Originally Posted by traps
Sadly it is Abes of Maine. Their BBB rating is an A+ so I didn't know they were scammers looks like I'll avoid them too ...
Originally Posted by fordtudoor
Exactly what dealer did you find offering a pn60f8500 for $1599 delivered? I hope it wasn't Abe's of Maine, but I'm curious to know. I'm on the hunt.
Care to share your purchasing experience with Nice Electronics?
Has anyone been able to definitely determine whether there is a hardware differentiation between the 2013 and 2014 models? I would like to know why Nice Electronics is quoting such a higher price for the "2014" models? I am trying to leave no stone unturned. This one has me baffled.
While I have to agree with others that want to avoid Abe's of Maine I don't think the appropriate wording to describe them is necessarily "Scammer", but more of Bait and Switch tactics. When Google-searching "Samsung PN64F8500" under shopping it returns results of incredibly low prices ranging from $2100+ to $2300+. These prices are generally from Abe's of Maine, Nice Electronics and East Coast TV's.
Well I actually bought my 2012 Panny GT50 from Abe's of Maine. I did get it for a "good" price with free shipping and they did not inflate the cost with any shipping insurance. The TV was delivered and they brought it inside my house, took it out of the box and plugged it to make sure it was working before they left. Sounds good so far right? Well yes and no. Upon ordering my Panny online I got a phone call from Abe's immediately trying to upsell me on the extended warranty which I did not want. They tried everything to push it and I got frustrated and hung up. They called me back with more warranty pushing. They even tried scare tactics. They even emailed me trying to upsell me. Their manager even called me and tried. They gave the impression that they wouldn't delivery it unless I bought the warranty. After getting upset with the manager he put the order through.
Afterwards I went online to resellerratings.com and wrote a complaint about them. The weird thing is they had at the time 9/10 rating. Nearly every post was very positive about them. I couldn't believe it. I posted a very long post about their warranty sales pressure and how rude they were to constantly call me. I ended up receiving an email from the Abe's management asking me to call to resolve the issue. I did. They offered me a $100 restaurant coupon (they are virtually useless, IMO) "IF" I removed my negative post and posted something positive. I couldn't believe they did that. That's when I realized how they got a 9/10 rating. They coerce unhappy customers to remove their post and print a retraction. NOT GOOD. I will never buy from them again.
Now with my 64F8500, I ordered it from Nice Electronics. They too had it for $2179+. When I inquired about it they said it was the 2013 version software in it with an LG panel. I wasn't aware Samsung would use anything but their own panels. The sales guy assured me that the $3,099 model had the 2014 software in it, a build date in 2014 and an actual Samsung panel. Since there was such a price difference he offered to split the price difference of the "2013" and "2014" version. So I paid $2540 shipped. When I asked him the total of the $2179 model he said there would be shipping insurance and I would have to pay for the upgraded delivery which would bring the cost within $50 of the "newer" version. I asked what type of delivery I would be getting with the more expensive model, he assured me it would be White Glove Delivery. After dealing first with Abe's, then East Coast (The worst of the three) I decided to get the newest model from Nice. They were actually the only friendly store of the bunch. Both Abe's and East Coast had very arrogant and pushy sales people. Abe's also said their cheaper model was a commercial version that didn't come with the 3D glasses and had a 90 day warranty.
I called Samsung and they did in fact confirm there is a commercial version of the F8500 with a 90 day warranty. They only recommend it for businesses.
So far my delivery date for my F8500 from Nice Electronics will be this friday. Upon receiving it I will report back. BTW, they were not at all pushy about the extended warranty. The offered it once and while I didn't necessarily decline, I just asked could I get it later. They said yes. You could buy it through us within 7 days of your purchase. No other sales tactics, no pressure. In fact they said they offer 6 months free tech support if I have any questions or need help setting up or adjusting my TV. So far my experience has been good with them. I will give you guys another update after my Friday delivery.
One note: THEY ALL are performing the Bait and Switch tactic. At the end they intend for you to pay for the more expensive model (at a reduced cost of course). I'm not even convinced there really are two models at their store. It's just to bait you to their store. No worries, I got a great price, decent service from Nice. Hopefully the TV comes perfect out of the box and they hold up to their promise of White Glove Delivery.