Canon HV20

1 hour of happiness, followed by lots of anger.

Our local photo equipment shop had a special sale this week where we don’t have to pay sales tax. So, looking at their price of Canon HV20 ($1000 out of the door) looked like a good price for this HD camcorder. In fact, we checked the prices online and both Amazon ($1050+tax+shipping) and Adorama were more expensive than our local shop (when you count tax and shipping).

So, we get on our red Ford Focus, we drive to Palo Alto and we buy the HV20 from Keeble & Shuchat.

Fast forward 45 minutes, I get to my PC to blog about it. I visit the Amazon page, and now Amazon sells (through their affiliated TigerDirect shop) the same camcorder for $784+tax+shipping. Overall, that’s about $860 I think. So, we lost $150 (if you count the car’s gas) just because Amazon hadn’t updated the HV20 page when we first looked at it just an hour ago.

I was very excited when we decided to get the HV20 this afternoon, but I don’t know how to feel right now. I almost don’t want the camcorder anymore. I feel betrayed by my own luck. And having my brother’s parcel that never arrived in its destination on the back of my mind (I even have nightmares about it), it makes me want to put on fire all my gadgets and go live in a cave and never have to deal with all that crap anymore. >:(

Update: And if the day could not be worse, JBQ forgot his credit card in the store. Thankfully, they called us to go get it back.

8 Comments »

chris wrote on June 3rd, 2007 at 6:40 AM PST:

its the EVIL eye … ;-)


chris wrote on June 3rd, 2007 at 7:30 AM PST:

>Thankfully, they called us to go get it back.

so.. if you went back, you could return the camera (just to buy it from Amazon)

>it makes me want to put on fire all my gadgets and go live in
>a cave and never have to deal with all that crap anymore. >:(

**YOUR RIGHT!**

Not only the prices that are dropping SO fast…
We have , also, the HIGH repair costs (if any), especially if you pass the warranty time…. not to mention that the manufactures replace their products very often and (sometimes) they totally abandon the old ones (firmware/drivers etc)

But WTF!! life is too short !! so forget that you lost some bucks, go outside and start you new toy!


Lonny Paul wrote on June 3rd, 2007 at 8:21 AM PST:

You don’t have to check Amazon for the latest prices from TigerDirect – visit our site directly and we are always trying to bring the best prices to our customers – and if you don’t live in FL, NC or IL, there’s no tax buying from Tiger either.

Check out our site for a video overview of the HV20, we love it!


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Eugenia wrote on June 3rd, 2007 at 8:48 AM PST:

Sorry, it doesn’t work this way I am afraid Lonny. Your site lists the HV20 more expensively t from within Amazon… Your site is listing the HV20 at $1039+shipping, while through Amazon, for about a 2 hour duration, it was listing it at $785. So, what I got from my local shop is a better value than your current price. Of course, I would get it from you through Amazon earlier if I hadn’t already bought it. ;-)


Alex Forster wrote on June 3rd, 2007 at 11:42 AM PST:

I googled the camera as soon as I watched the quicktime movie in your next post and found this:

http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.aspx?prodid=901938

This is suspiciously low, but maybe it’s worth looking into and returning yours to your local shop?


mikesum32 wrote on June 3rd, 2007 at 7:38 AM PST:

Return it !


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Eugenia wrote on June 4th, 2007 at 3:44 AM PST:

Yes, this is not a place where we should be buying stuff. ;)


Carrie wrote on June 7th, 2007 at 5:20 AM PST:

I was just about to buy this camera when I stumbled upon your blog, but now amazon doesn’t have the $700 price, it’s back up to $1060 or so. Ugh!


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