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Dec 5, 2018 09:54:10   #
deanfl (a regular here)
 
I discovered that Best Buy...specifically the one near the Mall of Georgia, NE of Atlanta..has a very large selection of cameras on display to handle.

I had been looking at adding a smaller camera for travel....reading reviews...watching YouTube videos. I pretty much ruled out all the cameras I handled.

I also handled most of the DSLR’s I could have an interest in....and decided I didn’t want to hike 5 miles with a full frame camera.

With camera stores being almost as hard to find as phone booths, I thought someone might find this information helpful. I would think that some Best Buy stores in other areas would have similar displays. And yes, I would consider buying from Best Buy, when and if I decide on a new camera.

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Dec 5, 2018 10:02:17   #
TJBNovember
 
deanfl wrote:
I discovered that Best Buy...specifically the one near the Mall of Georgia, NE of Atlanta..has a very large selection of cameras on display to handle.

I had been looking at adding a smaller camera for travel....reading reviews...watching YouTube videos. I pretty much ruled out all the cameras I handled.

I also handled most of the DSLR’s I could have an interest in....and decided I didn’t want to hike 5 miles with a full frame camera.

With camera stores being almost as hard to find as phone booths, I thought someone might find this information helpful. I would think that some Best Buy stores in other areas would have similar displays. And yes, I would consider buying from Best Buy, when and if I decide on a new camera.
I discovered that Best Buy...specifically the one ... (show quote)


Good discovery, while many Best Buys have limited displays, there seems to be select stores that have fairly good selections. Often including higher end amateur and low end professional models. If one is crafty and has a rewards program associated with their credit card, you can accumulate a significant amount of gift cards towards a future acquisition. Which is how I acquired my Nikon D750 and some lenses at substantial savings. Good shopping to you my fellow Hog!

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Dec 5, 2018 10:06:18   #
AutoGal
 
Be careful with Best Buy’s return policy....I wanted to try a Sony lens, an expensive little fella, I was told that the minute I open the box, if I did not like the lens, I would be charged a 15% restocking fee. I went and bought the lens at B&H for the same $$. And am very happy with the lens. Best Buy lost out and I use to love that store. No more...

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Dec 5, 2018 10:14:33   #
Blaster34 (a regular here)
 
deanfl wrote:
I discovered that Best Buy...specifically the one near the Mall of Georgia, NE of Atlanta..has a very large selection of cameras on display to handle.

I had been looking at adding a smaller camera for travel....reading reviews...watching YouTube videos. I pretty much ruled out all the cameras I handled.

I also handled most of the DSLR’s I could have an interest in....and decided I didn’t want to hike 5 miles with a full frame camera.

With camera stores being almost as hard to find as phone booths, I thought someone might find this information helpful. I would think that some Best Buy stores in other areas would have similar displays. And yes, I would consider buying from Best Buy, when and if I decide on a new camera.
I discovered that Best Buy...specifically the one ... (show quote)



Most Best Buy stores have limited displays and even less knowledgeable sales people....but can't hurt to look

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Dec 5, 2018 10:21:54   #
rook2c4
 
deanfl wrote:
I also handled most of the DSLR’s I could have an interest in....and decided I didn’t want to hike 5 miles with a full frame camera.


Five miles is hardly much of a hike... more like taking a walk!

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Dec 5, 2018 10:25:52   #
hcmcdole
 
I bought my last two DSLRs from our local Best Buy. The first one I bought, I found out I could order online, save $100 over the in-store price, and pick it up at the service desk (saved me time and $100). One of those quirky deals on line that year I suppose.

Last year I replaced the broken previous camera after five years' of service and the model I wanted was not in stock so I paid for it in the store and had it sent to the house. Two days later I get a ding on my phone and I look at the message which said that Best Buy just delivered my package. I thought no they didn't else I would've heard a knock on the door or the doorbell or at least the dogs going ballistic. I got up out of my recliner, unlocked the front door, and there is the package from Best Buy. I certainly didn't like that they would drop off an $1800 package without a signature though! They sure racked up some sales from us last year - a new laptop for me and a new refrigerator besides the camera. Felt like I should buy stock in the company after all that.

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Dec 5, 2018 10:41:35   #
deanfl (a regular here)
 
TJBNovember wrote:
Good discovery, while many Best Buys have limited displays, there seems to be select stores that have fairly good selections. Often including higher end amateur and low end professional models. If one is crafty and has a rewards program associated with their credit card, you can accumulate a significant amount of gift cards towards a future acquisition. Which is how I acquired my Nikon D750 and some lenses at substantial savings. Good shopping to you my fellow Hog!


Thank you for the helpful information....sounds like you were crafty!

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Dec 5, 2018 10:44:54   #
deanfl (a regular here)
 
AutoGal wrote:
Be careful with Best Buy’s return policy....I wanted to try a Sony lens, an expensive little fella, I was told that the minute I open the box, if I did not like the lens, I would be charged a 15% restocking fee. I went and bought the lens at B&H for the same $$. And am very happy with the lens. Best Buy lost out and I use to love that store. No more...


Thanks for the heads up...sounds like a good reason to buy elsewhere.

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Dec 5, 2018 10:50:55   #
deanfl (a regular here)
 
Blaster34 wrote:
Most Best Buy stores have limited displays and even less knowledgeable sales people....but can't hurt to look


I agree with what you stated....I was pleasantly surprised to find this one and be able to handle so many cameras I had only read about.

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Dec 5, 2018 10:58:53   #
deanfl (a regular here)
 
hcmcdole wrote:
I bought my last two DSLRs from our local Best Buy. The first one I bought, I found out I could order online, save $100 over the in-store price, and pick it up at the service desk (saved me time and $100). One of those quirky deals on line that year I suppose.

Last year I replaced the broken previous camera after five years' of service and the model I wanted was not in stock so I paid for it in the store and had it sent to the house. Two days later I get a ding on my phone and I look at the message which said that Best Buy just delivered my package. I thought no they didn't else I would've heard a knock on the door or the doorbell or at least the dogs going ballistic. I got up out of my recliner, unlocked the front door, and there is the package from Best Buy. I certainly didn't like that they would drop off an $1800 package without a signature though! They sure racked up some sales from us last year - a new laptop for me and a new refrigerator besides the camera. Felt like I should buy stock in the company after all that.
I bought my last two DSLRs from our local Best Buy... (show quote)


Thank you for sharing your experiences...we, too, have contributed to their bottom line..they must be doing something right since they are still in business.

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Dec 5, 2018 11:14:15   #
Wingpilot (a regular here)
 
We have two Best Buys in Anchorage. One has a pretty limited stock of cameras and supplies, while the other has a very good display. I have bought a couple cameras from Best Buy, although I have also found that it is a good idea to go there armed with some knowledge gained beforehand, as a lot of the employees there have limited knowledge themselves. Their job is to sell cameras (if that's the department they're working in at the time you come in) and they may or may not know much, but whatever camera you may be interested in is "a good one, takes great pictures." On the upside, Best Buy does do price matching, so if you find a camera or lens less expensive elsewhere, they will match that price.

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Dec 5, 2018 11:27:02   #
deanfl (a regular here)
 
Wingpilot wrote:
We have two Best Buys in Anchorage. One has a pretty limited stock of cameras and supplies, while the other has a very good display. I have bought a couple cameras from Best Buy, although I have also found that it is a good idea to go there armed with some knowledge gained beforehand, as a lot of the employees there have limited knowledge themselves. Their job is to sell cameras (if that's the department they're working in at the time you come in) and they may or may not know much, but whatever camera you may be interested in is "a good one, takes great pictures." On the upside, Best Buy does do price matching, so if you find a camera or lens less expensive elsewhere, they will match that price.
We have two Best Buys in Anchorage. One has a pre... (show quote)


Good advice for savvy shopping....I would bet that most people have bought something from Best Buy...glad you came out of the earthquake OK.

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Dec 5, 2018 11:35:47   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
My local best buys don't have any camera I may want. I don't need knowledgeable sales person, just a nice person who is willing to help. I much rather have someone says "I don't know" than laughs at me when I ask to buy some film.

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Dec 5, 2018 11:50:56   #
Wingpilot (a regular here)
 
BebuLamar wrote:
My local best buys don't have any camera I may want. I don't need knowledgeable sales person, just a nice person who is willing to help. I much rather have someone says "I don't know" than laughs at me when I ask to buy some film.


Heh, heh, you got it.

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Dec 5, 2018 14:05:32   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
AutoGal wrote:
Be careful with Best Buy’s return policy....I wanted to try a Sony lens, an expensive little fella, I was told that the minute I open the box, if I did not like the lens, I would be charged a 15% restocking fee. I went and bought the lens at B&H for the same $$. And am very happy with the lens. Best Buy lost out and I use to love that store. No more...


Did you return the lens to B&H? If not then what's your point. Would you be less happy with the lens if you bought it at Best Buy?!
There is a reason why the company is forced to have a restocking fee policy, which by the way doesn't apply in all 50 US states. There are a lot of less than honest people out there and one of the scams stores like Best Buy were subject to was, they were being used as a free rental service. Someone would "buy" a camera or lens, use it for whatever reason, then return it within the return window for a full refund. The restocking fee policy pretty much eliminates that practice. Plus, once a product has been used and returned, it can no longer be sold as new. You may believe you outsmarted Best Buy by purchasing the lens elsewhere but truth is, if you didn't buy it, someone else did.
Personally, Best Buy is one of my favorite places to shop for certain photo gear. I live in Pennsylvania, about 20 minutes from Delaware. I shop at the Best Buy in north Delaware all the time because Delaware has no sales tax.
By the way, do you know B&H has a very similar return policy as Best Buy; probably not...

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