Note: This is labeled as a gray market camera. ebay seller ElectronicsValley has a positive feedback rating of 99.5% at the time of this post.
We are continuing to dig into Canon USA’s case against gray market retailers here in the US. Specifically, Canon is targeting popular gray market retailers Get It Digital, LLC, All New Shop, LLC and F & E Trading, LLC (aka Big Value, Inc., Electronics Valley and others) as they cut into Canon USA’s profit margin by importing Canon cameras direct from Japan and selling them in the US.
However, this isn’t the first time a camera manufacturer has gone after a retailer selling gray market cameras on ebay. In fact, I recently discovered that F & E Trading has been sued under very similar circumstances before. The outcome of that lawsuit could foreshadow what is the beginning of the end for gray market cameras in the US. [Read more…]
For years, we’ve been talking about deals on gray market cameras and we’ve now encountered some controversy among at least one major camera company and retailers offering gray market cameras for sale to consumers. So, I figured it was time to get more specific about what the term gray market means to us all as consumers. Specifically, I’ll be focusing on US consumers since that is the law with which I am familiar.
Additionally, this article will be updated on an ongoing basis with links out to the latest news on the Canon v. Gray Market Retailers series that I have been covering. If and when other manufacturers and retailers join in the controversy, that coverage will be referenced here as well. You can scroll to the bottom of this article for a timeline and links to those specific updates. [Read more…]
In the ongoing saga of Canon versus gray market retailers, we now have an Answer from one of the defendants.
As a quick recap, Canon USA filed suit in federal court against popular gray market retailers like Get It Digital, All New Shop, Big Value, Inc. and others. Canon USA used its trademark rights to assert that the actions of Get It Digital and others are essentially tarnishing Canon’s brand in the US. Specific examples include allegations of using counterfeit serial numbers, incorrect boxes and packaging, printed manuals and non-UL rated cables.
In the lawsuit, Canon is asking the court to award damages that may include profits from these gray market retailers as well as seeking an injunction against these retailers to prevent their sale of gray market Canon products. You can read the initial story and also get the latest update.
Get It Digital Answers
Get It Digital has responded with its Answer (that’s the official name of a defendant’s first response to a lawsuit). In the Answer, which I’ve embedded below, Get It Digital and All New Shop (I’ll collectively reference them as just “Get It Digital”) essentially deny all of the alleged wrongdoings that Canon asserts in the Complaint.
In the set up to Get It Digital’s defenses, however, they admit a few facts that are indisputable – such as the fact that Get It Digital is not an authorized Canon dealer and that the company sells Canon products online.
In addition to denying essentially all of the material facts, Get It Digital lays out three affirmative defenses that would kill Canon’s claims. [Read more…]