Best Price for the Canon EOS 30D Body

First published on: Monday, 28 July 2008

Realistically, the best prices for the Canon 30D fluctuate (currently around the $990 to $1400 price range in the United States) from day-to-day … and simply buying the Canon EOS 30D body based on the lowest available price does not guarantee that you’ll get the best deal … for example:

  1. What accessories will the merchant bundle with your purchase? Memory Cards? Camera Bag? A tripod? What other special deals for the Canon 30D are currently on offer? If no deals are currently available, prod further and ask whether any special promotions or rebates will be available soon or during upcoming holiday seasons.

  2. What’s the merchant’s policy if you were to return the camera — will you have to pay a restocking fee? Costco, for instance, has a very generous return policy (but do make sure you confirm with them beforehand how long the 100% cash-back return period is)

  3. Are there any other offers that can sweeten the deal, such as free shipping, no sales tax charged?

Do browse around for the cheapest prices but don’t forget to clarify the package deal that you’ll get from the merchant., for example, displays the best Canon 30D prices (often the best three, but sometimes more) from its database, and also lists other configurations, such as Canon 30D plus a bundled kit lens (normally the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 or the EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM lenses).

Do not to deal with merchants that seemingly offer too-good-to-be-true, low prices; they often sell only gray market cameras which do not come with a warranty or they might charge you a bomb for a warranty. Some even quote a ridiculously low price for the camera body only, and then charge you extra for the power cords, charger, manual, etc … components that were already originally included in the box. Check user reviews of merchants at, and avoid Camera City or Best Price Cameras, for instance.

Examples of merchants you can do good business with include:

  1. (read a user review of Buydig here)

  2. (read a user review of BestBuy here)

Good luck with your purchase!

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