I'm looking to buy my first GPS, and have an idea what i want, it's between Garmin, TomTom, Magellan. I talked to a salesperson at Radio Shack. And was told there is a problem with the touch pad on all of them. And he suggested I buy the extended warranty. said problems show after about a year of use. Anyone know about this, or is he just pushing their warranty?
I've had GPS's for years and never had a touch pad problem. These places like R.S. make money on extended warranties and sometimes make up stories. I got the Garmin C550. It depends if you want items like bluetooth for a phone, local traffic warnings, etc. Mine was sold at Radio Shack, Best Buy and others for 500.00. On-line you can find it for much lower. I got mine delivered at $ 350.00
Yes,it's possibly to have problems down the road. I've gotten the extended warranty on my video ipod just so I can have the piece of mind that if I do have a problem, it's covered.
Radio Shack and many other retailers get most of their profit from these extended warranties. RS is especially pushy about them.
I plan on buying the warranty anyway but don't care for lies to get me to do it.
just tell me the truth. It's nice comfort of mind and anyone can get a dud.
read my reply to striper.
I talked to a salesperson at Radio Shack. And was told there is a problem with the touch pad on all of them. And he suggested I buy the extended warranty. said problems show after about a year of use. Anyone know about this, or is he just pushing their warranty?
What a thing to say to a customer. That to me takes points off buying the unit altogether. Its manmade and therefore will not last forever. I would have purchased elsewhere because to me why is the salesperson attempting to sell an item but in turn speak negatively about it? J.M.O
I've had mine since Christmas, no touch pad problems same with the one I gave as a gift. I keep the protective paper on mine.
If you buy with AMEX on Amazon.com or get it through Costco (online or warehouse), you'll get purchase protection without having to pay for an extended warranty from these electronic stores.
Most of the time you can find lower prices online.
I bought one at buydig.com and the other at amazon.com using my AMEX. My sister got her Nuvi 270 at AbesofMaine.com.
As the above title would imply they're not held in very high esteem in some circles. Just ask a ham radio operator!
Before you invest in a unit or a warranty visit other forum sites to see how the 'other' brands of GPSrs fared after a year or two of use. Make your decision on which to buy and whether you need a warranty or not after you've done your homework.
I use to work for RS and yes, we were pushed to sell the warrenty. That is the biggest money maker for the sales associate as well as the company. That is why I left the company because I was pushed to sell things that ppl didn't need.
Touchpad is probably the least of your worries. I haven't read a thread here that had to do with bad touchscreens.
Personally, I would get a garmin, but that is just me. My father has a tom tom and loves it. However, if you want support, Garmin is awesome and so are the ppl here. It seems that most of us have Garmins.
BTW, walmart will return anything, best warranty in the business! LOL.
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