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Extreme YMMV: Nikon D90 w/ 18-105mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 DX Nikkor lens - $599 @ Best Buy

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Went to my local Best Buy store today and they had the Nikon D90 new on a clearance for $599!!! Original price is $1,199. They didn't have any in stock but they could order one in store. This is a VERY YMMV!

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon...&cp=1&lp=1
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Last Edited by Quantum July 27, 2012 at 08:22 AM
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For everyone who is asking how to find the price of the item in local stores please have the following tips:

1. Just go to your nearest bestbuy and ask them to check for this item in stock. Just ask them what's the current price in that store. They will obliviously say "it's out of stock or discontinued" but will confirm the price. Then ask them to check the nearby stores. When they do that ask them what are the stores have the item for 599. You can tell them 'I just wanted to know if I can find a at least an open box, even if it says out of stock and going to the stores that has for lower price will make more sense' like that. You can even ask for a printed receipt which contains the list of stores and prices.

OR

2. Go to bestbuy.com and search for the nearby stores using inventory checker selecting any item. Get the phone number of each store and note them down with the addresses. Call each store and give the SKU and ask the price of the item first and ask them whether they have it in stock or even a display model (just to get the price). NEVER ASK WHETHER THEY WILL DO THE PM OR RETURN AND RE-BUY OR CREDIT CARD SWAP This will shutdown your chances and others chances very early.

Just know the price, go to the store, look for a charming CSR girl and bring the receipt to do a CC swap and tell them that you have a better cash back in this new card (if it is required) and politely talk to them. If it goes wrong, silently come out and do not create any scene and go to the same store in the noon or evening and ask another CSR. It will definitely happen with any one CSR smoothly.

This is an awesome LEGIT Deal! Go ahead and give Best Buy a call and see if they have it in your area. Cool

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  • All you to have to find a store that's selling it for 599. How? Go to any Best Buy and ask them to check SKU: 8975184, try to ask at a terminal where you can look over their shoulder/maybe a terminal on the floor
  • If that store has it in stock, you are good to go .. just buy it with them and move on to the next thing!
  • If they don't have it in stock anymore ask them where all they could be available in neighboring zip codes. Their system will show the availability (may be at 1199 or 599 - who cares!).
  • Have the store where you are at showing for 599 to do an OMS (Order Management System) so you can pick it up at the store showing in stock. They will call the new store to verify and ask them to put it aside for you at guest services.
  • You pay at your current store and just take the sheet (rep will give it to you) with you and pick it up at the new store!
  • Say Thank you to the REP and to the OP
  • No go in South florida

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Quote from zc8 View Post :
Just ordered a Canon T3i refurbished for $511. Is this Nikon better?
Yes. The D90 has more features for the experienced amateur. However, the T3i is much much better for video. Overall however, the D90 isn't enough of a better camera to switch. As I said to a poster above, if you already have one camera, you're just burning money by upgrading before you're ready. If you already have your T3i, and you're having to ask this question, then chances are that you won't outgrow the T3i in less than 3 years. Plus, the improved features of a D90 won't really make themselves apparent in that time period. So, you might as well save your money, and by the time you're ready to enjoy the advanced features of the D90, the Canon 8D and 9D will have already been released. So, as is true for 99% of photographers' situations, just enjoy what you have now, and don't fall into the trap of buying a camera above your skill level to "grow into." It's a crazy phenomenon that I only see happen with photography. I don't see people say to themselves, "I want to learn road cycling, so I'm going to start with Lance Armstrong's bike, and I'll just grow into it."

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If you were going to get the D5100 or the D90, the D90 at this price is the clear winner. However in terms of how you're going to use the camera and how you shoot, there are pros and cons with each. You don't have any non AF-S lenses so the having the motor is nice, but sort of a moot point. I have a D40 and can't think of too many AF lenses I would want/afford. I have a basic collection, the 18-55, 18-105, 18-135, Sigma 10-20, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, 35mm 2.8, 55-200 vr, and the 70-300m G and VR lenses. Actually the 70-300mm G lense is AF, but optically it's not that good, but was cheap compared to the ED/VR versions.

Although you're a noob now, if you have aspirations for getting the most out of a camera, it'd be the D90, if you just want the latest sensor, it's the D5100. High ISO performance is also important if you're shooting in low light and the newer sensor is typically better than the older one like the D90. Do you even own a flash?

Bottom line, D90 is better if you're going to use all the features, if not, D5100 would be better. D90 is also bigger than the D5100.

One thing I like about the D40 now is due to it's low value, I don't really worry about breaking it or bringing it everywhere, I know people with the D7000 who are afraid of bring it with them due to the price they paid for it.
I agree that you should start small, and buy a camera that is lower end so that it matches your skill level more, and as you mention that you aren't afraid to take out with you. A camera is worthless if you never have it with you for fear of damage or theft. And, as I mentioned above, these cameras are a lot more robust than most people think. I wouldn't go shooting in the rain without taking proper precautions, but people take their Nikon D3000's and Canon T3i's with them hiking, to the beach, to rally races, etc. all the time and come away with the camera working perfectly. Despite this D90

Also, if you don't mind me saying so, no offense, but you have horribly wasted your money on multiple identical lenses. The 10-20mm lens was a good buy. However, you have FOUR lenses that all more or less do the same thing! The 18-55mm, 18-105mm, 18-135mm, and 17-50mm are all identical lenses. You really shouldn't have bought all of them, you only need one midrange zoom. I'd recommend keeping either the 18-105mm or the 17-50mm and sell all the rest. Also, the 55-200mm VR, 70-300mm, and 70-300mm VR also all do the same thing. Keep the 70-300mm VR and sell the rest. You would have been better served buying yourself worthwhile lenses than doing multiple baby step upgrades. For example, take all of that extra money and put it towards a good tripod and/or an SB700 flash, or a good lens that does something that your current lenses don't.
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thanks OP, i was able to score one in Houston for $599.went to the store which didnt have any in stock with item deleted from there system, asked him to place a order for me in different store where the price was full and product was in Stock,later went to the actual store showed the receipt at store pick up and picked up my D90.

sweet deal!
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If you were going to get the D5100 or the D90, the D90 at this price is the clear winner. However in terms of how you're going to use the camera and how you shoot, there are pros and cons with each. You don't have any non AF-S lenses so the having the motor is nice, but sort of a moot point. I have a D40 and can't think of too many AF lenses I would want/afford. I have a basic collection, the 18-55, 18-105, 18-135, Sigma 10-20, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, 35mm 2.8, 55-200 vr, and the 70-300m G and VR lenses. Actually the 70-300mm G lense is AF, but optically it's not that good, but was cheap compared to the ED/VR versions.

Although you're a noob now, if you have aspirations for getting the most out of a camera, it'd be the D90, if you just want the latest sensor, it's the D5100. High ISO performance is also important if you're shooting in low light and the newer sensor is typically better than the older one like the D90. Do you even own a flash?

Bottom line, D90 is better if you're going to use all the features, if not, D5100 would be better. D90 is also bigger than the D5100.

One thing I like about the D40 now is due to it's low value, I don't really worry about breaking it or bringing it everywhere, I know people with the D7000 who are afraid of bring it with them due to the price they paid for it.
thanks a lot for your feedback, you have me pushed more to keeping D90 - now will have to be convincing wifey to give up D5100 worship
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No go in Atlanta, Checked Buckhead and Alpharetta Store and both show $1199.
Lol... just went to these same two stores today as well. Neither of these places would even acknowledge the some stores have them in clearance.
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Quote from m30e34 View Post :
Lol... just went to these same two stores today as well. Neither of these places would even acknowledge the some stores have them in clearance.
use the route i mentioned earlier it should work.i was declined when i went straight to the store which had in stock but price was $1099 and wouldn't budge for the clearance price.
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how do i find out which stores has them on clearance?
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how do i find out which stores has them on clearance?
Drag your ass into your car and do some gruntwork, go to the store and ask someone in person! God forbid you have to do some work to get an amazing deal.
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Drag your ass into your car and do some gruntwork, go to the store and ask someone in person! God forbid you have to do some work to get an amazing deal.
went thru 3 stores. trying to see where I can actually find it at that price. if you have nothing helpful to add move along.
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went thru 3 stores. trying to see where I can actually find it at that price. if you have nothing helpful to add move along.
That was something helpful to add. Here's another: note the title of this thread is "Extreme YMMV." You aren't guaranteed a camera at this price. As mentioned above, if you are nice, and don't look like a vulture to the Best Buy employees, and if the kit is showing the price at their particular store, then they can bend the rules and order you one to your location. Otherwise, you're SOL.
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That was something helpful to add. Here's another: note the title of this thread is "Extreme YMMV." You aren't guaranteed a camera at this price. As mentioned above, if you are nice, and don't look like a vulture to the Best Buy employees, and if the kit is showing the price at their particular store, then they can bend the rules and order you one to your location. Otherwise, you're SOL.
Actually, there is no need to be nice to anyone. If you find a store that has the item for the clearance price (and the item is still active on BB.com), you can place an order for in store pickup (at home), and pick up the camera at the clearance price.

Just keep in mind that when you pay up front, you will pay full price. However, once you pick up the camera, the register will automatically refund the difference.
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Actually, there is no need to be nice to anyone. If you find a store that has the item for the clearance price (and the item is still active on BB.com), you can place an order for in store pickup (at home), and pick up the camera at the clearance price.

Just keep in mind that when you pay up front, you will pay full price. However, once you pick up the camera, the register will automatically refund the difference.
that is incorrect to an extent. in this case, the cam is not available for shipping. from bb page for the item

Not Available for Shipping

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that is incorrect to an extent. in this case, the cam is not available for shipping. from bb page for the item

Not Available for Shipping

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not shipping. has to be in store pickup. some stores have it, some dont. If you ind a store selling it for $599 AND its available for pickup, you're good to go.
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not shipping. has to be in store pickup. some stores have it, some dont. If you ind a store selling it for $599 AND its available for pickup, you're good to go.
i know what you're talking abt. I picked up a few yesterday and the stores that are showing available to pick up are priced at 1199.99 (I know that!) in the region that I am aware of. So the likelihood that stores available for shipping is that they are still priced at 1199 with that online $100 discount.

IMHO, one would have to go to the store physically to crack this deal
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Also, if you don't mind me saying so, no offense, but you have horribly wasted your money on multiple identical lenses. The 10-20mm lens was a good buy. However, you have FOUR lenses that all more or less do the same thing! The 18-55mm, 18-105mm, 18-135mm, and 17-50mm are all identical lenses. You really shouldn't have bought all of them, you only need one midrange zoom. I'd recommend keeping either the 18-105mm or the 17-50mm and sell all the rest. Also, the 55-200mm VR, 70-300mm, and 70-300mm VR also all do the same thing. Keep the 70-300mm VR and sell the rest. You would have been better served buying yourself worthwhile lenses than doing multiple baby step upgrades. For example, take all of that extra money and put it towards a good tripod and/or an SB700 flash, or a good lens that does something that your current lenses don't.
I'll agree on most of that, but come on...saying the 17-50 does the same thing as the other mid zooms isn't entirely accurate. I'd love to have a 17-50, but I wouldn't sell my 18-105 if I got it. The 18-105 is a great general-purpose lens, so I love having it. The 17-50's main selling point is the aperture, so it would be great for those times when you need to bring the aperture to values that the 18-105 doesn't allow for. Sure, the 35 will do that, too, but it's always nice to have the ability to zoom, whether it's because you're lazy (like I often am) or whether you simply run into a situation where you can't move around. After going from the 18-55 to the 18-105, there's no way I'd go back to not having my 18-105. It's not that expensive of a lens, and I love the fact that the extra 50mm is right there so I don't have to pause and put on my 55-200. Best thing to do would be to lose the 18-55 and the 18-135, and then also lose either the 55-200 or the 70-300, depending on which one is the better lens and how often the 200-300 range is used.
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Also, if you don't mind me saying so, no offense, but you have horribly wasted your money on multiple identical lenses. The 10-20mm lens was a good buy. However, you have FOUR lenses that all more or less do the same thing! The 18-55mm, 18-105mm, 18-135mm, and 17-50mm are all identical lenses. You really shouldn't have bought all of them, you only need one midrange zoom. I'd recommend keeping either the 18-105mm or the 17-50mm and sell all the rest. Also, the 55-200mm VR, 70-300mm, and 70-300mm VR also all do the same thing. Keep the 70-300mm VR and sell the rest. You would have been better served buying yourself worthwhile lenses than doing multiple baby step upgrades. For example, take all of that extra money and put it towards a good tripod and/or an SB700 flash, or a good lens that does something that your current lenses don't.
Actually most of those lenses were based on timing, got the 18-55 and the 55-200 first which is a basic starter set. They're not worth much used, anywhere from around $100 for the 18-55 and about $150-$200 for the 55-200. Also got the 70-300G just for fun as it was only $100, didn't work out too well for me as it was manual focus on the D40 so I ended up getting the VR. I use the 18-105 the most, but got the 18-135 as part of a combo deal with a refurb D60, sold the D60 for about the same price without the lense. Also the 17-50mm is a 2.8 lense which replaced the 18-55. And with the weak dollar I think all the lenses I bought are worth more now than when I got them, like the 70-300m G is now $159, but I only paid $100 for it 3-4 years ago. The weak dollar has pushed up the prices of most lenses. And I do have the SB-600. So some of the things I'd like in the next camera would be flash commander as my boss has an SB-800 I could borrow, better low light performance as I don't use the D40 above ISO 800 as the photos have too much noise beyond that.

So as you can see, everyone says it's great having the motor built it, but not too many people actually mention what lenses they'd use it with especially if they don't have any old lenses.

Also the major difference between the 55-200 and the 70-300 VR is the size, 70-300 is a monster, so it's mostly 55-200 if I'm indoors, 70-300mm for outdoors. Also 55-200 is DX and 70-300 would work on full frame, looks like the prices on those should be coming down at some point.
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