I am going to replace my 3700 with a 5050UB. My son says not to go to best buy because of the 15% restocking fee if I don't like it. He says to use Amazon. What say you?
I'm with you Bud.My last two projectors were thru Amazon and they went perfect. I have never bought anything just to try it out and i have never had reason to return a projector so I can't comment on that other than I have read about many people doing it. If enough do I can see why companies have a restocking fee.
It is very hard to get a feel on projectors in much of rural America. When you do find a place with a projector demonstration it is ether poorly done or an over the top setup with a projector way out of the mainstream price range.I'm with you Bud.
Buying to try out keeps prices higher.
The restocking fee is there to offset lost margin as the product can't be sold as new after being returned.
Costco used to have a lifetime warranty on TV's and electronics they sold. They would pay for repair, replace a TV, or refund the money if you had a problem for life. That is until the public started buying large screen TV's for their Super Bowl parties and returning them shortly after or trading in a 2 year old model for a new one just because you could. Costco ended that privilege.
With companies like Amazon all but bringing an end to local B&M stores where one might "try out" a product in person, it seems inevitable that people will adopt the buy it, try it, send it back model. I would expect at some point in time that retailers, on line or otherwise, will end the return privilege unless the unit is defective at some point.