Gray Market Lens Repair, Serial Numbers, etc.

Started Dec 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
GMack Senior Member • Posts: 2,928
Re: ... conflicting information ??? ...

Jim F wrote:

..... Moreover, since not all lens have the US prefix, it's hard to tell if something is gray market or not. The "Nikon USA" sticker on a lens barrel can either fall off or be applied (to disguise its origin). So, I don't have a lot of faith in the "sticker" either. Not sure what to think anymore.

During the USA lens shortage, due to Japan's recent natural disasters, I bought a lens that needed work right out of the box.  It doesn't have the US or USA stamp but it did have the extended warranty yellow paper with it.  I got questioned as to "Where the lens came from?" and showed them the yellow USA warranty paper with the matching serial and receipt both and all was well with them (I hand-carried it in to them.).  The girl made copies of all of it.  I guess the USA importer repacks the boxes with that yellow paper if it doesn't have the right USA or US stamp on it.


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