I've known about resellerratings.com for many years but I've had great online buying experiences and don't check before buying anymore. I'm a dumbass and a cheapass...not a good combo.
So I buy a Pioneer head unit from hotbuyselectronics.com for the cheapest price I found anyway. YAY for cheap prices!
They call me and inform me that the price I paid is for the import version, I could get the American version for like $18 more. I asked what the difference was and he told me the American one would be shipped to an American company for any warranty issues and the import, obviously, shipped overseas. That was the only difference. I, still being a cheapass, said gimme the import if that's the only difference. This was 6.17.05.
Still hasn't shown up. They said to allow 6-10 days for delivery. I'm a patient guy. So today I start to get the feeling I'm being screwed (and not in a good way). I go back to my old friend resellerratings.com and now I not only have egg on my face but a whole lotta other stuff! I'm so pissed.
So I call the company and the guy gets my order number and puts me on hold. He comes back and says he will send me an e-mail with the tracking number. I asked when it was shipped. He said today. I said..It was just shipped today? He said yes.
So now I wanna kick his ***..and mine for not checking the place out first. word to the wise, learn from my mistake. Check resellerratings.com FIRST...
Awww Bryan, don't make me smack ya on the head. You know better than that.
Any place that tries to pull a stunt like "import version" is full of poop. Keep a close watch on your credit card, and cancel payment if necessary.
I had a similar situation happen, and i knew about rr.com before that too.. we all have stupid moments I guess.
I bought a LCD screen a few years ago when they had just gone big, and I found a really cheap one online. I emailed em and they responded fast and so I figured they'd be a decent company. I ordered and then checked out their reviews, nothing but bad stuff for the 6 months they've been around.. eek! 2 months later I got the screen, no documentation- just kinda wrapped up. No damage, one of the pixels won't light up but I was expecting much worse so I wasn't too disappointed, except for the wait. I've since decided that piece of mind is definately worth something, maybe not crutchfield prices.. but I do some major homework now..
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Originally Posted by Gearhead61
That's kind of the history of our government. The minority f***s the majority all the time.
Some reputable businesses sell 'import' stuff as well. B&H Photo/Video comes to mind. They sell photo equipment both through the official, US importer (Canon USA) AND 'gray market' stuff they import through other means. The difference can be as much as a few hundred dollars. The only problem is that these non-USA products go w/o a manufacturer's warranty. Also things are sometimes branded differently. For example my digital camera is called the 'Digital Rebel' and is painted silver here in the US. In Europe it is called '300D' and painted black. There is a third, Japanese market-only model called 'Kiss Digital' as well. Otherwise they are identical. I could potentially buy a Japanese or European market product and have it shipped or imported to the US, possibly for a savings. But I would be exempt from any Canon USA promotions or warranty service.
Some reputable retailers (like B&H) sell both domestic and import products. Usually they make it very clear which item you are being quoted a price for though. Any company that misrepresents the product they sell (ie not making it very clear it is a 'gray market' item) is shady.
Moral of the story here is that you might still be okay. 'Import' items by themselves are not necessarily bad news. The resellerratings.com reviews are discouraging though..
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*hangs head in shame* I forgot to mention the domestic model was, of course, more expensive which is why my cheapass chose import. Geez..I hate myself now. I'll have rice in my console..assuming it shows up. The money was taken out that day but Bank of America has protection blah blah which might be a bunch of smoke up my *** but it's worth a shot.
Gary: I KNOW Geez...no natty for me next time I see you..which will probably sometime 2008 since you don't come see us :)
Kelly: I'm pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy that :(
I've had a LOT of good luck with refurb stuff to the point that I prefer it but for this particular item I wanted new, untouched..and this is what I get myself into.