Great response. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck you can't let others make you believe it is a skunk.
Shopped Wal-Mart, circuit city and best buy this morning.
CC; "People that know what they want are buying Garmin's" They are in stock on some street pilots and the higher priced Garmin units. Not much T2.
Wal-mart In stock I asked if they only carried Garmin. "Sorry but that is all we sell." Are you kidding me? November market share based on units sold excludes the largest retailer in the world and they only sell Garmin.
Best Buy: Crazy place. Told that Garmin is a better unit because they use military maps. That wasn't just one clerk. They had three employees just helping people interested in GPS. The guy that appeared to be in charge of the area along with the home entertainment and car audio sections volunteered that they have been out of stock of T2 for weeks. They sell like hot cakes whne on sale. They were in stock on most Garmin units excluding the 200 and 350 and 360.
Who knows how big this Christmas is going to be for Garmin?
Are you telling me that because you can buy T2 from Walmart's internet site you think they have them in their stores. If so - bad assumption. Their internet site is leaded with stuff you won't find at your local store.
<<Best Buy: Crazy place. Told that Garmin is a better unit because they use military maps. That wasn't just one clerk. They had three employees just helping people interested in GPS.>>
I wasn't aware that Garmin used "military maps." I know they use Navteq while TomTom uses Tele Atlas. Both of these are commercial companies. I would presume that the military has its own sources that are not made available to public companies, and wouldn't be of much use to private users, anyway.
I am not impressed that there were three clerks at BestBuy with the same story. Could it be possible that they were all briefed by the same uninformed manager?
BBY has not received the most favorable ratings on competance of their sales staff by Consumer Reports.