I find myself trying to break away from shopping on Amazon all the time, but I just can’t seem to beat their prices. I have bought a considerable amount of photo gear from Amazon at very affordable prices. However, sometimes that affordability comes to bite me in the arse! Many of the steals I think I am getting, wind up being complete junk.
I remember when I first started up in the world of off camera lighting. I purchased a bunch of “Cowboy Studio” lighting. I thought man this stuff is so cheap! I can get pro grade stuff at a low grade price! Little did I know until I started using it that it was all junk, complete junk actually. I went to tighten a nut on the light stand and over torqued it and it snapped in half.
Some may say I don’t know my own strength, but geez, since when is hand tight over torqued?
Since then I vowed to never buy anything labelled “Cowboy Studio”, I guess that was my first mistake, ordering something with the name Cowboy Studio. Cowboys don’t belong in a studio anyway.
I have had several success stories with some of the “cheap stuff”. Like extra camera batteries for under $5. Oh and how about my shutter release I paid $6 when Olympus wanted nearly 40 for the same thing!
I guess my losses compared to my wins are a wash really. Inevitably I think I have broken even or better. However, it leads me to my question and I am curious to know your responses as I will be in the market for a new camera and some gear this year.