New low price: refurbished Nikon D7200 now $769.99

The price of refurbished Nikon D7200 DSLR cameras is now down to $769.99 (was $899 before). Free shipping included. This offer expires February 10th or while supplies last. Refurbished Nikon products come with 90 days manufacturer's warranty.

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  • Ritvar Krum

    refurbished* – Nikons term – to sell new gear (that piles up in stocks) for discount prices… I just wonder – to they really pack out every camera and make a few hundred clicks? (because it would cost time, thus – money)? camera is good though (I own D7200 and love it – tough I bought it from grey market)

    • Actually, the vast majority are from customer returns. Overstock is usually dumped into the gray market. Refurbs are often nothing more than a customer who had second thoughts or buyer’s remorse and returned the camera.

      • Noajorspanos

        Nikon will not take back cameras that customers return. Once a Nikon authorized reseller sells a camera and a customer returns it the camera gets sold to the next person. If the store has a liberal return policy it goes back on the shelf and is sold to the next person. I got a call from a person that bought a camera at Costco and the camera had over 4000 actuations. The store I worked at didn’t allow cameras to be returned once they were used. When a camera doesn’t work correctly Nikon will issue an RMA. They fix the camera and then it is sold as refurb. In many instances the shutter is the problem and the counter is reset by Nikon thus why most people see 0 actuations.

        • That is absolutely not what happens at places like B&H and others. Costco, Best Buy etc could be a totally different story. But yes if it doesn’t work it gets sold as a refurb after repair but so does overstock from one region that doesn’t have a USA serial number. Nikon doesn’t retask the serial number, they put it into the gray market so that they aren’t on the hook for complete warranty, just the 90 day refurb warrant. Thom Hogan has written a number of pieces on this.

          • PhilK

            You don’t “put” something into the grey market, because you don’t just sell to unauthorized dealers whenever you feel like it, after promising all your authorized dealers that the only resellers you sell to are authorized resellers.

            The *usual* way that a product gets into the grey market is that an *authorized* dealer violates their dealer agreement and resells product to another, unauthorized reseller. (They could be an authorized dealer in their region, but they are supposed to buy all their product from their local Nikon distributor, not from someone halfway across the globe.)

          • RodneyKilo

            By definition a refurb with a 90 day Nikon USA manufacturer warranty is not a grey market item. It’s an officially supported Nikon USA item.

      • Ritvar Krum

        what would make one return a 2015. model camera that he just bought for 1200 $ for just 600-700 $ after few months of use (assuming that they do not take back grey market)?? ofcorse you can turn that in – but we are talkin about top DX model here – noobs that change their minds usually do not take D7200 klick few hundreds and give it back losing 500$ or more (in masses !!)

    • jonra01

      I just ordered one of these refurbed d7200 from adorama. It will be my third refurbished Nikon body. I also have three refurbished lenses that I bought directly from Nikon’s online store. I haven’t had a single problem with any of them. No back or front focus issues. In fact, no signs that any of them have even been used. Except that the d7100 I bought had a few hundred shutter activations. The refurbed d5100 I bought from Cameta had a shutter count of less than 100.

  • MonkeySpanner

    Tempting, but not sure what i get out the 7200 that is a noticeable gain over my d7000. I would rather drop a grand on some interesting glass – which actually makes a huge difference.

    • jonra01

      But it’s not a grand after you sell your d7000. I couldn’t resist it even though I decided against upgrading from my d7100 when the d7200 first came out. But at this price I’m only spending about $300 after I sell my d7100.

      • MonkeySpanner

        Well, I’d be lucky to get 200 out of my d7000 – almost not worth the hassle of selling. So that would make the change out in the $550 range. I can still get some interesting glass for that kind of cash. Like maybe the new tokina 11-20/2.8.

        • murdoc2009

          You will get more than 200 for your d7000. I just sold a well used D90 on Ebay for over 200.

          • fanboy fagz

            minus the rape fees?

            • PhilK

              Actually, as many complaints as I have about ebay these days (and I’ve been using it from before it was even called ebay), I don’t generally mind paying their commission because they are providing a gargantuan marketplace that prior to the existence of ebay, didn’t exist.

              I also have slightly less hatred for them now that the witch Meg Whitman left to ruin another company instead.

    • Ordinary Citizen

      The low light autofocus on the D7200 is presumably much better than that found on the D7000. My old D300 and D300s focusing blew away the D7000 in low light situations. I think the D7200 has an improved version of the D300/D300s autofocus module

      • Max

        same system as the one in the D750.

    • DB White

      You’d get larger tack-sharp images (assuming good lenses and technique!). Not having an anti-alias filter does make a difference. Autofocus is much better on the D7200 than the D7000. But, I prefer the D7000 for shooting sports because it has a slightly faster continuous frame rate than the D7200 when shooting 14 bit Raw plus fine jpg.

  • Aldo

    You can buy this one… and a gray d750 for almost the same money a d500 would cost you.

  • Photobug

    An excellent deal for a backup DSLR or if your upgrading. I would never shy away from a Nikon refurbished DSLR.

  • TylerChappell

    Certainly not a bad price for a still fairly new and very good camera. We’re almost to February though so I wonder what kind of rebates and discounts we’ll see this year compared to last year’s February/March.

    • I don’t know if they will introduce new rebates in February.

  • TheRealestInDaHood

    Any news on the D5 recall?

    • fanboy fagz

      yes its fixed and waiting to ship

    • PhilK

      They recalled the models that had the flaw where they only record 3 minutes of 4K video. Rumor has it they will re-ship those corrected models in March.

  • MNguy

    How can they sell it so cheap when a D7200 refurb goes for $999 on the Nikon website?

    • nwcs

      Make it up in volume…

    • PhilK

      Do we actually know that these are *factory* refurbished, and not something “refurbished” by some other entity? That could explain it. Not all “refurbs” are alike.

      • jonra01

        Adorama says, “Refurbished by Nikon USA”

        • PhilK

          Excellent, good to know.

    • Sawyerspadre

      Nikon likely move a big chunk at one time to book the revenue. I would guess that at $999 the refurbished are not flying out the door. If they sell 300 units to Adorama at $700, they put 210k in this quarter and can still have a straight face that the camera is worth it’s MSRP minus the Instant Rebate for a new one.

  • tomherren

    I was calculating the cost for this offer for shipment and customs to Switzerland in CHF. It comes to a about CHF 925.–. For the same cost (CHF 944.–) I get a D7200 body including a 3 years Nikon warranty.

  • Noajorspanos

    Thom is not referring to Nikon USA but Nikon Corp in Japan. Nikon USA is attempting to stop grey market by refusing to service grey market products. Canon USA is attempting to do the same. The D7200 is actually in short supply. That is why it only has $100 IR and not $300+. When Nikon or Canon USA needs to dump products they do it through IR because they are leveraging the dealers cash flow not their own. The dealer has to front the IR and then only gets 80% back from Nikon or Canon after 60+ days. This is one of the main reasons why local camera stores are going out of business. The margins are so low with MVP and MAP that in many cases the dealer looses money on every camera or lens sold.

    • PhilK

      Good points, but I should also point out that the camera industry has been notoriously stupid about retail margins since at least the late 1970s when I first worked in photo retail.

      Back then I had a friend who was the local Ricoh rep. He had products that retailers could sell for less than the “major brands”, but make *more* profit on each sale. I’ll let you guess how many of those retailers bothered to even try selling them. They would rather sell (I should say “vend”, because there is little actual “selling” involved with the headline products, they mostly sold themselves) a Canon to someone at $5.00 margin, than a Ricoh at $35 margin. It boggled his mind. Some years later when I went into a different segment of retail (home electronics), the difference between the business acumen of the typical photo store, compared to the typical home electronics store, was stark. And THAT is probably the MAIN reason why so many photo stores go out of business, in my personal opinion.

      If you want to sell the headline products, you’d better figure out a better business-model than just pushing cameras over the counter at $5.00 margin all day. You’d better sell accessories, and processing, and repairs, and used equipment, and classes, and so on. Because that $5.00/camera certainly isn’t going to keep the lights on.

      • RodneyKilo

        Perhaps because shelf space and storage space is at a premium, and models that gather dust make $0 margin.
        Whereas a Canon unit may not have the margin, but they take little effort to sell (or vend), and the inventory turnover is constant.

        So it may well be that overall revenue is higher even on the smaller margin but more popular items.
        On the other hand… did say Ricoh offer the retailer a personal spiff- move so many units, get a trip to Japan? There are other ways to tip the scales…

        • PhilK

          There were a variety of incentives to sell the Ricohs. The point remains: the retailers didn’t want to even bother trying. The takeway is: they are not business people, they are hobbyists. I saw this pattern repeatedly in the industry and the tradeshows.

    • Andrew

      English, English please. When I walked the corridors at IBM, the engineers all spoke in acronyms. How many people do you think know what IR, MVP, and MAP mean?

    • David Peterson

      IR? MVP? MAP? What are these?

  • PhilK

    Yes, he used the phrase “dump excess into the gray market” without explaining it in that article. I’ve already stated my opinion on that here.

    Manufacturers such as Nikon typically set up a network of resellers with the stipulation that the only resellers that are authorized to sell the product are the ones which have met the company’s requirements to do so. And the reason they do this is because of certain fundamental benefits to both their customers and resellers. Some of those benefits include providing a predictable and stable distribution network that guarantees prescribed minimum levels of service and support to the customer, another is ensuring a minimum level of dealer profitability that actually makes becoming a dealer worthwhile for a business to join such a network and (in this case) sell Nikons.

    (I will first mention that the following is changing somewhat with the rise of online retailing, but the basic concept still holds.)

    So how do you keep your dealers happy? One important aspect of that is that not any old box-pusher can become a dealer. They have to demonstrate that they are going to uphold the company’s minimum standards, since providing a minimum level of service and support to customers is in the manufacturer’s best interest, and keeping their resellers happy is also their best interest.

    The grey market _undermines_ your dealer relationships because it creates _unfair competition_, where some UN-authorized dealer can potentially undercut the prices your authorized dealers sell at because they are paying less for the product at wholesale. A manufacturer that lets this kind of thing run rampant is at a big risk of destroying their brand, because dealers will get fed up and stop selling your product if they can’t make money on it. This is *precisely* what happened to Pioneer Electronics in the 1970s/1980s. The company didn’t do a good job of controlling their distribution, the dealers got fed up, many of them stopped selling the product, and in many markets the product almost dropped off the map entirely. There are many examples of this. Grey market activity also tends to increase in times where either sales are low, or exchange rates are favorable.

    So a company like Nikon, if they make a habit of “dumping product into the grey market” is stupid. There is always going to be a certain amount of it going on, because you can’t police where every dealer sells their inventory. But when it becomes rampant, your dealers desert you and start bad-mouthing your product, which can damage your brand to the point where it can take decades to recover, if ever.

    As Noajorspanos mentioned, they wouldn’t refuse service to grey product if it was “all OK” in their eyes. The revenue that Nikon makes from each local distribution network is what pays for that service in each area of the world.

    All that said, Nikon or any other company can “in effect” dump product into the grey market by not policing where their products are being resold. But as I write, letting that get out of hand is really, really stupid in the long run.

    • Sawyerspadre

      Nikon is pretty well aware that there are many customer types, and price points for any given product, during its life span.

      Preorder= Full MSRP for the Early Adopters, who must be seen with the latest, and crave the latest features.

      Early Majority = the stage where there is a hundred or two off, for those who like to wait “until the bugs are out”, and still want the newest version. This seems to happen at about 6 months after first shipments.

      Late Majority buyers are buying on price, want a great camera, and are willing to wait for bigger price drops. Refurbished and grey fill this need for some. Buyers don’t mind a camera that has a few clicks, or no US warranty. At this stage the Nikon rebates tend to increase, so 4 or 5 price points exist in the market.

      Late stage, after the replacement model is out, is a free for all, as Nikon sells to anyone with a pulse, grey, refurb, Black Friday blowouts, everything goes.

      All of these are part of the sales mix and Nikon is well aware that it takes all kinds to make world go around.

  • D800GuyIsBack

    After using mirrorless with total silent shutter, I can’t stand DSLR with mirror slap…

    • Drawing is pretty quiet as well.

      • nwcs

        Not the way I draw. All that cursing and swearing about my lack of drawing ability… That’s why I do photography!

    • true

      To avoid blur in movements caused by sensor, you may still need to use mechanical shutter on subjects that move / require shutter speeds from 1/60 above. The sensor readout speed on the GX8 is 1/30 (which affects when shooting with electronic shutter), I don’t think there is anything noticeably faster.

      • RodneyKilo

        The Nikon V1 mirrorless of 4-1/2 years ago has a totally silent electronic shutter and a sensor readout speed variously estimated at 1/80-1/100s

        • S.Yu

          Again the Rodney the Re,t@rded boasts about his puny Nikon 1! And not a single praise of the Fuji he claims to own! The bastard LIES THOUGH HIS TEETH

    • usa

      Try sitting?

  • j45

    I got mine yesterday evening already. It is a NIKON USA refurbished product and comes with a certificate to that effect with 90 day warranty. For $25 I sprung for a two year repair or replace warranty (adorama). So far i am overjoyed. Haven’t found anything wrong with it. Less than 400 clicks by the way.

    • jonra01

      I’m anxiously awaiting mine, which is supposed to be here on Monday. I also went for the two year warranty. No idea how good that coverage really is, but I thought it was worth a chance for only $25.

      • j45

        That D7200 is ONE SWEET PIECE OF MACHINERY!!!! What a fabulous iteration from D90! I am derliriously happy (until i find something to bitch about LOL) Yeah how can you loose for $25! Adorama is a good outfit to do business with. Ordered in evening, one day in between and it was on the truck for delivery. (they shipped from NJ, I am in CT) Good luck with yours.

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