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Old 09-02-2015, 02:26 PM   #31
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Some supplies are usually over priced at all RV stores. I usually shop around. But I could never give up on PPL with respect to their RV sales. They have the best ads and usually the best prices on used models. Plus, they have sold four out of the five units we moved up from.
I'd be tickled if all RV sellers could post the same info on their ads.
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:31 PM   #32
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Hitlights.com has what would seem similar package at $65... theirs has more color options and a more complicated remote controller. My impression is the LED strips look the same in their little spools, but there could be quality differences. I don't know, just speculating.
Not all spools are the same . Some will have a slightly smaller LED but produce basically the same results. Later RJD
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:34 PM   #33
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rlehberger, we are comparing the some thing , you can get the same multi color leds with remote and AC to DC transformer for around $20. I can get 5M (16 feet ) of 5050 RGB lights with remote but no transformer for $13.
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:47 PM   #34
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Please realize that there are several Substantial Differences between Items offered Online (especially eBay and ESPECIALLY from OverSeas Sellers) and those offered at Brick&Mortar Stores.
1) Stores require Staff - supposedly at least nominally familiar with Customer Needs and Product Details (YMMV)
2) Stores require Shelf Space for all Items offered
3) Stores provide "Targeted Merchandise" to their expected Clientele - you expect to find RV-related Items in a CW or PPL while "May Find Something" on Amazon and are "On your Own" with eBay or AliExpress/AliBaba
4) Stores provide a Returns/Customer Service Counter (although Success at that Counter is variable) while Online Stores may well require you Return-Ship Overseas for any Service or Refund
5) Stores have to find Suppliers of sufficient Quality and Quantity to make it worthwhile to carry their Products (and Risk the Store Reputation over any Supplier Quality Issues)
6) Stores have to cover costs of "Shoppers" who spend time In-Store talking to Staff and Touching Merch only to walk-out and then Buy Online elsewhere

I'm not Defending CW or other real Stores, but they DO operate in a Different Cost Structure and Customer Environment.
And...
Do we ever want to get to a time when All Stores are Online-Only, and we can Never Go somewhere to Talk to Someone and Touch a Product before Buying??
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:11 PM   #35
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Please realize that there are several Substantial Differences between Items offered Online (especially eBay and ESPECIALLY from OverSeas Sellers) and those offered at Brick&Mortar Stores.
1) Stores require Staff - supposedly at least nominally familiar with Customer Needs and Product Details (YMMV)
2) Stores require Shelf Space for all Items offered
3) Stores provide "Targeted Merchandise" to their expected Clientele - you expect to find RV-related Items in a CW or PPL while "May Find Something" on Amazon and are "On your Own" with eBay or AliExpress/AliBaba
4) Stores provide a Returns/Customer Service Counter (although Success at that Counter is variable) while Online Stores may well require you Return-Ship Overseas for any Service or Refund
5) Stores have to find Suppliers of sufficient Quality and Quantity to make it worthwhile to carry their Products (and Risk the Store Reputation over any Supplier Quality Issues)
6) Stores have to cover costs of "Shoppers" who spend time In-Store talking to Staff and Touching Merch only to walk-out and then Buy Online elsewhere

I'm not Defending CW or other real Stores, but they DO operate in a Different Cost Structure and Customer Environment.
And...
Do we ever want to get to a time when All Stores are Online-Only, and we can Never Go somewhere to Talk to Someone and Touch a Product before Buying??
So the OP goes to that store to make a purchase?
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:45 PM   #36
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Just have to shop around when you want something no matter what it is. I still say RV dealers are high in general for everything just like car dealerships are. Shop around I love the net and can shop a lot of stores in a very short time.
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Old 09-02-2015, 04:31 PM   #37
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Had to jump in here

RV stores sell a product that is professionally packaged with the same stuff we buy on eBay. Instructions are probably Americanized but never-the-less, it's still a Chinese product.

My brother-in-law paid $130 for his light set, I have the same lights for $20. Mine have been up for 2 years with rain storms, travel, camper washing, and summer heat. Still working, still on my original IR controller and remote. I've given him one of my extra controllers and remotes as his didn't last a year.

I do NOT spray water directly on the LED's even though they are supposed to be waterproof. But at the cost of a 5 meter strip I could replace them a few times before I reached the RV stores price.

Some things I will buy at an RV store, but not LED light strips. My local RV store has pricing that is competitive with most Amazon items but available now. I want them to stay in business so I help when I can.
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:39 PM   #38
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Just because one retailer sells for more doesn't classify as gouging, to me. IMO $65 from a reputable dealer that stands by his product is what I intend to do, but its a free country. My factory LED strip bit the dust in less than a year. It looks like fairly good quality to me. Gut feeling... these lights won't hold up in FLAs humidity. Pretty but not made for the real world.
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:53 PM   #39
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Its not the same item
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Old 09-02-2015, 06:38 PM   #40
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I buy some small ticket items form a local place that only does repairs, storage, consignment, and has a small store that can order parts. I think you get a different level of help when they know you spend money there.
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