I love B&H. They helped make my Hasselblad 500 C/M functional when it came with an unusual lens, which dude knew volumes about. Plus the store is amazing. It’s like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for adults.
Also, I really enjoyed watching them berate a moron in front of me. hilarious. SOME PEOPLE DESERVE IT.
I like B&H because they always have things in stock (if anyone does) at the lowest non-shady price, and their return policy is unbeatable. Going to the store is absolutely horrifying, but I do like the feeling of being inside a giant camera-slinging robot. I can’t believe anyone considers it a shopping destination. Also, if you live near New York even the cheapest shipping is overnight (the main warehouse is at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.)
If you need something on a Friday afternoon or Saturday (which seems to be my habitual time to get film), or you loathe going all the way uptown to 34th, my recommendation is K&M Tribeca.
My 5D also came from Best Buy originally. Craigslist isn’t a bad option, by the way. I got the original receipt and paid exactly what I would’ve in a store with NYC tax.
Every time I go to B&H I feel like I’m an ant scrambling for $100000 electronics only to be berated by an old Hasid who talks to me like I’m an idiot. Not only that, but it takes about 3 different counters to actually purchase anything. I think the best camera store is Amazon since you don’t have to talk to anyone, though B&H will do if you NEED something ASAP. I’ve found myself going to 17th Street Photo a lot (even though they are shady) because no one shops in their retail store and you can be in and out.
Oddly enough, I got my Canon 5D Mark II at Best Buy.
When you call B&H, you speak to an intelligent, motivated, non-outsourced, English-speaking human in New York City, right in their store which is also their warehouse, who has great knowledge of the product line and the power to change things and get things done for great service.
It’s so sad that this is so unusual. The best way that I can support it is to shop there whenever I can. You should, too.
(Jared will probably reblog this and tell me to go to Calumet instead. I haven’t shopped there for anything yet, so I have no idea if they’re better. But B&H is definitely great — and I didn’t even talk about their awesome retail store and salespeople in this post.)
The weirdest and most amazing perfumes, scents blended to evoke particular places and memories. I want most of them- not to wear but just to open and smell. Smells like burning leaves, leather, and wild violets…
WILD HUNT is the scent of an ancient forest in the heat of a summer afternoon. It is a blend of Torn Leaves, Crushed Twigs, Flowing Sap, Fallen Branches, Old Leaves, Green Moss, Fir, Pine and Tiny Mushrooms
RUSSIAN CARAVAN is a blend of smoked black Indian tea, bergamot and the hint of shelves full of old books
UGH I WANT THESE SO BAD. Last summer, they had listed places on their website to purchase them (i want to smell them in person), so I went on this wild goose chase in June in Chicago and turned up completely empty-handed. Hi Portland, can you be a big enough city to get this? please?
" …because of their legal dispute with the FTC, Whole Foods has an opportunity to try and force us to give them copies of some of our most confidential financial records – for instance what our sales are, week by week, at each of our stores. They’ve also demanded all of our files that detail our strategic plans, all of our marketing plans and all of our studies about where we are considering opening new stores."