Monday, February 23, 2009
WARNING: CAMERA GIANTS (CAMERAGIANTS, CAMERAGIANTSINC.COM) WILL RIP YOU OFF!
Fake price comparison site everyprice.com now lists cameragiants.com as having the lowest price on the Canon HV30. The cameragiants website even boats a “2009 Gold Award” from everyprice.com and an award from rightbuydigital, another fake price comparison site. They sure won awards quickly, given the website name was only created last month (as you can see here). Here's a photo of their world headquarters. According to the State of New York's Department of Corporations, (link) they incorporated on February 6, 2009. Their mailing address is
CAMERA GIANTS INC.
PO BOX 230795
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11223
This link is from someone who tried to purchase from them.
As it turns out, Camera Giants is operated by 86th Street Photo. I googled some of the language on their site and found the exact language on the websites of 86th Street Photo and 1wayphoto.
1wayphoto is one of the worst ecommerce websites on the Internet. Read their reviews here. 86th Street Photo has even worse reviews, which seems almost impossible.
From the Better Business Bureau:
"According to complaints filed with the BBB, WiseTronics (aka 86th Street Photo) employs bait and switch sales tactics in order to sell more merchandise. After placing an order on-line, consumers receive an e-mail instructing them to call the company to "confirm" their order. Once on the phone, sales representatives try to sell consumers extra batteries, accessories, and warranties, some of which are included with the camera. When consumers decline, their order is cancelled or they are told that their item is not in stock."
The Bureau has the following contact information:
Shlomi Albaydadi Owner
2845 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223
How do I know that Camera Giants is operated by 86th Street Photo? I took part of the URL from an item on the camera giants website: prodshelf.asp?dept_id=10344 and put it in Google. The only search result was from 86th Street Photo. Take a look at the photos above…they are the EXACT same pages. Both were designed by a web developed called blueswitch.com. If you look at the source code for both websites, and search for blueswitch, you'll find their name.
If you already tried to purchase something from Camera Giants, cancel your credit card, and contact your State’s attorney general and tell them you’ve been the victim of Internet fraud. If you are in New York, contact Andrew Cuomo's office as well as the Department of Corporations.
If you have not yet attempted to do so, don’t. You won’t get the item for the price advertised. These people will try to sell you over priced accessories. If you don’t agree to purchase an additional item, the original item is out of stock. Classic bait and switch.
Posted by Dave at 11:31 AM