Where do you buy your gear?
I'm looking at making the leap into the big world with a DSLR. I've decided on what I'm after (50D, 100-400), and after months of hassling and well reasoned arguements ( :roll: ), I have convinced my parents that now is the moment to step up, especially with the 50d no longer being manufactured.
So now I'm trying to find the best price. Personally, I'm not averse to buying parallel imports, however, my parents have a significant prejudice against it. This is mainly because there would be no manufacturer's warranty, only a retailer's. They are also against a solely online store, because they believe warranty claims would be harder to pursue without a face-to-face interaction.
So my question is basically: where should I be buying my gear from? And: can you give me any compelling reasons (other than price) to buy either online or through the grey market? Would people suggest a large retailer (Harvey Norman), or part of a chain (Camera Warehouse) or just a small outlet?
Thanks in advance,
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