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Whaler_bob posted 02-06-2007 11:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for Whaler_bob  
Nice thing about the winter in the North East is that there’s some time to shop around for boating needs unlike during the frantic summertime. That’s the only upside I can see to single digit outside temperatures.
I now have a need to be able to shuttle my Garmin 178C GPS/Sonar between two different boats. My 178C uses the external GPS antenna, not the built in version. It also uses a transom mounted sonar transducer for water depth and bottom contour information. It mounts to the dash with a swivel bracket and also needs a power & data cable to interface with the GPS antenna, sonar transducer and 12 volt DC power.
I went to the official Garmin website for the OEM part numbers and the factory accessory pricing. I was pretty much ready to order from the Garmin online store, when I decided to price shop with Google and Pricegrabber. Now I’m glad I did, I can save $77 on a $181 dollar purchase. So, with an investment of half an hour in time, my total layout went from $181 to $103 (both require shipping charges) for the same exact items from the same manufacturer.
Guess it pays to shop around for marine electronics…


Garmin Online Store Pt#
GA29 GPS Antenna 010-00174-03 $59.99
Marine Swivel Bracket 010-10522-00 $29.00
Cig ltr power/data cable 010-10208-00 $29.00
Transducer 010-10105-00 $63.64
Total $181.63

xxxxxxx.com Pt#
GA29 GPS Antenna 010-00174-03 $74.00
Marine Swivel Bracket 010-10522-00 $24.00
Cig ltr power/data cable 010-10208-00 $23.00
Transducer 010-10105-00 $34.00
Total $155.00

zzzzzzzz.net Pt#
GA29 GPS Antenna 010-00174-03 $41.30
Marine Swivel Bracket 010-10522-00 $22.92
Cig ltr power/data cable 010-10208-00 $22.92
Transducer 010-10105-00 $43.56
Total $130.70

yyyyyyyy.net Pt#
GA29 GPS Antenna 010-00174-03 $34.14
Marine Swivel Bracket 010-10522-00 $16.33
Cig ltr power/data cable 010-10208-00 $16.33
Transducer 010-10105-00 $36.23
Total $103.03

WT posted 02-06-2007 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
zzzzzzzz.net gets a pretty low rating (2.98 or 5.98 out of 10) from resellerratings.com.

vvvvvvvvv.com rates a 9.7/10.

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/zzzzzzzz

Warren

Whaler_bob posted 02-06-2007 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler_bob    
Hmmmmm.... I've ordered computer parts from zzzzzzz, and was satisfied with their service. That was 2+ years ago, but I looked at the reviews on reseller ratings and am not 100% confident that I'll use thenerds now. If I do use thenerds, I'll use a credit card with a good protest policy.
Frank O posted 02-06-2007 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Frank O  Send Email to Frank O     
I've bought several pieces of electronics gear from wwwwwwwwwwwww, which came in at $42.99 on the Garmin antenna mentioned above. They get 7.69/10 on resellerratings.com.

Given that the list price on the antenna is $59.99, it's boggling that another retailer is asking $74.00.


jimh posted 02-06-2007 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
CONTINUOUSWAVE does not really make any attempt to collect data on vendor customer satisfaction or price points. Anecdotal reports about a few vendors are not particularly convincing of their low price or reputation. As already seen, there are other websites which focus on collecting information about customer satisfaction for on-line retailers. And, for collecting low-price information, it is hard to beat FROOGLE.COM.

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