bfaddict wrote:buying from ebay or craigslist for something so expensive makes me REALLY nervous!
my parents are buying it for me for xmas so I want to be able to find them the best deal but I know my dad won't go for buying it on ebay, he got screwed over big time with buying some electronic stuff on there. and my dad is HUGE HUGE HUGE into buying extended service warranties with the store. i think it just makes him feel better about the purchase, plus we have used them quite a bit in the past so they do end up being handy.
Now after saying that I think I will check out ebay and keep an eye out for the sellers with 80k+ in sales. most likely they probably have their own business and website to make them a little more legit.
I don't blame your dad if he has had bad dealings. The extended warranties are nice.
There are some warranties out there that I believe include being able to send your camera in like once a year to have it professionally cleaned. I am not sure if Best Buy offers that or just camera stores <it comes through Canon I would think Nikon has the same>. Anyway, it might be good to ask, as getting your camera cleaned can be a bit costly.