May 17th, 2015
I’m thinking about buying a Sony A7S but see prices all over the board. Do you know if the cheaper ones on EBAY are the same model as US ones. Are they the Japanese model and thus worth less?
I’ve not had any direct experience with this issue, but I always buy only from Amazon or B&H because I know they both have products made for the US and they have standard warranties. After a little research, I found this article at Forbes.com that gives some more insight into Charlies question. In summary the article says:
A “gray market” camera is one that is advertised for a price significantly less than is charged by the original manufacturer or their authorized dealer. The consumer can often be misled by gray market vendors that make misleading statements about what they are selling and engage in sales tactics that legitimate dealers would question. They often use the offer of significant savings to lure potential buyers into spending more without getting what they thought they were buying. When you are talking about cameras, especially high-end models, the maxim “there is no free lunch” applies. You get what you pay for, and every consumer that is considering dealing with a store that advertises their goods significantly under the manufacturers’ advertised price should do so with caution and skepticism.
Has anyone had any direct experience buying gray market gear?