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How bad of an idea is it to buy stereo equipment from online dealers (crutchfield excluded)? All of the equipment is super cheap, but I'm pretty sure you can't get a factory warranty, just one from the company selling them...

An example is the Alpine PDX-5, which MSRP at $599 (same as crutchfield), which I can find from an online dealer for about $389, super cheap. The equipment is new and in the box.

Bad idea? Worth the risk of no warranty? Am I getting screwed?
 

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If you can afford the delay/hassle, charge it on a card and use the credit card laws to get your money back if necessary. of course researching the company is helpful as well. Ron

How bad of an idea is it to buy stereo equipment from online dealers (crutchfield excluded)? All of the equipment is super cheap, but I'm pretty sure you can't get a factory warranty, just one from the company selling them...

An example is the Alpine PDX-5, which MSRP at $599 (same as crutchfield), which I can find from an online dealer for about $389, super cheap. The equipment is new and in the box.

Bad idea? Worth the risk of no warranty? Am I getting screwed?
 

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good points there... i'm not worried so much about that, but it just seems "fishy" to me. I mean, the difference between me using a local shop or buying at crutchfield compared to one of these for an entire setup nearly saves me $900... How can they do this???
 

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My Toyota dealer wanted $550 to put Predator steps on my FJ. One of our supporting vendors shipped them to me for $325 and they took 10 min to install.

I don't know, buying overstocks, no overhead?? Ron

PS; There are several big audio types here that can/will probably tell you exactly where and where not to buy.

good points there... i'm not worried so much about that, but it just seems "fishy" to me. I mean, the difference between me using a local shop or buying at crutchfield compared to one of these for an entire setup nearly saves me $900... How can they do this???
 

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I've gotta add specifics...

onlinecarstereo.com seems to have some "incredible" deals...

PDX-5 for $429

I am in no way affiliated with that website, and am nervous to go through them, but am looking for more feedback from some of you all!
 

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you would be surprised to find out what wholesale cost is on all car audio products. my suggestion would be to establish a good relationship with an authorized dealer who can get you product at dealer cost.
 

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I've gotta add specifics...

onlinecarstereo.com seems to have some "incredible" deals...

PDX-5 for $429

I am in no way affiliated with that website, and am nervous to go through them, but am looking for more feedback from some of you all!
I would not be afraid to buy from this website. I n fact I have been looking to purchase a Kenwood DNX 5120. I haven't pulled the trigger because I can't get an answer on the compabilty of this unit w/ the steering controls.

Thoughts on this?

:cheers:
 

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if only there was a tool you could use to ask....

oh yeah there is.
onlinecarstereo.com problems - Google Search

15 seconds later I land on this:
Onlinecarstereo.com - Ratings and Info

and this:
Onlinecarstereo.com policies, customer service, shipping options and product catalog - CNET Shopper.com
Onlinecarstereo.com policies, customer service, shipping options and product catalog - ZDNet Shopper.com

and this:
Has anyone bought off of www.onlinecarstereo.com? - Yahoo! Answers

then I tried this:
onlinecarstereo.com review - Google Search

and found this:
onlinecarstereo.com Customer Ratings, Reviews and Prices at ResellerRatings

and this:
A Great Website To Get Quality Car Audio Gear - Online Car Stereo - Epinions.com

and this:
PriceGrabber User Rating for Online Car Stereo.com - PriceGrabber.com


So with my 5 minutes of search... I think I can reasonably say the website has been around for awhile, they get decent ratings, sell what they advertise, take care of their customers, and overall provide a decent service.

Now with that said. They could have served a million customers perfectly --- but it only takes 1 bad experience to create web chaos and all the sudden the company is worse than gum stuck on your shoes.

Do your reading, keeping getting opinions.

/rant on

Sure there are vendors here and many other online forums/communities, who "support" the site -- they need their markup - but for a $400+ savings... I think I'd rather support them with a sticker.

/rant over
 

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I just got an even better deal on the Amp from Barney's Electronics through Amazon... I emptied all my spare change into a local CoinStar, got the Amazon gift certificate for $258, so my "out of pocket" cost for the Alpine PDX-5 was only $120 (including shipping). This AMP retails for $599, so I think I got a killer deal. Now to just get ahold of wickedCAS for the dual 10's magic box...
 

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