Too good to be true. / by Luke Cheng

I'm currently in the market looking to upgrade my camera system, and the Canon 5D Mark III has caught my eye. It's an excellent product that has a lot of the features I want in a camera. I've looked at the large retail stores/sites, eBay, Craigslist, and also sites like the one above to find a good deal. Getting it new at a retail store like Adorama or B&H would cost over $3000, but I would have the secure knowledge that I would be buying from a trusted source. Better deals could be found on eBay for new and used models, but there is always a small amount of risk that is taken on when going through those routes.

The site above looks to be a reputable dealer, and the the price beats anything from the main internet retail places AND it also beats eBay prices. As you can see, there are badges on the site indicating that it is a place that a buyer can trust. Looks great, right?

Well, it's a good thing I did some further research. I googled the site name and searched for some reviews... all I saw were negative reviews and horrific buying experiences from this site. Many people said if they could give this site a negative review, they would.

So the old adage stays true, if it looks to good to be true - it probably is.

I have recently had a bad online buying experience from a sketchy online retailer. I didn't lose $2000 though. These recent experiences really make me re-think where to buy products online. I really do want to find the best deals, but I'm just not sure if I want to take on the risk that it can entail. And I certainly don't want to be out any money.

Buyer beware, baby!