A pair purchased an $800 Nikon P1000 for chook images. And when it broke – the corporate might do nothing to repair it. Regardless that the digicam was purchased at Walmart, Nikon considers it to be “grey market gear” and gained’t restore it, leaving the couple with a “$800 paperweight.”
Bruce Gaylord purchased the digicam for his spouse Lisa again in September 2019. Earlier than the chook migration season this 12 months, she noticed the issue. “You need to be capable to see via the viewfinder and it solely exhibits black,” she advised CBS 2. “Once I press the on/off button, the lens ought to prolong. I flip it on and nothing.”
She tried totally different Nikon batteries, considering that the one she used when the issue appeared was useless. Nevertheless, every of them gave the identical outcome. Apparently, the digicam was damaged. When she took it to the restore service, she realized that it wasn’t underneath guarantee. She says that Nikon refused to restore it saying “we expect it’s a grey market.”
Because the couple purchased the digicam at Walmart, they couldn’t perceive the way it might come from the “grey market.” It’s not a random third-party vendor, so it was fairly complicated. The factor is – the digicam was imported. Walmart’s web site did have an “intl.” abbreviation within the digicam mannequin’s identify, however there was reportedly no description of what it means. Additionally, whereas some cameras include a “no guarantee” warning, CBS discovered a number of different fashions that don’t include it. “We no less than need folks to know. To watch out,” Lisa Gaylord advised CBS.
In early 2020, Nikon made it more difficult to get your camera repaired. From greater than a dozen restore retailers, all of it got here all the way down to solely two amenities within the US. The remainder of Nikon’s Approved Restore Stations grew to become non-authorized, dropping entry to official components and software program. Earlier this 12 months, Nikon made issues much more sophisticated. The corporate introduced that it would no longer offer an international warranty for lenses and equipment. This principally implies that, should you purchase a chunk of drugs with a regional guarantee, you’ll be able to’t restore it at no cost within the Nikon restore heart out of the country.
To be honest, Nikon USA does have a “gray market warning” on its web site. It reads that “Nikon merchandise which might be imported and bought by anybody apart from Nikon Inc. USA are thought-about Grey Market merchandise.” The producer warns you to search for phrases reminiscent of “import mannequin,” “vendor guarantee,” “Nikon import” and so forth as a clue that the product falls inside this group. In case you purchase any of the “grey market gear,” you gained’t be capable to restore it. Not solely it gained’t be lined by Nikon’s guarantee, however you additionally gained’t be capable to pay for the restore at Nikon USA’s restore service.
Then again, how many individuals learn the “grey market warning” on the digicam firm’s web site? I do know I by no means did. I used to be fortunate to purchase my first digicam from a retailer that turned out to be an official Nikon retailer in Serbia, however now once I give it some thought – it wasn’t the case with some other Nikon gear. So, so as to not find yourself with a very costly decoration or paperweight, be sure that to solely purchase from Nikon Inc. official retailers… Or purchase used gear.
[via CBS 2]