I am a Nikonian by choice and love the cameras that I have – an FM3A and a D50, with a battery of lenses. So news of Nikon setting up shop in India, although well behind rival Canon, was indeed comforting — it meant access to original stuff and presumably, better service.
But I was shocked to find that the pricing of equipment at Nikon’s official dealers has no relation to the grey market. A call to Inter Foto, Nikon’s official dealer at Bangalore showed that the recently introduced, Thailand-made D300 costs Rs.115,000 (body only), against the grey market price of Rs.76,500. The D3 sells for Rs.251,000 at the Nikon dealership, and is as yet not easily available in the grey market. So that price comparison is impossible at the moment.
I wonder why Nikon’s official price should be 50 per cent higher than the grey market. Is it the familiar story of indirectly supporting grey market sales, which don’t have warranty, and thus expanding market share without a commitment to the buyer?
In the New York market, the camera costs only Rs.71,998 plus tax (six per cent, I think) at 40 rupees to a dollar.
JJ Mehta in Mumbai advertise the camera for Rs.94,995 (body only) and that includes a 2GB memory card. Surprisingly, as of today, JJ Mehta says their price includes a two year warranty by Nikon India!
If you want to give them a piece of your mind, you can reach Nikon’s customer help page here. Nikon’s address in India with phone numbers given on their website is:
Plot No 17,Sector 32, Institutional Area, Gurgaon 122002, Haryana
Phone: (91-124) 4688500
Fax: (91-124) 4688527
Service Hotline: +91-124 4688514
It is time someone told Nikon India that they cannot play games in the time of the Internet without being shown up.