Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
Gray market equipment is directly imported by several large shops bypassing the US distributor.
In earlier times Many(all?) of the legit importers would NOT service gray market merchandise, even if you were willing to pay for the repair in cash or gold nuggets. In their minds it was not Mamiya/Nikon etc.
It's the same in the U.K John when I worked in photographic stores we often sent equipment to Canon U.K or Nikon U.K or other importers for a warranty or chargeable repair, they checked the serial number against their computer records of the equipment they had imported, and if they hadn't imported it they wouldn't touch it for love or money so what's cheap in the short term can be expensive in the long run, this can be particularly pernicious if you are buying used equipment.