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Old 05-21-2008, 03:42 PM
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Well I want to upgrade my stereo and have done the searches. Here is some info:
Clarion CMP5 ebay $204.00 Retailer $350.00
JL E1400 Marine amp 300.00 400.00
JL 7.7" marine speakers 258.00 400.00
Total $762.00 $1150.00
Savings of $388 through ebay
I still want a subwoofer, but am I missing something here. It is almost a $400 difference for the same item (not refurbished units). I would like to deal with the retailer which is a couple of hours away, but...........what gives? ;? ;?
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JL will not warranty ebay stuff.....
Old 05-21-2008, 04:15 PM
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If I was the retailer, I would be furious. So where do the ebay sellers get their JL products. Do they just order through JL? I want to deal with the retailer, even if it is a little higher but saving 30% is pretty tempting. I have asked the retailer to see what he can do for me. ;?
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You can find the Clarion CMD5 at retailers for far less than $350 list price. - www.hookedontronics.com - $229 w/ free shipping. I have also heard of counterfeit JL speakers on ebay, so beware. Also, you can get the JL's at www.hifisoundconnection.com for just a little more than ebay - $270/pr. for 7.7's and $338 for the E1400 amp. I would assume JL works on the industry standard 40% margins for head units and amps and 50% for speakers, so either negotiate with your local guy, who is clearly taking you to the cleaners at full list price or go elsewhere.
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As a JL Audio dealer I can tell you that retailers who sell JL's on Ebay take the serial #'s off the product so they wont get caught. No serial #s NO WARRANTY... PERIOD. Should you need warranty work your paypal receipt is not a valid receipt.
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Glen E - 5/21/2008 6:43 PM

JL will not warranty ebay stuff.....
JL won't but alot of ebay retailers use SquareTrade aftermarket warranties where you can buy a year or two replacement plan for 15-30 bucks. Sometimes that can be easier then dealing with the company.

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Has anyone actually ever had to use the warranty on a JL speaker?

I've been using them for years and never had a problem with them...
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Well the retailer came back to me with a price quote of $925 + taxes.
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Did you check the online prices at Crutchfield. They are competitive and their service and shipping is outstanding.
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I did look at Crutchfield site. A little more expensive. I want to deal with the retailer in Michigan as he is only a couple hours away, and I can pick up the items or he may bring them across the border. I do not want to pay duty and all of our taxes. I think if I purchase from a JL authorized retailer, I am helping him make some money, pays for his store/employees and if I do have a problem I know he will talk to me. Bye the way SkipHughes you have a great looking boat. Thanks. Dwain
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Default Re: Stereo Price comparisons Ebay vs Retailer

I shopped everywhere for my current set up.

I ended up with the Clarion and 4 Infinity 6.5" speakers for somewhere around $400 or so.

I looked at the speakers at several places and picked up 2 pair on ebay for $79.99 each pair ;? ;? ;?

The Clarion I bought from one of my clients, he bought for his boat and never installed it and I picked it up NIB for $150 or so best I can recall.

Not a bad sounding system

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