Surely this cannot be true?

Started Aug 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
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DennisV
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Surely this cannot be true?
Aug 15, 2012

Just read the following on Ken Rockwell's site. Surely this can't be true? It would be scandalous if the manufacturers penalise in this way those of us who support local dealers! Is there such a thing as A stock and separate inferior stock for smaller retailers?

"As usual, most of the people who have shifted focus-points, dead-pixels or other "widespread" problems are people who bought locally at retail. Your local dealer or chain lacks the volume of Adorama and other huge online sellers, so they don't get the "A" stock that Adorama does. That's another reason I buy from Adorama: they don't get stuck with the samples with defects sent out to local retail stores with a lot less buying-power than the major online powerhouses.

As a general rule, if Nikon or Canon or Sony or whoever have a few thousand cameras not quite perfect, but nowhere bad enough to scrap, they don't get sent to the top couple of dealers who sell millions and millions and millions of cameras. They customarily go to the dealers that sell only tens of thousands of cameras."

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