Canon Authorized Dealers vs. Unauthorized Dealers vs. Grey Market

There is lots of misinformation regarding Authorized Dealers, Unauthorized Dealers, and Grey Market as pertains to Canon cameras and lenses. We’ve written an article explaining the differences between authorized dealers, unauthorized dealers, and grey market.

The article answers the following frequently asked questions:

  • What’s the difference between buying from a Canon authorized dealer, an unauthorized dealers, and the grey market?
  • Does buying from an unauthorized dealer affect my warranty service?
  • Where do unauthorized dealers get their stock from, and why can they sell it so cheap?

3 comments on “Canon Authorized Dealers vs. Unauthorized Dealers vs. Grey Market

  1. February 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm EDT

    Thanks for your nice article.

    Can you also comment about refurbished equipment from Canon? Are they second hand or repaired item?

    1. CanonPriceWatch
      February 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm EDT

      I don’t have any confirmed info regarding refurbished equipment. I’ve heard from various people in the industry that these are mostly open boxes and/or returns, rather than defective items, but this is mostly just hearsay.

      1. Enayetur Raheem
        February 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm EDT

        Thank you.

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