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I'm confused. People seem to generally agree that Amazon is good place to purchase a camera but the cameras I'm interested in are sold by other vendors through Amazon. Some of their ratings on are not nearly as good as B&H or Newegg for example. Does Amazon actually sell any cameras itself? if not then what is the point in buying from them? Shouldn't I just go direct to seller and check their rating?..

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I love Amazon. I bought my last 2 cameras (Fuj F31 and Pentax K100d) there, directly from them not one of their third party vendors or their market place. They weren't the cheapest - but were close - I bought there b/c they have a no hassle, 30-day return policy (which I rarely use but have on occasion). Neither camera could be found here locally and I wanted to be able to return it easily if it didn't work for whatever reason. I'd definitely recommend them..


Comment #1

If they have a good Amazon Marketplace rating, I would be less likely to avoid them. Amazon keeps it's sellers in line, and you may refer any problems with Marketplace sellers to Amazon for prompt remedy..

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Comment #2

Amazon is not really just one merchant. Amazon has so many little merchants, and any complaint about any of them will drag down the single rating that resellerratings shows for all of Amazon..

The resellerratings concept is best for merchants you've never heard of, like for example..

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Comment #3

The resellerratings concept is best for merchants you've never heardof, like for example..

Why knock on a good merchant?  .

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Comment #4

I think I may not have expressed myself correctly. When people said that Amazon is a good place to purchase cameras, I assumed that Amazon sold cameras. But they don't actually seem to. At least not the ones I want to buy. It's all third party vendors. Or am I wrong? Does Amazon sell some cameras itself? It sells lots of other things itself..

When someone advises me that Amazon is a good reliable place to purchase a camera, on a par with B&H or Newegg, do they mean any of the vendors that sell on Amazon are good or just Amazon itself? This is where I'm getting confused...

Comment #5

It used to be that Amazon's "camera department" was actually just Adorama. However, they appear to directly stock and ship many camera products themselves now. There may also be other third party outlets and resellers under their umbrella..

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Comment #6

I've bought a few lenses from Amazon and they came from Adorama in Manhattan. Recently, Cameta Camera from Long Island became an Amazon seller and they are an excellent outfit to deal with.My humble photo gallery:

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Comment #7

Yes Amazon sells cameras directly. As I said in my original reply, I bought both my Fuji F31 and, last month, my Pentax K100d from Amazon directly. Very happy with both purchases too!..

Comment #8

Amazon sells camera and photo equipment directly and also through third party sources. Check the "Availability" line under the price. If it reads "In stock. Ships from and sold by", then you're safe. Sometimes items are shipped from Adorama, and they are safe. I'm not too sure about Ace and other sources...

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