Nasiv Mansurov has a great article that sheds some light on yet another bait and switch photo retailer operation. I know everyone wants to find the best deals on camera gear, and folks are having a hard time finding popular gear in stock since the Japan earthquake earlier this year. However, Nasiv’s investigation into AjRicard.com (aka scam shop) after his buddy ordered a 5D Mark II from the site should serve as a reminder that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” [click to continue…]
The New York Attorney General has busted these scam shops for their nefarious bait & switch tactics, which result in heartache stories across the photography community year in and out.
While they’re getting off with a $765,000 settlement after being investigated by the New York AG, hopefully the officials will keep a closer eye on them. This isn’t the first time Broadway Photo has been on the wrong side of the law though.
[New York Times via @AdoramaUsed]
Don’t Mess With Texas
The State of Texas has just lit up Broadway Photo and Starlight Camera & Video (aka everyprice.com) for their unlawful bait and switch tactics. Broadway Photo, among others, has long been the bane of consumers who have been unfortunate enough to order a “too good to be true” deal from them only to get suckered into buying an overpriced battery, memory card or some other scam during a “confirmation call”.
If you’ve never had the misfortune of dealing with Broadway Photo, check out Reseller Ratings’ user reviews of them. And here’s the Reseller Ratings for Starlight Camera & Video.
Granted this is just the beginning of the lawsuit; however, it would be nice to see some of these scam shops shut down.
Check out the actual pleadings and the Texas Attorney General’s press release below. [click to continue…]