Gray market Sigma - 3rd party seller "6ave" on Amazon?

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mdmarqphoto Senior Member • Posts: 1,034
Re: Gray market Sigma - 3rd party seller "6ave" on Amazon?

wigoe1984 wrote:

Is it Amazon's policy to explicitly state whether a lens is gray market? If so, should I be able to return it to the seller without a restocking fee?

I'm not sure if it's actually a policy to state that, but many do.

I recently purchased a new new Sigma 135mm 1.8 (click on link for listing) from a 3rd party Amazon seller "6ave" for $1,147.85. The item is fulfilled by Amazon. It is currently in transit.

The price was a little lower than others. After some research I learned that Sigma does not honor warranty repairs for non-dealership lens sales. 6ave is not listed as an authorized Sigma dealer.

As soon as you see the price lower than others, it's time to do your research about the possibility of gray market before making the purchase.

The listing does not specifically say whether it is an international/domestic lens. The seller's listing has a link to Sigma's policy for warranty in the warranty section. Does the seller have to disclose this information? I also feel that this information was implied by linking Sigma's warranty information. But, I may be naïve.

That listing is not unique to the seller, there is an option to purchase it from many other vendors from the same listing.  I believe that link to Sigma's warranty policy was added by Amazon or another vendor, so it doesn't imply anything from any one vendor.

This my fault for not being more careful!

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