Before you buy a camera online, notice 1 important factor: Most all of the vendors are located in NYC. I worked in NYC when I was first getting into photography and used to spend my lunch hour perusing the wares of the very retailers you see listed here. Let me tell you they are all (for the most part) a brood of vipers! Something about NYC camera culture - I don't know.
Anyway... When I decided to get back into the hobby, I was dismayed to find that most of the retailers with the "best prices" were the very theives I'd known so well. At first I thought: "well I guess they had to grow up to participate in the internet age". Then I read the reviews. PLEASE do so yourself. You'll see that they're pulling the same scams - gray market stuff, used stuff, outright bait & switch.
17 st. photo however had No bad reviews (that I could find in a few minutes of searching). Surely any retailer could pad their reviews with positive shills, but it is impossible to keep negative comments off their listing. This told me something, so I decided to take a chance. I ordered a Pentax istDS from them.
The next day I get a call from them and thougth "Oh cr*p! Here we go!" I was wrong. I was called to verify my Credit Card and received the camera (brand new) 3 days later!
Kudos to Dov and crew! You guys were great!
What product did you purchase or try to purchase? Pentax istDS