Originally Posted by DigaDo
I have been a BiMart member for many years. I am aware of their price being the best that may be found anywhere.
The problem is that of supply and demand. BiMart stores recieve small shipments and sell out within minutes or hours. Some BiMarts have a waiting list and the shipments are pre-sold before the 901s arrive at the store, so these stores are always sold out. The waiting list is the one sure way to purchase a 901. If the local BiMart doesn't have a waiting list one needs to camp out on their doorstep on those days when shipments are expected. Not everyone may do this.
I was not aware of that problem in the Portland area, even though I live in Tualatin. Dad lives near the BiMart in Monmouth, so I stopped there out of convenience more than anything else. I guess I was lucky. Like I said, they had 12 left after I purchased mine. The clerk told me that I was the first one that had purchased a CECB from her. She thought that her manager had possibly sold one or two, but that was all they had sold. And this is Monmouth, which can get DTV signals from 2 major markets (Portland and Eugene).
Which brings up a good point. Places like the Oregon coast have little or no reception from major stations directly, because the coast range blocks the signals. Most households receive all
their OTA channels via translator. They have little use for converter boxes anytime soon. Just speculation, but stores in those areas may have CECB's without a waiting list (people in those remote rural areas are really going to feel cheated when the translators finally change to digital, but the CECB program has ended). If you're planning to take a vacation trip to the beach, why not call ahead and check, or drop in and take a peek.
However you get your box(es), I wish you luck in your search.