"Obsolete" cameras: is it a serious concern?

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Re: "Obsolete" cameras: is it a serious concern?

Michael Fryd wrote:

Actually, foreign manufacturer's don't have to service anything. US and state law doesn't apply to a company located in Japan.

Let's look at Nikon Cameras. They are manufactured by a Japanese company named Nikon. However "Nikon, USA", a separate USA based company imports the cameras to the USA, sells them to retailers, and provides service.

There's a big legal significance to two separate companies.

Consider someone who buys a current model Nikon today, and tries to get it serviced 6 months from now. They may find that there is no one who will service the camera, and that parts are not available. This may be the case even if the camera is still a current model.

It turns out that that Nikon USA will only service Nikon Cameras that Nikon USA imported into the USA. If another company imported the camera, they won't service it.

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The point of this story is that products have a lifetime, and the manufacturer can sometimes arbitrarily declare the product dead.

Welcome to the 2020's

Here (Italy) is about the same as USA. The local official Nikon importer (named Nital) won't service 'grey marker' Nikon cameras.

But if you buy 'grey market' you know the risk, and can judge it it is balanced by some saving on the purchase price.

Now you chose to buy a 'regular' Nikon camera (here it comes in a box closed by a 'Nital' seal, and with a Nital extended warranty card). Wouldn't be a correct practice by Nital/Nikon to let me know at the time of purchase how long they will ensure servicing / repair / spare parts availability?

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