Originally Posted by atlantadan
Just a general suggestion, as part of my thinking of making purchases. And I don't mean to sidetrack this tread to a A10 purschasing thread.
I always choose to do business with a seller who offers the best price out of the shoot. If we do not support these folks, eventually these sellers will disappear and we would be forced to pay higher prices.
I realize we all have relationships with our current favorite stores or for other reasons, but as a suggestion, we should not choose to do business with somebody who does price matching plus a nominal concession (assuming everything is equal). If these sellers want our business, they should be upfront with it.
Just my 2cents. All in all these are great TV's and we'll all enjoy them no matter where we buy them.
That's nice if you live in a large metropolitan area, but for the rest of us we have limited purchasing resources.
In my area we have Circuit City, Best Buy, HH Gregg (just opened a store two weeks ago), Tweeter and Sears. That's it...that's my choices. I used to go to BB for nearly everything...but I am so sick and tired of knowing more than the salesman about the most mundane subjects (no offense to any BB employees) that I just can't stomach going there for any large ticket items. I've found at CC the guy that sold me my dish for my sat back in 1999 is still working there. When I walk in, he knows me. I've gotten to know the manager of the department through all of my dealings with TV's over the past two months...granted, he cringes when he see's me now, but at least he recognizes me.
The guys at Tweeter are nice, intelligent...but they have limited inventory and I just don't find myself going there that often. HH Gregg is new...haven't been in yet but to check pricing. Sears...well, sorry....when the guy got on the phone when I sent my wife there looking for the A10 and proceeded to tell me that the A20 was the replacement for the A10...I'd heard enough.
So, for me, I feel comfortable going to CC and dickering with the manager over price...doesn't bother me. I usually just bottom line it with him and he'll give me his best price. We'll negotiate a bit on the warranty if I want it, and I make the purchase. I know that I need to watch everyone's sale prices for the next month, but with the Internet, that's a piece of cake!
I'd love to have a mom and pop electronics store that was authorized to sell the equipment I buy, but there just aren't any in my area.