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Old 01-19-11, 10:33 AM
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Anyone ever buy anything from "Abe's of Maine?" I'm looking to order a Samsung PN63C7000 and they have a good price. Are they a hard sell site? I remember ordering a video camera from some online retailer at a really low price and they kept calling me trying to add stuff on to the order. A friend of mine had the same experience and when he didn't add stuff on, the product became mysteriously out of stock.

I really don't want to deal with that all. I don't want any overpriced HDMI cables or 3D glasses. I'd just order it from Amazon but they are out of stock.
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Only dealt with them once, long ago and all went well. Don't remember any hard sell at the time. They've been around a while so they must be doing something right.
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resellerratings.com

I always check there for a store I don't know.
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abe's of main is a very reputable company.
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Re: Online Discount Electronics Retailers

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resellerratings.com

I always check there for a store I don't know.
Judging by the reviews there, I don't think I would buy from them.
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Re: Online Discount Electronics Retailers

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I'm looking to order a Samsung PN63C7000 and they have a good price.
I can't find that model listed at Abe's anymore, so I don't know what their price was. But OneCall.com has it for $2,900 (free shipping), and I can vouch that they have outstanding service.

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If they aren't a factory authorized retailer for that brand, you won't have any warranty from the manufacturer. If they are authorized, they're probably ok to buy from. I, personally, have never heard of them, so I guess they're no Amazon.com. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty View Post
I can't find that model listed at Abe's anymore, so I don't know what their price was. But OneCall.com has it for $2,900 (free shipping), and I can vouch that they have outstanding service.
Abe's price was like $2399 or something. I don't want to pay more for it than that but they are drying up because of the new models coming out.
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Re: Online Discount Electronics Retailers

That resellerratings.com site has numerous posts of people describing their "up sell" calls from Abe's, just as I suspected. You buy something then they give you a "courtesy call" the next day because obviously you forgot all kinds of extras and you couldn't possibly just want the TV alone. No thanks. Just as I suspected.
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Re: Online Discount Electronics Retailers

Is 3d really that important? You can get just as good a tv w/o 3d for about half.

what about:

http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/index.ph...pn63c7000.html

reseller ratings are pretty good
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No, 3D isn't important to me. But all the higher end displays from Panasonic and Samsung are 3D.

East Coast reviews contain the same followup call nonsense to sell you crap you don't need.

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Re: Online Discount Electronics Retailers

can you just "accidentally' type in your phone number incorrectly?
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Who answers the phone these days? That's why Caller ID and answering machines were invented.
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Re: Online Discount Electronics Retailers

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can you just "accidentally' type in your phone number incorrectly?
Nope, places like this will lose/cancel your order. It's a bit of a scam. Recommended to stay away unless price is the absolute most important thing.

$2800 at TigerDirect. $2310 at Electronics Expo through Amazon, although $180 for shipping.
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Yeah, they'll "hold" your order until you call them back. I'd gladly pay a premium to get it from Amazon but they don't stock it. I don't know about these other retailers they sell through - none of them seem to offer the bundles that most everyone is offering right now: free 3D blu-ray player and 3-d glasses.

I think Vann's is a straightforward retailer. Might end up going with them.

I know someone in the wholesale business and have an idea what the cost of these TVs are. The cheapo places are making about $300 or so on on one of these but then have to pay to deliver it, that's why they need the add on sales.
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Re: Online Discount Electronics Retailers

It doesn't seem like a big deal to me to take a phone call and say "No, I don't want anything else, thank you" if it means saving a few hundred dollars.
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Well, one of their techniques is that the item suddenly gets backordered. And it just paints the wrong picture of a company - one that I wouldn't want shipping my $2500 TV.
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One time I purchased something from one of these, in the $1500 range. It was too much of an ordeal and worry. They refused to sell me the full retail package at the price listed, but did sell it for less than anyone else. I won't do it again. Like I said, if saving a couple hundred on an item in the thousands is the most important thing, this is an option.
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Abes sold me a nice kitchen knife or sharpener quickly and reliably. FWIW.
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TV ended up less than the discount joints yesterday on Amazon with white glove delivery. Good things come to those who wait, I guess.

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