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I respect your opinion Loco, I just want to make sure that we are not simply being dismissive of the concerns of other forum members on this topic. That's great that you are an advocate of third party grips, but there will be others who remain skeptic or concerned. And they will remain concerned regardless of how many positive reviews there are on Amazon, or regardless of how many negative threads there are on the subjects. Just trying to see both sides of the argument.
I'm not being dismissive of the person's feelings, but I would strive to dismiss any bad information that is exaggerating how concerned anyone should be, especially since these third party grip companies are pricing their gear such that many are helped by the savings. Just trying to help people save their hard earned money and avoid the thinking that leads to buying overpriced gear for wrong reasoning.
We all make foolish decisions, but true foolishness is refusing to admit it. So sure...many have paid way too much for a grip that is not really different than one that cost 1/4th the price, and I get not wanting to face that, but it's not an insult to ourself or others to find we've made a mistake...paying that much for a grip just makes no good sense when the grips are identical and the little badge that says "Nikon" has no real meaning other than spelling out five letters in a row. That's what "brand identity" is about, a company of people who want your money trying so so hard to get you to believe a company's "pitch" of perceived value, that you become willing to give them far more money than the object holds in real value.
"And they will remain concerned regardless of how many positive reviews there are on Amazon,.."
Then that person may want to question why they believe what they believe. If facts can't convey an influence toward truth, then the person isn't interested in truth, or they're dealing with something that is clouding their thinking.
"or regardless of how many negative threads there are on the subjects."
That's the point...there aren't' many negative threads....so why you're trying to make an argument out of the hypothetical when there is no factual grounds for such makes me just wonder what the thought process is? When there is evidence of no real need for concern....is it wise to remain concerned?...That fear tactic is one that companies promote....to their gain and your loss of your hard earned money.
Put it another way...by saving $320 in buying a third party grip over that over-priced Nikon grip...you can buy insurance for years that covers the camera, grip and a lens or three with no-fault coverage. Buying the Nikon grip at $400 you have spent way too much for an $80 item, and you have no money to spend on whatever the other wants are in your life, be it security (then buy insurance possibly), lenses (buy glass), other items (you have over $300 now to go buy them).
I don't dismiss people at all, but I'm happy to help them away from the thinking that dismisses sound reasoning to the detriment of their own finances.
I should add that I respect your opinion as well, I'm not in Mike Tyson Typing mode, punching out views in a pugilistic parry of your own input, just adding my thoughts to your thinking as each of us will have holes potentially in our viewpoints that might benefit from another's involvement.
I understand your point....you wonder why folks worry about the potential risks of using an aftermarket grip because there are numerous positive reviews of aftermarket grips or supposedly there are not as many negative threads as there are positive threads regarding these grips. Whenever I am considering the purchase of any piece of electronics I try to accumulate as many facts as possible and make an informed decision. I think you feel the same way.
But here is the reality....sometimes make decisions despite what all the facts may suggest. Sometimes all it takes is hearing a story, seeing a friend/peer/co-worker, or having a bad experience with aftermarket product to dissuade an individual from purchasing third party products. We can argue "facts" all day long, and they will not listen. Fair or not, I believe there is a negative perception or stigma out there about aftermarket products in general.
While you may feel paying $320 more for an overpriced Nikon grip is foolish or prevents you from having discretionary income to spend on other items, some individuals do not care. These individuals may have an abundance of disposable income. Some may feel they obtain peace of mind from purchasing the Nikon grip and not having to worry about potentially negating their warranty is worth the $320 premium. Others may purchase authentic Nikon accessories because they believe it will make it easier if they elect to sell their camera in the future.
In my opinion....that's okay. Different strokes for different folks.