Weekend Digital Camera Deals

Both Ritz and B&H Photo have some solid deals this weekend.

B&H has some good rebates/discounts on Sony DSLRs.  Like the Sony A200 with 18-70mm and 75-300mm lenses for $549.99.

More Sony deals at B&H Photo here.

Ritz has a few good discounts and offers currently available:

Nikon D40 w/ 18-55mm AFS DX VR and 55-200mm AFS lenses, Gadget Bag & DVDs, Free Epson Printer Offer, Free Shipping & No Sales Tax

Epson Stylus Photo Printer – Free After Rebate

They’ve also put up their Valentine’s Day deals for those of you looking to score a pink or purple camera for V-day.

Ritz 10% Off One-Day Sale

Ritz is offering its 10% off sale again for purchasers using Paypal.  It’s only good for New Year’s Eve though.

If you’ve never used Paypal before, it’s simple.  Just select it at checkout and you can sign up for an account and even pay with your usual credit card as well.  I don’t know if Ritz is getting some kickback from Paypal or if it’s just cheaper than credit card fees, but there’s no additional cost to the buyer.

There are a handful of exclusions, which are as follows: “Exclusions: Gift certificates, out of stock items, and backordered products are not eligible for the 10% discount promotion. The following products are not eligible for the 10% discount promotion: The Canon 5D (all configurations), the Nikon D3x (all configurations), the Nikon D3 (all configurations), the Nikon D300 (all configurations), and the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III (all configurations).”

However, that means the Nikon D700 ($2399 – 10% = $2159), Sony A900 ($2999 – 10% = $2699), Canon 50D w/ 28-135mm IS Lens ($1199 – 10% = $1079) and a ton of other expensive items are open to the discount.

In addition to 10% off, they also offer free shipping for orders over $100 and don’t collect sales tax for Internet orders (even if there is a Ritz brick and mortar in your state).

Click here to see more details on the one-day sale.

Confessions of a Ritz Camera Salesperson

The Consumerist has an interesting post, which details 10 Confessions of a Ritz Camera Salesperson.  The most alarming “confession” was the practice of selling demo cameras as new:

Demo Cameras- We sell them to you and you don’t even know it. Everyone’s grubby hands have probably been on your camera. It’s probably been dropped at some point, not to mention the boxes we get shipments in from UPS look like they’ve been kicked all the way from the home office to our store. We sell demo cameras at no discount, we just clean them up and put them in a box. Then we are told to lie to you and tell you it’s brand new.

I really hope this is not a company practice; however, it is disturbing regardless of how widespread it is.  What kind of experiences have you had with Ritz?  Any other salespersons or representives from Ritz care to chime in on this one?