I currently work part time in a camera store and one of the most common phrases I hear is “I can get it cheaper online”. I couldn’t agree more, you certainly can get cameras cheaper online but I have to ask: If you can get it cheaper online and the dollar value is all you’re looking at, why are you in my store?
Buying from an established camera store such as Ted’s gives you many benefits over shopping online. While I have the chance, I highly recommend that you buy from a dedicated camera store as opposed to an electronics giant such as Dick Smiths or Harvey Norman. At Ted’s, we’re passionate about helping you choose the right camera, not the most expensive or fastest sale.
1. See the Product
Buying from a store gives you the opportunity to see, hold and play with the camera that you’re interested in. Often, it’s hard to determine the physical aspects of a camera without seeing it. Weight, size, display clarity and construction are all aspects where you can’t get a full appreciation from a written review.
2. Get product advice
There are hundreds of cameras on the market today. Walking into a camera store, you know that the people you are talking to are passionate about photography. We want you to get the best product for the purpose that you want to use it for. We want you to be happy with your camera and the most expensive isn’t always the right solution!
3. The power to negotiate
If you are dealing with genuine Australian Stock, there usually isn’t a huge discrepancy in price between retailers. If there is, chances are, your online dealer isn’t providing you Australian Stock with Australian warranty. If you’ve found a better price online and you know they’re an authorised Australian dealer for that brand, use that to negotiate a better price in your local store.
4. Immediate Delivery
Another benefit to buying from a store is that you can walk out of the store with your new camera. There’s no delivery involved and you get to play with your new toy sooner.
5. After sales service and warranty
Buying from a retail store gives you a place to return to if something goes wrong. Whether it’s a fault with the camera or a rouge setting that has stopped you from achieving what you want, you can drop into the store to get advice on the problem that you are experiencing.