. . . to hell with ’em; play your own game.
After much deliberation, and even going against my MIC disinterest, I decided to get an a6600 as a Sony backup. After what’s starting to seem more like detective work, amid visits to Sony’s flagship and a few other local shops, I learned that there’s no stock. Worse, as best I could deduce, the only Sony APS-C available locally is the a6400.
Within two hours I’d located a secondhand copy of a much-preferred a6500 (made in Thailand), and proceeded to secure it. I’ve already set it up and tested basic functions to my satisfaction. Oh, and it was a little more than a third of the cost of a new a6600.
No idea what’s going on with the local camera retail business, but I do know that the normally-affable people I’ve dealt with in the past seem to be more of sourish disposition these days. Except those who are primarily in the secondhand business. Maybe the manufacturers are jerking their chains, too.
No problem from me, though, now that I’ve caught on. The secondhand market is fairly glutted with stock, some of it barely used. Game on! 😊