B&H Photo NYC: Oh What Fun!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    So, I went into New York City today to meet with HTF
    Moderator Cees and his wife. Went in a little earlier than

    I needed to so that I could visit the legendary B&H Photo

    that is just a block's walk away from NY Penn Station.

     

    I have to tell you, for years I was a dedicated fan of

    J&R Music downtown. That's where I bought all my

    video camcorders and electronics. Never gave a second

    thought to B&H Photo because I figured all they sold was

    photography gear, and up until recently, I had no sincere

    interest in the hobby.

     

    So, I'm walking up the street towards the store just

    minutes before its opening this Sunday morning. I am

    following a huge group of hasidic Jews whom I figure

    must be going to the Synagogue (although it's Sunday).

    Come to find, they all slipped into the back employee

    door of B&H Photo.

     

    I turn the corner to the front entrance of the store to

    find this HUGE line of people wrapped around the
    entire length of the store and around the corner. "What

    the hell is going on here?!" I thought. Perhaps a celebrity

    appearance? I thought, "No way am I getting in this store

    this morning." I walked to the back of the line to find out

    that this is THE LINE to get into the store. Seems the

    store was closed for the past few days due to the Jewish

    holidays and that is the reason why so many people showed

    up on its first day of opening.

     

    Well, once the doors opened, the line moved swiftly. I was

    inside within 5 minutes.
     

    What a wonderland B&H Photo is. It's like walking into

    Disneyland. The store is a block long, two floors high.

    Signs everywhere directing you to a multitude of different

    departments ranging from Prosumer to Consumer. Above

    you are multitudes of tracks that carry tubs of electronic

    equipment from the warehouse to the floor where they are

    being ordered.

     

    First thing I did was look at camera bags. I will talk about

    that a bit more in the appropriate thread within this area.

     

    I also had just bought a new Sony Camcorder (CX550V)

    that is being shipped to me. I went over to the video camera

    department to look at it. I was very concerned about AVCHD

    and whether it would play nice with iMovie on a Mac. I brought

    along a flash card and the guy behind the camera was more

    than happy to let me put my card in the camera and shoot

    footage of the store. Thought that within itself was a great

    shopping experience. Not too many stores would have allowed

    me to play with their cameras like that.

     

    I didn't end up buying anything because I could essentially

    have what I wanted shipped to me next day for free without

    having to pay sales tax. In the meantime, I had the opportunity

    to look at a vast array of different products that I had only
    seen in photos on the Internet.

     

    If you are ever in NYC do yourself a favor and visit this store.

    I was just in awe of the selection of products. I also admire

    the Jewish staff who were EXTREMELY friendly (everybody

    said "Good Morning") and seem to take pride in what they do.

     

    Look forward to coming back to the store again. This will

    be my new hangout when in town.
     
  2. Sam Posten

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    It's the promised land =)
     
  3. Carlo Medina

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    Told you that you had to make a trip there, Ron (I think in the bags thread). It's like Disneyland and Willy Wonka's Factory all rolled into one for photographers!
     
  4. Charles Smith

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    Great store, AND their mail-order service is fantastic.
     
  5. Mike Frezon

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    It does sound like fun!
     
  6. Charles Smith

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    Forgot to say prices are generally good, too. It pays to check there before ordering something.
     
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    Thanks for your very kind words. This is very gratifying and greatly appreciated.

     

    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video
     
  8. Cameron Yee

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    Glad to hear the in-person experience is as good as online.
     
  9. Cees Alons

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    Hmm.


    I can add some relevant (to this specific subforum) proof to a part of Ron's story.











    Cees
     
  10. Sam Posten

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    Henry was owning social media BEFORE it was a career choice. Welcome to HTF Mr. Posner!


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