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ContinuousWave: Small Boat Electrical
|Author||Topic: Electronics Dealers|
posted 05-04-2007 08:44 PM ET (US)
There are hundreds of dealers out there to buy from. the lowest price isn't always the best deal, if the dealer is slow to fill the order, or very high shipping rates as compared to the true shipping cost. They also might say they have it in stock and really not, and not tell you and so you wait and wait. It might be a re-furbised unit or a return.
I just pruchased a new 2007 model Lowrance LMS-527 DF for what i feel is a very good price, as you can see below.
The biggest issue besides price is follow-up communications. They sent me three emails, one confirming the order was received, the second confirming the shipping and a sales receipt, and the third with the tracking info. It was received within the time-frame i expected, new and in an unopened box, and everything was as ordered. I will for sure use them again for other items.
The dealer was Hodges Marine.
posted 05-06-2007 01:58 AM ET (US)
A fair price I agree for this unit. Incidently [another retailer] has this unit for $642 total price includes shipping. Also has great service, very knowledgeable, quick shipping too.
posted 05-06-2007 10:39 AM ET (US)
CONTINUOUSWAVE does not try to maintain an index of retailers and their prices for marine electronics. We leave that task to the new GOOGLE.COM/products website:
In terms of buying a product by mail order or via an order placed electronically, as long as the seller delivers a legitimately authorized product at the advertised price in a timely manner, I do not see a particularly effective way to distinguish among sellers. They either deliver, or they don't.
I recently ordered some marine electronics using the GOOGLE website mentioned above. The payment by credit card is handled through GOOGLE. I feel that this provides some protection against unscrupulous retailers. GOOGLE is a very reputable on-line provider, so I had no hesitation about purchasing through them. Further, I anticipate that GOOGLE will likely not engage in a business relationship with retailers who are not providing authorized products in a timely manner. The imprimatur of the GOOGLE name on a retailer's on-line operation and payment affords me some comfort.
Once a product has been purchased, I have found that the manufacturer generally provides technical support, so it is hard for me to make a differentiation among mail-order or on-line retailers based on the notion that I will have to rely on mail order or on-line the retailer for technical advice. If I need technical advice about a product I would be more likely to seek it from the manufacturer.
I am very familiar with electronic devices and the integration of multiple devices into a system where the devices are interconnected and communicate. However, if I were not, I would not anticipate that an on-line seller or a mail-order seller would be able to provide much help in integrating multiple devices into a system on my vessel. If I needed help like that I would look for a local seller or a local expert installer to assist me.
posted 05-09-2007 08:35 AM ET (US)
does anyone can help me, do you guys know where can if buy new gauges for my 200hp, yamaha engines year 98, in miami, the cheapest place pls, and how much is around? for all 3 pcs, estimated, also if anyone know's any used in good shape will be nice, miami area pls.
posted 05-10-2007 01:44 AM ET (US)
To follow up on my experience using the new GOOGLE.COM/products website for ordering marine electronics, here is my experience with my first order:
I placed the order electronically very late on Friday evening, well after close of business hours. Using my account at GOOGLE.COM I tracked my order. On Monday my order was shipped and I was provided with a tracking number. Using the tracking number and the shipping company's website I was able to track my order as it moved across the country. It was delivered on Wednesday.
I opened the package Wednesday evening, and its contents were in good shape, although the package showed signs of handling.
The total cost for the two items was substantially below any price I had seen previously at an online retailer, and very substantially below the nearest local dealer who had this brand of electronics available. The local dealer did not have any of the items I wanted in stock. Even with a special one-day-only sale promotion and a $10 discount coupon, the local retailer was still much more expensive than the source I located using GOOGLE.COM/products. If I ordered locally I would also have waited for the products to be shipped in.
The GOOGLE.COM/products website has now provided me with a bonus coupon offering a $10 discount on my next order.
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