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Old 07 August 2006, 07:05   #11
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Old 07 August 2006, 10:40   #12
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I have paid the normal uk price for mine, around £400. I have heard they are very reliable but prefer peace of mind. I personally would worry because it is too cheap, got to be a catch. (no transponder, import tax/duty, postage) too good to be true.

The unit is very easy to use, full of extras and the best sonar of used yet very precise and clear! I have paid £130 for the Data card for the south coast! (very costly)

Does any one have a cheaper alternative to the data cards would be very interested.

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Old 07 August 2006, 11:17   #13
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If it looks too good to be true.....

Interesting one this! aka "Beijing GPS Store & Beijing ACC Trade Company" claim to be "formed in 1997 with a mission to provide our customers with a better alternative to typical mail order and Internet companies... blah blah..."

Here's the "whois" record for

Domain Name: TOP100GPS.COM
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Updated Date: 27-feb-2006
Creation Date: 27-feb-2006
Expiration Date: 27-feb-2007

OrgName: Go Daddy Software, Inc.
OrgID: GDS-31
Address: 14455 N Hayden Road
Address: Suite 226
City: Scottsdale
StateProv: AZ
PostalCode: 85260
Country: US probably is too good to be true!

All IMHO of course
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Old 14 August 2006, 16:47   #14
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I found this website while searching for more information on My mom actually recently ordered from them and received her item within a couple of days. She said she called and talked to them (but they spoke perfect english-even though she had to call a number in China).

They also seem to imply that they are linked with a company in North Carolina, but I called the company this morning and he was really evasive and wouldn't answer too many questions. (This is the company They say they are registered with the BBB, but I could not find them anywhere.

The website SAYS it takes credit cards (the only way I would order something since mine has protection on it) but I have not found out how to pay with a credit card on the website.

So what I'm trying to say is please be careful if you do decide to order from them. I am very leery myself as there is very little information about them on the web.

Did anyone ever receive an email from Garmin about them?

Richard, I am not computer savvy at all. Are you saying that their website is actually registered out of Arizona and has only been registered for a couple of months?
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Old 14 August 2006, 19:47   #15
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For some reason I can't edit my post, but I would like to add that I am in no way affiliated with top100gps, I just wanted to check them out before I placed an order with them. Just wanted to clarify
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i have a garmin 178c and its superb, bought it from the states, 35 days for delivery, then put the uk south coast data chart in it, reeally good bit of kit, its the second one ive had,
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Thanks for all your replies - enough doubt about this company to make me wavy of placing an order with them.

In the end I have ordered a 276c with a UK web chandlers.

......and no, I did not hear anything back from Garmin, nor the company themselves who I had emailed a query to pre-purchase.


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Old 30 August 2006, 06:27   #18
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Garmin 178C

I have recently received a 178C from the States at 470 Euros delivered all in, including external antenna and sonar sounder.
No VAT to pay.
It is silly to say that if it's cheap, then there must be a catch. I have been buying stuff from the US for over 10 years now, as I refuse to pay double for the same thing in the UK or France.
Companies like Garmin have to wake up to the fact that not everyone is stupid, and why do they think they can make people here pay double?
IF, big IF, customer service was EXCELLENT then I would think twice about buying abroad. But most of the time, for whatever product, it is very poor, so where is the incentive to buy locally?
In any case, if it does blow up/fail, then 9 times out of 10, you can just buy another one and still be quids in.
I wouldn't buy from China - much too dodgy. Buy from the US, from someone with good feedback and reputation.
Delivery was 3 days by the way.
The 178C looks excellent, and although it's installed and working I haven't been out with it yet as the weather has been awful.

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