Hi everyone Just want to report that after lots of research and people in the forum helping as well, I found the cheapest dealers with the longest gaurantees around. Pixmania.com which is a French company apparently. But if you wait a few days when their cameras are cheaper, you can be gauranteed Comet will match the price and if you dont want to deal with them, take the print out to Jessops who will pricematch it.
I just purchased a digital camera online (well over the phone actually) from click here and have to say the service was excellent - very pleasant to deal with. Their prices are also much cheaper than those you'll find on the highstreet. :)
Just visited pixmania and compared prices with amazon on e.g. canon A70. Agree that Pixmania offers 2 year warranty which is a plus point but it charges £9 for delivery, the manual will be in french and you need to untick the "Zen engagement" which is essentially an insurance policy costing 6% of purchase price. After all that, it worked out 99p more expensive on amazon after delivery charges were added. It is questionable whether one needs 2 year warranty on electronic products. SO, you take your pick as where you want to get your camera. Always shop around a number of sites before buying.
Kong....dont know where you got 'the manual will be in french' from. In fact, I have a choice of four different manuals one of which is English!! At the time I chose the Sony DSC-V1, they were the only company that could offer a package with a Pro memory stick and the price was under anybodys for the camera alone, by at least £50!!Dont see the difficulty in unchecking the Zen engagement, its a mouseclick, and if I can get an extra years warranty for free, I will take it. This was just a FYI for everyone, so hope it helped
"Take a printout from Pixmania.com to Jessops who will pricematch it" Their magazine states 'if you can get a better deal locally within 7 days of purchase we'll refund the difference. The item for sale must be from a retail outlet located within a 20 mile radius of the Jessops store' Have you , or do you know of anyone, obtained a pricematch from an internet source from them?