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Old 12-20-2002, 05:39 PM
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Does it make sense to buy electronics at a boat show?I know what i want,will i save money?any ideas .
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Old 12-20-2002, 08:39 PM
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I think it will depend on the show. I don't recall seeing any of the internet discount places at either the Miami or Ft. Lauderdal shows. Then again, I wasn't really looking. It's awfully hard to beat the prices at Consumer's Marine or some of the others.

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I haven't noticed good pricing at Consumer's Marine. In fact, they're not much lower than Boater's World. If you want to buy online, DB Marine and Broken Leg Dave both have great pricing.

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Old 12-21-2002, 05:12 AM
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If you were just getting ready to buy something at about boat show time it would make sense to do a search on the internet and maybe make a few phone calls before heading to a show. Write down the best price you found and then go to the show, see a better price at the show than you found before the show, well, buy it if you want. The thing about waiting for a boat show price is you never know if its going to be there when you show up. The truth is that a lot of those internet prices don't always last all that long either - I have priced things on the net, and then come back a week later to make the purchase and found the prices considerably changed, and almost never to my advantage.

And then there is another way to buy the stuff. Call Clint and Cindy at 3-Rivers Marine Electronics and buy your stuff from them. The price may not be, and in fact probably won't be, the absolute lowest possibly available anywhere on earth, but that won't make much difference two weeks later when you discover a knob fell off or a screen is blank, when 3-Rivers' after-sale service comes into play. One thing I would not do, however, is try to get Clint to do a price match against one of the big players. After all, 3-Rivers Marine Electronics is about the size of my kitchen, there are two people, not three shifts working the phones, and their annual sales do not rival the GDP of Old Mexico. You can't expect them to be able to beat everyone in price, only in service (which they do). There, that's the end of my 'Use Clint and Cindy' pitch for the day.

By the way, this is just a sort of casual observation about boat show prices, one that is untested but may be something you've noticed too. Most very low prices seen at boat shows, and particularly the very low prices from some of the mega-marketers, tend to be for models that are discontinued two months later for for brand new models who's price dropps dramatically two months later. I don't know what on earth makes me think this, but somehow it almost seems like Boat US, West Marine, giant companys like that, somehow just seem to know ahead of time if an item is going to be dropped or of the price is gonna plunge. Now, how could that be?

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Then you have to lug the new Radar around with you for the next two hours at the show; makes you look like a 'dork'. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img] You probably paid tax too! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] The trick is to take that 'list' with you...check it twice, very easy to make a impulse buy at the show. I also like to check the manufacturer's website first...often you'll see the new model that's coming, etc. As to 'mom' and 'pop' stores...I'm not sure. I'd just as soon work with the Manufacturer. Now, if they installed all the stuff...that might be a different story. My experience says, most of the stuff is pretty darn good right out of the box. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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I purchased a hand held VHF radio at the NYC boat show last year. It was discounted and they shipped it for free so I didn't have to carry it around.
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Old 12-21-2002, 06:06 AM
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whose gonna carry a radar around a boat show??? cmon...I plan to buy all my electronics for my new boat at the show..They usually have good deals..I buy from 1 or 2 guys that are local to me that are at the show every year. Do your homework, most of the times they are competitive and aggresive, so you will get a competitive price...Also , if i ever have a problem i just dump the machine off at their shop, its that easy...If you buy at the show, you can pick them up at their warehouse in the spring. Most of the times u leave a deposit, then pay the full total when you pick them all up in the spring..Also, the warranty's wont start till the spring when they run the final bill through. Plus, if you plan on buying more than one machine, you have even more room for negotiation....But as the other gentlemen had said...do your homework before going...My mouth is watering to see those new northstars!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img]
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I have have been satisfied buying from www.Defender.com on the web. If they don't have it they will special order. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
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Old 12-21-2002, 09:55 AM
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I was at Consumer's Marine showroom a couple of weeks ago to price an electronics package. The salesman handed me back a written quote and said. "If you are not in a hurry the prices listed will be discounted during the NYC boat show". I asked if I had to make my purchase at the boat show. He said I could just call them and ask for the boat show discount pricing. Since he allready gave me the written quote it will be interesting to see just how much they will discount.
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Thanks for the advice on purchaseing electronics at ny show.I found out yamaha is giveing extended warrantys on 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines,thought you might want to know.
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Lest we forget...

I've not seen a better price...yet!
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Old 12-21-2002, 04:27 PM
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quote:Originally posted by grumpy:
Thanks for the advice on purchaseing electronics at ny show.I found out yamaha is giveing extended warrantys on 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines,thought you might want to know.

They are? At the show or what? Details please...
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quote:Originally posted by grumpy:
Thanks for the advice on purchaseing electronics at ny show.I found out yamaha is giveing extended warrantys on 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines,thought you might want to know.
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Old 12-22-2002, 03:14 PM
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Tides ,i attempted to contact you about the extended warranty on yamahas.They are on ,200 ox66 and the 4 stroke engines.Its a saveing of $1800 for the 3 years.Good luck with the 232
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Grumpy,
Let me tell you about my experience this past fall at the Annapolis show. I was shopping for a Garmin GPS182. Typical West Marine/Boater's World retail prices is $639.00. The best price I'd seen before the show was at DBMarine.com - $586.00. At the show, West Marine's price was $639.00. The Boater's World Show only price was $549 plus shipping. Post Marine out of NY was $539 plus shipping and Defender was $525.00 plus shipping (Defender quoted me $11.00 for shipping & insurance - no sales tax). None of the dealers had the Garmin 182 at the show.

So, my limited expereince tells me that you can get a better deal at the show, you can by current technology, and you don't have to schlep it throught the show with you after you buy it.

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grumpy,

I thought I had put my e-mail address in my profile again. I'll check in a bit.

E-mail any details you have to TidesHHI@aol.com. I assume it is not regional?
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