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Topic # 232079 28-Mar-2018 12:29
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I'm going to purchase some new AV gear soon and have found a website called https://kiwiphoto.co.nz (Can't find them when using www!?). They stock a range of stuff like cameras, sound systems etc. Based in Auckland, apparently.

They are a bit cheaper than other retailers and there's something about the site that makes me uncomfortable.

 

Has anyone heard of these guys?  


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  Reply # 1984866 28-Mar-2018 12:31
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The website won't open for me. Down for everyone or just me says it's down.





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  Reply # 1984870 28-Mar-2018 12:37
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It's kiwiphoto.nz

 

I've noticed it aswell, with some pricing being quite cheaper than even other parallel importers.   i.e. The Sony A7RIII is $4800!! :O

 

I don't think they have local stock, can't really tell.  They may just dropship from overseas.

 

Reason why I was skeptical was their support hours.. Customer Service Hours: Monday-Thursday 2am - 11am, Friday 2am - 8am, Sunday 3am - 7am NZST

 

 

 

Hmmm so load this site https://mapleleafphoto.ca in another browser tab , and switch between them...





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  Reply # 1984892 28-Mar-2018 13:16
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Their address, 17B Farnham Street Parnell, is a safe deposit boxes places according to Google Street View.

 

The kiwiphoto.nz domain name is owned by Pro Shop Photo Corp, based in Brooklyn, USA.

 

They also own southafricaphoto.co.za but there doesn't appear to be a website for that (yet).


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  Reply # 1984893 28-Mar-2018 13:16
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Domain info for NZ all points to US - so will be drop shipping IMHO.

 

I'd be wary.

 

 





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  Reply # 1984937 28-Mar-2018 13:53
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"new zealands favourite E-shop". 

 

I wonder how this statement could be argued to be legal .

 

 

 

I would not use them myself. 

 

 

 

If you do want to take a risk, pay by credit card (check with your card company first about purchase protection). 




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  Reply # 1985061 28-Mar-2018 17:38
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Thanks for the input everyone, I'll give them a wide berth. The old adage if it's too good to be true seems relevant here. I managed to negotiate JB hifi pretty close to what these guys had it listed for, win!

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  Reply # 1985126 28-Mar-2018 20:44
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The address when googled gets this as the first result.

 

 

 

Islamic State site linked to New Zealand office | Stuff.co.nz

 

 

 

www.stuff.co.nz/national/10613951/Islamic-State-site-linked-to-New-Zealand-office

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I think I would pass on it ;)

 

 

 





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  Reply # 2007195 3-May-2018 15:31
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Kiwi Photo - dont go there.  See warnings on the Facebook site, sounds like a scam company.

 

Likewise NZ Telescopes (Timaru) - our Astro Club has just lost several $K to them. 

 

Thankfully Police are onto them.


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  Reply # 2007219 3-May-2018 16:09
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bazzaw:

 

Kiwi Photo - dont go there.  See warnings on the Facebook site, sounds like a scam company.

 

Likewise NZ Telescopes (Timaru) - our Astro Club has just lost several $K to them. 

 

Thankfully Police are onto them.

 

 

And some members here. And in Aotearoa Astrophotography. Has changed name of one of the companies and already got bad rating on google


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  Reply # 2063224 27-Jul-2018 05:11
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My experience is this is an American company pretending to be a kiwi website... this is the only scam

They appear to be leveraging the price differences that exist between the US and here.

Ordered and expensive camera and when I realised it was coming from New York I canceled.

(Because of potential iwarranty issues or who pays GST on arrival)

You can’t cancel or return by email, they need you to call in and that’s where is was tricky because you have to call very early morning.

The usa number is +1 347 826 3336 and you will go on automatic hold ... forever...

So when you here the answer message, just dial 310 and you will end up with a manager who sorted my refund which I received. It took two weeks of calling every couple of days

Good luck




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