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mbking1 posted 03-26-2002 08:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for mbking1   Send Email to mbking1  
Can anyone suggest a good vendor for the Garmin line? I am looking for best price and excellent customer service in case there is any problems. Thanks
reelescape1 posted 03-26-2002 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I just bought a 182 from VIT in Fla. for $615 w/$11 shipping. Thats the best price I found.
triblet posted 03-26-2002 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet

If you don't see it listed, call or e-mail


humboldt jim posted 03-27-2002 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for humboldt jim  Send Email to humboldt jim     
i don't know how the prices compare, mb, but West Marine let me upgrade my first Garmin GPS with a the next step up after I determined it did not have the map coverage I desired. Full refund after two months in the salt. I consider that to be excellent customer service.

BTW, I contacted Garmin directly after a season of pounding and fishing becuse my machine was shutting down on the wave slam. They sent me a new power cord for free, another example of fine service. Don't know yet if it has solved the problem though.

ChrisCT posted 03-27-2002 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisCT  Send Email to ChrisCT     
Just bought an GPSMap 76 for $305 inlcluding shipping from Ebay best I saw was $300 plus shipping. $350 at westmarine, overton's doesn;t have it listed.
Eric posted 03-27-2002 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
While West Marine, Boater's World, etc. don't have the best prices compared to mail order/internet, I found a way to make it work for me. West offers a 10% discount when you open a charge card with them. I did that, added 10% off for a storewide sale, added an additional 10% off on electronics, got a small credit as a West Advantage member (free membership), and ended up with a Garmin 76 for about $150. By buying over a thousand dollars in merchandise that day, I got six months no interest, and paid it off just prior to the end of the period.
wildeone posted 03-28-2002 07:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for wildeone  Send Email to wildeone     
I got a Garmin 168 sounder/GPS almost two years ago. The price from Consumer Marine Electronics was terrific and the knowledge was much better than your local marine store.
As a matter of fact, Consumers prices were then and now better than anyone else.


triblet posted 03-28-2002 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I've commpared to CME.
was cheaper. CME will be slightly better than
or the same as West. And Daryl at tvnav (it's
a one man operation, near as I can tell), really
knows Garmin.

And a major turn off for me is that CME's catalog
is full of mispelled words and some factual


where2 posted 03-28-2002 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
I've stopped tracking the number of people in my office that have used Customer service is great. Prices are below those that Garmin allows them to advertise. West sets their prices at or above the minimum advertised price Garmin allows.
TightPenny posted 03-29-2002 02:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
I got my GPSMAP 235 at West Marine. I found the best on line price I could, printed it out and they matched the price. Since I deal with a West Marine in an Urban Enterprise Zone, I only paid half the tax.
PMUCCIOLO posted 03-31-2002 01:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
I have a Garmin 3XX GPS. It has a silver or gray case and has a map with WAAS. It is brand new, in the box--I've never even opened it. I don't need it, I need a fixed mount one. I can't return it (the 30 days are up).

Let me know if you're interested. I'll mail it to


Tsuriki BW posted 03-31-2002 02:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Try Three Rivers Marine Electronics..

Great service and great prices. Very knowledgeble people.



Tsuriki BW posted 03-31-2002 02:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Damn spaces...and no edit...LOL


triblet posted 03-31-2002 09:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I don't think Garmin has ever made a "3XX".
They did make a "GPS 3" and "GPS 3+".
And I don't think either of those did WAAS.


mbking1 posted 03-31-2002 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     
Thanks Chuck, I sent Paul an email to get clarification on the model number. Mark
mbking1 posted 04-01-2002 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     

I ordered the 168 today from Daryl at TVNAV. Thanks for all the great info! Mark

PMUCCIOLO posted 04-01-2002 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
It's a Garmin, silvery case, map, WAAS, waterproof. I think that maybe it's a 76? I can't recall the number! The box is in my closet (unopened). I think that it retails for about $369? I'll check out the box.


ChrisCT posted 04-02-2002 08:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisCT  Send Email to ChrisCT     
It sounds like the Garmin GPS Map76 I just bought. Retails all over for $349. Can be found on Ebay or on onternet for between 302 and $320 including shipping (no tax)... If it's the GPS 76 (No 'map' in front of 76) then it's worth more like $225 to $250 (not as sure on those prices. New model GPS Map 76(s) now out for around $400 (Has 24 MB memory instead of the 8 MB in the previous models - 5000 waypoints instead of 500). I say leave it on here for another day or so or else put it on ebay for just under $300. A few sell there each day around that price.
PMUCCIOLO posted 04-03-2002 01:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
It is a GPS Map 76. Let me know if anyone's interested.


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