Tamron camera lenses and accessories are sold in the United States through authorized dealers selected by Tamron. Authorized Tamron Retailers receive training and product knowledge, and are chosen for their ability to represent the brand. Tamron provides a warranty on products sold only by authorized dealers on eBay.
If you purchase a Tamron product from an unauthorized dealer, you are not entitled to the Tamron warranty coverage, repairs, tech support, or rebates, even if the seller claims that you are. The Tamron products sold by unauthorized dealers are purchased by the seller on the “grey” market, and are usually the import version of the product.
An import version basically means that the product was meant for sale in a different country. For example, a camera lens that was meant for the UK market, being sold in the US. The import version is usually the same exact product, just without the warranty. As described in the Tamron warranty page, their warranties are region specific. In other words….that camera lens that was meant to be sold in the UK, will only be warrantied in the UK. Usually, these products will be labeled as either “import version” or “international version”.
Purchasing from an authorized dealer guarantees that you not only receive the full Tamron warranty and tech support, but also that the product you are purchasing is authentic, and meets your expectations for quality, function, and design.
With that said, the following is a list of Tamron authorized dealers who sell on eBay. Click on the logo to see more details about the store/seller.
Just keep in mind – If you don’t see a seller listed here, it doesn’t mean that they are selling fake, or non-authentic products. It just means that they are not authorized by Tamron to sell their products, and are not buying the merchandise from Tamron. In the majority of cases, the warranty will not be honored by Tamron. Look out for phrases like “Seller provided warranty”, or “Limited Warranty”, etc. These types of warranties will almost always be for less than 1 year. Often times, they are for just 30 or 90 days, and just protect you from DOA products. (A listing of original Tamron warranties is below).
On the other hand, if you are looking at a Tamron camera lens from one of the stores above, and wondering if the item is fake – purchase with confidence! These stores have been verified with Tamron USA to be authorized dealers. You are receiving an authentic product, and are entitled to the full original manufacturer’s warranty.
For reference, these are the manufacturer warranty periods for Tamron products:
- Lenses – 6 years from date of purchase
- Teleconverters – 6 years from date of purchase
This list updated as of 8/25/2017.