I have 2 options:
Amazon $350 (Authorized Reseller)
Newegg $330 (Not Authorized Reseller)
I can save $20 by going Newegg, but what are the benefits of buying from authorized reseller?
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If you must buy from an u-a dealer at least consider an extended warranty from a third party. It would be better then nothing. Hopefully.
Well I found it at Buy.com for $320
according to pioonerr website they are authorized dealer
You sure? That's not actually being shipped from Buy.com, but from 1Stop Camera. They are not on Pioneer's list.
Personally, for $20 I'd go with an authorized dealer, but on more expensive gear, where I could save $100's, I have no trouble with unauthorized dealers. I've saved enough over the years to more than cover the cost of even a very pricey component. I've never had equipment fail under warranty anyways, except for some NAD gear quite some time ago. With that experience, having a warranty was really of no value anyways.
true. but time is money too, and the amount of time spent trying to save 20 dollars seems a bit excessive.
not to be cold, but if saving 20 dollars (in this particular case) is worth obsessing over, the op probably shouldn't be spending the money on an avr in the first place.
neither of those statements mean that i don't think you should be careful with your discretionary income and shop around.
FYI AVS is authorized for EVERYTHING we sell (though I don't sell Pioneer). We own the AVSForum so we cannot afford to play those kinds of games.
Jason, maybe you can answer a question. I've bought items from unauthorized dealers before, and on the box is a shipping label, direct from the manufacturer, or distributor to the business selling the item.
If manufacturers don't want them selling their product, why do they play these games? They obviously know it's for resale, individuals can't usually buy from distributors. Maybe they should just put a stop to it.
well... it IS a bit surprising... but...
a) they aren't listed on the pio website... which doesn't necessarily mean anything...
b) several people have posted on various sites that they have emailed pio asking if newegg was authorized, and told that they weren't...
but who knows...