Ritz Camera.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by irwell, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. irwell

    irwell Guest

    Not the cheapest shop in the Mall, but
    just picked up a Nikon A400 for $80.
    Ideal for a novice, I hope, it's for
    my daughter.
    irwell, Dec 16, 2006
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    Aaron Guest

    My experience with Ritz is that, from a corporate chain perspective,
    they are overpriced, often egregiously so. From a personal
    perspective, I have only encountered one person working at Ritz who
    wasn't a condescending, bull-headed, AP or Getty photographer looking
    for some extra cash while they try to make their mark in the
    photojournalism scene and all the while trying to avoid prolonging any
    conversation with a customer more than necessary to shuffle them out
    of the store.

    On the off chance you meet someone there who actually does want to
    speak to you at any length about particulars, they are typically not
    professionals with a great deal of experience.

    You can save some gas calling the B&H sales line and asking a few
    questions. At least when they realize you don't actually want to buy
    something and shuffle you away, you can call back and talk to someone
    else. Every one of their employees has worked in the field and knows
    their stuff.

    Or, you can post here <G>.

    At the end of the day, Ritz is hardly the place to go for experienced
    advice OR for good prices. It's the place to go if you know what you
    need and you want it in your hands immediately; one of the few
    remaining advantages of brick-and-mortar retail.
    Aaron, Dec 19, 2006
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  3. Let's put it this way if hell froze over it would be too soon to do
    business with them.

    I worked at one over christmas then for another 6 months- some 23 +
    years ago and that was too long.

    I've tried from time to time to get good prints from them, plain out the
    place sucks compared to Walmart.

    Of course YMMV. I guess it just depends on the location.
    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Dec 20, 2006
  4. Ritz is the greatest. If it weren't for them I wouldn't have the world's
    best lens, the Nikon 18-200, for $750.

    =?iso-8859-1?Q?Rita_=C4_Berkowitz?=, Dec 20, 2006
  5. I thought you didn't like Ritz?!

    I've often used Camera World, which is now part of Ritz (or vice versa).
    They seem to be pretty much the same entity, but I use Camera World because
    they don't charge sales tax. I don't know about Ritz, but since they have
    business presences in many states I presume they have to charge sales tax at
    least in those states.

    Got my Nikon D40 kit from Camera World before any other dealer advertised it
    as in stock. Since it's $600 wherever you buy it (and probably will be for
    some time), and they ship free, plus the no sales tax, that was pretty much
    a no-brainer. I've had my order in with them for a 70-300 VR for a month or
    so. I'm in no hurry (especially at this time of year here in the northeast),
    but my thinking is that lens may be a tremendous seller like your 18-200 and
    if so, it may also be out of stock and/or selling at pumped-up prices in
    many places. Getting my order in early guarantees I get it for $530,
    whenever they start coming in.

    Is that how you got your 18-200 for $750?

    Neil Harrington, Dec 20, 2006
  6. irwell

    FMV Guest

    Cameraworld, Wolfe's, and Ritz are the same entity.

    I have had excellent results with purchasing from Ritz, and have typically
    been able to get some of the newer high end Nikon SLR's (e.g. D2X, D2H) way
    before they were available at other dealers (including B&H), but at the same
    price - no sales tax or shipping charge and using ebates.com as the portal
    of entry resulted in 3% rebates on all items purchased (rebate check every 3

    FMV, Dec 20, 2006
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    hoover Guest

    previous poster was right - they can give basic advice - their film
    developing sucks
    hoover, Dec 20, 2006
  8. I only like them if I can get a good deal from them, which is about twice.
    Nobody else was able to deliver that lens to me for $750.
    Yes they do have to charge sales tax in many states. Here's how they
    handled my purchase since they listed the lens as $749.99 no tax and free
    shipping. They charged me $714.28 plus $35.71 tax for a grand total of

    =?iso-8859-1?Q?Rita_=C4_Berkowitz?=, Dec 21, 2006

  9. Unfortunately in many parts of the country all that is left in the way
    of camera shops is Ritz, Wolf and whatever else they go by these days.
    Thank god for B&H.
    Oliver Costich, Dec 21, 2006
  10. irwell

    George K Guest

    If they do not charge your state"s sales tax you will have to pay your
    state"s use tax
    George K, Dec 21, 2006
  11. Nope! Reread what I wrote. Here is what Ritz says on how they handle sales


    "You never pay sales tax! We are not required to collect sales and use tax
    on deliveries throughout the US, except where we have business locations and
    in those states we pay ALL sales taxes (California, Georgia, Kansas and
    Maryland). For customers in these states, our price includes all applicable
    taxes. To satisfy Maryland consumer reporting rules, we will show sales tax
    and an amount equal to the sales tax will be discounted from our regular low
    price. The order total will be the same as our regular low prices without

    =?iso-8859-1?Q?Rita_=C4_Berkowitz?=, Dec 21, 2006
  12. Now that you mention it I remember seeing Ritz's ads describing that

    So you really like the 18-200. It's good to see that its price has finally
    come down to the MSRP, at least at Ritz / Camera World. I'll get one in a
    few months -- I don't have much use for such a lens here in the northeast in
    the winter.

    Neil Harrington, Dec 21, 2006
  13. [ . . . ]
    B&H is okay and so is Adorama, but *usually* you can do better at Buydig.com
    or its sister company Beach Camera, as far as cameras, lenses and some other
    accessories are concerned. Their prices are almost always lower, they are
    absolutely reliable and they ship immediately, with free shipping on many

    Neil Harrington, Dec 21, 2006
  14. A "Nikon A400"? I don't think so.

    "A400" sounds like one of those off-brand camera models. ;-)

    Neil Harrington, Dec 21, 2006
  15. He's right. You are ALWAYS required to pay your states tax, even though
    the retailer isn't always required to collect it for them. If the
    retailer doesn't, it becomes a "use tax", and YOU are responsible for
    sending it to your states revenue department.

    Granted, this is currently almost never enforced or even thought about;
    but it's on the books and may not ALWAYS be ignored.

    In the case of Ritz's "we'll pay the tax for you", I'm not too sure of
    the legality. If they're really reducing the price to compensate for
    sales tax, they may actually be over-collecting tax - and where does
    the overage go to..?
    Scott Schuckert, Dec 21, 2006
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    Cynicor Guest

    I got a letter from NY State a few years ago, because I bought a travel
    bag in London, put my stuff in it, flew home with it, and then basically
    got rid of it when I got home. NY determined that I had "primarily used"
    the bag in NY State, and so I owed them use tax.
    Cynicor, Dec 21, 2006
  17. Nope, it's not a keeper. I do like the fact that it's going to bring me
    $900+ on eBay. I did order another from Ritz and I'm still on a wait list
    from another vendor.

    =?iso-8859-1?Q?Rita_=C4_Berkowitz?=, Dec 21, 2006
  18. How did NYS know you bought the bag?

    Remember way back when IKEA opened? One in Hicksville and one off the
    Jersey Turnpike. IKEA advertised in NYC on buses, etc for people to shop in
    the Jersey store and save on the sales tax difference (Jersey's tax was at
    least 4% lower at the time). Someone in the NYS tax bureau got wind of this
    and a bunch of tax agents were sent to the Jersey store and they stuck a
    notice on each car with a NY license plate warning them that they are
    responsible to pay the difference in sales tax to NYS. What nerve! They
    were chided into stopping this practice when people raised a ruckus because
    it was akin to spying on them.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Dec 22, 2006
  19. What is it that you dislike about the lens?
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Dec 22, 2006
  20. Aw. But I'm not really surprised, as it does not seem like your kind of a
    lens. I know you like that pricey, heavy f/2.8 stuff.

    I've been thinking of ordering another 70-300 VR from Camera World for a
    similar reason. When they start to actually get delivered my guess is
    they'll be super-popular, may be in short supply, and may bring higher
    prices just as the 18-200 did for quite a while. If so, I'd be able to
    compare the two lenses carefully, keep the best one and sell the other on

    But can you really get $900+ for an 18-200 *now* when anyone can buy one
    from Ritz or Camera World for $750 just as you did? I would think anyone
    likely to spend that kind of money on a lens would know enough to check Ritz
    and other sellers.

    Neil Harrington, Dec 22, 2006
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