We get it. You want to be smart with your money and you want to be armed with as much information as possible. Great! We want the same for you. However, we want to be sure that you are aware of the risks you take when you purchase these products online.
The majority of high performance audio visual brands do not offer any of their products online. The reason for this is to protect their brand and the consumer. If you see them for sale online (especially if they are advertised at a lower price than MSRP), it is very likely that you have come across an unauthorized dealer, or worse, a scammer who will take your money and run. An unauthorized dealer is a person or entity who is selling branded products without the permission of the manufacturer. When you purchase from them, you are running the risk of getting inferior products (not new, possibly counterfeit or damaged) and none of them will be under the manufacturer’s warranty. If an issue arises with your gear later on down the line, you will have to pay the full price to repair or replace it. Also, with products that need to be programmed and calibrated (such as URC remotes), you will not get the program or materials required to program it yourself with your purchase. If somehow you do procure the required software, you’re likely to give yourself a headache trying to program it yourself.
There are some manufacturers that allow purchases through select online dealers. If you do choose to go this route, we recommend going with a well-known online dealer that has a good reputation and its own website. Many shoppers are eager to check Amazon for the lowest prices and quick delivery, however, the site is rife with unauthorized dealers, so we caution against purchasing through Amazon. The best way to see if a product you want is offered online is to check the website of the manufacturer. Most brands have information on their website on whether or not they offer online sales through select distributors or not. If they do not, please respect the brand and industry by declining to support those who are doing bad business and ultimately marring the reputation of those manufacturers!
Don’t pay the price later by purchasing through online channels. There are a lot of risks involved and you may end up spending more than you would have through a local dealer. When you purchase online (even from an authorized dealer), you still miss out on the expert advice and help with setup that you would otherwise get from a local dealer like Century Stereo. Furthermore, by supporting a local dealer, you are helping someone in your neighborhood pay their bills, send their kid to karate lessons, and keep the economy in our community healthy.
There are still many ways to save money on your audio/visual purchases through local dealers. Often times you can get a deal by purchasing bundles of products together or by waiting for a sale. Century Stereo’s Spring Sale is coming up next month – watch out for the announcement and be sure to stop by to see if anything you have your eye on will be marked down!