I did notice there had been a thread on this in the old forum but I could not find one here in the new one (If I missed it I am sorry).
I have had a little discussion on this topic in the D7000 worth buying thread but thought this tpic should have its own thread.
A brief outline of why I am looking at grey imports.
As I mentioned before (in the d7000 thread) I live in Australia where we seem to be ripped off for ALL electrical products imported to Australia with our dollar currently greater than parity v the US dollar (which most trade is done in) I would hope local pricing might be similar. I am in the market some time soon for a new more pro body than my current D5000 and it seems looking at local stores pricing for official Nikon bodies the price versus the US can often be many hundred dollars more. As for Grey import version they seem to often be a few dollars cheaper than the US price.
In my case I have been looking at a D7000 as a possible upgrade option (but I am likely to get its replacement if it turns out to be good or go up to the 600) and a quick look at prices comes up with this. Local store official Nikon for body only $1,209AU (2yr warranty), grey import local website $799+29AU shipping (1 year store warranty), bhphoto (as rough US price guide) $896.95US +bonuses(1year grey?). In this example I would save about $381 going for a grey import and could add a 5 year warranty for $259 and still be over $100 better off and covered for longer. As for versus US pricing it works out only a few dollars different but shows this grey import is a good deal at least for price.
So what I would love to hear you opinions on would you or have you ever bought a grey import? Have you ever had any problems with it and needed repairing? Would you or did you buy an extended warranties from the shop to cover you better?