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  1. #1
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    anyone use amphotoworld.com ??

    well ive been looking for the best deal for the fz20 and well i have found it for $420 with $120 in free accessories. and it seems like a good deal and all but how good is the site??
    heres the deal
    http://www.amphotoworld.com/product.asp?id=psdmcfz20

  2. #2
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    It seems to be New York based which is where most of the scam sites seem to be although I found one in Bethel, "CT" - wherever that is.

    Resellerratings gives them a very telling rating:

    5.52 Pricing of Products and Services
    0.51 Likelihood of Future Purchases
    1.97 Shipping and Packaging
    0.63 Customer Service
    0.65 Return or Replacement
    That seems to be somewhat poor, in my opinion. I checked their website and found no address that was immediately apparent. Checking their DNS record comes up with the following:

    Organization:
    A&M Photo World LLC
    Greg Sanders
    2922 Avenue L
    Brooklyn NY 11210
    US
    Phone: 718-338-2950
    Fax..: 718-338-0634
    Email: info@amphotoworld.com

    Registrar Name....: Register.com
    Registrar Whois...: whois.register.com
    Registrar Homepage: http://www.register.com
    Domain Name: AMPHOTOWORLD.COM
    Created on..............: Tue Sep 05 2000
    Expires on..............: Sat Sep 05 2009
    Record last updated on..: Fri Apr 16 2004
    Administrative Contact:
    A&M Photo World LLC
    Greg Sanders
    2922 Avenue L
    Brooklyn NY 11210
    US
    Phone: 718-338-2950
    Fax..: 718-338-0634
    Email: info@amphotoworld.com

    Technical Contact:
    A&M Photo World LLC
    Greg Sanders
    2922 Avenue L
    Brooklyn NY 11210
    US
    Phone: 718-338-2950
    Fax..: 718-338-0634
    Email: info@amphotoworld.com

    Zone Contact:
    A&M Photo World LLC
    Greg Sanders
    2922 Avenue L
    Brooklyn NY 11210
    US
    Phone: 718-338-2950
    Fax..: 718-338-0634
    Email: info@amphotoworld.com

    Domain servers in listed order:
    NS3.MORUDA.COM 209.152.180.160
    NS4.MORUDA.COM 209.152.180.161
    Register your domain name at http://www.register.com
    Interestingly, a search on their zip code produced the following page of listings: "http://www.hellozipcode.com/11210YellowPages.Cfm" on which AMPhotoWorld does not appear.

    Personally, I'd go someplace else.
    Last edited by Rhys; 02-28-2005 at 02:29 PM.

  3. #3
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    How many times do you all have to be told to avoid these NY Internet camera shops - Especially the Brooklyn-based ones.

    In NYC you can trust the following without fail:
    - B&H Photo Video (www.bhphotovideo.com)
    - 17th St photo (www.17photo.com)
    - Calumet
    - Adorama

    - There is a second tier which includes Etronics, Datavis.

    - All others, you are just taking your chances with the devil. And if you haven't learned about theBrooklyn shops by know, you deserve to have your money stolen. Internet shoppers should know by know to do their research. A simple look at Reselelr ratings should tell all but the foolish what they need to know.

  4. #4
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    Although it's not a specific camera place, add in J&R Computer World. I only know it because Amazon is partnered directly with them.

    Oh, and don't buy from the site you mentioned. It's a scam site. Only 1% of the customers get what they want. Pay more and get it right the first time.

  5. #5
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    DNS records?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhys
    I checked their website and found no address that was immediately apparent. Checking their DNS record comes up with the following:
    Rhys, just out of curiosity, where does one check DNS records?

    Thanks, David

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perplexed
    Rhys, just out of curiosity, where does one check DNS records?

    Thanks, David
    I've asked Jeff to include a brief tutorial in looking up DNS records but he doesn't seem that keen.

    Look up DNS records on www.samspade.org.

  7. #7
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    Exclamation Buyer beware!

    Looks like A&M is another online reseller to avoid. Pay more & save yourself the stress!
    I wish all NY online camera resellers wouldn't get lumped together as "bad". Some folks,especially out here on the west coast, might get the wrong impression & miss out on one of the best camera dealers, B&H Photo in NY, which many agree is one of the best.

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digideb
    Looks like A&M is another online reseller to avoid. Pay more & save yourself the stress!
    I wish all NY online camera resellers wouldn't get lumped together as "bad". Some folks,especially out here on the west coast, might get the wrong impression & miss out on one of the best camera dealers, B&H Photo in NY, which many agree is one of the best.
    It seems to me that the quantity of good online photo shops in NY sounds as though they're in the minority. It therefore puzzles me as to why they don't club together to drive the bad ones out of business.

    I hear the same thing about ebay etc - the good minority is camoflaged under the ghastly majority. I'd never deal on ebay again.

  9. #9
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    Smile We agree!

    Rhys, Yes, I agree, it's odd to have so many bad camera dealers in N.Y. yet they have a couple of the best resellers. I kinda feel sorry for B&H Photo. They must really have to try harder to distinguish themselves from most of the other NY dealers.
    By the way, it looks like we totally agree on rebates. I like your "byline" at the end of your post.

  10. #10
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    Thumbs up

    thank you all, you have been very helpfull. i will avoid NY CITY AS AWHOLE, lol jk just thier sites.

    bethel, ct isnt far. right next door to danbury

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