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myakka posted 10-29-2005 09:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for myakka   Send Email to myakka  
[The author solicits comments about the vendor] Marine Electronics Unlimited.
fno posted 10-31-2005 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Dave's Marine Electronics has always been good to me.
myakka posted 10-31-2005 06:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
I found a Standard horizon PS1000 on the website [of the vendor Marine Electronics Unlimited] for $136. WestMarine sells it for $219. It seems too good to believe.
swist posted 10-31-2005 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
Not a good benchmark. West Marine's prices are consistently the highest in the business.
kglinz posted 10-31-2005 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
As "fno" says, "Dave's Marine". His price is $133....
myakka posted 10-31-2005 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
I just checked out Broken Leg Dave. $133 for the ps1000. Thanks fno
JOHN W MAYO posted 10-31-2005 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for JOHN W MAYO  Send Email to JOHN W MAYO     
Check out

they have given good inexpensive service on what I have from them.

JOHN W MAYO posted 10-31-2005 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JOHN W MAYO  Send Email to JOHN W MAYO     
Bethel Marine's LOW Price $137.95
HuronBob posted 10-31-2005 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob

you wouldn't need to buy there, but it gives you a good place to compare prices...

your search there is:

myakka posted 11-01-2005 04:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
Huron bob
Using "" is how this all started.
HuronBob posted 11-01-2005 07:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    
The circle of life. or what goes around comes around or you reap what you sow or, oh, never mind.
TC Goldman posted 11-01-2005 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for TC Goldman  Send Email to TC Goldman     
I know West Marine is high on prices but the one here in town matches prices. They just wanted a web site or phone # to confirm and also added on the shipping price.

I've done it on electronics and even a 6-HP Mercury outboard motor. I'm guessing all of there stores do it?

HuronBob posted 11-01-2005 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    
We've had a lengthy discussion on the local fly fishing discussion board regarding the pros/cons of making purchases locally at the local fly shop vs. the big national chains vs. internet purchases.

The bottom line seemed to be that folks generally preferred to make purchases from small retailers locally, even if it meant paying a bit more, local chain stores were next, with the internet being last on the list.

The question that is always the stickler for me, is as follows: If the difference between West Marine and a web site (as per the prices initially quoted in this thread) is that West Marine tacks on an additional 60-percent when they are actually willing to sell (price matching) for the lower price, what kind of retailer am I dealing with? I can see paying a premium for the brick and mortar needed to have a physical presence, but isn't 60-percent a bit much?

When someone "price matches" I get the feeling that they are saying "Hey, if you're stupid enough to pay my higher price, good for me. If you push me into a corner by showing me that everyone else is selling it cheaper, then I'll fold and sell it to you at the fair price." Just feels like I'm dealing with a dishonest person. I would rather someone just say to me, "Hey, this is the price I need to charge to make a reasonable profit and stay in business."

Should the lower internet prices drive down the local price? Would that start to happen if we just refused to shop someplace that inflated prices to that degree..

bsmotril posted 11-01-2005 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
When buying electronics, it is nice to have a brick and mortar store that will do exchanges or returns. My local West store also matches prices, including those from Internet E-Stores. I've bought everything from $2,000 radars, to $50 GPS software from my local West Marine using their price matching policy. In some cases, it resulted in a 40% discount off of the listed West Marine price. And if West does not have it, the Boat US store down the street has the same matching policy. BillS
Chuck Tribolet posted 11-01-2005 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
For some reason, the PS1000 is an extreme example.

I've been lusting after the Humminbird 987C side scan.
West has it for $1999.99 less the 5% rebate from my West
Advantage card, so $1899. Dave's is $1839.99. Still cheaper,
but a MUCH smaller difference. And West website mentioned
that Humminbird has a rebate deal: Free barometric pressure
monitory (yawn) and RAM mount. Dave's didn't.

Net: do your homework. Mostly I'm waiting to see one in
action before I drop that kind of bread.


kingfish posted 11-01-2005 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I agree with Chuck re: homework, and while I don't philosophically disagree entirely with HuronBob about "windfall" profits, I've not witnessed those kinds of differences from WM to online vendors either.

I have had good luck with all three online vendors mentioned, but another aspect for landlocked lubbers like me is that the nearest WM is a little more than an hour away, and not really on my way to anywhere, so shopping online is more of a necessity for me than it is for some.


srax6 posted 11-01-2005 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for srax6  Send Email to srax6     

I responded to the thread in the electronics page....I have the 987c on my outrage. Give a read and ask me any further questions. By the way got mine at consumers marine, I payed $1820 at the start of the season (they matched an internet froogle price).


jimh posted 11-01-2005 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have no experience with the vendor mentioned in the original article.
jimh posted 11-01-2005 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There is little value-added opportunity for an electronics vendor. The only comparison is generally on price.

I tend to prefer buying items from my local store if the price differential is not outrageous.

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