Yeah, Michaels and Teds have to be the most expensive around, I've bought just about everything I have from DigiDirect, mainly when it used to be Camera Action.
I didn't realise they took it over (or changed their name), but I have bought something in the past from Camera Action (online) & later from DigiDirect (in Sydney) when I got the E-M5 kit. I noticed they have the E-M1 body at a good price but all else is dearer than where I have bought various items from since (CamBuy) with even better prices & excellent friendly service. What I don't like is when DigiDirect over-inflates the RR price in their advertising, stating the E-M1 body was $1799 when it was never that high & at $1599. It's dishonest advertising as far as I'm concerned.
But Teds offer an official price-matching scheme through their website, don't they? I actually used it once for a camera bag. The price to match cannot be a grey import item, of course.
Yes, here it is: http://www.teds.com.au/teds-info/price-promise/
It worked fine for me. Note that they say it is only online, not through stores, so don't ask store staff to price match.
A nice advantage is that after getting a match, one can have it delivered to the local store for pickup (prepaid), so I actually saved on shipping from the alternative outlet.
Wow, that's $20 cheaper again than the digidirect price. It seemed that digidirect was struggling to fill orders but I just received my E-M1 after about three weeks. Unfortunately it needs to straight back to Olympus with that sticky rear dial issue.
I also read in the Olympus cash back fineprint that you should allow up to 12 weeks to receive your money![/QUOTE]
That's to cover their buts. In the email they sent says to allow up to six weeks, so we shall see. To be fair, it is "cash back" & they would need the payments from the retailers (& wholesale buying groups) for it to be a "cash back" & the usual thing with payments like these is, what is ordered this month gets paid to Olympus by the end of next month (assuming that is the policy), hence the long wait for us.