Safe to buy Dp3M on Ebay from Japan?

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pat scales Contributing Member • Posts: 577
Safe to buy Dp3M on Ebay from Japan?
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Prices are lower than US. Is there any reason not to do this?

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Re: Safe to buy Dp3M on Ebay from Japan?

Warranty. 
If there's any hardware problem occured, you have to send it back to Japan for repairing.
Most Japanese sellers are reliable and responsible.

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manaskarekar Regular Member • Posts: 201
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Good question, since that is the only good price to be had for the US market right now.

Has anyone bought from these 'Ships from Japan' sellers? If so, how has your experience been?

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SandyF Forum Pro • Posts: 14,941
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I haven't ... but I'd check with Sigma US/NY about warranty. Give them a call and find out warranty policy first-hand.

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jennyrae Senior Member • Posts: 2,690
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I order items from Japan, my experience is they are very reliable and not thieves.

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LUIS A GUEVARA Regular Member • Posts: 412
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It is safe if you order on eBay that has Buyer's Protection plans. It is more economic and generally fast . Prices are at least 30% lower than american prices .

I purchased my SD1 from Japan . Negative sides of doing this? Yes . Generally Printed User Manual is in Japanese . Since  camera also comes set for Japanese language , without an English version manual is hard to switch menus to english. Of course informed Sigma devotees know how to get an english manual in PDF and an English version of Photo Pro and this issue becomes a non issue.

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pat scales wrote:

Prices are lower than US. Is there any reason not to do this?

Not unless the plane ditches

MrPete Regular Member • Posts: 150
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I purchased a DP3M from Japan through Amazon last month. No problems at all. English manual easy to download at Sigma's website. My camera came preset to English. I know if warranty svc needed, it will have to go back to Japan.

Finally, postal regulations prohibit shipping camera batteries outside of the camera body. So DP3M came with only one battery. Picked up a third party battery from eBay - very low cost.

I would purchase this way again. I realize I'm taking a chance with the warranty, but I've purchased lots of cameras in my life and never needed warranty service. Price savings worth the risk to me.

kkx Regular Member • Posts: 314
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I also brought mine from a Japan seller via ebay.

No problem and I know that warranty could be an issue, just have to factor in that risk when you consider the price. I am happy to take the risk, but you have to answer that question for yourself.

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justascot Regular Member • Posts: 405
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You can also get clifton cameras in the uk to deliver to the us, their current price is more than reasonable not sure how it compares to the japanese exchange rate, but you have to phone them rather than do it online however you will be sure to get an english manual

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OP pat scales Contributing Member • Posts: 577
Thanks for all your help!

Will check UK, but feel safe now ordering from Japan. I assume batteries are the same as DP2M.

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Dogonit Regular Member • Posts: 170
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When you can buy a SquareTrade extended warranty for a gray market camera nowadays there's no reason not to do it. It would cover drops and spills too.

Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 5,811
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Great point. Square Trade already linked in with eBay.

manaskarekar Regular Member • Posts: 201
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Dogonit wrote:

When you can buy a SquareTrade extended warranty for a gray market camera nowadays there's no reason not to do it. It would cover drops and spills too.

Do you or anyone else have any experience making claims with SquareTrade? I have read about some feedback in the past and it has not been good.

Thank you!

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deckhanddavy Forum Member • Posts: 56
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pat scales wrote:

Prices are lower than US. Is there any reason not to do this?

Thank you so much for this thread. I was looking at the amazing prices on ebay just now. I was hesitating about buying one because I didin't know if it came with a US charger and had the option for English menus. Knowing about the Square Trade program/warranty on Ebay makes me even more at easy about the purchase. Alright, enough talk. I'm off to ebay to buy a $580 DP3 Merrill!!!

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manaskarekar Regular Member • Posts: 201
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Does anyone know if there is any duty to be paid on these when they ship to the US from Japan?

Thanks.

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OP pat scales Contributing Member • Posts: 577
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I checked and there is no duty on cameras.

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manaskarekar Regular Member • Posts: 201
Re: Safe to buy Dp3M on Ebay from Japan?

Thank you very much. Might pick up a dp3m if prices drop any more.

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manaskarekar Regular Member • Posts: 201
Re: Safe to buy Dp3M on Ebay from Japan?

Here's another question for those that have purchased them and received them. Which shipping company was your camera shipped through?

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OP pat scales Contributing Member • Posts: 577
Re: Safe to buy Dp3M on Ebay from Japan?

Just ordered the last one with free shipping from Fedex with tracking.

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