Where: B & H Photo Video
420 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Why: We hope this place outlasts Amazon, because there is nothing else like it in the world.
What: We’re not quite sure where to start, but let’s try and describe what you’ll see. Not only is there pretty much any high quality photo, video, or computer accessory for sale here, the prices are competitive and often better than the online competition.
When you walk into the store for the first time, you’ll be forgiven for having your breath momentarily taken away as you stare at the elaborate conveyor belt system overhead, whisking orders from the stock room to the check-out area.
While they always have all the latest new gear, extremely well laid out so that you can try it out before you buy it, the used store is something to behold, with often massive discounts on properly graded (1 to 10) used photo/video equipment.
And the Orthodox Jews who run this magical place and work behind the counter know more about what they are selling than you, the buyer, ever will. If you’re in the laptop section, these guys know everything about every laptop on display. If you’re interested in a new SLR lens, they’ve got true experts on every major brand of camera there to talk to. And they are never pushy in the sales process — just there to educate and help you find the right product.