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post #1 of 9
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I'm seeing a number of references to the problem of "box shortages". Is there any basis for that? Are CECBs still commonly available in stock from most dealers.

I bought nine Channel Master boxes from Centronics two weeks ago, but when I called back on Monday, they were out of stock but expected a substantial shipment to come in on Wednesday. Also, about three weeks ago, I paid for 24 Hisense HDTV boxes to be used for standard resolution master antenna headends, but that dealer has not yet delivered and has been dragging his feet when I repeatedly call to have him track the shipment.
post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by AntAltMike View Post

I bought nine Chanel Master boxes from Centronics two weeks ago,

you paid $82 for the CM-7000?

http://www.centronics.com/products/A...onverter-Boxes

Solidsignal has them for less.
post #3 of 9
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I paid a dealer price, which was less than the retail price. Also, I get next day delivery from Annapolis when I pay for regular ground shipping.
post #4 of 9
Greetings ...

Even without a coupon, a Channel Master CM-7000 is a steal at $46 from Solid Signal. I ordered one from them last month and was quite happy when it arrived.

One key to ordering from Solid Signal - Order very early in the week, and before 11:00 AM Eastern US Time.

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
post #5 of 9
I bought one CM-7000 from Fry's for $49, which cost me about $11 with tax. I went back a week later and they had raised the price to $69 but still had plenty in stock. Best Buy had the Apex boxes for $59 and Insignia for $69, also plenty in stock.

Had the analog shutoff continued as planned on 2/17/09, there would have been a rush on boxes and likely a "shortage" in some stores. Now that the shutoff has been moved, the run on boxes will be later as well. The retailers do not want to stock too many because they're afraid they won't sell long after the turnoff/rush.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by AntAltMike View Post

I'm seeing a number of references to the problem of "box shortages". Is there any basis for that? Are CECBs still commonly available in stock from most dealers.

I don't see as many in the big-name box stores around here lately, but I still see them in the stores that don't normally specialize in that sort of stuff so much. There certainly doesn't seem to be any shortage online.

In other words, if you really want one, you can find it.
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Originally Posted by CA_Guy View Post

I bought one CM-7000 from Fry's for $49, which cost me about $11 with tax. I went back a week later and they had raised the price to $69 but still had plenty in stock.

Fry's has a tendency to put them on sale nearly every second half of the week, and then take them off during the first half (I think - unless it's the other way around).
post #8 of 9
The Insignia/Zenith boxes are getting extremely rare in Minneapolis, MN. None of the radio shacks, best buys, or kmarts in the area had them available and none of them were expecting new shipments.

Best buy did have a a couple of Apex DT502s, but most of their stock was DT250s and DT250As.
post #9 of 9
I read an article sometime mid Jan.2009 (before the official announcement for the extension) most manufacturers had stopped production in Jan. 2009. With the majority of Americans already owning and having access to the current circulation/ stock here, the question will be - in China, where most of these boxes are made - is it cost effective to 're-open' factories and call up their sub-contracted parts suppliers - to open and produce for the estimated 5-6 million US residents who are still 'at risk/ without boxes.'
It's speculative at this moment; I would guess that not all the different OEM's in China will re-open and produce.
I can confirm one of my last box had manuf. Dec.2008 bought in Feb. 2009.
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