How and Where to Buy
Choosing a camera is just the first step. Figuring out where to buy isn't hard - but be careful. Buy good camera from a bad retailer and you could still end up unhappy. Here are some recommended retailers and tips for deciding where to buy.
Price isn't everything
Going for the cheapest price isn't always the best choice. Make sure that the retailer has a good reputation for reliability and customer service.
Watch the shipping costs!
Be careful of high shipping charges, or very late deliveries. Again, going with a more well known company will reduce your risk. Some retailers like Amazon offer free shipping with many new cameras.
What's the return policy?
IMPORTANT, it is a sad fact that every batch of cameras has a few bad apples. Digital cameras have especially high rates of return because of their complex and sensitive technology. Make sure that you can return the camera for an immediate replacement. Warning - cheaper "clearance sale" sites will often get these cameras and try to pass them on.
Stores are good.
If you find a local store that carries the camera you want, you should consider them if the price is right. Some stores will match online prices, and knowing you can return a faulty camera for an immediate refund is very comforting.
Make sure you know how long it will take to ship your new camera. Delays of 2 weeks or more is not unheard of.
Here are a few popular online locations to buy cameras or find retailers. These shops do have a reputation for large turnover and positive customer satisfaction, but you should always check recent user reviews if you can.