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I have a small studio. I want to sell DSLR cameras.

What criteria is there to become an authorized camera dealer for companies like Canon, Nikon?

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May I ask why you want to sell new cameras? The retail side of camera sales are under huge pressure, local camera stores have been closing for years. Ritz/Wolf went bankrupt. The margins are very thin, and you have to compete with both Amazon and places like B+H and Adorama. Far too many people go to a local store to touch the camera and ask questions, and then go online because the price is a few dollars cheaper. It hard to make a buck at it. Most stores make all of their profit on accessories, not the bodies or lenses. –  Pat Farrell Jan 6 '13 at 19:19
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You should contact them directly! we can't answer on their behalf! –  Omne Jan 6 '13 at 23:03
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@Pat for a small studio owner, the real motivation might be getting their own equipment at wholesale prices and the reputation that comes with being "authorized", not actually making profit by selling a lot. –  Imre Jan 7 '13 at 10:32
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@imre, interesting speculation. I don't think the difference between wholesale to prices at places such as B+H or Adorama would be worth it. I could be wrong. I know in other businesses, such as the motor scooter business where I own a store, the franchise/brand has minimum yearly sales requirements to keep the deal. So you won't move enough for yourself to keep the deal. –  Pat Farrell Jan 7 '13 at 19:58
    
I would recommend starting with used camera sales and see where that goes. Do you have a good location? Are you going to sell online? –  Skaperen Mar 2 '13 at 16:25

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The requirements vary in different countries. There are local marketing offices for Nikon Network and Canon; contact them to get the requirements and marketing materials in order to become authorized.

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You will need to have an established business and they may require you to stock a minimum amount of product. You can contact Nikon or Canon direct (see Imre's answer) or contact a local Nikon/Canon distributor in your area.

There is an article here on becoming a Nikon reseller.

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