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    Unhappy For those who may intend to buy a lens from bhphotovideo.com

    I want to share my experience with BH:


    -----Original Message-----
    From: snn@ttmail.com
    Sent: Sep 21, 2009 2:34:43 PM
    Subject: Combine Cancel Change Order

    Customer's Name: sinan yagci

    Customer's Phone Number:

    Order/Confirmation Number: 270085390

    To whom it may concern ;

    I am your usual customer from Turkey Istanbul.. I generally make my purchases trough a friend of mine who lives in USA
    Named Aykut T. .. I chose the products and send him the BH links so he buys and brings them to me when he flys back to Turkey.. When I make my choises I depend on the information you display fort he products ..
    Usually I do not face any problem with that but I had a problem on my last purchase ( see product link below )

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._4_5_6_IS.html
    Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Lens for Select Digital SLR Cameras Zoom Super Wide Angle USA 449.95 $
    The main reason that I chose this product was it was made in japan .. On the Picture this information is clearly seen Here is the link :
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=351548&is=USA
    BUT the product I have received was unfortunatelly MADE IN TAIWAN .. I do not prefer to use products made in China,Taiwan or Malesia especially for Lenses I purchase ..
    On the same product page the same product had white box option which I didnt prefer fort he same reason
    I would like you to change the Taiwan made product I have purchased with the Made in JAPAN one ....
    All necessary purchase informaiton is listed below
    Order No : 270085390
    Reference No : 1011344193
    Invoice Date : 08.24.09
    Customer Code : ………
    Order Date : 08.24.09
    Sales Person : WB
    Ship Via : UPS 2 Day Air
    Item Description : Canon 17-85 mm F/4-5.6 IS EF-S (USM) Lens
    SKU : CA17854IS/USA
    Item Price : 559.95

    I will appreciate if you could let me know the steps I should take for this change ..

    Best regards
    Sinan YAGCI
    Istanbul , Türkiye
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: B&H Customer Service Department
    To: snn@ttmail.com
    Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:11 AM
    Subject: [Norton AntiSpam] RE: Combine Cancel Change Order (#6969-146808880-5361)


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    Hello , my name is Sol K:

    Thank you for contacting the Customer Service Department at B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.
    The pictures are for illustrative purposes only. There is no way to say that the other ones will be any different.
    Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

    Thank you, we appreciate your business.

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    Dear Sol ;
    Thank you for your prompt reply ; but this doent solve my problem at all ..
    On your email you clearly indicate that "The pictures are for illustrative purposes only" but from the links below you can see two different product photos with different origin and price ..one is made in japan amd the other is made in Malesia and the one with a note (white box )
    Please check the links and you will see clearly from the photos it is shown whether it is Made in Japan or Made in Malesia and you can also clearly see that the prices are diferent
    I find this situation quite deceptive and I would like you or any other person in BH who is autorized to solve this situation..
    Please forward me to another department or person if you are not authorized to solve this situation
    Best regards
    Sinan Yagci sinanyagci@hotmail.com

    LINKS :
    PRODUCT 1 Made in japan
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_6_EF_IS.html
    front view
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=397663&is=USA
    Made in Malesia
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc....html#features
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=169269&is=USA
    PRODUCT 2
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._4_5_6_IS.html
    Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Lens for Select Digital SLR Cameras Zoom Super Wide Angle USA 449.95 $
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=351548&is=USA
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._4_5_6_IS.html
    Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Lens for Select Digital SLR Cameras (White Box) 419 $
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...585953&is=GREY

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    FW: product change request‏
    From: Henry Posner (henryp@bhphoto.com)

    Sent: Fri 9/25/09 5:41 PM
    To: sinanyagci@hotmail.com (sinanyagci@hotmail.com)
    First, we regret your disappointment and confusion. When we said our images are for illustrative purposes, we meant it. Likewise, when we say, "Prices, specifications, and images are subject to change without notice. Not responsible for typographical or illustrative errors," we mean that too.

    Manufacturers are free to change any item's country of manufacture at their whim and they are under little if any obligation to announce such changes or share them with retailers. I also notice you're comparing US-warranted and "grey market" and "white box" products. While I cannot say this is an "apples to oranges" comparison, it is certainly a "Jonathan to Winesap" comparison and the inferences you draw are therefore flawed.

    Periodically customers ask us where an item is made, or a customer might specify, "I only want the made-in _____ item, not the same item made elsewhere." Customers should know that our phone, e-mail and fax department staffers do not have access to merchandise in our warehouses and do not have information on where an item was manufactured or assembled. In our opinion, such concerns are misdirected in any case. A camera manufactured or assembled in a company-owned, company-operated and company-supervised factory which is located in a country other than that where the company is headquartered is identical to a camera (or any item we sell) manufactured in the same country as the company's headquarters. In most cases, companies move manufacturing or assembly facilities out of their home countries to save money, savings passed down the chain to the consumer in the form of more affordable cameras with more sophisticated features at lower prices. We have discerned no difference in cameras manufactured or assembled in (for instance) Korea or Thailand than in identical models assembled or manufactured in (for instance) Japan.

    I recall when Honda Motors began assembling the popular Accord in plants in the United States. Some shoppers insisted on the made-in-Japan model, under the misimpression that the same car, assembled in the USA, couldn't possibly meet the Japanese standards for quality. Aside from the aspersions this cast on the American worker's ability to produce a quality product, a popular consumer magazine tested samples of both and reported no discernable difference. They advised that American made Accords equaled Japanese-made models in every particular and that both continued to outperform American competitors from Ford and GM. So it is with modern camera and video equipment.

    In the February, 2000 issue, Popular Photography's the late and venerated Herbert Keppler wrote, "...the Japanese have maintained near-fanatical tight control over their 'offshore' production facilities and it's worked." He further wrote, "Having visited many Japanese factories ...as well as off-shore plants, I can report that quality is uniform no matter where the products are made." The last words? Buy the brand and model that suits your priorities, that fits your budget, that includes the features you need or want and leave the choice of where it's been put together to the people you've already decided to trust -- the designers and managers of the company producing the model you're after. Then go out and enjoy using it."

    Finally, you wrote, "I find this situation quite deceptive." It is not deceptive.
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    regards,
    Henry Posner
    Director of Corporate Communications
    B&H Photo-Video, and Pro-Audio
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

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    Dear Mr. Posner ,
    The points that you try to put forward in your mail do not help solve my problem. I am a man who is rather bound to make his shopping wia internet. And when I decide to purchase some item on-line , there are two most important things that I depend upon : The detailed specifications and the photos of that item. When any of the two misleads me , I consider this selling as deceptive. I have 3 points to support my argument.

    1 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...i_Digital.html
    Please notice the statement right under the photo on this link. It says : “ Lens not included. “ Here you are saying that “ Dear customer , you are seeing a lens mounted on the camera in this photo but it is not included in the price.”
    Mr. Posner , if things work out in the manner that you defend in your mail why would you need to put such a notice here ? ( Moreover it also says “ only body “ on the header. ) You could have easily said that “ everybody who is interested in SLR cameras knows that lenses are sould as different items and we are not responsible for illustrative errors or misunderstandings.

    2 If your images were only meant for illustrative purposes and nothing more you wouldn’t edit this image and cover the “ made ın Japan “ writing after my complaint :
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=351548&is=USA

    3 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...sh_Memory.html
    The product shown on this link is a second-hand item and here you clearly indicate that this image is for illustrative purposes only. This naturally leads me to think that when I don’t see this indication elsewhere I should get exactly what I see in the photos. And that is what I experienced in all of my early purchases from BH , 3 of which were the same lens that have bee purchased on 3 different occasions and each one of them were made in Japan. I am now having trouble with my 4.th purchase of the same lens.

    Dear Mr. Posner , I would like to ask one final question : If a customer cams to your store in New York , checks some models and decides to buy a certain lens , could you give him another lens at the payment point ?
    Mr. Posner , you can find me as a man with a one-track mind but I am just old-school when it comes to trade. Putting apart all my rights and your liabilities , I should state that one good reason that have made myself your loyal customer so far has been the trust and positive perception that I have felt about Jewish business people. I should also add that this is a common perception about their way of making business in my country. I regret to see “ New World Order “ causing corruption everywhere.

    Best Regards
    Sinan YAGCI


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    From: henryp@bhphoto.com
    To: sinanyagci@hotmail.com
    Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:37:32 -0400
    Subject: RE: product change request
    The points that you try to put forward in your mail do not help solve my problem. I am a man who is rather bound to make his shopping wia internet. And when I decide to purchase some item on-line , there are two most important things that I depend upon : The detailed specifications and the photos of that item. When any of the two misleads me , I consider this selling as deceptive. I have 3 points to support my argument.

    1 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...i_Digital.html
    Please notice the statement right under the photo on this link. It says : “ Lens not included. “ Here you are saying that “ Dear customer , you are seeing a lens mounted on the camera in this photo but it is not included in the price.”
    There is nothing deceptive about our "lens not included" notice. It is akin to an advertisement for a suit with the disclaimer that the shirt and tie the model is wearing are not included. It is a standard industry practice and specifically designed to reduce deception. Likewise a car advertisement might say, "prices starting at 25,000.00; as shown, 36,000.00," because the model in the ad photo is the supercharged ultra high end leather-clad "EX" model, but the company also sells a lower priced "DX" model with manual windows, no power door locks and a sadly underpowered 4-cylinder engine.
    2 If your images were only meant for illustrative purposes and nothing more you wouldn’t edit this image and cover the “ made ın Japan “ writing after my complaint :
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=351548&is=USA
    OF COURSE WE WOULD! You were kind enough to help us identify a place on our site where a newer photo would more accurately reflect the item being sold. We strive for accuracy and certainly update product images whenever it's appropriate to do so.
    3 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...sh_Memory.html
    The product shown on this link is a second-hand item and here you clearly indicate that this image is for illustrative purposes only. This naturally leads me to think that when I don’t see this indication elsewhere I should get exactly what I see in the photos. And that is what I experienced in all of my early purchases from BH , 3 of which were the same lens that have bee purchased on 3 different occasions and each one of them were made in Japan. I am now having trouble with my 4.th purchase of the same lens.
    The item shown in the URL you selected certainly is a used product. We say so quite clearly and plainly. Just as our site advises that this particular image for this particular used item "is for illustrative purpose only," our site also includes a more generally applicable advisory, which says, "Prices, specifications, and images are subject to change without notice. Not responsible for typographical or illustrative errors."

    The "trouble" you're having is because Canon elected to relocate a manufacturing or assembly plant in an effort to provide you with the same quality product at the most competitive price possible.
    I would like to ask one final question : If a customer cams to your store in New York , checks some models and decides to buy a certain lens , could you give him another lens at the payment point ?
    I am not 100% certain I understand your question, but if I do, then the answer is that if you and a sales associate open and inspect a brand new lens from a box he summoned for you from our warehouse and you indicate to him you want to purchase that lens, he returns the lens to the box and that's the lens you receive. That said, we do have an extensive array of display lenses and if you inspect one of those, that's not the lens you will leave the store with as we don't sell display products. When a customer pays for a new item, he or she receives a new item, not a much-handled display.
    Mr. Posner , you can find me as a man with a one-track mind
    Respectfully, that's simply ridiculous.
    I am just old-school when it comes to trade. Putting apart all my rights and your liabilities , I should state that one good reason that have made myself your loyal customer so far has been the trust and positive perception that I have felt about Jewish business people. I should also add that this is a common perception about their way of making business in my country. I regret to see “ New World Order “ causing corruption everywhere.
    I am disappointed to read this thinly veiled regrettable bit of hostility. I hope you are immediately moved to apologize.

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    regards,
    Henry Posner
    Director of Corporate Communications
    B&H Photo-Video, and Pro-Audio
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
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    From: sinan yagci [mailto:sinanyagci@hotmail.com]
    Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 10:26 am
    To: Henry Posner
    Subject: RE: product change request
    Dear Mr. Posner,

    After all your mails, my conclusion is that: BH is not a trustworthy firm cause you are refusing to understand me giving me irrelevant examples:
    “I recall when Honda Motors began assembling the popular Accord in plants in the United States. Some shoppers insisted on the made-in-Japan model, under the misimpression that the same car, assembled in the USA, couldn't possibly meet the Japanese standards for quality. Aside from the aspersions this cast on the American worker's ability to produce a quality product, a popular consumer magazine tested samples of both and reported no discernable difference. They advised that American made Accords equaled Japanese-made models in every particular and that both continued to outperform American competitors from Ford and GM.”
    “Likewise a car advertisement might say, "prices starting at 25,000.00; as shown, 36,000.00," because the model in the ad photo is the supercharged ultra high end leather-clad "EX" model, but the company also sells a lower priced "DX" model with manual windows, no power door locks and a sadly underpowered 4-cylinder engine.”
    These two cases that you have written about in your two mails lead me to think that you might be someone who has lost his job in late GM? I have to state that if you keep on with your current understanding of customer relations your BH’s fate will be no different than GM’s.
    Finally I want to let you know that I will do my best to save others not to experience same problems that I have faced with your company. Accordingly I will be posting all our exchange of mails with you and your other departments on different forums about photography and lenses. In more familiar words for you: “It’s time for a higher gear!”
    Best Regards
    Sinan YAĞCI


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    RE: product change request‏
    From: Henry Posner (henryp@bhphoto.com)
    Sent: Fri 10/23/09 2:58 PM
    To: sinan yagci (sinanyagci@hotmail.com)

    You'll be relieved to know I have never worked for GM or for the auto industry in any aspect.
    I'll be happy to hear from you when you've begun posting in different forums and I hope you'll let me know which forums so I can enjoy the dialogue.

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    regards,
    Henry Posner
    Director of Corporate Communications
    B&H Photo-Video, and Pro-Audio
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

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    Re: For those who may intend to buy a lens from bhphotovideo.com

    I don't have any problem with B&H, nor their explanation.
    Keep Shooting!

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    Re: For those who may intend to buy a lens from bhphotovideo.com

    Sorry, but you are definitely the one in error here. They were a lot nicer to you than I would have been! When you buy on the internet, remember to read and understand all the policy statements.
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    Re: For those who may intend to buy a lens from bhphotovideo.com

    I have read all of the e-mails and waited until I received a used (new to me) lens from B & H and had a chance to check it out.

    The lens was not as described because it was in slightly better condition than described on their web site.

    I also beleive that you are in the wrong here, and as the last poster said B & H treated you a lot better than I would have.
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    Re: For those who may intend to buy a lens from bhphotovideo.com

    Very professional response from BH, just shows how patient they are.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: For those who may intend to buy a lens from bhphotovideo.com

    I understand that some people may have had a bad experience and discussing it here is no problem but these last posts are getting a little out of hand. I have not banned any of the participants yet but can and will in the future if I think it is needed. Jeff "super moderator"

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    Re: For those who may intend to buy a lens from bhphotovideo.com

    i do not want to say anything

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    Re: For those who may intend to buy a lens from bhphotovideo.com

    Very professional response from BH, just shows how patient they are.

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