i was searching to buy a Nuvi 680 and did online searches for the best prices (such as below)
i found 2 companies where the price was $259 and was shown as available in stock
i ordered it from the lowest priced company and received a confirmation e-mail, asking me to phone them to confirm the purchase which i did:
they tried selling me product insurance plan - i declined. then they tried selling me SD card- i declined.
then i eas told they were out of that model & would not have it in stock dfor 2 weeks. i CANCELLED the order.
I then went to the second company who had the same low price $259 ( some HD camera name)
and placed the order. after calling them back
they also tried selling me product insurance , SD card
and then finally was asked: which maps do i want ?>
2005 or 2008 ?
i replied 2008 naturally, but the unit has the maps already installed - answered: no, our units come without software - the maps are extra $175
i CANCELLED that order as well, and the salesman banged down the phone on me.
i then did a new search and the lowest price found was $348 no shipping or tax
i ordered it from Buydig.com and everything went smoothly without any hassels.
so - be careful what you see out there
I don't know how long you have been shopping online. This concept was so popular a while ago amongst such shadow companies, but obviously not died out completely.
You should have known that behind this low price there is always a catch. As we all know "There is no such thing as free lunch".
I buy most of my electronics online. However, I nearly always purchase from places where customer feedback is posted. i.e. Amazon, etc. It's not an absolute guarantee that your purchase will be without problems but you too will have the opportunity to leave feedback. Most sellers/merchants do all they can to keep their ratings as near 100% as possbile to help keep their sales high.
Before buying from a company you do not know, you should check out their rating on www.resellerratings.com or a similar site. You should also post your good or bad experience there. And post the seller's names here. I've had good experience with buydig. It should surprise no one that there are hucksters out there.
But, one has to be careful as people have pointed out. Make sure you have a recommendation about some place, do some searches to make sure the place has a good reputation. I don't always look for the absolute lowest price, but instead look for the best price for a place I have confidence in.
I noticed the names of the shister companies were not posted. It could help others avoid such tactics if we know in advance who they are. You should also go back to the search site and add a customer comment. It sounds like a good policy would be to call and cancel any order when you get an email requesting you to call them to "Confirm the order".
My Nuvi 660 came from Amazon. The unit was available and delivered on time. All maps installed. They gave me no problems at all.
Let me echo this and reiterate that www.resellerratings.com would have saved you this problem. This site can give you the lowdown on companies that are, well, low down. It can also reassure you that other companies you may never have heard of before are, indeed, reputable businesses.
When buying on the Internet one should always remember that, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true.
I bought my c 580 with free 1 year smsn direct for 249.00 the first one had a dead pixel called AMAZON, they sent me out a new one overnight sent the old one back, after i talked to garmin they couldnt beleive i got it so cheap since the MSN unit is like 130-150 dollars! go to amazon great people great service!
Ditto on the www.resellerratings.com advice. If the company doesn't have at least a 80% approval rating, I look somewhere else.
That is why 95% of the electronics I buy online came from Amazon.
I can absolutely recommend Newegg (http://www.newegg.com) for online electronic purchases.
They specialize in computer parts but have a wide overall electronics selection. Daily specials, top notch product comparison tools, good prices, no tax outside CA, user reviews, and best of all, fast and cheap shipping (3 day UPS is between $6 and $10 for a GPSr).
Their warranties and merchandise return policies vary per product, but generally they are excellent.
When it too good to be true then it not true
When it too good to be true then it not true
Check out the customer ratings....I notice even one very satisfied customer didn't appear very satisfied.... .
I second newegg.com. I have bought several items from them over the years and have always been satisfied. They are great to do business with, good prices and reasonable shipping (if not free).
I purchase a lot of electronics (including my Garmin 680) from tigerdirect.ca and have had no issues whatsoever.
I pay a little extra and buy from amazon and not some no-name company. I have heard to many horror stories
I felt comfortable dealing with Amazon directly instead of one of the independant sellers. Ive purchased from their independent sellers many times before after checking the history and comments from buyers,and have only had one bad experience.
NewEgg is fantastic, they process quick, ship quick, have great customer service and are good with RMA's. I trust Newegg, on the rare occasion that something is not right, they will make it right. When my purchase is critical, Newegg gets the order.
Amazon is also great for a wider range of products, that is where I got my 350 from. The only thing that worries me at times is that Amazon doesn't warehouse and ship all the items that they sell.
Newegg is like the Holy Grail for computer related products and combine with their standard 3 day shipping make it one of the best online retailer store there is.
With Amazon I'm surprise that I don't have to pay tax with every purchase. Sometimes the prices are cheaper than on Newegg and I like the FREE Super Saver Shipping with purchases above $25.00 although I believe they will put you down on the non priority shipping list and so it'll usually take up more than a weeks to get the item ship!
Do the research before you buy. Bottom line.
If is sounds to good to be true. HELLO?
The advice above is good. Amazon, Tiger Direct all very good companies.
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