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    I've bought stuff from B&H, KEH and Freestyle and the prices and service are great with all three. I have the same problem with each of them though - their shipping charges are really high, at least to Canada - even using the US postal service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
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    Not.

    Their policy on initial returns is better than KEH, as it's 15 days from receipt of goods rather than 14 days from invoice date.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    I've never had an issue with KEH. "Paying more" is relative, as it depends on the item in question, and everything I have bought from them has been "BGN" condition but has been in like new condition, from pro AF lenses to old Takumar 50s.

    I've never had an issue with B&H.
    I've never had an issue with Adorama.

    My first order from Freestyle is in the mail. I'm sure I won't be disappointed, and I had just been waiting for an excuse to order from them.

    You really can't go wrong with any of the four.

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    Congratulations on your purchase. A great little tank of a camera. Ergonomic heaven with the BG-10 grip - especially for small hands like mine.

    I have had very good experiences with B&H. Bought a new FA 77mm limited from them recently (No US warranty). Posted it to Australia fast. Don't know where they got it, but it was a Made in Japan version.

    They advised me to send my invoice to Pentax. No problems - Pentax sent me an international warranty the next week. This means I can get it fixed under warranty in Australia, and I didn't have to pay inflated Aussie prices.

    Go the little MZ-S and Limited lenses. YeeeHah!

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    I've ordered quite a few brand new lenses from B&H for my digital bodies and have been extremely pleased.

    However, I can't justify the prices B&H and KEH are asking for their used gear...also, KEH doesn't ship via USPS, only FedEx and some other more expensive options to Canada...so on any lens purchase I'm looking at a MINIMUM of a little over $33 for shipping...that's a little steep...
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    Wow...and I just found out that KEH doesn't buy from Canadians...that's pretty weak

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowriderS10 View Post
    Wow...and I just found out that KEH doesn't buy from Canadians...that's pretty weak
    Did they say why?
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    Did they say why?
    I'm sure that it is because they would have to process them as commercial importations (paperwork, fees, duty, broker services, etc.). That just wouldn't make sense for individual, small size lots.

    In addition, they would have to go through that process when the items originally enter the USA. If the Canadian customer decided that their offer wasn't acceptable, they would have to return the items and apply for refunds.

    Can you blame KEH?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post

    Can you blame KEH?
    Can't say that I do.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    I'm sure that it is because they would have to process them as commercial importations (paperwork, fees, duty, broker services, etc.). That just wouldn't make sense for individual, small size lots.

    In addition, they would have to go through that process when the items originally enter the USA. If the Canadian customer decided that their offer wasn't acceptable, they would have to return the items and apply for refunds.

    Can you blame KEH?
    Nope...that's not it...the same rules apply for me buying from them...

    They cited shipping costs as a reason...

    Though I just noticed they don't pay all that well anyways, I'd be better off selling privately

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