but having just been nearly burned, here's the story fairly brief:
I want a Lumix TZ5A.
Broadway Photo lists the lowest price and with free shipping.
I'll insert hyperlinks into this posting form soon and clean up this text.
How I found them via google search
In a nutshell for now: adjudging by my one experience,
Broadway Photo is a bait and switch chum bucket place.
The order for a Panasonic Lumix TZ5A was placed online on Friday night.
This morning, Monday, comes an email from Broadway Photo requesting that I call them to "confirm my order".
The person who took my call proceeded to inquire
whether I'd like to "upgrade the camera to USA specs"
by buying a "2 hour battery"
for $70 additional, "it's normally $120
Standard, the camera comes with a 15 minute-life demo battery".
And if I did pay for the good battery then they'd include a charger with USA type power plug
instead of Asian. Either way I'd be all set for foreign travel. I do not travel.
I said "cancel this order". But the guy kept on with his spiel.
And the verbiage just got more and more stupid. He pitched technical garbage like,
"As for your memory card, you need a special card. We have 2G cards right for this camera for just $80
You don't want larger cards because they slow the camera down."
I was in fear of their having already charged my card.
The only way I could think to shut him up and get off the line was
by repeatedly demanding to know, "have you charged my card?"
(he would not answer directly.
"But we can match any online price...."
(and so on and on)
My final words:
"Do not charge my card. This order is canceled
I had to say that at least five times
before the shill finally gave up.
"Alright." Click, he hung up.
I've now re-ordered my camera from another vendor, one recommended by this site.
I'll have the TZ5 on Wednesday.
Therefore, I have not been harmed by this experience,