Originally Posted by NanoRish
I pulled the Trigger on buying a 9G Elite from Tweeter in Virginia. I decided to get an Elite as I do plan to keep the TV 8-10 years and figured get the best. I have put 20% down. Actually I could'nt do it over the phone, but my brother-in-law was able to go to the store in Virginia and buy 2 9G Elites. That particular Tweeter store is getting 20 in their first shipment and they already have 10 spoken for. If I compare the price of 8G Elite from Forum Sponsors vs Retail the price difference is very similar to whats being charged by Tweeter for a 9G Elite. I have not seen more than 17% price difference on Elites, ofcourse on non-Elites, you get a better price difference from a Forum Sponsor vs Retail. Yep I will have to pay sales tax but Virgiinia sales tax is 3.5% less than CA. I will be in Virginia middle of June and that is when I plan to pick up the TV.
I live in Bay Area, CA, so now the challenge is going to be getting it shipped. Any recommendations on who should I get it shipped through. I want to avoid FedEX or UPS as I am not sure they have experience in shipping such a big TV. The shipping is making me nervous and is making me question if its a smart decision
I can fully insure the shipment but would like to get help with who is the best shipment company I should look into.
I will still wait to see what price Forum Sponsors come up with as I have the option to cancel my Tweeter order anytime and get full refund.
Thanks for your help.
I too have taken advantage of Tweeter's current offer (sorry, Roman :-). And yes...I had to go into the store to complete the transaction as well. I was told I'm 3rd on the list for the store's "region" (I'm in South Carolina), but the sales rep couldn't tell me how many were supposed to be coming in either.
Once real-world pricing starts filtering out, I'm sure I'll probably end up paying a good deal more than what I might pay if I were to do a phone order with one of the forum's sponsors. From what I've been able to research, it seems our sponsors do some pretty agressive pricing and they know how to treat their customers.
However, the 151FD will be part of a larger HT project that just might end up being installed by Tweeter. I've talked to the local head of their integration unit and he seems to know his stuff. He's coming out to scope the project out later this week. In my case, while I'm sure I'll be paying more (perhaps a lot more), I will end up with the peace of mind and the other advantages that comes with buying local.
On a purchase this large, I'd normally suggest that others to do likewise...especally if they are doing a full HT integration project. However, in your case, I'm wondering if you might want to reconsider your plans.
It would seem to me that any price advantage you might have from not buying local will be outweighed by having to ship the unit cross country yourself. From several different aspects, this does not seem to be a good idea.
If buying local just won't do, I would think it would be far, far more advantageous to go with one of the forum's sponsors. They know all the ins and outs of shipping and do this sort of thing on a regular basis. They also apparently know how to provide service after the sale. The testimony of this is evident all over the forum.
Of course, this is only one man's opinon. But right now, it appears the potential downsides are huge in comparison to any advantages you might gain with your current plan.