Alright, this is kind of driving me a bit crazy.
I want to buy a Sony DSR-PD170 PAL Camcorder and have been looking online for the best prices.
Bentonvillemall.co.uk are offering it for £2280. This sounded fantastic until I did a quick Google check on Bentonvillemall. There's threads and threads of review sites all over the net saying things along the line of "DO NOT BUY FROM BENTONVILLEMALL!!"
It turns out that whereas the website says they have everything in stock it's more the case that when you buy a product they then try and find it for you elsewhere, thus it can takes weeks and weeks to get to you. Customer service is crap, no phone number, emails often ignored etc etc etc
So I decided not to trust this company with my huge wads of cold hard currency and looked elsewhere.
I found HDEWCameras.com. They're selling the PD-170 for £2275.
Again, I looked up reviews for this business but can't actually find any.
I'm always suspicious when it comes to online purchasing at the best of times but when a company is apparently selling professional video equipment for multiple thousands of pounds yet has a website that looks like a 13 year old kid threw it together for a school project it does make me a bit wary.
I just want my damn Sony PD-170 :( BUT FROM WHERE DO I BUY IT??!!
So I have some questions for you fine VideoForums folk...
1) Which retailers do you use and reccommend when it comes to buying expensive video equipment?
2) Does anyone know a reliable place from which to buy the Sony PD-170?
3) Has anyone here used HDEWCameras.com before?