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A friend ordered a Panasonic 60ST60 from them last week and they said to her this Monday she would hear from the shipping company (to be delivered this week). Nothing so far and she has not been able to reach anyone there. I tried to call today (several times) and only reaching voice mail options. Are they still in business??
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A quick Google search of "Abes of Maine scam" resulted in some unhappy customers. They don't seem very trustworthy at a quick glance. It's not a bad idea to search on that when you see a deal that's too good to be true (or even just a little cheaper) and you've never heard of the company.
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A quick Google search of "Abes of Maine scam" resulted in some unhappy customers. They don't seem very trustworthy at a quick glance. It's not a bad idea to search on that when you see a deal that's too good to be true (or even just a little cheaper) and you've never heard of the company.

I purchased my ST30 Panasonic from them and everything was acceptable. They try very hard to upsell the shipping....
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I'll let me friend know to do some research and think it over. She's upset because they already charged her card. She may call AmEx to cancel.
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Let your friend write a review explaining the problem on this site,she needs to provide the order number,which will not be visible,just to make sure it's not fake one,then they will contact the store and see their view on this before her review is published,believe me everything will be sorted out so quick,I'm talking out of experience.


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I'll let me friend know to do some research and think it over. She's upset because they already charged her card. She may call AmEx to cancel.

Abe's of Maine has terrible ratings and bad history. If Abe's can't prove to your friend that the plasma has shipped (tracking number from a carrier) I would highly recommend calling Amex to cancel the purchase. A simple google search will show how bad Abe's reputation is.

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I purchased a vt50 from Abes about 2 months ago. They try to upsell you a lot and are really pushy and the salesmen are annoying, but I had no problems getting my TV. I had to go with the white glove delivery because Abes doesn't ship for free to my area, but it arrived earlier than expected and in great condition. Abes gets a lot of bad reviews and a lot of people have bad experiences, but my experience was fine and I would probably order again from them.
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Isn't Abes located in New Jersey? LOL.

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FWIW - Best Buy will match Abe's. I've had them do it on the two occasions in which I've asked.

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FWIW - Best Buy will match Abe's. I've had them do it on the two occasions in which I've asked.

BBY is so messed up these days. Shame on the management for the poor training of the Magnolia staff. There couldn't be a more inconsistent pricing situation for a large brick & mortar electronics retailer than BBY.

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BBY is so messed up these days. Shame on the management for the poor training of the Magnolia staff. There couldn't be a more inconsistent pricing situation for a large brick & mortar electronics retailer than BBY.
Their price match policy is very inconsistent from store to store. They used to be very reluctant to price match or negotiate, but have been forced to do so due to showrooming and declining sales. But it seems to vary at each location, and may be at the discretion of the manager. I normally come out better at HHG, Fry's, or Brandsmart.
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Abe's have the F8500 for $2215, anyone ever priced matched them with Best Buy?
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BBY is so messed up these days. Shame on the management for the poor training of the Magnolia staff. There couldn't be a more inconsistent pricing situation for a large brick & mortar electronics retailer than BBY.

Who cares? If you have more than one store in your town - Magnolia or otherwise - you use it to your advantage. Then you don't have to deal with companies like East Coast or Abe's who won't except returns.

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BBY is so messed up these days. Shame on the management for the poor training of the Magnolia staff. There couldn't be a more inconsistent pricing situation for a large brick & mortar electronics retailer than BBY.

Actually, there is an assortment of online/B&M retailers that Best Buy will match. They are all specifically named in the official "Low Price Guarantee" policy and have been since March. this policy has been communicated, nay, hammered into the heads of management and employees on the sales floor. There are, of course, managers and employees willing to not follow the policy and match unauthorized retailers like Abe's and ECTV. Just be aware that when a best buy chooses NOT to match one of these retailers, they actually *are* following the policy.

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I just got my pn60f8500 from Abe's. good news is I have the tv, bad news is it was a hassle. Listed in Abe's at 2200 vs. 2800 from my local guy. He wouldn't match price so I took a stab at Abe's. I live in nj, so had to pay tax, but knew where their Edison store location was so at least I felt like they weren't a shadow storefront. Ordered tv with free shipping to be delivered in 5-6 business days on a Sunday. Monday I get a call from the shipping dept. told that the way free shipping works, it will be transferred from truck to truck and not recommended. They had an option for fed ex at 175 bucks or his recommendation, a local guy who would provide white glove install and shorten ship time. I told them that ill stick with the free shipping as promised on site. This sent the guy down a path of charging me insurance at 7% of the purchase price since they don't stand behind the shipping they promote on the website. If you click on a link below the price of the product he explained, this was explained....really? so I haggled with the guy for a while and ended up paying for that fast white glove delivery at a discounted rate. Got an email on Tuesday that order was sent to warehouse. No updates for 1 week called and told it would be shipping any day. 3 days later it shipped and I got number for delivery guy. I offered to pick up tv myself, no go. 3 days later a dude in a panel vn dropped it off...he was rude, didn't want to spend any time waiting for me to check out tv and left the box etc sitting in my living room. I ended up paying 2500 bucks, so saved 3-400 bucks, but don't believe their shipping claims or delivery windows. So far tv working well.
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I just got my pn60f8500 from Abe's. good news is I have the tv, bad news is it was a hassle. Listed in Abe's at 2200 vs. 2800 from my local guy. He wouldn't match price so I took a stab at Abe's. I live in nj, so had to pay tax, but knew where their Edison store location was so at least I felt like they weren't a shadow storefront. Ordered tv with free shipping to be delivered in 5-6 business days on a Sunday. Monday I get a call from the shipping dept. told that the way free shipping works, it will be transferred from truck to truck and not recommended. They had an option for fed ex at 175 bucks or his recommendation, a local guy who would provide white glove install and shorten ship time. I told them that ill stick with the free shipping as promised on site. This sent the guy down a path of charging me insurance at 7% of the purchase price since they don't stand behind the shipping they promote on the website. If you click on a link below the price of the product he explained, this was explained....really? so I haggled with the guy for a while and ended up paying for that fast white glove delivery at a discounted rate. Got an email on Tuesday that order was sent to warehouse. No updates for 1 week called and told it would be shipping any day. 3 days later it shipped and I got number for delivery guy. I offered to pick up tv myself, no go. 3 days later a dude in a panel vn dropped it off...he was rude, didn't want to spend any time waiting for me to check out tv and left the box etc sitting in my living room. I ended up paying 2500 bucks, so saved 3-400 bucks, but don't believe their shipping claims or delivery windows. So far tv working well.


Good thing it worked out ok for you in the end. What places like abe's, and eastcoast tvs and alltimetvs do is very scummy. I think they are all owned by the same group of people, along with powersellernyc.. I believe they are ran by this gang ot friends out of Brooklyn..

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Purchased a Samsung UN46F7100 from them yesterday for $1075. Good price (I think) considering everyone else was at $1297. Best price I saw during Black Friday weekend was $1197. Saw the price on their website but didn't purchase through it. No one else would match the price (BB, PC Richard, J&R). They are about 20 miles away from where I live in Central NJ. Spoke to the sales person (Ted, in this case) who said they had 5 in stock. Drove there (Linden, NJ) and purchased it using my AMEX card. Asked me if I wanted the extended warranty.( I was in the room where the sales guys were pushing the extended warranties over the telephone). I said no. That was it No hassle. No hard sell for any money making (for them) extras. Brand new, factory sealed. Had them open it up in front of me to check the screen. Perfect. Plays great. Now if I could only get rid of the flashlight issue which isn't that bad on my screen.
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Much different experience for me than many have had with them via an internet purchase. It was a positive experience for me.
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