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Nikon D90 Good Deal?

I went to Futureshop few days ago to buy a D90 heres what I got/paid:
-Nikon D90 18-105 Kit $1160
-4 Years Extended Warranty $240
-Lowepro Nova 190AW Camera Bag ($110) Free
-RocketFish 8 Feet Mini HDMI cable (Brand did not matter) ($50) $10
-Sandisk 16GB Extreme III SD Card ($200) $100

And also paid no tax.

Good Deal?
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Warranty is a rip off. No reason why you need a 4 year plan.

HDMI cable is probably decent, though Monoprice maybe a few dollars cheaper.

SD card was $80 a few months ago.
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Kasakato wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 12:36 am
Warranty is a rip off. No reason why you need a 4 year plan.

HDMI cable is probably decent, though Monoprice maybe a few dollars cheaper.

SD card was $80 a few months ago.
There was a $30 difference in 3-4 warranty I dont have to pay for shipping there. And sensor cleanings costs $40 a year on average the warranty covers it. Yeah HDMI cable was decent but I was like I'd rather pay the same price/$5 more and not wait for shipping.

Problem is if I return the warranty I wont get the bag ($110) for free and the hdmi cable (no biggy). So basically I am still going to need a bag that of size.
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Warranty is indeed a rip off.
How many times do you have to send in your camera to get it "professionally cleaned"?

You're going to upgrade sooner or later.

Clean it yourself. It's not hard, and it gets the job done.

Like you said, you don't have to wait for shipping.
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Kasakato wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 12:36 am
Warranty is a rip off. No reason why you need a 4 year plan.

HDMI cable is probably decent, though Monoprice maybe a few dollars cheaper.

SD card was $80 a few months ago.
Warranty is definitely a rip off from Futureshop.
Since Nikon is 2 years on bodies and 5 years on lenses.
You've paid $240 for 2 additional years and -1 year on the lens.
Return the warranty.

If its a package deal, return everything, proceed to nearest Vistek/Henrys.

Pricematch Aden Camera for body. $1199.99
If you get from Henrys, get their additional 3 year warranty on body ONLY. Not the lens. $169.99
Not sure if Vistek will let you buy it on just the body when you buy a kit.
Or if possible, get them to match Futureshop at $1160.

SD Card, HDMI cable, bag are meh.
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kukkudo wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 1:14 am
There was a $30 difference in 3-4 warranty I dont have to pay for shipping there. And sensor cleanings costs $40 a year on average the warranty covers it. Yeah HDMI cable was decent but I was like I'd rather pay the same price/$5 more and not wait for shipping.

Problem is if I return the warranty I wont get the bag ($110) for free and the hdmi cable (no biggy). So basically I am still going to need a bag that of size.
The warranty could be 20 years long, its still a rip off. Nikon already offers an excellent 2 year warranty. Chances are if something is going to break, notwithstanding the shutter wearing out, its going to happen during that time. Heck, D1s are still kicking today.

Professional cleaning is BS. An air duster is necessary for lenses anyways and costs $15. It takes all of 2 minutes to give it a cleaning.

The bag is decent, thought I would probably buy something "nicer" such as the Crumpler Million Dollar home.
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As far as I know, warranties don't cover cleanings.
Not sure what that FS rep told you.
I doubt they would send it to Nikon to clean (which is the only place it should go). Probably just a guy in the back with a can of air.
Generally warranties are a big disappointment cause stuff usually breaks during the manufacturers warranty length.
I guess it really depends on if you are rich or not. Stuff does randomly break though.
I had my Canon camera's motherboard crap out 1.5 years after I bought it.
I babied that thing too. Was like $300 to repair. F- me I'd still have it if I just bought the warranty back then.
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I got the bag and hdmi basically free so arent I actually paying $120-$140 for the warranty?
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kukkudo wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 2:15 am
I got the bag and hdmi basically free so arent I actually paying $120-$140 for the warranty?
Sure, you could look at it that way. Heres another: $140 is half an SB600.
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Ah sh** this is getting confusing. I gotta check tomorrow the cost on that bag and if futureshop's warranty covers the sensor cleanings. But even if I got the bag for like $70-$80 (cost) then add another $10 for the hdmi cable from mono. Isn't kinda better to pay then $150 more for the warranty?
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Drop the warranty. You don't need it.

That's mostly everyone's 2c put together.
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kukkudo wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 2:27 am
Ah sh** this is getting confusing. I gotta check tomorrow the cost on that bag and if futureshop's warranty covers the sensor cleanings. But even if I got the bag for like $70-$80 (cost) then add another $10 for the hdmi cable from mono. Isn't kinda better to pay then $150 more for the warranty?
If the warranty costs more than $0.00 tax in, out the door, you are paying too much. ;)
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The Futureshop warranty specifically isn't a good deal cause you are getting f-ed on time.
You gain very little by having it.
The actual cost on that bag is probably like 60-70$.
That SD Card is probably like 70 bucks tops. With the volume that FS does, they probably get crazy deals on them.

Doesn't matter how much "free" stuff you are getting. If anything, those bags were provided free to Futureshop because of the volume they do. IE: Order 5k bags, we throw in 500.
Same with the cards.

Other retailers do this all the time. Except they actually include it free as opposed to make it look like you are getting a deal.
Check out Aden's website. Some of the camera kits come with like a bag or something.
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The SD card is an "extreme" rip off imho. You can get SDHC without the "extreme" written on it for less then 100 bucks if you shop around for it.

Overall I agree with the other people here most likely anything that you break will break before even a 1 year warranty runs out. Honestly, how many times do you think this camera will break? Considering replacing a shutter (the most likely part to fail after the warranty) is about the cost of your warranty it doesn't make that much sense does it? If you expect it to break 2 3 times during the extended warranty then maybe. But if it does I think you'd rather sell it and buy another camera :)

As for sensor cleaning most people ends up not sending them in. You can pick up all the supply you need for a lot less than the warranty cost. People have had issues with sending in for cleaning where it comes back worse then before or something broke during either the service or shipping.
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OP, Best Buy has that SD card on sale regularly for $79.99... they do it once every couple of months... I bought mine back in July and I've seen it go on sale for that same price for no fewer then twice since then ;)
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