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Before I bought my Panasonic AG-DVC20 I went through the same thing. We found the camera for a phenomenal price at a couple of web site camera stores. My issue was I could never get anyone to tell me what all was in the box, what all came with the camera.
They would assure us the camera was in stock but just before the deal suddenly it was on back order for 6 weeks. Same as you, everyone was the boss. luckily we never got to the point of processing the card.
I then started some research on companies like this. They do indeed sell cameras but it is only the camera. No lense, No battery, No charger, not even the camera strap that Panasonic gives with the camera.
If you see a camera that appears to be way to cheap, find out what you are buying.
The backorder issue? They are a telemarketing place, there are no cameras where they are. They are just sales. The camera has to be shipped from Japan! If you actually got one all instructions would be in Japanese. All controls too. There is no warranty because the camera is foreign and is not covered.
I was seconds away from buying it from B&H, a company I trust when my girlfriend said to check Amazon.com.
I did. We found the camera, a bit less than what B&H wanted and from a trusted company. They described everything in the box. It was all there. No gimmicks. Positive reviews and a set time for delivery.
I bought it. I had my camera in less than a week. It came in the actual box Panasonic built it and put it in. Everything was there including an extra battery. Plus the warranty.
I am very happy with my AG-DVC20. I got it for about $100 less than B&H and was pleased with the overall purchase. Price, contents, delivery, etc.
(Plus because we bought from Amazon I think we got free delivery)
The point is that it is the same camera as directly from Panasonic.
NEVER buy from these companies out of NY. They all are a scam. All of them. In fact many of them are the same place just with a different name.
They expect you to be stupid and fall for their scam. Unfortunately it’s legal, they are selling you a camera. They don’t care that a pile of tickets with their name on it is filling up a drawer at the BBB. They know most people will not check. Even if they do get forced out of business they can just open up a new web site the next day under a new name.
When they get the camera you order they take it out of the box, remove anything that came with it and that is what you get. To get the battery, charger and other stuff you have to pay extra. Yes, you pay extra for what should have just come with the camera anyway. That is done in a warehouse somewhere else.
Or the camera is stripped in Japan before shipping.