Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/06/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] LEICAUSA
From: "Roland Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 21:55:08 -0700
References: <001201bfda0c$dbb072e0$> <00c901bfda13$fd2a39e0$2d30fea9@basecamp>

It is interesting to see that the same problem with warranties exists today
with different players at Leica USA that existed in 1957 when I purchased a
Leica IIIg through an Uncle in Germany with the Air Force.

E. Leitz would not give me the time of day about the camera since they had
not brought it into the USA.

Roland Smith
- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Laurel" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] LEICAUSA

> This is in stark contrast to my experience with my Summilux 35 ASPH, which
> sent in back in January under the 2-year international warranty.  Leica
> never sent me any feedback about the lens.  Fortunately, I sent the lens
> FedEx, and have a printout of the shipping confirmation.  Leica is now
> telling me that it may be until September or longer until I see my lens
> back.  Ridiculous.  I am leaving on a 11 month trip to gather material for
> in September, and will probably not have this lens
> by then.
> This lens was part of my earliest Leica purchase, a grey market buy from
> State Camera in New York.  Though they assured me that Leica would honor
> 2-year warranty, here I am, six months later with no sign of my lens on
> horizon.
> It's not right for Leica to punish customers this way.  At the time, I was
> ignorant of thier distribution policies, and didn't know that I'd be
> penalized for not buying the lens from a Leica USA dealer.  I thought
> at least, they would honor the international warranty in good faith.
> with thier distribution channels should not be the customer's concern.
> Leica should take care of people who spend money on thier products and
> with rogue dealers like Tri-State (and the offshore dealers who dump
> merchandise onto the grey market) separately.
> Maybe I should have had B.D. send it in for me.
> --Jim
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "B. D. Colen" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 9:38 AM
> Subject: [Leica] LEICAUSA
> > Praise and Thanks Where Praise and Thanks Are Due -
> > Sent in my M6 to Leica USA last Monday by FedEx---needed a new strap
> > bumper pad, rangefinder adjustment, plastic tip on advance lever
> > lock lever on baseplate repaired or replaced. I told them that I needed
> > ASAP for upcoming shoots, and lo and behold, it arrived back today.
> > One week start to finish, including a weekend.
> >
> > Oh...Get this, the camera somehow either got a new red dot, or the old
> > dot went through a car wash, because it was completely blacked out with
> > industrial strength Sharpie, and there isn't a sign of black on it
> > anymore...the white lettering is still blacked out, but that red dot is
> > gleaming like a traffic light at rush hour! :-)
> >
> > B. D.
> >
> >
> > A Day In Our Life...
> > Documentary Photography
> > of American Families
> >
> >

In reply to: Message from "B. D. Colen" <> ([Leica] LEICAUSA)
Message from "Jim Laurel" <> (Re: [Leica] LEICAUSA)