Eamon Hickey

Eamon Hickey

Lives in United States NY, United States
Joined on Mar 22, 2001

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  • In the U.S., rebates and instant rebates are much more often a response to currency exchange rate fluctuations. When the yen weakens, it's cheaper for Nikon USA to import products into the U.S., ...
  • You're mixing up importers -- a.k.a. authorized distributors -- with retail dealers. The authorized importers are not under any unilateral pricing policies; they are the ones who make those ...
  • As I noted, currency exchange rates are a factor in the price differential between gray market product and kosher product. For short periods of time, it can sometimes be a significant factor but ...
  • Replied in I misunderstood
    Ah, I misunderstood you. Yes, if the camera was bought in the U.S. it must be a U.S.A. warranty camera (i.e. not gray market), purchased from an authorized dealer, and still owned by the original ...
  • I got curious that maybe I was wrong about the current state of affairs, but I don't think so. Here's what the Nikon USA web site says about warranties (the page was last updated on 4/2/2013). The ...
  • Can you point us to a reference or some other verification for that? Because that has not been the case in the past; if it's true now, that's a recent change. Historically, Nikon USA will service ...
  • Ah, I see what you were saying. I stand corrected. I can see how that might be the explanation for some differences in behavior and policies between the respective Canon and Nikon subsidiaries.
  • They profile each camera individually. The theory is that you can't emulate any particular film accurately if you don't know what the colors and tones of the original digital raw file are. Again ...
  • Replied in oy
    Oy. Really? That's of course exactly the opposite of what I said. I guess if it gives you some kind of satisfaction to continue publicly insisting that 2 + 2 = 5, I won't begrudge you the ...
  • Yeah, that's a tricky bit of language on the web site (and different from what we used to say when I worked there). It's really a theory vs. reality thing. In theory, there is a Nikon authorized ...
  • He's not. In this case, the retail purchase is occurring in the U.S. -- it's a U.S. retailer, recording that sale in a U.S. jurisdiction. Let's say the guy in Toronto got a box of rocks instead of ...
  • Replied in re-read my post
    I addressed your question. Take another look at my post lower in the thread with the Tahiti example. In your travels, you are seeing retail prices for cameras. Gray market importers aren't paying ...
  • I don't really know how to help any further. If you're really interested, do some research on the term. It has a pretty clear meaning, and I'm not guessing about it -- I was in the business at ...
  • It's not a matter of where the product "came from" -- they all come from the same place. It's the whole path from beginning to end, i.e. factory to consumer. If the product goes outside the ...
  • When I worked for Nikon USA in the 1990s, the answer would have been 'yes', Nikon Canada would repair the camera, including honoring the warranty. All Nikon cameras and lenses that were covered by ...
  • Actually, you're misinterpreting what Nikon is saying. The "normal" channels phrase is the key to understanding this sentence properly. The normal channels -- as explained on the page you ...
  • This case doesn't fit the commonly accepted definition of gray market. The retailer making the sale is in the U.S. and the sale is recorded in the U.S. -- i.e. where the USA warranted camera is ...
  • Nope. No significant camera manufacturer in the world will sell to somebody who walks in off the street with a wad of cash. All of them work with regional distributors with whom they have lengthy ...
  • The country you're looking for doesn't exist. The vast majority of the time, the importer who brings a gray market product to the U.S. does not buy it at retail. They buy the products at ...
  • This will definitely put pressure on Nikon USA to also lower its prices. Nikon is enjoying exactly the same benefit of the stronger dollar, so they should also have room to lower prices.

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