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Ordering from Amazon?

Mary F , Feb 14, 2007; 05:46 p.m.

Is Amazon a certified Canon dealer? I've ordered from B&H and Andorama in the past, but wondering if I should go ahead and use Amazon this time? Thanks!


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Bruce C , Feb 14, 2007; 06:00 p.m.

I don't think they're a dealer. If nose around a bit, you might see that Adorama fulfills a lot of Amazon's photographic orders, so they are affiliated. Unless the price is considerably on Amazon, I'd probably order directly from Adorama or BH -- assuming you were satisfied with them previously. But I don't see any drawback to ordering from Amazon either. Adorama supports this forum.

Joshua Szulecki , Feb 14, 2007; 06:04 p.m.

Most of the time when I try to buy camera gear on Amazon it gets routed to Adorama, so I just order directly from B&H or Adorama (depending on who irritated me more recently;) ) when I need something.

It really weirded out a few weeks ago when Adorama e-mailed me about an order having shipped, because I didn't notice Adorama was the Amazon marketplace seller, and the e-mail didn't describe the item.

Bob Atkins , Feb 14, 2007; 07:00 p.m.

As far as I know Amazon are an authorized dealer. They sell Canon items directly (as well as via 3rd party sellers) and the stuff comes with a normal Canon USA warranty. I know because I've bought both cameras and lenses directly from Amazon.

It's obvious if you're ordering from Amazon or someone else. Just read the order page. Amazon usually give you a free shipping option and a 30 day return. Most 3rd party sellers don't give free shipping and have a shorter return period.

If you order from Amazon itself, the order is filled by Amazon. They don't hand the order off to someone else. If you order from Adorama via the Amazon website, the order gets filled by Adorama.

Anson Ko , Feb 14, 2007; 07:27 p.m.

I ordered a sigma 8mm fisheye from amazon and they redirected it adorama. I think they carry the low end lenses/cameras. For the high end, they redirect you to BH or adomrama.

Mike Simons , Feb 14, 2007; 07:27 p.m.

When you buy, it *always* tells you "shipped from: ACME Camera Company" or somesuch, unless it says "In Stock," in which case it's coming from the Amazon warehouse itself. That information is immediately under the product title/name.

Incidentally, I had my eye on a 16-35mm L from Amazon (didn't want to buy @ Adorama - NY taxes) - and it's now out of stock for the next two months (!).


Johnson D. , Feb 14, 2007; 07:44 p.m.

Yes they are an authorized dealer and the claim they only sell low end gear themselves is nonsense. Their selection doesn't include everything but a good deal of "popular" high end stuff is available.

My experience using Amazon for camera equipment is that pricing is generally not bad but sometimes can be great. The few times I've had problems with orders they've treated me spectacularly well.

Puppy Face , Feb 14, 2007; 07:54 p.m.

Yes, Amazon is an authorized Canon dealer. However they also operate as a front for indepedent dealers such as Adorama and JR. When you do a search you get long list of venders selling the same thing at different prices. You can choose Amazon or whomever you please. However Amazon normally has one of the lowest prices--but not the lowest--ships for free, is really fast and has an excellent no questions asked return policy. I bought the EF- S 17-55 2.8 IS USM from Amazon and saved about $60 over B&H, mainly because Amazon ships to Hawaii for free. Of course you don't have a complete photo inventory like B&H or Adorama, but really popular stuff like a 5D or EF 70-200 4 L IS USM are always in stock.

J. Harrington USA (Massachusetts) , Feb 14, 2007; 07:57 p.m.

I advise that no one take Amazon's free shipping offer unless you are in no hurry for the product.

From my experience, their free shipping equates to DELAYED shipping. If you pay for shipping, the order will likely go out sooner.

Gone is the caption under Amazon products which use to say "Most order ship within 24 hours"

I ordered software, free shipping. 6 days AFTER the "in stock" order was placed, I received a ship notification.

If the difference in price is small, I'd buy from B&H.

Eric Fournier , Feb 14, 2007; 08:55 p.m.

Confirming some of the above. Amazon is a certifed dealer and you can always tell whether the order is coming directly from Amazon or others. Incidently, one of the easiest ways to tell is if there is a free shipping offer. That free shipping option relates only to Amazon stocked and shipped items. I have found Amazon's regular shipping charges to be less, which ships the same mode as the free shipping, but there isn't the delay. Just have to remember to cancel the free memebership!

Last time I was on Amazon I was offered a free trial of Amazon Prime which got me free second day and 3.99 overnight. I am thinking about getting the Epson 2400 and that will save $75 in overnight shipping charges and its $20 cheaper than NY On-line.

Good luck.


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