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NEW Nikon D3500 with 18-55 kit $337 ($387 with 70-300) ac @Rakuten via Authorized dealers, NO tax most states

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Last Edited by NeoSlick May 16, 2019 at 09:58 AM
Yep; still leaving out the VR on the tele lens and where it is most useful. Sneaky? Save the $50, to get another tele deal separately. Maybe even 55-200 VR if you want smaller. Else, skip zoom and get a prime. Try to force yourself to about 2 lenses max or it gets out of control.

Your choice! Maybe set a personal rule to sell extra gear before buying new deals. Don't get Gear Acquisition Syndrome. GAS! No body cares about your level of great your gear. It's just a means to an end. Tomorrow it will already be old, used gear and already surpassed by some new tease. Wait for some system with numerous evidence of serious longevity or have fun with some old, 'begged or borrowed' extremely low cost gear. Or whatever you want. But that doesn't mean we want benefit progression to slow; just so we don't cringe when leaps cause used gear price tumbles. But rejoice; that they may one day make a more comprehensive benefit systems; where the technology plus breakthroughs do allow. It's all what the buyer holds out for. They don't want you to know; collectively buyers control what will be made (or not) and even prices. Not just what they bless us with and tell you. Buyer Self-control improves the market; not first adopter, expensive toys pride. Even for used prices. Collective Pride (consider their advertising wisely) does not trickle down well after all. Self-control does. For all buyers. Best wishes.

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Which of the retailers for the $337 kit has the best reputation, or faster shipping?
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Which of the retailers for the $337 kit has the best reputation, or faster shipping?
All of them are reputable. Most of these retailers are on the East coast. I am on the midwest, fastest I got was 2 days from all of them except Norman (I have not ordered from Norman)
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All of them are reputable. Most of these retailers are on the East coast. I am on the midwest, fastest I got was 2 days from all of them except Norman (I have not ordered from Norman)
One factor is Adorama has a shorter 30 day return policy compared to Beach and Buydig (45 days).
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use code: SAVE15

18-55 kit only $337
Beach Camera [rakuten.com]
Buydig [rakuten.com]
Adorama [rakuten.com]
Norman Camera [rakuten.com]
How about this one for $333.62? Looks like they throw in a few extra things while being a few dollars cheaper?
https://www.rakuten.com/shop/6ave...5AFPBKGP1/

Same store also sells the kit without the extras for $326.73 after SAVE15:
https://www.rakuten.com/shop/6ave...855AFPBKG/

EDIT: but 30% restocking fee, ouch. Nevermind. And possibly not free shipping either, which would negate the savings.
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How about this one for $333.62? Looks like they throw in a few extra things while being a few dollars cheaper?
https://www.rakuten.com/shop/6ave...5AFPBKGP1/ [rakuten.com]

Same store also sells the kit without the extras for $326.73 after SAVE15:
https://www.rakuten.com/shop/6ave...855AFPBKG/ [rakuten.com]

EDIT: but 30% restocking fee, ouch. Nevermind. And possibly not free shipping either, which would negate the savings.
beware of 6ave, not an authorized retailer, its gray market.
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beware of 6ave, not an authorized retailer, its gray market.
Thanks for the warning. It seems Beach Camera and Buydig are the best bet as both have 45 day return policy, and Beach Camera is probably better known for cameras.
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Thanks for the warning. It seems Beach Camera and Buydig are the best bet as both have 45 day return policy, and Beach Camera is probably better known for cameras.
FYI, Beach Camera and Buydig are the same, if you look at their address its the same. I just bought an LG V35 phone from them and I got it within 2 days. Very reputable retailer.
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