Blast from the past!

 

I couldn't believe the e-mail promotion I got from Amazon today with the subject line "Garmin Nuvi 780 Portable GPS..." for $304.99!

Really? A new nuvi 780? $305!? That device came out in 2007! Well, it is bundled with a bean bag mount, screen protectors and a WHOPPING 2 GB SD card! AND GUESS WHAT ELSE ... a MSN Direct traffic receiver! Of course it comes preloaded with City Navigator North America NT map. I wonder what map version that will be (2008 I presume)? No lifetime map updates of course, as Garmin didn't offer a lifetime map subscription until 2009. I wonder if Garmin will honor what they then offered .... the NuMaps Gaurantee, a one-time map update to the latest version if you updated in the first 90 days. Oh wait! ... nope, 2019.11 won't fit on that 2GB card! laugh out loud

With some concern about address spoofing and possible malware, I checked the message headers and it did indeed come from Amazon. So I couldn't resist and clicked on the link. Here it is folks: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CWP4M4/ref=pe_231336....

Only 17 left in stock! Get one while you can! But you probably better plan on making a call to Garmin Customer Support to repair that dead battery under warranty! shock rolleyes exclaim

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

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Well

there is a sucker born every minute.
On the same page is a newer Garmin 5" 58 LMT for $ 79.93

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, 3790LMT passed on to my daughter. Using Windows 10. DashCam with GPS.

Amusing Price?

Although it's listed on Amazon, the vendor is a Amazon market place vendor(Firemall LLC). The best of luck to anyone foolish enough paying $305.99 for a GPS that was released on 8/2007.
What a joke, how is it possible they are advertising the unit as NEW.
Amazon needs to screen their vendors more carefully.

Look at other vendors advertising a 780 on Amazon for USED Units.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001CWP4M4/ref=dp_ol...

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

New.

I don't doubt that they are "new" ... probably some forgotten inventory that was recently discovered or sold from a store closing. Being bundled with a 2 GB SD card certainly makes it seem like it was bundled/packaged 10 years ago. Our friend T923347 pointed out in another forum that Garmin still shows this item on their web site with the original MSRP of $599.99! I suppose if the seller is uninformed about the low street value for these old electronics, they might have used the Garmin MSRP to set the price. It will be fun to see if the quantity of the item goes down, indicating that someone bought it ... maybe as a collectors item?

I too was surprised that Amazon sent this out as the "feature" item on their e-mail ad. I suppose the seller paid Amazon to feature that item.

In any case it is an interesting item to be marketing in 2018.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Yes

Yes it's a great deal compared to this:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/13479

grin

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s, HereWeGo for Android.

New nuvi 780

Interestingly, there is a "new" nuvi 780 being offered on eBay right now for a more reasonable $24.99 or Best Offer.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Garmin-nuvi-780-Automotive-Mountabl...

It looks like the used ones are listing in the $20 to $50 range.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Yippee!

t923347 wrote:

Yes it's a great deal compared to this:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/13479

grin

Yippee, 49% off MSRP. Such a deal.

Hmm

alandb wrote:

Interestingly, there is a "new" nuvi 780 being offered on eBay right now for a more reasonable $24.99 or Best Offer.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Garmin-nuvi-780-Automotive-Mountabl...

It looks like the used ones are listing in the $20 to $50 range.

Hmm, a "new" anicent product but from a zero feedback seller. That's issue #1. Issue #2 is that it'd come without lifetime map updates and I wonder what map version it has...and haven't the standalone lifetime update subscriptions gone the way of the dodo?

Map Version.

My guess it would be CN NA 2008. It could possibly be 2009.

My son is still using his nuvi 755T with the original CN NA 2009 map (that is why he is getting the DriveLuxe 50 for his birthday) wink

Although we sometimes complain that map changes are so slow, try using CN NA 2009 for a while and you will appreciate your 2019.11! Ten years of changes in roads, POI's, speed limits, etc. makes a HUGE difference.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Out of curiosity

alandb wrote:

My guess it would be CN NA 2008. It could possibly be 2009.

My son is still using his nuvi 755T with the original CN NA 2009 map (that is why he is getting the DriveLuxe 50 for his birthday) wink

Although we sometimes complain that map changes are so slow, try using CN NA 2008 for a while and you will appreciate your 2019.11! Ten years of changes in roads, POI's, speed limits, etc. makes a HUGE difference.

Out of curiosity, I contacted the Seller who confirmed the item has never been powered up and who responded very promptly. I wonder if it'd be given the one free map update that Garmin offers to new items...

Wow!

t923347 wrote:

Yes it's a great deal compared to this:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/13479

grin

That Garmin page shows 1 to 3 business days availability! Do you suppose Garmin really still has them in stock?

Edit: Nope! I see now that there is no "Buy Now" or
"Find a Dealer" link.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Still keep my 260 updated

CraigW wrote:
alandb wrote:

Interestingly, there is a "new" nuvi 780 being offered on eBay right now for a more reasonable $24.99 or Best Offer.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Garmin-nuvi-780-Automotive-Mountabl...

It looks like the used ones are listing in the $20 to $50 range.

...and haven't the standalone lifetime update subscriptions gone the way of the dodo?

Good thing I purchased a life-time update subscription for my ancient 260. I still keep it updated with new maps.
Even though I have not used the little guy stays for quite some time, it brings back fond memories.

Lifetime map update subscriptions.

They are getting scarce, but iSave claims to still have them: https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-n%C3%BCMaps-Lifetime-America-U...

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Memories

Yup, I too remember those days. I'll keep my current one, thanks. Love the lane guidance and voice command

Interesting

alandb wrote:

I couldn't believe the e-mail promotion I got from Amazon today with the subject line "Garmin Nuvi 780 Portable GPS..." for $304.99!

Really? A new nuvi 780? $305!? That device came out in 2007! Well, it is bundled with a bean bag mount, screen protectors and a WHOPPING 2 GB SD card! AND GUESS WHAT ELSE ... a MSN Direct traffic receiver! Of course it comes preloaded with City Navigator North America NT map. I wonder what map version that will be (2008 I presume)? No lifetime map updates of course, as Garmin didn't offer a lifetime map subscription until 2009. I wonder if Garmin will honor what they then offered .... the NuMaps Gaurantee, a one-time map update to the latest version if you updated in the first 90 days. Oh wait! ... nope, 2019.11 won't fit on that 2GB card! laugh out loud

With some concern about address spoofing and possible malware, I checked the message headers and it did indeed come from Amazon. So I couldn't resist and clicked on the link. Here it is folks: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CWP4M4/ref=pe_231336....

Only 17 left in stock! Get one while you can! But you probably better plan on making a call to Garmin Customer Support to repair that dead battery under warranty! shock rolleyes exclaim

Definitely a puzzle.

I find it interesting that the 27 Amazon reviews and the 5 questions for the product are dated between 2011 and 2015. Strange for a 2007 product. I don't remember the 780 being available for than long.

It rivals the length of time the very popular new model 3597's were on the market.

Chinese GPS's - What A Deal

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CWP4M4/ref=pe_2313360_...

While viewing the original ad for the 780 from Firemall LLC I saw ads for Chinese GPS’s.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078W53HZ5/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?ps...

If you click on “Sponsored product related to this product”, you will see 4 vendors selling GPS’s from the 60.00 range. Here is one of them selling for $61.99.

“Product description Package Includes :
1*GPS navigator,
1*Car Charger for cigarette lighter outlet,
1*USB Cable for data transmission,
1*Suction Cup Mount,
1*Back Bracket,
1*User Manual,
1*Sun shade

Notice: We have pre-installed the latest North & South American maps. The new map will be updated at first and last quarter of 2018. And we will send you a Amazon message of how the update to be done. If you have any questions, please contact us.”

I can’t even imagine what kind of GPS unit buyers would be receiving. razz https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CWP4M4/ref=pe_2313360_...

While viewing the original ad for the 780 from Firemall LLC I saw ads for Chinese GPS’s.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078W53HZ5/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?ps...

If you click on “Sponsored product related to this product”, you will see 4 vendors selling GPS’s from the 60.00 range. Here is one of them selling for $61.99.

“Product description Package Includes :
1*GPS navigator,
1*Car Charger for cigarette lighter outlet,
1*USB Cable for data transmission,
1*Suction Cup Mount,
1*Back Bracket,
1*User Manual,
1*Sun shade

Notice: We have pre-installed the latest North & South American maps. The new map will be updated at first and last quarter of 2018. And we will send you a Amazon message of how the update to be done. If you have any questions, please contact us.”

I can’t even imagine what kind of GPS unit buyers would be receiving. shock razz
I wonder what the source is for the map updates.

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

Love this bulleted item...

8GB ROM for you to storage the maps you wanna. Voice adjustable for different need, you'll never miss your exit or turn with advanced Lane Guidance. It shows you exactly which lane to take before you approach an exit, turn or difficult intersection.

How do you store on ROM?

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Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

cheap gps may not good.

cheap gps may not good.

Thanks....

This was very entertaining.

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RKF (Bethesda, MD) Garmin Nuvi 660, 360 & Street Pilot

Still time to get one!

As of today ... 17 still in stock. I guess they haven't sold any yet. Surprise! Surprise! shock

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Hold me back!

alandb wrote:

As of today ... 17 still in stock. I guess they haven't sold any yet. Surprise! Surprise! shock

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Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

Storage Locker Find

Someone probably bought a lot of electronics from a liquidation / Bankruptcy auction. They then Googled what it cost when it came out and now are trying to recoup their investment.