How to Shop for a Digital Camera

Pros and cons of shopping online

Written by Gail Bjork

Shopping online can be a convenient and cost effective way to buy a digital camera and accessories. But do know the disadvantages before clicking that order button.

upsmanThere is no doubt that buying a digital camera online saves money. But before buying, carefully weigh the pros and cons.

Check the reputation of the merchant. Make sure it is an authorized camera dealer. The dealer should have a proven track record and be recognized by others for providing good service.

Advantages of buying a digital camera online

  • comparison shopping between merchants is simply a mouse click away
  • make purchases 24 hours a day
  • prices are often lower
  • many online shopping services have sophisticated software which allows you to compare cameras by category, price, resolution, features, etc.
  • direct delivery to an address of your choice
  • sometimes no sales tax for online purchases
  • some online merchants don’t charge for delivery
  • wide selection of cameras and accessories
  • toll-free numbers for ordering and other inquiries

Disadvantages of buying a digital camera online

  • can’t check the camera ergonomics prior to purchase
  • must wait for delivery of item
  • camera may be gray market
  • product may not be in stock, requiring back ordering
  • possible shipping and insurance charges
  • customer service, if available, may be poor
  • returning a product can be a hassle
  • can be difficult to verify the reliability of a merchant
  • greater risk of being cheated if you are not dealing with a well-established merchant
  • accessories such as memory cards may be counterfeit

Shop for digital cameras at Amazon by Brand, Megapixels, Optical Zoom and Display size.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.