So what makes a HFD? Well
here's what doesn't: Dealers who deal in volume,
government contracts, one's who move a lot of product.
So how do you know...you don't. Any dealer will
sell retail normally and you will not get a price deal.
Most expect you to know what you want, provide a part
number, charge you list and shipping and tax. The
big dealers get the best wholesale pricing but are the
least likely to pass it along to you. I paint this
severely bleak, as not all are heartless, but few are
happy to have hams for customers.
So tell them you are a ham and you
want the ham discount. Uh huh, well that can be an
ugly or dirty word with some dealers and there is plenty
of foundation for their reaction. Hams can be
painful to deal with and have an expectation of
entitlement. Keep in mind that there are two
sides of any fence as you search for your dealer. So how do
you know....again, you don't. If you go in wanting
the deep price cuts (don't we all), you are likely to be
disappointed and that is assuming you know what the
retail (easy) and then, the dealer's cost (hard) are on your
So for many reasons, here's the
bottom line: DO NOT Haggle!. If you contact
our HFD's, ask for a quote but don't be a jerk if you
don't like the pricing. Hams are notoriously
"cheap" but please be kind and considerate of our HFD's.
If you have no idea what you want and
you need your hand held in the process, try the
company's listed above. They know hams, are hams and know
you want a "good" price and they will almost
certainly beat the prices of
any random dealer you are likely to find. They
will also help you get what you need and likely go to
some effort to help you. They are not the B&H of
the photo world, their prices could be beat if you know
what you are doing. But if you did, you'd not be
here reading up on the HFD's would you?
Most dealers, including those above, will not
normally price all their stuff publically, it just
depends on the dealer.
You must call to get a quote or pricing. Most dealers
operate this way. Many want to know
ahead how much you have been quoted elsewhere so they
can try to beat that price but they don't want to beat
it by any more than needed to make a sale. Please
don't play those games with our recommended dealers
because they don't.
Again, don't be a jerk either. We will pull any of our
recommendations on request by those HFD's. We do
not wish this to happen because we buy from them also.
While we wish to help you, we don't wish to lose a HFD
because hams are using this page to beat up on our HFD's.
So if you need help,
want a good deal and are not quite sure what you need or
want, try our HFD's. Please let
let us know how your experience turned out.
We certainly will modify our list as appropriate.
We get nothing from providing this list, no special
deals, not even a Christmas card. We simply are
trying to hook you up with a known source of DMR
equipment vendors who are known to be straight-shooters and who are willing
work with hams. Lastly, this list is not meant as a
swipe at all the dealers out there generally nor is
effort to exclude any dealer from this list unless it is
at their insistence.