where's the good(camera) deals in San Fran?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by GS, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. GS

    GS Guest

    I'm in town (SF) for the week, and thought I'd take advantage of the
    700$ worth of "stuff" I can bring back across the line (Canada)
    duty-free and pick up a decent digital P&S if I can find a good buy(my
    *ist DS is just to bulky to pack around all the time)

    Yesterday I did the touristy thing and rode the CC down to fishermans
    wharf and was soon bombarded by "camera" stores offering 50% off etc..
    Despite my inner warning bells going off I wandered in to one and a guy
    was going to sell me a nice little Optio 4MP for about 99$. Is this for
    real or are these hot or somehting? I did some online checking of prices
    at some local "mainstream" shops like gassers, but could not find a
    price that came close, in fact the prices are similar to what they are
    in Canada and with the exchange rate there is no advantage really.

    Are there actually bargains at these tacky tourist traps? (the fountain
    with the 2 naked ladies was cool to but its to big to take on the plane)

    On the outside it looks like it, but I know there is probably more to
    the story (the guy came down 50$ when I was hesitant) and was hoping
    someone on this group could give me a heads up.

    GS, Sep 20, 2005
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  2. Don't buy anything in the Fisherman's wharf area. They are worse than
    tourist traps...

    Go see what you can find at a Costco or such.


    "I have been a witness, and these pictures are
    my testimony. The events I have recorded should
    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

    -James Nachtwey-
    John A. Stovall, Sep 20, 2005
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  3. GS

    Roy Guest


    I live in the Uk, & have never been there, but my impression is no good
    ones, at all.

    My daughter was going to be in S.F. for a week, and 2 weeks before she would
    arrive there, I phoned Gassers, to ask the price and availability of a Nikon
    80-400 Zoom. The price was a bit steep at $1600, and it would take them 3
    weeks to get one. I initially thought he said 3 days, but no, it was 3

    If a dealer in "sleepy old world" UK said it would take them 3 weeks to get
    anything, especially at a premium price, they would never get any business
    from me, unless there was a known world shortage of that item.

    If I lived there, I would buy all my camera gear by mail-order.

    Roy G
    Roy, Sep 21, 2005
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    Pete Fenelon Guest

    Yesterday I did the touristy thing and rode the CC down to fishermans
    My other half paid ukp99 for an Optio last year, so I can well believe
    $99 given US prices and another year or so of it being 'last year's
    model". Nice little camera, bit limited as far as zoom's concerned but
    takes good pictures for a small P&S.

    Pete Fenelon, Sep 21, 2005
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