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Jun 11, 2019 14:14:53   #
Lille
 
I've gotten a gas attack and I'm looking to buy some gear that Abe's of Maine has at a very good price.

I've never bought from them before as I almost always buy from B&H, or eBay, but considering Abe's price and the fact that I can save on NY Sales tax I thought I might give them a try.

Any advice about them ?

Thanks much !

Lille

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Jun 11, 2019 14:16:44   #
lsaguy
 
Truly? Abe's again? Search "Bait and Switch".

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Jun 11, 2019 14:16:52   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
I wouldn't.......
(I use B&H 99.7% of the time.)

Do a search here on Abe's of Maine or Abes of Maine.

LOTS of comments.

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Jun 11, 2019 14:17:23   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
Did you try the search field on this site and read any of the existing comments / posts?

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Jun 11, 2019 14:18:49   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
Lille wrote:
I've gotten a gas attack and I'm looking to buy some gear that Abe's of Maine has at a very good price.

I've never bought from them before as I almost always buy from B&H, or eBay, but considering Abe's price and the fact that I can save on NY Sales tax I thought I might give them a try.

Any advice about them ?

Thanks much !

Lille


Which items do you want to buy?

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Jun 11, 2019 14:22:18   #
Doc Barry (a regular here)
 
Lille wrote:
I've gotten a gas attack and I'm looking to buy some gear that Abe's of Maine has at a very good price.

I've never bought from them before as I almost always buy from B&H, or eBay, but considering Abe's price and the fact that I can save on NY Sales tax I thought I might give them a try.

Any advice about them ?

Thanks much !

Lille


Go with B&H and use their payboo card to get a rebate on sales tax! Also, beware of Abe's often selling none USA tagged gear (no US warranty).

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Jun 11, 2019 14:22:48   #
Bill P (a regular here)
 
Is Abe's of Maine located in Maine? If they're lying about that, what else are they lying about?

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Jun 11, 2019 14:24:50   #
flyguy
 
Run, don't walk away from those people.

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Jun 11, 2019 14:25:43   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
For many camera items there is the lowest price an authorized dealer can sell them for. If the price is too low then something isn't right.

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Jun 11, 2019 14:28:35   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
No! No! No!

Read the ad very carefully. If it says 'camera' don't assume they won't charge you for the battery, charger, lens caps, strap, box, warranty etc. They won't send it until you call them to 'clarify' your order and then you will get a 30 minute 'upsell' of all the things you assumed were included.

Scroll down through B&H's offerings. They will usually lead with the same price as everybody else, but if you scroll down a bit you might find it packaged with some decent extras for the same price - depends on what you are buying.

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Jun 11, 2019 14:29:10   #
Properframe
 
If it is too good to be true......... it ain't true. Hundreds of horror stories about Abe's. Use B&H, Adorama, or other reputable dealers.

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Jun 11, 2019 14:42:15   #
MDI Mainer (a regular here)
 
Abe's also sells on Amazon, and some items are fulfilled by Amazon. If you can buy from Abe's on Amazon at the same price as offered on Abe's own website (which I've found to be the case the couple of times I've bought from them recently); then you have the buyer protections and easy return policies Amazon offers.

So if you can buy from Abe's on the Amazon platform I'd go for it; if not it's probably not worth the risk, given the experience others have had dealing directly with this merchant.

Here is the link to Abe's Amazon Storefront (some items are clearly marked "international version - no warranty" so there's no deception here):

https://www.amazon.com/s?me=A3DI1PQ3I3V3R1&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER

You can also ask them to add a product

https://www.amazon.com/sp?_encoding=UTF8&asin=&isAmazonFulfilled=1&isCBA=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&orderID=&seller=A3DI1PQ3I3V3R1&tab=&vasStoreID=

But be careful because sometimes other Amazon vendors will have a lower price than Abe's.

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Jun 11, 2019 14:56:01   #
Country Boy (a regular here)
 
GAS may get you there but when you leave, heart burn is all you will feel!

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Jun 11, 2019 14:56:14   #
Wingpilot (a regular here)
 
Bill P wrote:
Is Abe's of Maine located in Maine? If they're lying about that, what else are they lying about?


Years ago (many) Abe's of Maine was actually located in Maine. Then they sold out, the name was retained, and they moved (IIRC) to New Jersey. Pretty much they're a grey market dealer. Avoid them.

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Jun 11, 2019 15:01:21   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Bill P wrote:
Is Abe's of Maine located in Maine? If they're lying about that, what else are they lying about?

No longer in Maine. Sold? Moved to Linden, NJ.

EDIT: Wingpilot clicked send before I did...

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