I explored in detail online purchase options for suppliers in the UK, in Hong Kong/USA/Japan. Overseas based online suppliers look tempting because they offer notable discounts, but there are a lot of questions and uncertainties ( UK warranty?, import tax?, insurance? etc). Hence I decided to get my new Nikon D7100 from an online company that gave a London address (SLRHUT). As it is the case with all overseas based suppliers, NIKON D7100 was cheaper compared to UK based online sellers. I was hoping they will dispatch the camera from London but it was shipped from USA and took ten days or so. My credit card was also debited in the USA. There was no warranty card in pack. They removed the kit-lens out from the camera's box and stuck a 'Body Only" sticker on original NIKON box. For UK warranty they said on the phone "if anything goes wrong, just call us re warranty". There was no invoice enclosed in parcel so I had to request an invoice via email. That was SLRHUT in London/USA! Based on my experience with SLRHUT I did not like doing verbal warranty agreements on the phone!! I decided never do business with abroad based gray-importers.
So I decided to buy my further NIKON lenses (3) online but from a trustworthy UK based online company. I did my search online for sometime..I ended up with a short list of 3-4 UK online dealers. Best deals seem to be offered by HDEW CAMERAS.
I called them and ordered on the phone (but you can also do that online). Staff at the shop were very patient, helpful and friendly. I asked if they can do discounts. They said they may consider. I got some minor discounts on NIKON 10-24mm and NIKON 35mm f/1.8 lenses and excellent price (nearly 100 pounds less than UK online market) on 70--300mm VR COMPARED TO other top UK online photographic suppliers prices! . An email confirmation of sales and invoice was sent next day.
My 3 NIKON lenses, a memory card, LOWEPRO camera/lens bag. NIKON remote ML-L3 controller, a clean-up kit all were delivered to my door by FEDEX within 1 week to be precise and all in good order. HDEW CAMERAS provided detailed invoice and a copy of card debit slip. All lenses came within original NIKON boxes with lens caps, lens bags, lens hoods, warranty and user manuals enclosed. What else can I say? When shopping online for such pricey items I want to feel comfortable with all aspects of the transaction. I can go back to HDEW anytime should I have a query. I definitely recommend this local business with favourable UK prices!! I will definitely go back to HDEW CAMERAS for my future requirements.
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