

Not sure if you guys know about this. This is where a wholesaler lets you sell their stuff - on eBay for instance - and pays you the difference between the sale price and the wholesale price.

They handle all the stuff, postage etc.

I joined one group in Hong Kong and the Canon gear was about 20% less than the prices on eBay.

Anyone else got any experience in this?

Might be a way just to get cheap gear for  yourself, since there is no minimum purchase numbers.
Are you doing this through Doba?