Legit or Fake Business?

There’s a specific camera I’m looking to purchase and Google stated the best price for it is this store which does not have a Google “Seller Rating”.  I’m only going to provide pictures and avoid using any text or a URL linked directly to the business in case they are a legit business, I don’t want to hurt any online ranking.


Reasons why I have my suspicions after not being able to find much stuff online about the store just doing a casual search.

  1. On the bottom of their homepage are links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, but each takes you to accounts of this business.
    Giving them the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they are just using this business to manage their online store and web presence.
  2. Using Google Maps, here’s the street view of the street address listed on their website. I clicked around Google Maps on the area, and at one point, it listed a rehab facility. I never could find the name of the business.
  3. I searched for the phone number provided on their website. Instead of a California area code, it’s a North Carolina area code.
  4. I looked up the city’s chamber of commerce, and it’s not listed.

I don’t want to discredit a legit business, but as a consumer, I’m also trying to do my due diligence and wanted to get your input in case I was missing something.



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8 Responses to Legit or Fake Business?

  1. -dB says:

    amazon.com It's not worth the going cheaper with a place that sketchy.

  2. Ha. says:

    whois record says domain was created on July 26, 2016. Also, they don't appear to have that registered trademark.

  3. John Mackovic says:

    Run away!

  4. Gary says:

    I love digging into these kinds of things. So they also own rickscameras.com and are somehow related to factoryofficial.com. That guy seems to own a ton of sites selling odds and ends. What's interesting is there are a lot of little websites like sunglassmafia.com that all seem to be related and the owners all live around that Lexington Ave area. My guess is they have access to cheap import goods and are just building sites to sell excess inventory. I think the CA address is just to give them a local look on the west coast.

  5. Gary says:

    The more I read, I bet they just changed their name… factory official gets bad reviews… https://www.trustpilot.com/review/factoryofficial

  6. Guy says:

    I have had good luck with Adorama and B&H Photo. The latter is where I purchased my last two SLRs. Low prices and legit places.

  7. Neighbor Payne says:

    Looks like they stole the logo from Malibu Boats. Pass!


  8. Ben W. says:

    I second Guy's recommendations. Bought my last DSLR from Adorama – good price on a package deal, and a legit seller. Good customer service, too.

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