Nikon parts: This will affect YOU. Please sign.

Started Oct 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Kudos to Nikon for plugging the hole
In reply to rgolub, Oct 7, 2012

rgolub wrote:

You're shilling again.  If eBay horders and local shops want to buy up a bunch of Nikon bits and pieces, the rational approach by Nikon would be 'lets make some more of them'.  That way they make a bit more money and have happy customers.

Wrong, it would cost Nikon more to manufacture parts for unauthorized resellers.  They also lose control of their product.  Nikon is in the business of making optical and imaging equipment, not selling repair parts to third party hacks.

It really isn't clear who benefits with the current policy.  It is engendering quite a bit of bad press from exactly the people you want to be supportive - the pros / heavy users / people who buy Nikon stuff year in and year out.  It's like they want to pretend they are in a commodity business, just build a bunch of cheap widgets and when it breaks, toss it.

The customer and authorized Nikon repair facilities come out the winners.  And really, the people you mention are photographers, they are in the business to take pictures, not repair their equipment.  Most don't have the skills or desire to change something as simple as a rubber grip.

"That can work for coat hangers and even to some extent for cell phones.  For $2000 - $6000 cameras and $1000 - $10000 lenses, not so much."

Hate to break it to you, the digital camera is now a disposable item such as a cell phone that has a life expectancy of 12 to 24 months.

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