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New low price: grey market Nikon D800 for $2,100

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The price of a grey market Nikon D800 camera dropped another $100 to $2,099.99 on eBay (limited quantity available, free shipping, no US warranty - instead you will receive 1 year warranty from the BigValueInc store, see all of their Nikon listings).

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  • n11

    Liar! It’s 2099.99!!! ; P
    If I didn’t already have a D800, I’d be jumping on this one.

  • richgannon

    Grey market means no warranty? Or no proof that it’s a real Nikon?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      no warranty, there are no fake Nikon cameras

      • http://twitter.com/Vanakatherock Vanakatherock

        I think it is hit or miss on grey market. They are known for separating kit bodies from the kit lenses and selling them that way.

        • Jack S

          Nothing wrong with that in my opinion. They’re still delivering what they promised.

  • broxibear

    Just out of interest, which countries have the cheapest Nikon equipment, grey or not ?…It’s definitely not here in the UK.
    Cheapest D800 body I can see in the UK is £1959.00 from Amazon

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      This is probably it – maybe you can get it cheaper in Japan.

      • mikeswitz

        Not cheaper in Japan because VAT

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      This is probably it – maybe you can get it cheaper in Japan.

    • Ripped Off Again

      Stuff should be less expensive in the UK than it is! There has been a rebate scheme running on the D800, D7100 and other gear since October but the stealers have been steadily increasing their prices ever since it started………… Gredy b#####ds.

    • Duncan Dimanche

      2050€ here in France

      The US is always the way to go.
      I went to Korea Hong Kong and Japan hoping for a crazy price advantaged but I got sadly surprised by their high prices…

      In Korea they have TONS of second hand store though but again nothing crazy crazy once you’ve converted your money…

      ;)

  • Global

    How is this possible? It seems like one of those “too good to be true” situations. I understand its grey market — but are they selling the ones with LEFT-FOCUS issues?

    Or Refurbished.. or returned, but no way to know?

    Hm.. seems like too steep a discount, even though we know these things are always overpriced in markup. But the internet has taught me to be wary.

    • Mark

      These are brand new. Welcome to the world of country specific pricing. If Bigvalue is selling for $2099 with markup, think about distributors cost.

      • Global

        According to whom?? Retailer Ratings show that this seller consistently sells USED camera bodies & open box as new.

        • Jack S

          According to the definition of “grey market”. If this particular seller is a phoney then, well, that’s why I don’t recommend using eBay.

      • Greg

        I bought one. Shutter count was1. Looks brand new. Works perfect. 2 day shipping free.

  • mhammon

    Ah, now we know where all those returned D800s with the left autofocus problem went!

    • KT

      These are brand new bodies, with zero shutter actuations, NOT refurbished

      • TR_T-Rex

        Hence this is the best D800 deal I’ve ever seen. I’d take the risk. Don’t be afraid of the third party’s warranty. I had purchased my refurbished D800 from Cameta Camera and they proved fantastic in servicing my camera re its left AF problem. I just shipped it to them and they forwarded the package to Nikon. Then after receiving the package from Nikon they shipped it to me. This whole process must have increased the service time only for 2 days. Has the problem solved? Nope. Is this problem very apparent and comprising the experience? Again, nope. This camera, in brand new condition, for this price, is no brainer, regardless of it has the AF problem or not. That’s my 2 cents.

        • KT

          I doubt very much Nikon still has any D800 bodies with defective left AF point. That was 2 years ago, they had plenty of time to fix the problem.

      • Global

        etailer Ratings show that this seller consistently sells USED camera bodies & open box as new.

  • don hogfan

    How can somebody spend $2000 on a camera that might not be serviceable from NIKON?
    I understand grey market lenses, but cameras tend to be much more difficult to repair

    • Global

      Easy: they are willing to take a $2000 risk for $1000 upside with a product that has a very high reliability rate and they want it?

      Have these kinds of savings on 2 bodies that dont fail — and you’ve just paid for the 3rd (if youre a company that can be especially important if made in a single purchase; your productivity just went up by as much as 33%, or you now have a backup).

    • dgr

      Nikon is gaining a rep of making excuses instead of backing their products when it comes to warranty work. Some people do not hold their warranties in high regard. Google “nikon impact damage” for more details.

      • I AM PERFECT

        No Nikon product ever needs repair under warranty!

        It’s always impact damage, user error, 3rd party product or unrealistic user expectations.

      • Ronan

        You mean like everyone else?

      • Ronan

        You mean like everyone else?

      • koenshaku

        The entire problem these days is everything is digital, so you have to consider fanboy trolls and marketing companies as well that troll tech sites to besmirch other companies. I honestly don’t really know what to believe these days and it seems to be getting pricy to find out..

    • http://www.postlinearity.com gregorylent

      nikon stands by it’s cameras, in my experience … nikon shanghai, nikon bangalore, both dealt with my limited warranty d800 problems in a professional manner .. yes, had to pay cash, but that’s life in this geo-tarded only semi-globalized world

      • Jack S

        Your locally bought D800 was under warranty, but still had to pay extra to get it fixed by Nikon? That doesn’t sound professional to me.

        I had a lens go wrong which I bought from a grey market merchant. I sent it back to the merchant and was shipped a new one with no extra charge or hassling.

        Had I sent it to Nikon they would have billed me a small fortune. Nikon’s in-house service sucks.

        • RBR

          Had you sent it to Nikon you would have been informed that it was a grey market product and they would not have serviced it.

          • Jack S

            Yup they probably would do that. Though if I had bought it locally they would have claimed “impact damage” or some lame excuse so what the heck does it matter anyway? The shop provided excellent service instead so I’m happy.

            There’s a reason why I bought grey market in the first place, from a shop with reputable customer service. I have zero faith in Nikon’s own after-sales especially after the SB910, D800, and D610 debacles, as well as countless other horror stories with lenses.

            The whole refusal to service an item bought from a different country is totally ridiculous too. As long as it’s a genuine article with a traceable serial number and came with an INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY CARD they should stand by their products instead of playing games with their customers.

            • RBR

              Jack, indeed, Nikon should honor their international warranty, but the reality is that they will not. Worse yet, nikon have cut off the supply of parts to legitimate service organizations which have long supported the Nikon user base. This is a big deal because Nikon’s service (and attitude) have been none too good.

              One thing that is not discussed much is the changes which have been made to the qualifications for Nikon Professional Services…Canon are much friendlier.

              Are Nikon in the process of subjecting the company to the death of a thousand cuts? I truly hope not. I like the Nikon products I have, but, if I were just starting out, I would give Canon a very long, hard look before deciding which system to commit to purchasing.

              Cheers

            • Jack S

              Yeah, I too have a collection of nice Nikon gear that does its job well for now. But the company is quickly losing enough of its credibility that I’m considering Canon, Fuji, M43, or some other system when I come to my next upgrade.

            • RBR

              I wish I could find the link to an article about the greying (aging) of Nikon (users). It seems that Nikon are losing out to other manufacturers in the segment of young customers and those making initial purchases. This is the problem Cadillac faced a number of years ago…their customers, loyal as they were, were dying at a rate that indicated a similar fate for the company. You have probably noticed the difference in the focus of their products and advertising campaigns without particularly being aware of the crossroads the company faced. It would not be much of a stretch to imagine Nikon facing a similar predicament. As Yogi once said, “when you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

            • Jack S

              I can see it. Nikon themselves are showing their age both with their products and their service.

              With their service they seem to think everyone stays oblivious when they mistreat customers, where in reality their name is tarred every time and the incidents are forever archived on websites, blogs, and forums. Only other similarly ageing folk seem not to notice.

          • Jack S

            Yup they probably would do that. Though if I had bought it locally they would have claimed “impact damage” or some lame excuse so what the heck does it matter anyway? The shop provided excellent service instead so I’m happy.

            There’s a reason why I bought grey market in the first place, from a shop with reputable customer service. I have zero faith in Nikon’s own after-sales especially after the SB910, D800, and D610 debacles, as well as countless other horror stories with lenses.

            The whole refusal to service an item bought from a different country is totally ridiculous too. As long as it’s a genuine article with a traceable serial number and came with an INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY CARD they should stand by their products instead of playing games with their customers.

    • Guest

      I recently sent in my D800, 50mm f/1.8g, and 24-85 VR (due to VR problem) to Nikon service department for check up. They’ve adjusted my D800′s AF setting so all my lens (including the 50mm) is now severely front-focusing. I brought it back and they claimed it was “within standard” and refused it do anything. They’ve lost my 24-85VR. I called several times to follow-up and they finally sent me a “refurbished” one. When it arrived, there was a finger print at the back element. I sent in my stuff by late October, and now I’ve lost the use of all of them for a month and a half and I am now left with two pieces of equipment that were either defective or abused.

      • Guest

        oh and, btw, when they sent me the “refurbished” 24-85 VR lens, they didn’t send me my front 72mm filter too, so I’m down one 72mm filter… I would never use Nikon service ever again. Ever.

        • Duncan Dimanche

          That sucks horribly man… :(

          I don’t get how they can be that bad at handling those type of issues….

          I will be sending mine out soon for that green tint I have….. do you also have that problem with your photos ?

          Damn you scared me with your story but hopefully in France they do a better job than in the US…

          Cheers from France

        • Ronan

          You aren’t suppose to send filters, batteries, chargers or straps with your equipment. It say’s so on the paper you signed at the Nikon Service Center.

          You should take your issues up with the general manager/supervisor of your area, you would be surprised what they can do to help and make things right.

          • silmasan

            Last time I serviced my equipments at NPS for heavy cleaning I left the caps, a strap, and even a Hoya HD filter on my 105/2 (they cleaned it also as a bonus) and the extras were all listed on the forms. No problem getting them all back. Of course this was a visit in person at the center. Different countries, different rules I suppose.

            • silmasan

              Btw I’m not an NPS member. It’s just that the service center is also a “Nikon Professional Service” center.

          • Degsy

            Maybe so,but if you received someones lens to work on,and they had left a filter on by mistake,would you not make sure you kept it together with the rest of the client’s equipment?Just a shoddy approach to a customer

        • Ronan

          You aren’t suppose to send filters, batteries, chargers or straps with your equipment. It say’s so on the paper you signed at the Nikon Service Center.

          You should take your issues up with the general manager/supervisor of your area, you would be surprised what they can do to help and make things right.

      • Clint

        I’ve had similarly terrible experience with Nikon service. I had a 16-35VR sent in for service, it had focus issues from the day I bought it. Well when they sent it back they decided to send it back to the address on the shipping receipt they requested. I had moved from that address and was on the other side of the US. Nikon refused to acknowledge their mistake and said I would have to find a way to get the lens shipped to me. Thank goodness the people at the address had my number and did not just pretend like they never got it. They were the ones that alerted me to the mistake in the first place.

        It took a huge amount of emails before Nikon finally paid to have a delivery service pick it up, but again, thank goodness the new residents had a box ready to go and they were home because Nikon never alerted me that they finally decided to have it picked up and shipped.

        The best part is that when it was sent back they said they couldn’t find any issues and hadn’t done a thing to the lens. Of course it still had focus issues.

        I love Nikon’s gear, but it is very hard to recommend Nikon to anyone when you know that the warranty is worth less than nothing.

  • thl

    I love ‘limited quality available’ :D

    • Jack S

      They probably buy a set quantity from their supplier. Every shop has their stock levels.

    • Global

      Stolen pallet of inventory? Resold at wholesale in Asia. The eBay seller might not even know. These things do happen.

  • kaiso

    So, these are the cameras that Gurantee to have unfixed focus issus. I know D800 wfocus issues fixed sell more than 2099.

  • Spy Black

    Wow. Interesting gamble.

  • Jack S

    Well, since Nikon’s own service and warranty is virtually non-existent anyway, grey market deals are actually pretty good. Heck some grey market sellers have amazing service (way better than Nikon’s own).

    I’ve bought grey market before. Will buy again.

    • Jack S

      I should add though that I’ve never bought from eBay. I stay away from that place.

      • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

        I think eBay is fine as long as you’re cautious. It’s almost certainly safer than simply buying second-hand (because most sellers are very careful not to ruin their reputations).

        • Jack S

          Feedback on eBay can be fake and easily built up by trading with themselves. Paypal also has a reputation for being slimy.

          I’ll buy second hand by meeting in person and inspecting it before handing over cash. Either that or from an established store that sells new and used gear.

          • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

            Based on my limited experience of both buying second-hand and buying from eBay, I have no major complaints about either. No marketplace is perfect. Now, would I buy one of these cameras? I am very leery of deals that seem “too good to be true”.

  • Roberto

    D800: expendable and only image that impresses their own proprietary resolution.

    Nikon launch a camera level with the new D700 or D4 same sensor we are ready to pay much more.

  • fjfjjj

    The seller has 99% positive ratings on eBay, but scary 4/10 rating on http://www.resellerratings.com/store/BigValueInc

    Funny how eBay’s feedback system can turn even sketchy New Jersey camera retailers into honest sellers. Maybe.

    • rt-photography

      I think they have no choice but to get their act together when selling on ebay. it matters much more than RR.com although a lot of feedback from ebay can be from him “buying” his own items to build his credit up..I see it with the asians all the time

    • Aeroengineer

      Look at the negative and neutral ratings. One might reasonably conclude that if your transaction is anything less than perfect, you are likely screwed. Caveat emptor

    • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

      Isn’t anything below 99.8% on ebay considered suspect?

      • silmasan

        The higher the volume the higher the chances for plain honest error though, or just plain difficult customers. But yeah, you’ll want more than 99% of real customer satisfaction (not fake testimonies) AND honest responses to the negative feedbacks as well.

        For reasonably expensive items I tend to inquire direct communication with the seller first to gauge their trustability. Any slight bit or notion of unresponsiveness or unhelpfulness and I’ll just move on.

        • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

          Also some of the “big names” seem to attract a lot of negative responses on eBay (e.g. Adorama, which is a very reputable vendor). So it’s a very odd world.

    • SPfan

      They’re obviously no angels but the majority of complaints seem to be from people shocked to discover they received a gray market item.

  • rt-photography

    if you need more warranty coverage, you can get mack warranty. they have a regular coverage from failure. and they have a diamond where its an all risk kind. where basically if you go to the beach and the camera gets damaged from water or sand, they will repair it. basically anything that wasnt caused intentionally will be covered. very worth it IMO. especially if you work with the camera. just the shutter replacement will cost more than the warranty.

    I have a D3 that had the shutter and mirror replaced because I had the warranty. still works great

  • T53

    If it sounds too good to be true………

  • Alex

    I have a 6D from this seller(from BF) for 1400$. All was
    ok… The manual is in Japanese but except that, everything was mint condition.

  • Dover

    “limited quality available”

    Freudian slip or what?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      fixed

  • SPfan

    The reality is that Nikon made these cameras and wants to sell them. Nikon Japan would prefer people buy them through their authorized distributor but Nikon Japan’s top priority is to move them, period.

    There is a right way to do this, which would be to make the gray market buyer pay for service but still offer it. But many Nikon distributors prefer to teach the customer a lesson. Unfortunately, since the customers are not the source of the problem they may not appreciate a scolding.

  • disqus_QlHYblaSnt

    Conspiracy theories aside, there are new announcements from Nikon expected in January. Its a well know fact that dealers are told prior to these announcements so they can shift inventory.
    The D800 is a couple of years so its not inconceivable that some dealer shifting old inventory and might even be taking a loss now so as not to take a bigger loss later. The D800 is high end spec and this usually trickles down to consumer grade model. Perhaps that is what is happening here…
    BTW I have always received brilliant service from NPS here in Thailand.

  • joe

    Not anymore. Now back to $2,379.71

  • Nas

    This page is getting annoying advertising bad reputed seller like this one. the reviews are horrible, and some people actually have received empty boxes, what a joke.

    I’d rather to go to w website where I can find trusted sellers posts.

  • Greg

    I bought it. Shutter count was zero. Brand new in box. No warranty paperwork though. No big deal for the savings I got.

  • MaximusPhotography

    DONT BUY ANYTHING FROM BIGVALUEINC
    YOU BEEN WARNED

    I have purshaced a grey market Nikon D610 from them on Dec 2014, it turn out that it has massive oil problem that damaged the censor after 1 month of using it, as thus oil could not be removed, I have published complete details about my Nikon D610 case bought from BigValueInc in this website.

    BIGVALUEINC refused to return the camera and informed me that they can fix it, however it will take 10 weeks to check it and then more time to order the spare parts. Around 12 -14 weeks.

    If you are a photographer 14 weeks this is a life time.

    I can show all communication, order details, if required. PM me if you need them.

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