An alternative to Amazon when it comes to photography gear

Posted by Mark

A friend of mine recently ordered a camera lens from the website DigitalRev (made famous by the very entertaining Kai) and had it shipped directly to Kuwait. It cost him less than the Amazon price, they included free FedEx shipping, it was delivered to him in just 4 days, he paid only KD12 customs fee AND the lens included local warranty. How cool is that?

Here are some more details regarding the whole thing:

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G Lens
Kuwait: KD603
Amazon: KD525
DigitalRev: KD476

If he placed the order on Amazon he would have had to pay the 8% NY tax, then the Aramex shipping fee to Kuwait plus local customs and the package would have taken around 10 days to get here. He also wouldn’t have any local warranty.

On the other hand he paid KD476 to order it from DigitalRev, he didn’t have to pay tax neither did he have to pay any shipping fees. They shipped it for him from Hong Kong to Kuwait directly via FedEx and it took 4 days from the day he placed the order for the lens to be in his hands. In addition FedEx handled the customs and he had to pay only KD12 in total. Now more importantly DigitalRev will offer you warranty for your lens in Kuwait. The way it works is if the item is defective, you take it to the local dealer who will give you the estimate for the repair. You then send the estimate to DigitalRev who will approve it (based on warranty conditions).

I’m actually surprised at how easy and convenient this is. From now on if I ever need anything photography related that’s too expensive locally I’m just going to order it from them. Here is their [Website]

Thanks Cajie


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  1. Th.haba says:

    I bought my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM from Amazon.com for approximately KD420 (tax, shipping & customs included), it’ll cost around KD410 with customs if I buy it now from DigitalRev. I’m not sure if I’ll be saving more on other lenses but getting my stuff in 4 days and the warranty thing is just awesome!

  2. Marzouq says:

    The website is pretty good, went through and I like the way the information is presented!

  3. Longhorn in Kuwait says:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com has great deals too! The media/marketing group on Camp Arifjan uses that site!

    • cajie says:

      I used to buy from bhphotovideo before. They are one of the few electronic companies in US that ship to Kuwait. Their problems are:
      1. Shipping charges are separate. UPS costs will be around $100 or more – depending on weight.
      2. No local warranty. If you receive a dud, you will have to go through a long and expensive process of returning it.

      Of course, if you have APO address, than that’s a different story – but for majority of non-US people living in Kuwait, that is not an option.

  4. cajie says:

    They also have a Facebook-like social website that is centered around photography.
    http://www.digitalrev.com/community

  5. Faisal says:

    Great website , really usefull for the reviews also , seems the guys behind it reallyyy experience

    thanks mark

  6. MoeMoe says:

    Digital rev is Amazing!! Kai is so epic!!

  7. Nano says:

    I just ordered a canon 5D Mark iii from there and a couple of lenses and I saved like 1,500KD compared to buying it from Canon here in Kuwait! It’s amazing! And they don’t charge your card until you get your shipment which I thought was really cool as well.

  8. Alex says:

    Hy, I want to ask you, what is the common customs fee in Kuwait when you purchase an item online? I’m interested in a Canon 550D…tks

  9. Abhijit says:

    Many many thanks once again, 248am!! I just received a Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD safe and sound from DigitalRev!! Superb deal!

    • Oliver says:

      Howz the quality of the lense you bought ? and how much did it cost with shipping . is this lense better than the canon lense.

      Thanks !!

  10. Durgesh says:

    Hey,

    I bought Tamron 24-70 F/2.8 from DigitalRev @ KD 240. It is used for only 20 clicks.

    I need to sell it New condition @ KD 200.

    Leave me a mail at
    d h v a r i y a @ g m a i l . c o m


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