• Report: #512992

Complaint Review: The Camera Shoppe

  • Submitted: Wed, October 21, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, October 21, 2009

  • Reported By: Bonnie — Hammond Louisiana USA
The Camera Shoppe
533 Decatur Street New Orleans, Louisiana United States of America

The Camera Shoppe Deceptive Selling Practices New Orleans, Louisiana

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On a recent trip to the French Quarter my husband and I stopped to look at an unusual looking lense in the display window at The Camera Shoppe.  A salesman came out and said to come in and he would show it to us.  It was a 500mm mirror lense and he put it on my camera to show us how it worked.  He also showed us a 0.5mm wideangle lense that screwed right on to the lense on the camera and could also be converted to a macro lense.  I was not familiar with either of these lenses and had no clue what they were worth.  He gave us a price (no prices are listed on anything that I could see) and said they were on sale and that he would knock some off the sale price.  I wound up paying a total of $653 for the two lenses.  Then he asked me if I had thought about upgrading my camera. I said I had not but he asked me if I'd seen the newer Canon SLR with live view. I had no idea that was possible and was very interested.  He told me that that particular camera sold for $1500 but that it (once again) was on sale and since I'd bought the lenses he would cut me a deal I could not refuse.  Long story short, I paid $853 for the camera.  When I got home I researched them online and almost threw up.  The camera sold for $400 - $500 and the small lense sold for $30.  The 500mm lense sold for less than $200.  I still cannot believe how STUPID I was.  I know better and let him con me so easily.  I am a bit too trusting and never dreamed he would exaggerate the prices that badly.  That just never crossed my mind.  I have not lost hope that I might recover my money.  I filed a complaint with the Attorney General and with the Better Business Bureau.  My bank is also working with me on this.  I'm willing to take it to court if need be.  I learned that there are laws against deceptive selling practices and I'm hoping we can keep this guy from robbing any other unsuspecting people. 

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