04-27-2010 08:21 AM
Seems like it has been out of stock online for quite a while.
04-29-2010 03:28 PM
I have to admit I never really noticed that this teleconverter has been sold out on BestBuy.com until your post. Unfortunately any item listed as sold out on BestBuy.com is obviously not available for purchase, but this would be due to us waiting for the manufacturer to fulfill our orders with them. We have little control over this, and the best I can suggest is to keep checking to see if this teleconverter is available for purchase from us.
Thanks for posting,
05-13-2010 07:17 AM
Thanks for your response. I had been checking the website day and night for about 6 months or so (may have missed a day or two in there). I checked again, per usual last night around 10:30pm EST and it still showed "Sold Out Online". I just checked again this morning (as I usually do), and the TC17, TC20, 80-200 f/2.8, 80-400 VR and several other Nikon items that have been "sold out online" for quite some time are now gone totally from the site.
Apparently it wasn't a "at the mercy of our suppliers" thing afterall. It seems that this is a complete shrinking of the product line that will be made available through Best Buy. Or am I wrong to assume this and should I expect it to be available again in the future.
Better yet, can you put me in touch with who can just special order this for me from Nikon? That'd be the best way, especially if Best Buy feels that this is not something that is worth carrying due to low customer demand. Special order is fine with me!
05-13-2010 10:38 AM
Perhaps one of the major photo retailers?
Other possibility is that the items in question were discontinued by Nikon in preparation for a product line refresh, just like the Sigma 70-200 lens in nearly every mount has become scarce everywhere - Sigma is no longer producing it and is ramping up the optically stabilized replacement's production.
05-13-2010 12:33 PM
Yes, a NY based interwebz company would definitely be an option. Best Buy has had some really nice financing offers as of late which would have been great to take advantage of. As far as the TC-17E being discontinued, I don't believe that's the case. It is by far the most recommended DSLR teleconverter from Nikon at the moment. Several of the other items that were unavailable for many months that vanished overnight are still in production as well. Namely the 80-200 2.8 AF-D and the 80-400 VR lenses.
It seems the ultimate goal here is to shrink down the offering based on the laws of supply & demand. People probably just don't go to Best Buy for their high end DSLR purchases. My only real beef (rebuttal) with that goes back to a thread I replied in a few months ago regarding the 70-200 2.8 VRII (thread asked if BB would carry it). That beef is that comparable Canon lenses then, and still to this day, are available from Best Buy.
I wonder why BB carries such a nice assortment of Canon lenses (32) as opposed to comparable lenses from Nikon (15)?
05-14-2010 08:58 AM
Someone commented to me a few weeks ago that Canon was engaging in pretty strict pricing enforcement - the end result is that it is much harder for online vendors to undercut Best Buy and still remain an authorized dealer. I know I have seen pricing disaparities between vendors for Canon gear get far smaller and/or disappear.
Nikon may not be doing the same thing - thus BB is choosing not to try and compete with the specialists of the photo industry on those high end specialty items.