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Feb 11, 2019 14:24:09   #
limeybiker
 
I have been lusting for a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens, for some time, so I decided to give Abe's a chance to disprove their BAD Reviews.
So Sunday after saying farewell to my last motorcycle, with cash in my hand I ordered and paid by VISA.

Today I get the phone call I half expected, it does not come with a hood, bag, tripod clamp so I have to buy the attachment kit, so the bait Valentine's Day Sweetheart Deal at https://www.abesofmaine.com/Nikon_AF-S_NIKKOR_200-500mm_f_5_6E_ED_VR_Lens_1028991.html
which clearly shows the tripod clamp at $1089.00, climbs to $1300.00.
I cancelled the order.

Anyone with a good deal available?

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Feb 11, 2019 14:44:12   #
Mac (a regular here)
 
limeybiker wrote:
I have been lusting for a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens, for some time, so I decided to give Abe's a chance to disprove their BAD Reviews.
So Sunday after saying farewell to my last motorcycle, with cash in my hand I ordered and paid by VISA.

Today I get the phone call I half expected, it does not come with a hood, bag, tripod clamp so I have to buy the attachment kit, so the bait Valentine's Day Sweetheart Deal at https://www.abesofmaine.com/Nikon_AF-S_NIKKOR_200-500mm_f_5_6E_ED_VR_Lens_1028991.html
which clearly shows the tripod clamp at $1089.00, climbs to $1300.00.
I cancelled the order.

Anyone with a good deal available?
I have been lusting for a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-50... (show quote)


Did you think everyone was conspiring to trick you?
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/search-topic-list?q=abe%27s+of+maine&sectnum=0&username=

By the way I know some swamp land I can get you a good price on. Don't believe what anybody else says about this deal.

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Feb 11, 2019 14:58:17   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Me personally?
For 7.5% ($96) I'd just bite the bullet and check B&H ($1,396). I like B&H a lot!

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Feb 11, 2019 15:04:46   #
ken_stern (a regular here)
 
I checked the Nikon lens price out with B&H -- Assuming I'm reading correctly their price for everything is $1,396.95 --- Vs the ending price at Abe's which you said is $1,3000 --- Bait & Switch??
@ $96.95 less does not appear so

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Feb 11, 2019 15:10:46   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
ken_stern wrote:
I checked the Nikon lens price out with B&H -- Assuming I'm reading correctly their price for everything is $1,396.95 --- Vs the ending price at Abe's which you said is $1,3000 --- Bait & Switch??
@ $96.95 less does not appear so


Not much of a difference between the two in the end, but the OP is referencing the original Abe's ad at $1089.00.
Calling to tell you that if you want all of the pieces parts is Bait & Switch to me- if the $1089.00 is not stated as "not all parts included". Not a different lens, but a different price.

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Feb 11, 2019 15:14:12   #
travisdeland
 
Given that this is a Nikon lens, and the Nikon attitude toward grey market repair, for the approx. $100 difference, I'd be more concerned with that aspect. Breaking up the lens kit is a way around the MSRP requirements.

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Feb 11, 2019 15:22:03   #
henryp
 
Longshadow wrote:
Me personally?
For 7.5% ($96) I'd just bite the bullet and check B&H ($1,396). I like B&H a lot!


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Feb 11, 2019 15:23:24   #
ken_stern (a regular here)
 
OK - They jacked him around
But
Look it's the same damn lens - Soooo - pay 100 more from any one else & feel morally justified
Bait & Switch at least too me is when they end up attempting sell you something at or near the same price which is of a lesser quality from what was originally advertised

Definition of bait and switch
1 : a sales tactic in which a customer is attracted by the advertisement of a low-priced item but is then encouraged to buy a higher-priced one
2 : the ploy of offering a person something desirable to gain favor (such as political support) then thwarting expectations with something less desirable

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Feb 11, 2019 15:49:23   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
ken_stern wrote:
OK - They jacked him around
But
Look it's the same damn lens - Soooo - pay 100 more from any one else & feel morally justified
Bait & Switch at least too me is when they end up attempting sell you something at or near the same price which is of a lesser quality from what was originally advertised

Definition of bait and switch
1 : a sales tactic in which a customer is attracted by the advertisement of a low-priced item but is then encouraged to buy a higher-priced one
2 : the ploy of offering a person something desirable to gain favor (such as political support) then thwarting expectations with something less desirable
OK - They jacked him around br But br Look it's th... (show quote)


Well, the higher priced one includes all the parts. Not the same "item".

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Feb 11, 2019 16:06:47   #
rook2c4 (a regular here)
 
Don't waste your time looking at the Abe's of Maine offerings, unless you are in the need of a good laugh. They simply can't be trusted, period. Abe's of Maine works out of a run-down warehouse in New Jersey. And they are in the habit of selling stuff they don't even have in stock, then shipping a substitute product of lesser value. Ripping off customers is a major part of their business model.

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Feb 11, 2019 16:17:12   #
ken_stern (a regular here)
 
Longshadow wrote:
Well, the higher priced one includes all the parts. Not the same "item".


Bottom line = You get everything that Nikon supplies with the lens --- It's still less then anyone else is offering it at -- Agree it's only +/- 100.00

Look we are basically in violent agreement about this place -- I will only deal with them when I feel I must --
Knowing how they operate & knowing that their "discount" is not enough to worth the trouble I purchase all my lenses from B&H & now that they add in the State tax will check prices & probably use Local Photography stores ---
But when it comes to Cameras I have purchased two digital's from them with a total savings of $1,000
Know what "comes in the box" then demand to know what the "real" price is -- Compare that with everyone else then make your determination - like I said I saved a grand & yes it's a USA camera

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Feb 11, 2019 16:36:52   #
RWR
 
limeybiker wrote:
I have been lusting for a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens, for some time, so I decided to give Abe's a chance to disprove their BAD Reviews.
So Sunday after saying farewell to my last motorcycle, with cash in my hand I ordered and paid by VISA.

Today I get the phone call I half expected, it does not come with a hood, bag, tripod clamp so I have to buy the attachment kit, so the bait Valentine's Day Sweetheart Deal at https://www.abesofmaine.com/Nikon_AF-S_NIKKOR_200-500mm_f_5_6E_ED_VR_Lens_1028991.html
which clearly shows the tripod clamp at $1089.00, climbs to $1300.00.
I cancelled the order.

Anyone with a good deal available?
I have been lusting for a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-50... (show quote)

What did they say when you asked what was included - before you placed the order?

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Feb 11, 2019 16:56:34   #
ken_stern (a regular here)
 
RWR wrote:
What did they say when you asked what was included - before you placed the order?


On the 1st camera - 5DmkII -- Every thing was included -- Their price was 2,700 B&H & everyone else was 3,200
2nd camera - 5Ds -- Their original asking price was 2,700 - they were only including battery/charger, strap & paper manual - What came in the "box" all the associated PC wires CD expanded "full" manual -- frankly can't remember what else - But everything (since I copied a list) B&H said came in the "box" -- The "new" price = 3,000 -- At the time 2.5 yrs ago B&H was offering the product for 3,500

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Feb 11, 2019 18:56:16   #
Bokehen (a regular here)
 
Just another reason I really dislike these third party retailers like Abes, B&H Adarama.. If at all possible buy direct it's what I've done and I haven't been disappointed in my purchases.

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Feb 11, 2019 19:51:19   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Bokehen wrote:
Just another reason I really dislike these third party retailers like Abes, B&H Adarama.. If at all possible buy direct it's what I've done and I haven't been disappointed in my purchases.

Wow, I've never had a problem with B&H.
(Then, I don't report people for smoking either.)

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