buying fish finder/ chartplottrt from Ebay

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Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:48 am

Hey guys,
Ive noticed that some of the fish finders on ebay are considerably cheaper then the same model is here in NZ, yes I have taken tax's into account and that they may not be covered by a warranty here. Just wondering if anyone here has ever ordered one from Ebay or overseas online and if so is there anything that should stop me from considering doing so?



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Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:57 am

make sure the seller has good feedback.
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:53 am

Yep got one online, no issues at all, being from the US it was in feet and mph, but I knew that beforehand ...

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Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:33 pm

Just be aware that almost all chartplotters are now "geolocked" so won't work outside of region of purchase.
You can buy an unlock key, but it will cost almost as much as the unit itself.
For a FF, that's not applicable.
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:21 pm

Personally I will buy from a local retailer when I can. Shop around for a bargin , money is finite after all. I feel I've wasted much of their time when I go in and talk the ears off the sales staff and walk out without spending anything so I kinda owe them anyway :D
Warranty returns, backup info, and future trade-ins/upgrades are all better in a face to face walk in shop , and its fellow kiwis trying to make a living too that miss out with overseas mail order purchases.
I'm a little biased after the family dive shop went tits up many years ago .
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Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:16 pm

I bought a fish finder/chart plotter from Viking at the start of the year. I didn't actually consider buying off shore (I guess because I was too chicken about warranties/local compatibility etc), but I got pretty close to buying from Burnsco or one of the other marine supply companies. In the end, I got some really good advice over the phone at Viking, and then decided to get them to install it for me as well. So the difference in price between finding the cheapest version I could, and installing it myself compared to paying full price plus installation was probably reasonably significant.......but was it worth it? Hell yeah, I reckon. The time spent on the phone talking to Stephen, plus the hour or so during the installation was absolute gold. Plus the confidence knowing I had the right product for what I want to do, and really good first hand knowledge on how to maintain it, and use it to really get the full was awesome. Really positive sales experience! Maybe it would be different if I wasn't so new to kayak fishing, and still really hungry for knowledge........I still really like the idea of buying from people who understand the product and what we as Kayak Fishers do though. Cheers.

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Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:57 am

Check the chart that comes with unit you will find you will have to buy a nz chart . Warranty would be a hassle much easy deal with local store if anything goes wrong

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Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:33 am

I've purchased both overseas and locally over the years, as long as you go in with your eyes open then yes you can save money importing yourself but as others have said normally they the geo locked to the local measurement system , i.e. US models are locked to feet and fahrenheit and you can kiss goodbye any warranty... but in saying that it doesn't take long to get used to 100 feet being 30 meters ish and the temp doesn't really play that much part in hunting down panny snapper, and with the warranty as long as you know and saved enough on the importation then you have to take that risk.

If you are risk adverse, want proper metric readings, good local warranty support then buying local is the way to go every time :y:
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Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:40 am

Thanks for the feedback guys, Will take all that you have said into consideration and most likely make a impulse decision when I see a local one on sale. I dont mind taking a risk but I feel even if the finder i am looking at is half the price overseas then it is here its still a lot to potentially lose if something goes wrong. Cheers


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