EBay would be the absolute best place to find some, they got some prices that are hard to believe ... I got a pair from a vendor on EBay and saved over $200 on the purchase when compared to catalog and stores ... (Free shipping) ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
I have got great binos from pawn shops. They don't give the owners anything for them, which makes them a good buy. I just picked up a Bushnell 8X42 National Audubon Society bino for $15.00. They retail over $88.
We have an Alaskan cruise planned for this summer and would like any of your recommendations for the best sort of binoculars for the trip. We will be on a big ship cruising the ocean and the inland waterways, flying over Mt. McKinley, taking a train ride through picturesque landscape and whale watching.
Try Amazon. Com. They are contracted to sell. They can name their own price but can't put it in print. Pick your item, put it in your cart to get the price. You can always cancel. Do your research first before you buy. I get a lot of my best buys that way. Just bought a 55" Samsung led TV, 8000 series
For $1500, cheapest I could find that particular Samsung was for $2300.
Vortex would be your best place to look. They offer a VIP lifetime guarantee no matter how you break them. Run over them with a truck or drop them down a mountain side they simply send you a new pair if they can not repair them to new condition. Absolute great people to deal with as well.
I recently was looking for a new set of field glasses and after extensive review and glassing MANY different models I chose the Vortex Viper HD 8x42. I compared them to Swaro, Leica, and Zeiss which were considerably more money and didn't notice an appreciable difference (I'm sure the big three are better but not for the money IMO). I bought mine at Cabela's for $ 580.00. Compare them to the 8x42 Swaro's that retail for $ 2,400.00 and tell me if you can see a $ 1,800.00 difference, I couldn't. Regards, Randy Price aka FIB.
If you don't mind taking a bit of a gamble the nobetterdeal website has some bargains. Keep in mind that this merchandise is usually returns to Amazon with packaging issues. Opened and returned or packaging damaged and refused by the customer. Amazon ships it out to this company because it can not be listed as brand new on Amazon.
I took a gamble on a Barska spotting scope that was regular priced at $110 on Amazon and ebay. Got it for $43 shipped on nobetterdeal. The product box had been opened but the scope was still wrapped in the original plastic and works perfectly.
When your buying binos, typically you put them to your eyes inside the store with plenty of light. Or maybe you walk outside and try them but 9 times out of 10 your trying them in the daytime. Where Swarovski, and Leica bury the competition is low light situations , you will see the $1,800.00 difference.
Coldtrail, I disagree. I tried a new pair of Swaro's in evening/low light conditions and was amazed at the Vortex Viper HD. Try it for yourself as I speak from experience. My Brother in law is a Swaro fan and he was blown away by the Vipers for the price.
Picked up a pair of Nikon Action 10 x 40 at Cabella's for $50 to keep in the car. Very clear optics and they appear to be well made. They cost way less than my Zeiss did and are probably 97% as good. The 3% difference is not worth the price difference in my opinion. Don't know how they will hold up over the long term but I have several Nikon scopes on my rifles and they work very well and for the price difference I can afford to replace them every year if I have to for a long, long time.