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I am disabled and find it difficult to get to a local retailer. Can the coupons be used for mail orders?

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Yes, they can.

My advice would be to read here as much as possible before making your decision, rather then just going strictly for the lowest price or ordering the first thing that you see.
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I am disabled and find it difficult to get to a local retailer. Can the coupons be used for mail orders?

yes....take a look at

https://secure.freetvsignal.com/viewAll.php

they have some low cost boxes...and even one box thats totally free right now when using the $40 coupon....

i have the Artec T3AP....it works well...see the Artec T3AP thread for details on it....

*** its high time to go back to OTA antennas and CANCEL our cable/satellite pay tv services! their greed is totally & insanely out of control! ***
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Apparently, you get what you pay for.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...8&postcount=10
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Apparently, you get what you pay for.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...8&postcount=10

and apparently youre very willing to take just one (or a very few) persons opinion and treat that as gospel? if u read the Artec T3AP thread here i think u'll find quite a few people who like this unit....i have it and it works very well....and it does NOT overheat...it doesnt even run very warm, let alone too hot....and the tuner sensitivity is very good, etc etc....

and as for CONSUMER REPORTS, i stopped paying any attention to them after they gave very negative reviews/ratings to several products that i found to be excellent...even after many years of use....they were way off-base....

oh well.... everyone has their own opinions, worthless as they may be....

*** its high time to go back to OTA antennas and CANCEL our cable/satellite pay tv services! their greed is totally & insanely out of control! ***
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This page shows a selective list of the online and phone retailers. If your coupons are near expiration, just be sure to check the policy of each dealer. A few retailers require extra processing time.

https://www.dtv2009.gov/VendorSearch.aspx
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Consumer reports isn't gospel by any means, but this review in particular can be used as a loose guideline, to be added to all your other research. They seem to be at least fairly good about the stuff they've actually tested with these boxes (except that I wonder about their lumping the PQ of the Zenith and the DTVPal in the same group. But I had a 900 Zenith, and that model's PQ was clearly better, but some have said that the newer 901's have a bit softer PQ than before, so maybe that's it. I don't really believe the Pal's PQ has changed over it's lifetime, though. I wouldn't worry about that so much in his case, anyway, because I don't think you can even get the Zenith through mail order right now. If you can find it online, though, I'd recommend it. I know Kmart carries it, but it's currently out of stock online and you have to be put on their e-mail alert list).

Unfortunately, though, they didn't compare the sensitivity. But they're pretty accurate about stuff like picture quality.

I'd check the "Best CECB Poll" sticky at the top of the forum, here, too. Then start reading the individual threads for details on features and levels of satisfaction.
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I am disabled and find it difficult to get to a local retailer. Can the coupons be used for mail orders?

I understand it being difficult to get to a local retailer, but:

Do you have a K-Mart (or Sears, or Maybe a RadioShack) in your town?

Do you have a FRIEND who could swing by there and pick you up a unit?
(Maybe combining the trip to pick up the converter box(es) with a trip to the grocery store.)

If so call them- and get the manager to reserve the number desired.


DTVPal PLUS ...... $59 @ K-Mart
Zenith DTT901.... $49 @ K-Mart
(Circuit City, and RadioShack have also been known to stock the Zenith DTT901-but price is higher)

Zinwell 950A (970A) $49 @???
these can be hard to find- I got mine at a local hardware store, finding a store thru this link: https://www.dtv2009.gov/VendorSearch.aspx



Couple of reasons to buy locally:

1: Sale supports your local economy.
2: No shipping cost (tax cost is offset by what you'd normally pay for shipping)
3: No time spent fighting with shipper /retailer if item arrives damaged, or is stolen off your front porch.
4: No need to "be there to "sign" for package. (This not being a big issue with you possibly.)

4: Returns /exchanges - This is a BIG reason to buy locally.... Doing so locally is much easier...

Say for example you get a unit that just doesn't "work" for you... (Unit works but you just don't like it)...OR if you get a DEFECTIVE UNIT)...

If you buy locally you can return to store.... with the option to:

1: Exchange it for another converter box from a different manufacturer.- with the coupon, and monies already paid applying to the exchange.
2: Return for identical model (In those cases you "like" the box- but the unit is problematic /or defective.

K-Mart allows such exchanges for 90-days.... Online retailers at max are going to be 30-days... and good luck trying to swap out the unit for another mfg's unit if you don't "like" the box... Keep in mind also that most on-line vendors will force YOU to pay return shipping on DEFECTIVE PRODUCT (LOL).. The only time they don't require YOU to pay return shipping costs is if a item gets damaged by the shipper- and they get reimbursed for "their" costs by the shipper...



PS: I posted the UPC code /K-Mart item number for both the DTVPal, and Zenith, and the Zinwell in the corresponding threads.... This helps to verify you and the salesperson are talking about the SAME unit.


PS #2= Sears may have the DTVPal Plus... this said be sure it is the PLUS version @$59 and not the old original DTVPal as the PLUS has a improved tuner. When I called my local SEARS (and that was a nightmare) the person said they did not have a listing for the PLUS...

One last thing- Your local K-Mart should get in (2) shipments per week...so they sell out quick.... Call and get the manager to hold you back some before driving over to pick them up.

NOTE: If you chose to disregard the above you can buy online- BUT keep in mind if the coupon is good to say for example the 20th.... you need to make purchase no later than the 15th- as online vendors need the coupon 4-5 days ahead of time.

(Keeping the above in mind, don't wait till the LAST day to purchase locally- Do yourself a favor and purchase a couple of days /week or two before coupon expires to save you grief if local retailer is sold out of model you desire.)

One last thing- One on-line vendor is SolidSignal.com http://www.solidsignal.com/cat_displ...verter%20Boxes they should have the DTVPal Plus and the Zinwell units....
(No body has the Zenith DTT901's online AFAIK)

One last option if online is you're only option is maybe BestBuy.com.... they have a "clone" of the Zenith DTT901, the Insignia NS-DXA1-APT (Actually it is the VERY SAME UNIT, Mfg by LG. Electronics) abit at a higher price than K-Mart.

BestBuy also carries the APEX DT502...




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Thanks for all the help everyone. i ended up getting the channelmaster CM-7000 mainly for s-video. i will use it to tune my panasonic E-80 dvd recorder. I used amazon. total was $20, no tax, free shipping.

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Thanks for all the help everyone. i ended up getting the channelmaster CM-7000 mainly for s-video. i will use it to tune my panasonic E-80 dvd recorder. I used amazon. total was $20, no tax, free shipping.


Can't go wrong with Amazon.com...

BTW: I know your original question was only if online retailers took coupons, but you might want to mention next time
A: What unit you are desiring /interested in.
B: What equipment you are planning on pairing your purchase with.
C: Mention how you plan on connecting the units together, in this case S-VIDEO

Such info greatly narrows what units to be looking for, helps others focus their suggestions- and keeps others from wasting time suggesting units /or vendors that would not be suitable.

Units that have S-VIDEO OUTPUT:
APEX DT502....S-VIDEO
CM-7000 .......S-VIDEO (Uses old Pioneer IR codes)


PS: SolidSignal.com I linked to above has the CM-7000 for $45.93, $9.95 ship for (1) and $12.95 shipping for two.... so you would have saved a few bucks thru them, vs Amazon.

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Online Electronics Liquidation has the Zenith in stock - http://www.1oel.com $49.99 with free shipping and tax only in NY.
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The APEX DT250 and DT250A CECB's also have S-VIDEO. Unfortunetly, they are older models and have less sensitive tuners (at least the DT250).
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